How Much Water Should I Drink?

Here’s how to know when you truly need to hydrate.

#content-type-service, #dehydration, #hyponatremia-disorder, #kidneys, #water

Democrats Seek ‘Historic’ Changes to U.S. Flood Program

Proposed legislation includes funding to redo badly out-of-date flood risk maps

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#environment, #natural-disasters, #water

Is Seltzer Water Just as Healthy as Flat Water?

Unsweetened carbonated water is a better choice than soda or fruit juice. But don’t overdo it, experts say.

#content-type-service, #diet-and-nutrition, #fluorides, #teeth-and-dentistry, #water

Tiny Robots Could Clean Up Microplastic Pollution

In a proof-of-concept study, microscopic self-propelled devices found and broke down microplastic particles

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#advances, #environment, #pollution, #water

California’s Farms Face a Reckoning

Eighty percent of the water used by people in California goes to just 0.8 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #internal-sub-only, #irrigation, #rain, #social-security-us, #water

An Economic Lifeline in South America, the Paraná River, Is Shriveling

The continent’s second-largest river is drying up amid the biggest drought in 70 years, upending ecosystems, trade and livelihoods.

#argentina, #drought, #global-warming, #rivers, #ships-and-shipping, #water

Lebanon’s Economy Has Collapsed. And So Has Our Way of Life.

The standards by which “normal” or “acceptable” living conditions are measured have long been discarded.

#batteries, #beirut-lebanon, #computer-network-outages, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #economic-crisis, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #fuel-shortages, #heat-and-heat-waves, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lebanon, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #water

Family’s Death in Sierra National Forest, Near Yosemite, Still a Mystery

Investigators still don’t know what caused the deaths of Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, and their dog. They were found on Aug. 17.

#algae, #california, #chung-ellen-d-2021, #deaths-fatalities, #forests-and-forestry, #gerrish-jonathan-d-2021, #hikes-and-hiking, #missing-persons, #sierra-national-forest-calif, #water

Family’s Death Hiking Near Yosemite Still a Mystery

Investigators still don’t know what caused the deaths of Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, and their dog. They were found on Aug. 17.

#algae, #california, #chung-ellen-d-2021, #deaths-fatalities, #forests-and-forestry, #gerrish-jonathan-d-2021, #hikes-and-hiking, #missing-persons, #sierra-national-forest-calif, #water

Ida’s Heavy Rains Send Louisiana Residents on a Hunt for Clean Water

Nearly everyone in Jefferson Parish, next to New Orleans, was experiencing problems with their water service after the power went out. Lines for bottled water were growing.

#deaths-fatalities, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #infrastructure-public-works, #jefferson-parish-la, #levees-and-dams, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #water

In a First, U.S. Declares Water Shortage on Colorado River

Arizona farmers will take the initial brunt, but wider reductions loom as climate change continues to affect flows into the river.

#agriculture-and-farming, #aquifers, #arizona, #bureau-of-reclamation, #colorado-river, #drought, #global-warming, #lake-mead, #lake-powell-utah-ariz, #reservoirs, #shortages, #southwestern-states-us, #water

Colorado River drops to record low levels, slashing Arizona’s water supply

MEADVIEW, AZ - JUNE 29: A dock, which has become unusable as a worsening drought drops the water level of Lake Mead to new historic low records, is seen at South Cove near the upper reaches of the reservoir near Meadview, Arizona.

Enlarge / MEADVIEW, AZ – JUNE 29: A dock, which has become unusable as a worsening drought drops the water level of Lake Mead to new historic low records, is seen at South Cove near the upper reaches of the reservoir near Meadview, Arizona. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Two decades of drought have exacted a heavy toll on the Colorado River, bringing Lake Mead to its lowest level since 1937, when the reservoir was filling behind the newly completed Hoover Dam. That situation has prompted the US Bureau of Reclamation to declare the first-ever shortage for water users along the river. 

Arizona, Nevada, California, and Mexico all rely on Lake Mead for fresh water, and all but California will see their supply drop due to negotiated agreements among those and four other states that draw water from the Colorado River. Nevada has already reduced its use through conservation, so the state doesn’t expect to be affected, but Mexico will see a 5 percent reduction, and Arizona will have its allocation slashed by 18 percent. 

