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Soil Erosion

Fighting It Out Below Ground

Fighting It Out Below Ground

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There can scarcely be a more loaded subject in the arid Southwest these days than water: who has it, who needs it, and who gets to take it from someone else.

The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association has just published an analysis of the situation in that state. Although it’s specific  … Read More

Another Dam Argument About Water

Another Dam Argument About Water

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What do you do when federal and state goals are at odds over a project within that state? What if the project itself is on federal land, but the work would affect large areas outside federal jurisdiction? Those are questions California and federal officials are arguing now in relation to  … Read More

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

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How much time do you spend in the forest? According to an organization that dedicates a lot of effort to studying these things, the average American visits a wooded area—and this can include an urban forest—110 days each year.

Recreation is only a small part of what forests provide, though,  … Read More

What to Do With the Mud From Montecito

What to Do With the Mud From Montecito

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As you might have seen or read in the past week, the community of Montecito, CA, has experienced catastrophic mudslides following the Thomas Fire. As I write this, 20 people are known to have died, several others are missing, dozens of homes have been completely destroyed, and hundreds more have  … Read More

Trouble Down Below

Trouble Down Below

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As if Florida and other coastal states didn’t have enough problems, what with frequent hurricanes, tropical storms, coastal erosion, and flooding, some of them are also being undermined from below.  Earlier this year, a sinkhole caused the evacuation of a Florida neighborhood, a result of the collapse of the underlying  … Read More

Your Credit Rating Just Got More Complicated

Your Credit Rating Just Got More Complicated

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One of the tricky things about sea level rise is that it’s not happening equally in all places. Lots of people picture the world’s oceans as a sort of huge bathtub: If you add water, say from melting polar ice, then the level should go up evenly everywhere, right? But  … Read More


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