“The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approved an agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District Tuesday that would allow both agencies to share equally in the costs of upgrading earthquake-damaged water infrastructure in Mexico, in return for an equal share of conserved water that should result.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District is one step closer to participating in a historic water agreement with Mexico.
“The Board of Directors approved on Tuesday an agreement with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in which both agencies will equally share in the costs and benefits of upgrading water infrastructure in the Mexicali Valley that suffered earthquake damage in 2010.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District may participate in a water pact between the United States and Mexico if the IID’s Board of Directors approves an agreement with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California when it meets later today.
“The board considered participating in Minute 319 last year.
“Rather suddenly, the center of gravity of global energy production has swung toward the Americas as shale oil and gas fields in North Dakota and Texas hum with activity. America is moving to the fore as the world’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas.
“That change will reorder the globe in ways large and small.”
From the California WaterBlog, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, in a post by Wouter Jan Klerk and Ties Rijcken:
“The California Delta is one of the world’s most complex water systems. As a group of five Dutch students from Delft University of Technology, we were eager to visit the diked islands, or ‘polders,’ as we call them in the Netherlands.
“A new study based on Earth-observing satellite data comprehensively describes changes in the world’s forests from the beginning of this century. Published in Science today [Nov. 14], this unparalleled survey of global forests tracked forest loss and gain at the spatial granularity of an area covered by a baseball diamond (30-meter resolution).
“At the U.N. climate negotiations in Warsaw on Monday, the lead Philippine delegate, Yeb Sano, made an emotional plea: “Typhoons such as Haiyan and its impacts represent a sobering reminder to the international community that we cannot afford to procrastinate on climate action.”
“But was Sano’s statement consistent with the science?”
“Many of the ills of the modern world – starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease – are likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.”
“In some parts of the country, talk about the need to combat climate change can be viewed as downright subversive.
So Gov. Jerry Brown and the leaders of Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia are to be commended for gathering in San Francisco this week to sign a pact in which they agree to work collaboratively to fight climate change. The question comes down to follow-through.”
“Saying that the West Coast must lead the way in battling climate change, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, along with the premier of British Columbia, signed an agreement Monday committing the Canadian province and the three states to coordinate global-warming policies.
“Each state and the Canadian province promised to take roughly a dozen actions, including streamlining permits for solar and wind projects, better integrating the electric power grid, supporting more research on ocean acidification and expanding government purch
“Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new pact Monday to formally align California’s clean energy policies with those of Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia. …
“The agreement commits all four governments to work toward ways to put a price on carbon pollution, require the use of lower-carbon gasoline and set goals for reducing greenhouse gases across the region.”
“The governors of Pacific coastal U.S. states and a Canadian province official are joining forces in a new effort to fight climate change.
“In an agreement announced Monday, the governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the environment minister of British Columbia, Mary Polak, will place a price on greenhouse gas pollution and mandate the use of cleaner-burning fuels.”
“Experts have long pondered the cause of the crisis that led to the collapse of civilization in the Late Bronze Age, and now believe that by studying grains of fossilized pollen they have uncovered the cause.
“In a study published Monday in Tel Aviv: Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University, researchers say it was drought that led to the collapse in the ancient southern Levant.”
“The operator of Japan’s wrecked nuclear plant said Monday that rainwater from a weekend storm became contaminated as it collected behind barriers meant to stop radiation leaks. The toxic water overflowed those barriers at several locations, with some of it possibly spilling into the Pacific Ocean.”
From the Pacific Institute Insights blog, in a post by Jason Morrison, Program Director, and Peter Schulte, Research Associate:
“The United Nations has designated 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, which highlights the critical importance of cross-sectoral collaboration in promoting sustainable water management. But just to make an obvious point, public-private water stewardship partnerships are not about collective action simply for the sake of collective action; they’re about jointly tackling shared water challenges. And the highest priority ones at that.
“The revival of legislation to ban mining in glacial areas is spawning debate among miners, farmers and environmentalists about how to protect both vital water supplies and Chile’s mining industry. If the bill passes, mining experts fear it could shutter multibillion-dollar mining projects and slow investment.”