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Blue Is the New Black: Improving Water Management Yields Multiple Resilience Benefits

The 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos identified water crises – flood, drought, and pollution – as the risk with the largest expected impact over the next 10 years in its 2015 Global Risks report. The report posits that over 50 percent of the planet’s water is already diverted for human use, and that number is rising. Competition for scarce, clean water creates conflicts across the world, in cities from Durban to Los Angeles to Mexico City. Effective water management to confront clean water scarcity is a major concern for most cities…

 

Global accord on climate won’t be enough

A great deal hinges on a worldwide agreement to reduce carbon emissions at a summit in Paris this year. Some momentum is finally building for securing unified commitments from nearly 200 countries. But to avert a climate catastrophe in time, far more will be needed from countries, beyond what a multilateral agreement alone can bring…

 

The food movement has only just begun

National magazines, television shows, radio broadcasts and podcasts showcase young people's return to agriculture, artisanal food production, and a revival of lost food arts like canning and curing. (Los Angeles Times)

National magazines, television shows, radio broadcasts and podcasts showcase young people’s return to agriculture, artisanal food production, and a revival of lost food arts like canning and curing. (Los Angeles Times)

I ran into a farmer I know in December. “I’m not going to make my operating loan in February,” he told me, meaning he might lose his farm to foreclosure. A grower of organic vegetables for 50 of the top restaurants in farm-food-obsessed Portland, Ore., he had lost 4,000 pounds of his carrot crop during a bitter fall cold snap. Selling beet tops to a vitamin maker had helped, but the season’s poor potato yield meant another hit to his bottom line…

 

Let’s plan for cyberterror just like other disasters

As central Ohioans, we know we must constantly prepare for natural disasters such as storms and floods. Our government in Franklin County and law enforcement, educational and private institutions regularly run through our plans for dealing with both natural and man-made incidents, including acts of terrorism…

 

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