Scientists have discovered large mercury reserves trapped in Arctic permafrost. According to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the mercury reserves are the largest in the world.
The US Water Alliance is proud to release the third policy brief in its seven-part One Water for America Policy Framework: Sustain Adequate Funding for Water Infrastructure.
Communities' needs for capital are growing all the time to meet the challenges of water system development and renewal, regulatory compliance, the rising costs of day-to-day utility operations, and more unpredictable weather patterns. Our focus must be on fully representing the cost of water management, making water services more cost-effective, and continuing to educate the public on our infrastructure needs.
Dear Friends of Carpe Diem West:
What if California's plan for twin tunnels (now down to one) implodes this year? What if we invested a fraction of the billions of dollars for a tunnel in groundwater storage, more recycling and most critically restoration of most of the source of our water - California¹s headwater forests?
These are some of the questions Jeff Mount of the Public Policy Institute of California and I talked about on our interview hosted by our friends at Water Deeply this month. You'll read our comments in the piece in this month's Confluence.
A rapidly warming climate demands that we think and act on solutions that bring resiliency, not huge new inflexible infrastructure. If the money and political will is there for infrastructure, why not a plan that puts our proverbial water eggs into many, diverse, baskets?
An interesting year ahead - and time for all of us to think more wisely about what the future is bringing.
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Executive Director, Carpe Diem West
Carpe Diem West
BEIJING — China on Friday outlined its ambitions to extend President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming.
Releasing its first official Arctic policy white paper, China said it would encourage enterprises to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages, paving the way for Arctic shipping routes that would form a "Polar Silk Road".
When it comes to taking action to conserve water and improve water quality, one area deserves particular focus: building partnerships between water providers and the agricultural sector. Too often in our siloed water systems, we do not fully consider the impacts of agriculture and land management on our water sources. Yet the management of land presents one of the greatest opportunities for protecting water quality, preserving ecosystems, and safeguarding our drinking water supplies. Agriculture is one of the largest users of water in the US, and runoff from agricultural lands is believed to be the largest single source of nonpoint source pollution in US waterways. By concentrating on the development and implementation of best practices that balance conservation with productivity, we can greatly improve water quality of surface and groundwater resources, especially for downstream users.
Conservation professionals have a challenging path ahead, but resilience finance makes it easier. Out of the carnage that Hurricane Andrew caused in 1992, a market for catastrophe (‘cat’) bonds was born. While ordinary bonds pay buyers interest to cover the risk of default by the issuer, cat bonds compensate buyers with higher interest rates for taking on the risk of extreme events. In the event that disaster hits, investors lose their principal.