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Southwest water issues are complex and critical

El Paso Times

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Learning lessons from failed past attempts, the Southwestern United States begins to plan water preservation projects.

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Texas and New Mexico laws discourage water conservation, experts say

El Paso Times

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Laws in Texas and New Mexico, both locked in the grip of a crippling drought, don't do much to actually encourage citizens to conserve water. New conservation laws and financial incentives are trying to change that.

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Climate Change-Ready Rice Keeps Farmers' Fields Fertile

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Soil in Bangladesh is becoming increasingly saline and infertile due to climate change. Bangladeshi farmers have begun using a saline-tolerant rice seed in order to produce an abundant crop despite salty soil.

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Could adorable tiny tech backpacks save the honeybees?

The Christian Science Monitor

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Concerned with colony collapse syndrome in honey bees worldwide, scientists, farmers and tech companies teamed up in Australia to create a micro-sensor that collects data on the bee's environment.

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Growing A Solution To California's Groundwater Crisis

National Geographic

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Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

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Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die

NPR

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In just the next couple of decades, the World Bank says, farmers across Africa could lose more than half their cropland to drought and heat - the issue is considered so pressing that, a few years ago, Malawi's Department of Meteorological Services added "Climate Change" to its name. A new aid gro...

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In Search Of Salvation From Drought, California Looks Down Under

KQED

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Farmers in California increasingly face water shortages. To help solve the problem, some are looking to Australia, where a national water market has provided an economic solution. By buying and selling water rights, farmers have incentives to reduce consumption.

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How to Grow More Food with Less Water

Ensia

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Water shortages caused by drought have increased across the globe, and farmers are faced with economic burdens. The U.S. government has developed different sensors for irrigation devices that gauge water demand and help conserve use.

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How Weeds Could Help Feed Billions in a Warming World

Yale E360

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The demand for food crops is increasing globally while the crop resilience is decreasing due to a warming climate and elevated CO2 levels. Scientists in Washington, DC are testing how to cross food crops with weeds, which have resilience against heat and many other environmental challenges.

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Kansas Farmers Commit To Taking Less Water From The Ground

NPR

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Farmers in one part of Kansas have pledged to use 20 percent less water in order to help the water conservation system. The agreement is necessary in light of farmers' abuse of groundwater resources, which have already dried up in parts of the state.

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