“Reclamation does not take these actions lightly or do so easily. We do so because it is necessary, protecting the system and implementing the agreements we have in place,” Bureau of Reclamation Deputy Commissioner Camille Touton said in a news conference.

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#arizona, #colorado-river, #drought, #science, #water

Walling Off One Coastal Area Can Flood Another

Seawalls and levees may simply shift rising water elsewhere—often into disadvantaged communities

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#climate-change, #engineering, #environment, #water

Facing Severe Droughts, Developers Seek to Reuse the Water They Have

Water recycling in office buildings is seen as a promising sustainability effort, as well as a smart hedge against rising costs and future shortages.

#conservation-of-resources, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #drought, #real-estate-commercial, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #san-francisco-calif, #sustainable-living, #water

Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country

If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #global-warming, #grapes, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #insurance, #napa-calif, #sonoma-county-calif, #water, #wildfires, #wines

How Climate Change Hit Wine Country

If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #global-warming, #grapes, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #insurance, #napa-calif, #sonoma-county-calif, #water, #wildfires, #wines

In California Drought, Water Witches are Swamped

Amid California’s drought, desperate landowners and managers are turning to those who practice an ancient, disputed method for locating water.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #occult-sciences, #water, #wells, #wines

House Passes Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats loaded their infrastructure measure with climate change spending, staking out a contrast with the Senate’s bipartisan bill that President Biden has embraced.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #earmarks-finance, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #states-us, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables

A food safety specialist offers tips on helping to keep your food safe.

#cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #content-type-service, #food, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #fruit, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #microbiology, #vegetables, #water

It’s Some of America’s Richest Farmland. But What Is It Without Water?

A California farmer decides it makes better business sense to sell his water than to grow rice. An almond farmer considers uprooting his trees to put up solar panels. Drought is transforming the state, with broad consequences for the food supply.

#agriculture-and-farming, #aquifers, #central-valley-calif, #drought, #food, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #nuts, #reservoirs, #rice, #sacramento-river-calif, #sacramento-valley-calif, #san-joaquin-valley-calif, #water

Dispossessed, Again: Climate Change Hits Native Americans Especially Hard

Many Native people were forced into the most undesirable areas of America, first by white settlers, then by the government. Now, parts of that marginal land are becoming uninhabitable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Wildfires Threaten Urban Water Supplies, Long After the Flames Are Out

After a forest burns, the resulting erosion can contaminate drinking water supplies for up to a decade.

#colorado, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #reservoirs, #water, #wildfires

Can California Start Taking Droughts Seriously, Please?

We can survive an arid future if we put our minds to it.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #infrastructure-public-works, #politics-and-government, #water, #western-states-us

Fight Over a Gentle Stream Distills Israel’s Political Divide

Who gets to enjoy the Asi, an exquisite squiggle of water? The question has come to symbolize the identity politics that divide Israeli society.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #israel, #kibbutz-movement, #land-use-policies, #politics-and-government, #shas-party-israel, #water

Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

#agriculture-and-farming, #arizona, #california, #colorado, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #hoover-dam, #lake-mead, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #temperature, #water

How Climate Change Has Battered the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

#agriculture-and-farming, #arizona, #california, #colorado, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #hoover-dam, #lake-mead, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #temperature, #water

Venus Will Have a Fleet of Spacecraft as Europe Adds Orbiter Mission

The EnVision spacecraft will complement two NASA missions announced last week, ending the relative loneliness of a planet sometimes thought of as Earth’s twin.

#european-space-agency, #geology, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #venus-planet, #volcanoes, #water

How to Keep Children Safe Around Water and Prevent Drowning

It’s an important safety issue to review every summer, and this may be an especially good moment to brush up.

#american-academy-of-pediatrics, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #drownings, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #summer-season, #swimming, #swimming-pools, #water

The Western Drought Is Bad. Here’s What You Should Know About It.

Answers to questions about the current situation in California and the Western half of the United States.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #global-warming, #reservoirs, #water, #weather

2 Nevada Men Ordered to Stop Selling Bottled Waters Linked to Hepatitis

According to prosecutors, the F.D.A. learned that at least five children had experienced acute non-viral hepatitis, which can lead to liver failure, after drinking the father and son’s Re²al Water products.

