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San Gabriel Valley water agency declares supply emergency 23.10.2014 LA Times: Environment
The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District declared a water supply emergency Wednesday amid record-low levels.
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Meet the Beetles 22.10.2014 Orion Magazine Articles
One woman’s account of the joys and mishaps of citizen science.
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8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security 22.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Information about water use and availability helps us learn how to best use this resource. If we can collect the pieces, we can solve the puzzle.

8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security
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The Most Beautiful Products for Unwinding After Your Work Is Done 22.10.2014 Wired Top Stories
If a home is a reflection of its dweller, make sure yours says something good about you. We know, we know—that’s easier said than done. Outfitting your pad can be a daunting task, but lucky for you, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it. For our Design|Life special issue, we rounded up 31 of the most stylish goods you need in ...
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Burden of the Boom: Who Will Pay the Price for Fracking in California? 22.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Scientist, San Francisco: From polluted skies to contaminated drinking water and hazardous waste, communities of color in California get way more than their fair share.  If the oil and gas industry gets their way, drilling – and the environmental and health threats from...
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Kirk Cameron Urges Christians To Celebrate Halloween By Sharing The Gospel 22.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Actor Kirk Cameron is urging Christians to celebrate a holiday many fundamentalists shun: Halloween. “ When you go out on Halloween and see all people dressed in costumes and see someone in a great big bobble-head Obama costume with great big ears and an Obama face, are they honoring him or poking fun ?” the former "Growing Pains" star asked the Christian Post. "They are poking fun at him," he said. Then, he added: “Early on, Christians would dress up in costumes as the devil, ghosts, goblins and witches precisely to make the point that those things were defeated and overthrown by the resurrected Jesus Christ. The costumes poke fun at the fact that the devil and other evils were publicly humiliated by Christ at His resurrection.” Cameron said the "real origins" of Halloween were related to All Saints Day and All Hallows Eve. However, according to anthropologists, the true origins of Halloween go back about 2,000 years to the Celtic holiday of Samhain , which celebrated the end of the harvest ...
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More than 5 million in state live near oil or gas well, report says 22.10.2014 LA Times: Environment
More than 5 million Californians — most of them in Los Angeles and Kern counties — live near an oil or gas well, and expanding drilling in the state could increase their exposure to health risks, according to a report released Wednesday by a national environmental group.
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FRACKING REPORT: 5.4 Million Californians Now Live Within a Mile of Oil or Gas Wells, Majority are People of Color 22.10.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
LOS ANGELES (October 22, 2014) – Nearly five and a half million Californians now live within a mile of an oil or gas well, including nearly 4 million who are people of color. Approximately one-third of those living near wells, or nearly 2 million people, already live in some of the state’s most polluted communities.  The risk to these populations is expected to increase as fracking expands in these impacted regions and throughout the state, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense ...
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Water: Thirst for life 21.10.2014 Financial Times: Analysis
In California farmers are pulling crops, residents are fearful and politicians looking for answers
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Fracking tracking breakthrough to hold frackers responsible for pollution 21.10.2014 TreeHugger
New tracers that can identify fracking fluids in the environment will help to hold poor operators accountable
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10 ways to get your kids out in nature, and why it matters 21.10.2014 Washington Post

We awaken to the gurgling sound of a small creek; even with the windows closed, the gentle sounds of the rhythm of water making its way downhill reaches my boys and pulls them outside to explore. After two long days of travel and a pitch black night time arrival, they are eager to see what surrounds the cabin in daylight. We are in the thickly wooded mountains 20 miles or so from Asheville, North Carolina, enjoying the beginning of what would become our best family vacation yet.

