Federal Judge Restores Obama-Era Protections for Streams, Marshes, and Wetlands

Federal Judge Restores Obama-Era Protections for Streams, Marshes, and Wetlands

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor   A federal judge has thrown out a Trump administration environmental rollback that scaled back federal protections for the nation’s streams, marshes, and wetlands. Despite support from farm and business groups, the federal judge ruled that the rollback could lead to “serious environmental harm.” Environmental groups are celebrating the decision, which will reinstate protections for […]

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Brazil’s Water Sources Have Declined by 15% in Just 30 Years

Brazil’s Water Sources Have Declined by 15% in Just 30 Years

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Between 1991 and 2020, Brazil lost 15% of its surface water, a new study shows. The country holds the most water resources globally, but both the world’s most extensive wetlands and rainforests are losing water at rapid rates. Now, severe drought and deforestation threaten water security and access to energy and food for millions, […]

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One Cool Thing: Farming with Salt Water

One Cool Thing: Farming with Salt Water

Drought conditions are spreading worldwide, and agriculture will be the first to suffer from freshwater cuts and shortages. At the same time, global food demand is expected to rise by up to 98% by 2050. Thankfully, scientists in one of the world’s driest places may have a solution. The International Center of Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is growing superfoods in the Dubai […]

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DOE Announces Climate Observatory on Drought-Stricken Colorado River

DOE Announces Climate Observatory on Drought-Stricken Colorado River

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Just over a week after the federal government declared a water shortage on the Colorado River, which supplies 40 million people with water, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced Tuesday that it would be opening a new climate observatory at the river’s headwaters. The project’s scientists hope to predict rain and snowfall […]

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Orlando Water Restrictions Driven by COVID Cases

Orlando Water Restrictions Driven by COVID Cases

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Orlando’s mayor is asking residents to cut back their personal water use so the liquid oxygen used to treat the water can be diverted to treat the area’s hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Orlando and nearby Winter Park mayors have asked residents to refrain from watering lawns, washing cars, or pressure […]

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California Declares Supply Alert, Restricting Water Use in the Region

California Declares Supply Alert, Restricting Water Use in the Region

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared a supply alert — a request for the region to cut water use and prepare for this historic drought to continue. According to the supply alert, citizens of Southern California must voluntarily reduce their water consumption so that the region’s storage reserves remain […]

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