#food-and-drug-administration, #jones-blain-k-1987, #jones-brent-a-1963, #justice-department, #real-water-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #water

A 20-Foot Sea Wall? Miami Faces the Hard Choices of Climate Change.

A proposal to construct barriers for storm surge protection has forced South Floridians to reckon with the many environmental challenges they face.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #biscayne-bay-fla, #environment, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #miami-fla, #water

Amid Historic Drought, a New Water War in the West

A drought crisis has erupted in the Klamath Basin along the California-Oregon border, with fish dying en masse and farmers infuriated that they have been cut off from their main water source.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #irrigation, #klamath-falls-ore, #native-americans, #oregon, #salmon, #water, #wildlife-die-offs

Taiwan Drought: Residents Pray for Rain and Scramble to Save Water

Some of the island’s lakes and reservoirs have nearly run dry. And water restrictions have forced many residents to modify how they shower, wash dishes and flush.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #drought, #rain, #reservoirs, #shortages, #sun-moon-lake-taiwan, #taichung, #taiwan, #typhoons, #water, #weather

The Central California Town That Keeps Sinking

The very ground upon which Corcoran, Calif., was built has been slowly but steadily collapsing, a situation caused primarily not by nature but agriculture.

#agriculture-and-farming, #boswell-j-g-company, #corcoran-calif, #drought, #shortages, #water, #wells

Why Corcoran California Keeps Shrinking

The very ground upon which Corcoran, Calif., was built has been slowly but steadily collapsing, a situation caused primarily not by nature but agriculture.

#agriculture-and-farming, #boswell-j-g-company, #corcoran-calif, #drought, #irrigation, #san-joaquin-valley-calif, #shortages, #water, #wells

Discover a Water Sport

This should be the summer you become a swimmer, a paddler or a sailor — it’s easier than you think.

#boats-and-boating, #content-type-service, #kayaks, #lakes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sailboats-and-sailing, #swimming, #travel-and-vacations, #water

Where’s the Water? Drought Threatens California’s Lifeline

Thursday: Amid another dry year, the state’s water supply is low — but the effects may not be seen in urban areas.

#california, #conservation-of-resources, #water

Severe Drought, Worsened by Climate Change, Ravages the American West

Heat and shifting weather patterns have intensified wildfires and sharply reduced water supplies across the Southwest, the Pacific Coast and North Dakota.

#agriculture-and-farming, #albuquerque-nm, #california, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lake-mead, #north-dakota, #rain, #water, #wildfires

The Hoover Dam Made Life in the West Possible. Or So We Thought.

Climate change threatens Las Vegas and every other desert oasis town.

#arizona, #colorado-river, #drought, #global-warming, #lake-mead, #lake-powell-utah-ariz, #las-vegas-nev, #water

Covid Pandemic Demands Air Quality Changes in the Workplace, Researchers Say

The researchers issued a call to action to improve indoor air quality as a safeguard against the spread of contagions like the coronavirus.

#american-hospital-assn, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #masks, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #science-journal, #water, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-healthcare

With its newest round, Liquid Death will exclusively ‘murder your thirst’ at Live Nation events

Liquid Death, a  four-year-old, L.A.-based canned mountain water startup that has steadily garnered market share and press coverage by promising, amusingly, to “murder your thirst,” just raised $15 million in Series C funding. The round brings the company’s total backing to date to $50 million.

The new financing — it follows a $23 million Series B round last fall — was seemingly about getting more strategic partners involved with the brand. Most meaningfully, Live Nation, the giant concert promoter, just became an equity investor and, as part of the deal, will only sell Liquid Death across its venues and festivals across the United States for a period of time.

That’s a big deal. Though Liquid Death has done pretty well on its own in terms of its distribution — it says its water is now carried in 16,000 locations throughout the U.S. including bars, tattoo parlors, cafes, local liquor stores and “big box” stores like Whole Foods, Walmart and 7-Eleven — Live Nation connects the brand with a massive and captive audience. Specifically, Live Nation says that in a typical (not COVID) year, it brings in 100 million fans to events across more than 120 Live Nation-owned-and-operated venues and festivals across the U.S. (Because Liquid Death comes in recyclable aluminum cans versus far-less recyclable plastic bottles, the tie-up is a good look for Live Nation, too.)

