California to Nestlé: Stop Draining Our Water

California to Nestlé: Stop Draining Our Water

As California’s drought conditions are worsening, Nestle is pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino forest. State water officials have drafted a cease-and-desist order to force the company to stop overpumping from Strawberry Creek, which provides drinking water for about 750,000 people. 

Why This Matters: It’s not the first time other states have also tried to reign in Nestle for its water grabs.

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NASA Earth Science to “Meet the Moment”

NASA Earth Science to “Meet the Moment”

This op/ed was originally featured in SpaceNews on March 30th and has been reprinted with their and the author’s permission.  By Nancy Colleton Small businesses and large multinational corporations face incredible challenges and uncertainty in today’s world. Whether an uncertain economy, continuing impact of a pandemic, or the rapidly changing natural environment of water scarcity, ecosystem […]

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Flushable Wipes Causing “Fatbergs” In City Sewer Systems

Flushable Wipes Causing “Fatbergs” In City Sewer Systems

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer To disinfect surfaces during the pandemic, Americans have been using more sanitary wipes than ever before. In the twelve months through late January, sanitary wipe purchases have increased by a whopping 75%.  But while these wipes are often labeled “flushable” by manufacturers, they are anything but and are clogging […]

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Florida and Georgia Asking the Supreme Court to Draw a Line on Water

Florida and Georgia Asking the Supreme Court to Draw a Line on Water

Florida and Georgia faced off again in the Supreme Court on Monday, asking the Justices to settle their long-running dispute over water.  The problem is that there is not enough to go around in three rivers the emanate in Georgia but flow through Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. 

Why This Matters:  The states failed to reach a water compact more than a decade ago — now they have nowhere else to go but the Supreme Court, which has “original jurisdiction” over a dispute between two states.

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Aquifers, 8% of Earth’s Land Area at Risk of Sinking, Flooding

Aquifers, 8% of Earth’s Land Area at Risk of Sinking, Flooding

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A first-of-its-kind study has found that in the next 20 years, 1.6 billion people will be affected by crumbling aquifers. Subsidence, the degradation of aquifers due to over-extraction of water and drought, causes the earth to cave in reducing aquifers’ ability to hold water and puts communities at risk […]

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Turkey Is Praying for Rain

Turkey Is Praying for Rain

Turkey is experiencing its most severe drought in a decade after critically low rainfall over the past six months. Istanbul has less than 45 days of water remaining. Ankara, the country’s capital has 110. Other cities also face limited water and depleted dams, and farmers are concerned about crop failure.

Why this Matters: Things are so bad, the imams are telling their worshipers to pray for rain.

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