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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

World’s Large River Deltas Continue to Degrade From Human Activity

From the Yellow River in China to the Mississippi River in Louisiana, researchers are racing to better understand and mitigate the degradation of some of the world’s most important river deltas, according to a University of Colorado Boulder faculty member. CU-Boulder Professor James Syvitski said more than two-thirds of the world’s 33 major deltas are

Friday, February 12th, 2016

NASA, University Study Shows Rising Seas Slowed by Increasing Water on Land

New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise. A new study by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and the University of California, Irvine, shows

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Freshwater Higher Than Thought

MADISON, Wis. – Do not underestimate the babbling brook. When it comes to greenhouse gases, these bucolic water bodies have the potential to create a lot of hot air.According to a new analysis in the journal Ecological Monographs, by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and colleagues, the world’s rivers and streams pump about 10

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Limiting Wildlife Access to Water in Dryland Regions Can Impact Water Quality

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 14, 2015 – Water-dependent w​ildlife populations in sensitive African dryland regions need continued access to limited ​surface water — even as human development increases — because restricting access ​and concentrating wildlife populations along riparian regions can impact water quality and, potentially, human health, according to Virginia Tech research published this week in

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Low 2015 Snowpack and River Flows Studied to Provide Insight Into Future Droughts

SEATTLE – U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic technicians are currently taking measurements from hundreds of streams and rivers across the western United States as part of a low flow study.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The Role of Fresh Water Lakes and Reservoirs in the Global Carbon Cycle

Troy, N.Y. – Lakes make up less than 3 percent of the landscape, but they bury more carbon than all the world’s oceans combined. In the global carbon cycle, fresh water lakes and reservoirs are hot spots of carbon cycling and important players in the global carbon cycle.

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Drainage of Prairie Pothole Wetlands Can Increase Flooding and Degrade Ecosystems

July 15, 2015—The drainage of small wetlands can decrease wildlife habitat and may contribute to flooding in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR), according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

Monday, June 15th, 2015

How Sustainable Water Use Can Boost Food Security Worldwide

CHICAGO – Amid growing public awareness that water is not an unlimited resource, scientists and policy makers alike are working to reduce the water footprint of food production and ensure a safe ocean habitat for future supplies of fish and seafood.

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Heat Accelerates Dry in California Drought

May 29, 2015—Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse effects, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and university partners.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Summer Tropical Storms Don’t Fix Drought Conditions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Popular opinion says that tropical storms and hurricanes that make landfall mitigate droughts in the southeastern United States. But that simply isn’t true, according to a Florida State University researcher.

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