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Most Trees, No Matter Type or Where Located, Are Always Close to Thirsty Death
Posted on 7 Aug 2013 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Sometimes a piece of research changes the way one looks at ecosystems. Evaporation from tiny pores in the leaves of trees pulls water up from the roots through thousands of slim tubes, called xylem tissue. When water is scarce, these tubes can develop... Read More

An articulate end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it view from Thomas Friedman
Posted on 10 Jun 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

I am certainly old enough to remember a variety of doomsday scenarios, usually built around decreases in agriculture productivity or population growth (or both). There have also been some modern scholarly papers that posit that things are going to get... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – Here Comes El Nino and Drought Stokes Wildfires in Western States
Posted on 19 Oct 2015 by State Net

California Update: Here Comes El Nino While much of the West suffers through an epic drought that has contributed to a deadly fire season, state and local officials are bracing for a severe El Nino winter that could bring substantial rain along the... Read More

Virginia’s Draft State Water Resources Plan
Posted on 11 Jun 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Henry R. "Speaker" Pollard, V The severe drought in Virginia in 2002 saw several localities nearly exhaust available public water supplies and reenergized public policy concerns about Virginia’s water resources and their proper... Read More

Drought: Water Restrictions Reach Oilsands
Posted on 16 Sep 2015 by Dianne Saxe

Unprecedented water use restrictions, due to widespread and extreme drought, are in force in western parts of the US and Canada. California is in its worst drought on record . Widespread water shortages have prompted state governor Jerry Brown to proclaim... Read More

Jenner & Block: You Are Drinking What? Reuse Of Municipal Wastewater
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The Wall Street Journal has reported that about 60% of the U.S. is now living through drought conditions and half of all counties have been declared disaster areas. Drastic situations call for drastic... Read More

Governor Jerry Brown Urges Conservation As California Runs Dry
Posted on 4 Feb 2014 by State Net

BROWN URGES CONSERVATION AS CA RUNS DRY: With the state facing its worst drought in decades, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) urged Golden State residents last week to cut back their water usage wherever possible. Brown said residents should voluntarily... Read More

Jenner & Block: New Water Scarcity Mapping Tool
Posted on 29 Jul 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The World Resources Institute recently released its Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas (Atlas) to help companies identify water-related risks. The Atlas is a tool that provides geographical and sector-specific... Read More

An articulate end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it view from Thomas Friedman
Posted on 10 Jun 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

I am certainly old enough to remember a variety of doomsday scenarios, usually built around decreases in agriculture productivity or population growth (or both). There have also been some modern scholarly papers that posit that things are going to get... Read More

Satellite measurements show huge drop in groundwater aquifers in California's Central Valley
Posted on 22 Apr 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

By Thomas H. Clarke, Jr. For the last three years, California has been experiencing a major drought; only this season has the rainfall been "normal", probably due to El Nino. Yet, during the last six years, even before the onset of the drought... Read More

Could the Amazon Become a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emitter Rather Than a Sink?
Posted on 3 Apr 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The Amazon has long been conceived of as a CO2 sink because of its mass of vegetation. Researchers are now concerned that drought and deforestation may make it a net emitter. Because of regular measurements of about 100,000 trees, researchers estimate... Read More

Krugman Links Climate Change, Food Scarcity and Mideast Unrest
Posted on 10 Feb 2011 by Allison Torrence

By Allison A. Torrence , Associate, Jenner & Block LLP Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman recently wrote an article in the New York Times explaining his theory that climate change-caused food scarcity is triggering recent uprisings in... Read More

Jenner & Block: You Are Drinking What? Reuse Of Municipal Wastewater
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The Wall Street Journal has reported that about 60% of the U.S. is now living through drought conditions and half of all counties have been declared disaster areas. Drastic situations call for drastic... Read More

Jenner & Block: New Water Scarcity Mapping Tool
Posted on 29 Jul 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The World Resources Institute recently released its Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas (Atlas) to help companies identify water-related risks. The Atlas is a tool that provides geographical and sector-specific... Read More

Data from crop trials demonstrates threat climate change poses to crops
Posted on 27 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Serendipity has helped more than a few scientists with insights and discoveries. Researchers were chatting, and realized that data from work one of them was focused upon various crop trials spread across southern and eastern Africa, if correlated with... Read More