Drought

The largest city in Brazil is running dangerously low on water

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Brad Plumer
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São Paulo, in southeast Brazil, is the largest city in South America and the 7th largest metropolitan region in the world, with more than 21 million people. It's the engine behind Brazil's richest state, which is responsible for one-third of the country's GDP.

And right now, the region is running dangerously low on water, thanks to the worst drought in eight decades.

officials are warning the region could face 'collapse' if the drought continues ... Read more about The largest city in Brazil is running dangerously low on water

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8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security

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Christopher Neale
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Big Data is transforming agriculture, and just in time. The demand for food is expected to double by 2050 as the world's population heads toward 9 billion people and increasing incomes allow many more to afford a better diet. Lack of water is a critical constraint to increasing food production, particularly as droughts and other consequences of climate change are making water scarcer. ... Read more about 8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security

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A One-Stop Shop for Water Worries

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Rachel Nuwer
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Water, or the lack thereof, is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. As temperatures rise and droughts become more frequent, the threat of dwindling water resources worries not just environmentalists and governments but companies and their investors, too. ... Read more about A One-Stop Shop for Water Worries

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No Hiding From Sustainable Development

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Jeffrey D. Sachs
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NEW YORK - One year ago, I was in Brazil to launch the Brazilian chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The main message I heard that day was that São Paulo was suffering from a mega-drought, but that state and local politicians were keeping it quiet. This is a reality around the world: too many political leaders are ignoring a growing environmental crisis, imperiling their own countries and others. ... Read more about No Hiding From Sustainable Development

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Israel Bringing Its Years Of Desalination Experience To California

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Emily Harris
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Taking the salt out of seawater helped Israel move from the constant threat of drought to a plentiful supply of water, but Israel has learned that desalination is not the only answer.

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Shattered records show climate change is an emergency today, scientists warn

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https://www.theguardian.com - Damian Carrington
Flooding in Straiton, Scotland, in December. Scientists say it will increase in future. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
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Unprecedented temperature levels mean more heatwaves, flooding, wildfires and hurricanes as experts say global warming is here and affecting us now.

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Drought In Eastern Mediterranean Worst In Past 900 Years

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http://www.eurasiareview.com
For January 2012, brown shades show the decrease in water storage from the 2002-2015 average in the Mediterranean region. Units in centimeters. The data is from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE, satellites, a joint mission of NASA and the German space agency. Credits: NASA/ Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio
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A new NASA study finds that the recent drought that began in 1998 in the eastern Mediterranean Levant region, which comprises Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey, is likely the worst drought of the past nine centuries. ... Read more about Drought In Eastern Mediterranean Worst In Past 900 Years

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