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Australia's city dwellers become water conscious

El Paso Times

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After drought hit Australia in the early 2000s, city officials had to start thinking seriously about ways to conserve and creatively store their water. External tanks became the solution, storing rain runoff to create an available source of water for Melbourne residents.

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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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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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On Columbia, ‘just add water' seems to be working

The Seattle Times

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New water management technology implemented along the Columbia has significantly helped the fish population - specifically salmon - return to healthy numbers and has restored much of the community and industry that revolves around the river, including for native peoples.

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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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In Aleppo, cell phones are helping some desperate Syrians find clean water

Public Radio International (PRI)

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross posted a map on Facebook to show alternative sources o...

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Kansas Farmers Commit To Taking Less Water From The Ground

NPR

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

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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Protecting the Rio Grande Basin's dwindling water

El Paso Times

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The El Paso Times reports from the heart of the Rio Grande Basin - where drought has led to dramatic decreases in water supply, and serious changes in management of river resources are called for - on how the region plans to tackle the effects of climate change. Citizens work to increase water re...

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