For decades, rapid desertification and erratic rainfall had made guaranteeing water security nearly impossible in Israel. Sullied lakes and plummeting water tables led to one agricultural collapse after another and, having tapped most freshwater resources dry, people were growing desperate. The country had tinkered with desalination in its very … [Read more...] about What’s the Deal with Desalination?
At the center of the Green New Deal, one ambitious call for action on climate change riled even environmentalists: transitioning the US entirely to renewable energy by 2030. Critics of the Green New Deal immediately pointed to this target as unrealistic. Despite numerous federal incentive programs, solar and wind have only increased … [Read more...] about A Decade-Old Renewable Energy Plan Could Provide A Roadmap For The Green New Deal
In a major environmental victory, the city of Toledo, Ohio, voted in February to give Lake Eerie the status of personhood with the Lake Eerie Bill of Rights. The new law allows citizens to litigate on behalf of the lake – which means that people, corporations, or governments that pollute the lake could be challenged in court for their … [Read more...] about Toledo Votes to Grant Lake Eerie Legal Personhood
As mountain snowpacks have become increasingly hit or miss in the western US, everyone from power companies to ranchers and farmers to recreational boaters have felt the effects. The problem is that precipitation across much of the western US is highly seasonal. The majority of water falls as snow in the mountains over the course of just a few … [Read more...] about Cloud Seeding Could be the Answer to the West’s Snowpack Shortfalls