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Colorado's First Couple of Pro-Fracking Front Groups 21.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A fracking operation in Colorado A Greenpeace investigation has uncovered close ties between a Colorado political couple and at least six oil and gas industry front groups that have been fighting state regulations designed to protect the health of its citizens and the environment. The husband and wife team are ex-state senator and onetime Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Josh Penry and his wife, founder of Republican PR and fundraising firm Starboard Group, Kristin Strohm. Colorado has emerged as a key battleground in the national debate over shale drilling and fracking. The state's oil and gas industry has over 50,000 hydraulically fractured wells, and plans to drill many thousands more every year into the foreseeable future. These wells have caused severe water and air pollution problems, and have sparked a grassroots movement against drilling and fracking across the state. Concern over pollution from fracking culminated in a series of local laws to ban or regulate fracking, efforts that sent ...
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An Investment Perspective on Green Building Market Transformation 21.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This week the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) - the independent certification organization for LEED, WELL, PEER and other sustainability standards, announced that it has acquired the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). As CEO of this organization as well as of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), I'm excited to now have Nils Kok on our team as he continues in his role as CEO of GRESB. He and I are both deeply excited, about bringing together these two platforms, as we believe that GRESB's investment perspective on green building will spur the transformation of the built environment to become more efficient and sustainable. When I co-founded USGBC 20 years ago it was because we started to recognize that the world wanted to create superior buildings and communities; green buildings that benefit people and the environment. But we also had a challenge: the real estate industry didn't agree on how to define "better buildings." They couldn't agree on what constituted better ...
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America's energy future is starting to look like our energy past 21.10.2014 MinnPost
Three interesting takes on America's complicated energy puzzle showed up in national papers in the last couple of days: A report in the Los Angeles Times on Monday suggesting that geothermal power could be on the verge of a renaissance after decades of decline, not only in geyser-rich California but across the country. A pair of reports in The New York Times on Sunday portraying our so-called renaissance in nuclear power as a limp-along effort to extend the lives of old-technology plants, equipment and designs beyond their normal spans, with all of the safety concerns you can imagine. Both are worth careful study, I think, by anyone who wants a little better grasp on these two industrial sectors and also the factors that will shape America's energy future. Taking the nukes first, it certainly is not news that utilities all across the United States — including Xcel Energy in Minnesota — have sought federal approval for programs to refurbish nuclear reactors as they come to the end of their operating ...
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Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through "Duck Dynasty" Is About to Be Texas' Second-in-Command 21.10.2014 Mother Jones
As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock jock he once was. Patrick—who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor—has railed against everything from separation of church and state to Mexican coyotes who supposedly speak Urdu. He's even advised his followers that God is speaking to them through Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. A former sportscaster who once defended a football player who'd thrown a reporter through a door (Patrick believed it wasn't the journalist's job to do "negative reporting"), Patrick became a conservative talk radio host in the early 1990s—Houston's answer to Rush Limbaugh. In 2006, he parlayed his radio fame into a state Senate seat—and kept the talk show going. In office, he proposed paying women $500 to turn over newborn babies to the state (to reduce abortions), led the charge against creeping liberalism in state textbooks, and pushed wave after wave of new abortion restrictions. For his efforts, Texas Monthly ...
Total CEO Christophe De Margerie Killed In Moscow Plane Collision 21.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday. Three French crew members also died when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into flames after it hit the snowplow during takeoff from Vnukovo airport at 11:57 p.m. Monday local time. Tatyana Morozova, an official with the Investigative Committee, Russia's main investigative agency, said investigators are questioning the snowplow driver, who was not hurt, as well as air traffic controllers and witnesses. "At the current time, it has been established that the driver of the snowplow was in a state of alcoholic intoxication," Morozova said. NTV television showed the charred plane lying on a grassy field. Though it had snowed earlier Monday in Moscow, it was unclear how much snow remained at the airport at the time of the crash. Vnukovo is ...
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Why America's energy future is starting to look a lot like the past 21.10.2014 MinnPost
Three interesting takes on America's complicated energy puzzle showed up in national papers in the last couple of days: A report in the Los Angeles Times on Monday suggesting that geothermal power could be on the verge of a renaissance after decades of decline, not only in geyser-rich California but across the country. A pair of reports in The New York Times on Sunday portraying our so-called renaissance in nuclear power as a limp-along effort to extend the lives of old-technology plants, equipment and designs beyond their normal spans, with all of the safety concerns you can imagine. Both are worth careful study, I think, by anyone who wants a little better grasp on these two industrial sectors and also the factors that will shape America's energy future. Taking the nukes first, it certainly is not news that utilities all across the United States — including Xcel Energy in Minnesota — have sought federal approval for programs to refurbish nuclear reactors as they come to the end of their operating ...
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Amid California's drought, a bruising battle for cheap water 21.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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North Dakota well that leaked oil, gas, brine for more than 2 days contained 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Leaking North Dakota oil well contained 21.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota oil regulators say a well that leaked oil, gas and brine for more than two days has been brought under control.
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