Liquid Death cofounder and CEO Mike Cessario, a former creative director and copywriter, declined yesterday to say how much Live Nation plans to charge for his products. But he did confirm that because the now 60-person company has “seen a ton of growth in retail and online in the past year,” it “didn’t need to raise a ton of cash right now.” In fact, he noted that as a “maturing” startup, Liquid Death now has “more access to favorable debt terms for working capital” should it go that route at some point.

Other investors in the new round include Tony Hawk, Wiz Khalifa, Steve Aoki, Hulu president Kelly Campbell and Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin.

Cessario says the new funding won’t be used to expand internationally — not yet. Though Liquid Death is available in Canada and receives “tons of requests on social for international expansion,” the company is “focused on conquering the U.S. and Canada for the time being,” he tells us. As for branching out into new products, he says the team is “exploring some ideas like limited-release flavors for later this year.”

#d2c, #ecommerce, #liquid-death, #live-nation, #science, #tc, #water

Where Ukrainians Are Preparing for All-Out War With Russia

A dried-up canal running from Ukraine into Russian-occupied Crimea is emerging as one of Europe’s main flash points.

#crimea-ukraine, #international-relations, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #water

Senate Passes $35 Billion Water Bill, but Bigger Infrastructure Fights Loom

The lopsided vote was a reminder that bipartisan cooperation on public works projects is possible, but lawmakers in both parties said the spirit of compromise could be fleeting.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-budget-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Facing Droughts, California Challenges Nestlé Over Water Use

A draft cease-and-desist letter sent to BlueTriton — known until this month as Nestlé Waters North America — is the latest development in a yearslong battle over water resources in the San Bernardino area.

#bluetriton-brands-inc, #california, #california-water-resources-control-board, #drought, #forest-service, #nestle-waters-north-america, #plastic-bottles, #pollution, #san-bernardino-calif, #shortages, #water

Nestlé threatened with cease-and-desist over alleged illegal water use

Rows and rows of water bottles.

Enlarge (credit: Daniel Orth / Flickr)

The snow hasn’t completely melted in the Sierra Nevada, but most of California is already deep into a drought. Over 96 percent of the Golden State is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought, compared with 36 percent last year, which was the worst year for wildfires since record keeping began. Meanwhile, in the San Bernardino National Forest, Nestlé continues to pump hundreds of thousands of gallons a week to sell as bottled water.

The folks at California’s State Water Resources Control Board aren’t amused. This week, they issued a cease-and-desist order, demanding that Nestlé “immediately cease all unauthorized diversions of water.”

Nestlé has been pumping water from a creek that feeds the Santa Ana River, which supplies a significant portion of Orange County’s drinking water. The company argues that it has water rights to the creek that date back to 1865, and while the water board admits that may be true, the board says that the company has grossly overdrawn its amount.

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#bottled-water, #california, #policy, #science, #water, #water-rights, #wildfires

The Secret to Smooth Doughs and Fluffy Bread Is Already at Hand

Just-boiled water has long played a role in making pie crusts, milk breads and more shine, across cultures and cuisines. But how does it work?

#bread, #chinese-food-cuisine, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #hussain-nadiya-jamir, #indian-food-cuisine, #water

I’m Paralyzed, but I Can Finally Feel the Joy of Swimming

At first, being in water made me feel defeated. Now it’s transformed me.

#disabilities, #paralysis, #swimming, #water

Florida Plans to Close Wastewater Reservoir Where Leak Forced Evacuations

A potential deluge of millions of gallons of water from a former phosphate mine had threatened homes south of Tampa.

#department-of-environmental-protection-fla, #desantis-ron, #environment, #florida, #manatee-county-fla, #piney-point-plant-manatee-county-fla, #reservoirs, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water

Japan’s Plan for Fukushima Wastewater Meets a Wall of Mistrust in Asia

The government in Tokyo says criticism of its intention to release treated water into the ocean is unscientific. South Korea has called the proposal “utterly intolerable.”

#fukushima-japan, #international-relations, #japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011, #nuclear-energy, #radiation, #water

In Iraq, Drought and Abundance in the Mesopotamian Marshes

Once vengefully drained by Saddam Hussein, the wetlands in southeastern Iraq have since been partially restored. Now the region and its isolated settlements face a new set of challenges.

#deserts, #drought, #euphrates-river, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #photography, #tigris-river, #water, #wetlands