Opinion: It’s not necessarily how much water we have that matters, but how well we plan to use it.
Water managers and scientists can’t say with 100 percent certainty what Arizona’s water supply will look like in the distant future. But of all the possible outcomes, one thing seems certain: A water shortage won’t solve itself.
The Atlantic Council today announced a $25-million gift from business leader and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht to endow the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience. The Center, which recently received a $30-million grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, will be renamed the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center effective May 1.
In the western highlands of Guatemala, the question is no longer whether someone will leave but when.
Together with the University of Colorado Boulder, the city and county of Denver has developed a stormwater planning tool that uses GIS and data forecasting to inform policymaking ahead of predicted rainfall increase.
Climate change is getting harder to ignore, from alarming new reports about its impacts to debates around a Green New Deal. Yet for all this attention, individual places—from the biggest cities to the smallest towns—are still struggling to do something about it.
Coastal Flooding Is Erasing Billions in Property Value as Sea Level Rises. That's Bad News for Cities.
High-tide flooding is eating away at the coastal property tax base just when communities need it most to adapt to climate change and repair the damage.
Climate change and human development have pushed Florida to the brink. Now conservationists are finding fresh hope in an unlikely form
The Hamilton Project’s Vitality Index is a measure of a place’s economic and social wellbeing. It combines a county’s median household income, poverty rate, unemployment rate, prime-age employment rate, life expectancy, and housing vacancy rate.
With a new global summit approaching, communities in the southern United States are calling attention to the disaster scenarios they currently face.
A lawsuit in California’s Imperial Valley could determine who controls the single largest share of Colorado River water in the West — a few hundred landowning farmers, or the elected five-member board of the Imperial Irrigation District.
The gold rush is on in Texas, and Big Oil is scrambling for a piece of the action. The oil industry is shelling out billions of dollars in a series of acquisitions in the Permian Basin, the hottest oilfield in the world.
Arizona will avoid a water shortage next year, but water users may be forced to cut back in 2020, according to a new federal report released Wednesday.
When a blistering heat wave struck the Southland earlier this month, the region’s electric grid was so overwhelmed that more than 100,000 customers in Los Angeles had at some point lost power. Some went days without electricity.
Duke Reiter summarizes the challenge ahead: “The evidence about where things are moving is so obvious. How do we rally the capacity to act? That’s really the big question around sustainability, resiliency and climate change.”
Water managers all over the country are bracing for expected water shortages.
Attracted by lax regulations, industrial agriculture has descended on a remote valley, depleting its aquifer — leaving many residents with no water at all.
Most Americans take water for granted. It’s a resource that people assume will always be accessible, available, and consumable. For most people in this country, whether they’re at a public drinking fountain, a restaurant or at home, water is a commodity considered to be at our constant beck and call – but for how much longer?
Salt River Project announced in June that water use among its users has decreased by one-third since 1980, even though the state’s population has doubled since then.
Climate change is heating up Los Angeles. We need a grid that can keep the power on when it's sweltering.
The record-breaking heat that baked Southern California and prompted mass power outages last weekend was just a taste of what is to come.
Ten Across is designed to accomplish two things: first, to represent the world as it is in all of its complexity and nuance and, second, to imagine alternatives to the present trajectory.
The port of Los Angeles braces for the fallout of the escalating trade war between China and the U.S. More than half of the goods that pass through this port are going to or coming from China.
This week, WWNO explores how prepared the city is for the threats that climate change will bring with a special Coastal Desk series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?
Tensions rise over water in the Southwest as extreme drought conditions return.
The 19th-century geologist John Wesley Powell charted paths through the American West—and proposed ideas about developing the land with climate and ecology in mind. This 19th-century surveyor’s view of climate was ahead of his time.
The Mississippi River flows through the most vulnerable state. Louisiana’s reliance on trade makes it a unique microcosm of how the tariff battle will affect America.
New Hampshire ranks highest and New Mexico lowest for overall child well-being in the United States. Five of the top-10 states for overall child well-being were in the Northeast. States in the Appalachian region and across the southern tier mostly populated the bottom of the rankings.
Florida and Georgia have been arguing about the water that flows into the Apalachicola Bay for three decades. The Supreme Court last week seemed to suggest that in water disputes between states, the health of an aquatic ecosystem can be considered alongside drinking-water and farming concerns.
Baton Rouge emerges from devastating floods to lead the battle against rising water. CNBC’s Diana Olick reports.
For many in El Paso, the international ebb and flow of people is part of daily life and our location is a source of pride.
As many as 311,000 homes in US coastal areas could be underwater within the next 30 years, according to a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
John Wesley Powell identified the dividing line between the arid West and the verdant East, but his insight was ignored. Thanks to climate change, that boundary is now on the move.
With climate change on the horizon, Los Angeles is rushing to pull water from surprising sources. The goal: aqueous independence.
ASU’s Duke Reiter to participate in national conference on catalytic development and walkable communities
Phoenix’s population is set to rise to 2.2 million by 2030, a challenging prospect considering the region’s dwindling water supplies.
I write to express my gratitude to the Baton Rouge community for the success of the first annual Ten Across Water Summit, which was held on May 16 and 17 and attended by visitors from across the country and the globe.
Even in a good year, much of the Rio Grande is diverted for irrigation. But it’s only May, and the river is already turning to sand.
Experts gathered May 16–17 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to discuss sustainability issues affecting cities in the I-10 corridor.
Sometimes in south Louisiana, we think we’re alone in dealing with rising sea levels, an eroding coastline and increasingly frequent catastrophic weather events. But communities across the Interstate 10 corridor—from California to Florida—are facing similar challenges as they cope with flooding, droughts and issues related to resilience and sustainability.
As south Louisiana communities are increasingly faced with water management issues caused by rising sea levels and natural disasters, the need for municipalities and regions to work together is rising, said Henry Cisneros, former San Antonio mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary, at the Ten Across Water Summit taking place at The Water Campus today.
Renewed conflict over Colorado River resources offers a glimpse into the challenges of water politics in an era of permanent scarcity.
The first annual Ten Across Water Summit is being held in Baton Rouge May 16-17 to explore diverse water issues along the 2,400-mile Interstate 10 corridor from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Florida.
The fear is that the “island”, as it is known, could wash away in the next big storm
Scientists working on new ways to battle the erosion that threatens Louisiana’s coastline have a dramatic new tool: a massive replica of the lower Mississippi River, housed at Louisiana State University’s Center for River Studies on the Water Campus in Baton Rouge.
For much of the past century, Southern California has been driven by ever increasing population growth. That area has now ended as the region’s demographics stagnate, a trend that, according to the latest Census numbers, is, if anything, accelerating. This follows a distinct national trend, notes demographer Wendell Cox, where the largest metropolitan areas are losing domestic migrants and growing far slower than smaller, often less expensive regions.
For the community of Jean Lafitte, the question is less whether it will succumb to the sea than when–and how much the public should invest in artificially extending its life.
Looking at current issues on the Colorado River—especially as states and water users grapple with allocations and more pressure is put upon the river and its reservoirs—offers lessons for New Mexico.
By reframing its chronic infrastructure maintenance problem as an acute challenge of “infrastructure blight,” Mobile has managed to bring urgency and coherence to a seemingly abstract engineering challenge.
Global warming will intensify regional inequality in the United States, according to a revolutionary new economic assessment of the phenomenon.
As the United States confronts global warming in the decades ahead, not all states will suffer equally. Maine may benefit from milder winters. Florida, by contrast, could face major losses, as deadly heat waves flare up in the summer and rising sea levels eat away at valuable coastal properties.