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The Flood: Links Roundup 6/12/12
- According to CNN, an explosion of fracking in southern Kansas has driven up demand for water at the same time as much of that area is under a drought watch. To meet this demand, drillers are installing new water wells for fracking companies.
- A group of 22 scientists, lead by Anthony Barnosky of UC Berkley, is publishing research that suggests Earth may be reaching a climate change tipping point. “The data suggests that there will be a reduction in biodiversity and severe impacts on much of what we depend on to sustain our quality of life, including, for example, fisheries, agriculture, forest products and clean water. This could happen within just a few generations,” said Barnosky. The paper, which appeared in the June 7th issue of Nature, calls for better predictive models based on how the Earth responded to historic climate changes.
- The consulting firm Black & Veatch has published a U.S. Water Utility Industry Report on challenges faced by water utilities in 2012. These challenges include “aging infrastructure, new regulatory standards and changes to traditional funding streams. Customers will have to pay more in the future.”