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WRI -yesterday

New Guidance Can Help Companies Reduce Water Risk, Improve Watersheds

New Guidance Can Help Companies Reduce Water Risk, Improve Watersheds Comments|Add Comment|PrintUpper Colorado River, Utah; part of the Colorado River watershed. Photo by U.S. Bureau of Land Management Water-related risk is a growing economic threat, responsible for over $36 billion in private sector losses in 2018. These impacts have triggered unprecedented action by businesses, including: Inv...

Mongabay -yesterday

Scientists rediscover mammalian oddity in remote Vietnam

VIETNAM, July 2019 – I’m chasing a ghost, I think not for the first time, as night falls and I gather up my gear in a hotel in a village in southern Vietnam. I pack my camera, a bottle of water, and a poncho; outside the window I can see a light rain. I’m here to […]...

Mongabay -2 days ago

Can a national management plan halt Madagascar’s shark decline?

MORONDAVA, Madagascar — When older people on Madagascar’s west coast were children, there were so many sharks that they had to be a bit careful when playing in the water. At the time, local fishers would catch some sharks but had little reason to target them, given the low prices they fetched at market. Then, […]...

WRI -2 days ago

PODCAST: Solutions to the Global Water Crisis

PODCAST: Solutions to the Global Water Crisis Comments|Add Comment|PrintA man at work in a rice paddy in Goa, India. Photo by Marc Roberts/Flickr Betsy Otto, director of the Water Program at WRI, grew up on the water. “When you live in the Great Lakes region, it’s always close to your consciousness to think about surface water. The Great Lakes are 20% of the world’s surface freshwater, and i...

CBD -2 days ago

Expedition to Peru captures climate history trapped in ice-before it is gone

From the summit of Huascarán, the highest mountain in Earth's tropics, the valleys of the western Andes look placid and peaceful-calming, even. The signs of climate change-of the melting glaciers throughout the Andes, of the changes to the local villages' water supplies-are not immediately evident....

CBD -2 days ago

Study shows cover crops and perennials do not necessarily increase carbon storage in soil

The ability of cover crops to stimulate microbes deep in the soil of farm fields leads to significant gains in water quality but does not necessarily increase the capacity of soil to store carbon, according to a recently published study from Iowa State University scientists....

Mongabay -5 days ago

Colombian town faces earthquakes, pollution, water shortage as industry expands

This article is a collaboration between Rutas del Conflicto and Mongabay Latam.   PUERTO GAITÁN, Colombia — When Modesto Paredes bought 25 acres of land 10 years ago in the Colombian municipality of Puerto Gaitán, he thought that he would be living in paradise. The area, located in Meta Department, is known for its fertile, […]...

CBD -5 days ago

Cyprus wetlands in danger of being destroyed by climate change

Cyprus wetlands are in danger of being destroyed due to climate change, with the Mediterranean region being described as the hot spot of the hotspots where rising temperature and water levels are more than dramatic, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Friday....

CBD -6 days ago

Origins of life: new evidence first cells could have formed at the bottom of the ocean

Where did life come from? In recent years, many scientists have shifted from favouring a "primordial soup" in pools of water to hydrothermal vents deep in the ocean as the original source of life on Earth. But one of the biggest problems with this idea is that researchers have been unable to recreate in the lab one of the key processes that would have been involved if this theory was true....

CBD -6 days ago

The human health benefits of conserving and restoring peatlands

It is well known that peatlands matter for livelihoods, carbon storage, flood mitigation, and water quality, but a recent study has shown that peatlands also matter for human health....

USFS -6 days ago

Iso/anisohydry: Still a useful concept

The iso/anisohydry concept characterizes plants according to their water status regulation. Coexisting definitions and misconceptions have recently led to considerable criticism. Here, we discuss reasons for the misconceptions and propose a robust definition of iso/anisohydry using the leaf turgor loss point to integrate the complex interplay of plant hydraulic traits....

USFS -6 days ago

Discussion: “Meadow restoration increases baseflow and groundwater storage in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California” by Luke J.H. Hunt, Julie Fair, and Maxwell Odland

We discuss a recent paper which evaluated the hydrologic changes resulting from a pond-and-plug meadow restoration project in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. In the study, measurements of streamflow into and out of the meadow suggested late-summer baseflow increased as much as five-fold when compared with prerestoration conditions. However, the volume of streamflow attributed to the res...

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