Study: Aquifers draining faster than they are replenishing

The New York Times

Nearly a third of the world's 37 largest aquifers are losing water faster than they can be replenished, a new study from the University of California, Irvine says, and the overstressed water supplies are situated in regions that support 2 billion people, The New York Times reports.

House GOP pushes California drought relief bill

National Journal

House Republicans, with support from one Democrat, on Thursday unveiled a bill that adresses drought conditions in California by sidestepping Endangered Species Act protections for the delta smelt, allowing more water to be funneled from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Central Valley, National Journal reports.

Conservationists: New China policy could save elephants

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Conservationists hail it as a possible game-changer in the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants: an unexpected pledge by a senior Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in a country whose vast, increasingly affluent consumer market drives elephant poaching across Africa.

Now they are waiting in suspense for China to outline how and when it would ban an industry that criminal syndicates use as cover for their illicit business in tusks.

California drought has implications for data centers

The Wall Street Journal

Amid a continued drought in California, the state's plentiful data centers, which require between 80 million and 130 million gallons of water per year each, are getting creative to maintain cooling needs while reducing municipal water use, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Bloomberg graphic examines causes of global warming


A set of graphics published by Bloomberg, based on data from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, examines different causes of global warming, noting that greenhouse gas emissions have the clearest link to temperature increases.

Study: Weather patterns that bring heatwaves happening more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Daily weather patterns have changed in recent decades, making eastern North America, Europe and western Asia more prone to nastier summer heatwaves that go beyond global warming, a new study finds.

A team of climate scientists at Stanford University looked at weather patterns since 1979 and found changes in frequency and strength in parts of the world, according to a study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. These are the types of weather patterns with stationary high and low pressure systems that you see on weather forecasts, which is different than gradual warming from man-made climate change.

Wildfires blister Alaska with increased frequency, intensity

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska residents endure the nation's harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight.

But increasingly, large wildfires have marred the pristine outdoors, filling the skies with black smoke and forcing people who live near forests to flee for safety.

Landmark Dutch ruling: Cut emissions to protect citizens

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court ordered the government Wednesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions to help fight global warming, a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of concerned citizens that could pave the way for similar legal battles around the world.

Climate activists in a packed courtroom in The Hague erupted into cheers as Presiding Judge Hans Hofhuis told Dutch authorities to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels.

Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer.

From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the coming months.

ADB: Climate change makes poor poorer in Asia-Pacific

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank says climate change has been making the poor in the Asia-Pacific region even poorer and is also setting back efforts to haul them out of poverty.

According to the Manila-based lender, 1.5 million Filipinos have been pushed deeper into poverty and about 6 million lost their jobs in 2013 as a result of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world's most powerful storms.


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