Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Hefty pricetag

Californians will pay more for water, must still conserve

An oak tree buried under decades of silt and rocks while submerged in Lake Sonoma. KENT PORTER/Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

Press-Democrat

Reuters

Californians face higher water prices and permanent conservation measures amid drought, global warming and population growth in a state that has long struggled to satisfy urban and agricultural needs. "Water is going to cost more for Californians in the future," said Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources. "That's a reality we're all going to have to get used to."

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Restoring wetlands can lessen soil sinkage, GHG

Terra Daily

Restoring wetlands can help reduce or reverse soil subsidence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to research in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta by Dartmouth College researchers and their colleagues. The study appears in the journal by Global Change Biology.

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'Smart Sewage' analyzes waste to spot diseases

CNN

An MIT architect's "Underworlds" project is using sewer waste to open up a new world of information on human health and behavior through a platform he calls "Smart Sewage." His goal is to characterize a city's microbiome and ultimately "see epidemics before they happen."

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