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Corona Brewery Accused of Draining Mexico of Water

Mexican mayor accuses US firm of sucking all the water from local wells

(Newser) - Americans love Mexican beer. The US imports more beer from its neighbor to the south than all other importers put together, and Corona is the country's fifth best-selling beer, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2015. But the mayor of the municipality of Zaragoza just south of the US... More »

Here's How We Stop World War III

'Sustainable community-led water management'

(Newser) - "The third world war is at our gate, and it will be about water, if we don't do something about this crisis" of dwindling global water supplies , says Rajendra Singh, last year's recipient of "the Nobel Prize for water" for his water restoration efforts in rural... More »

Nestle Permit to Bottle Water in California Expired in 1988

Desert Sun newspaper investigation finds little state oversight

(Newser) - The water shortage in California has people cutting down on shower times and keeping usage to a minimum—which has led activists to rail against Nestle Waters, accused of profiting off its water-bottling operations at the expense of the environment, Newsweek reports. Backing up these claims is an investigation by... More »

Another (Different) Reason to Fear an LA Quake

Los Angeles has 3 main aqueducts, and they cross the San Andreas fault

(Newser) - Here's an unfortunate hypothetical: An earthquake strikes along the San Andreas fault, damaging three aqueducts that cross it some 32 times. Those aqueducts supply Los Angeles with all but 12% of its water—meaning a serious quake could ultimately leave 22 million people without water. (There would be about... More »

Wasting Water in California Will Cost You $500

So get a nozzle on your hose if you plan to wash your car come August

(Newser) - If you live in California, now may be the time to stop using drinking water in non-recirculating ornamental fountains. That's one of the practices—along with things like allowing runoff from your sprinklers, hosing down your driveway or sidewalk, or washing your car without a nozzle on the hose—... More »

Parched Calif. Farmers Turn to 'Water Witches'

Vineyard owners say dowsing works; scientists disagree

(Newser) - With California in the grip of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools—usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones—and what they describe... More »

New Water Shortage Fix: Drinking Sweat

Team creates device to build awareness

(Newser) - If you stop by the Gothia Cup, a world youth soccer tournament in Sweden, you'll get a chance to drink some eminently potable water from a very reliable source: Your own sweat. A group of Swedish engineers has built a "Sweat Machine" that pulls the sweat out of... More »

Amidst Heat Wave, County Shuts Off Water

Major water main in DC area needs to be replaced

(Newser) - Temperatures in the DC area are expected to hit the 90s this week, with heat indexes predicted to rise above 100 degrees ... yet Maryland's Prince George's County shut off the water for more than 100,000 people last night. Crews are trying to repair or replace a major... More »

You May Have to Turn Vegetarian by 2050

...because of water constraints, say scientists

(Newser) - If you're not a fan of black beans and tofu, you may be out of luck in about 40 years. Some of the world's foremost water scientists say the planet will have to cut its consumption of animal-based products from 20% to about 5% by 2050, assuming we... More »

Africa Sitting On Tons of ... Water?

Seemingly dry continent has vast groundwater reserves

(Newser) - Believe it or not, Africa is lousy with water—it's just mostly underground. British scientists have produced a new map of the groundwater hidden in aquifers under the arid continent, and found that there's about 100 times more water down there than there is on the surface, the... More »

Weapon of the Future: Water

US intelligence fears 'water-based state conflict' in not-so-distant future

(Newser) - Soon, the precious commodity that starts wars may not be oil: It'll be water. Thanks to fresh-water shortages, droughts, and floods, US intelligence thinks it's increasingly likely that water could be "used as a weapon" in war, with one state denying water to another, according to a... More »

Melting Peru Glaciers Threaten Water Crisis

Water is in decline 20 to 30 years earlier than expected

(Newser) - Peru’s arid Rio Santa watershed could find itself facing a serious water shortage, as rapidly melting glaciers are causing a decrease in supply 20 to 30 years earlier than anticipated. The glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, which covered some 530 square miles in the 1930s, now cover... More »

Drought Hits Crisis Level in Pacific Islands

Little or no rain in six months on Tuvalu, Tokelau

(Newser) - Some island groups in the South Pacific, already in danger of being swamped by rising seas, have run out of fresh water. Tuvalu and Tokelau have declared states of emergency because of the water crisis, caused by six months of low or no rainfall and by groundwater becoming contaminated with... More »

Climate Change Will Snatch West's Dwindling Water

Flow is already down in major rivers

(Newser) - Climate change is going to make the western US an even thirstier place in decades to come, according to a new report from the Interior Department. The report predicts that water flow in major river basins including the Colorado and Rio Grande could drop by up to 20% this century,... More »

Within 20 Years, an Alarming Water Shortage

Demand will exceed supply by 40% in many countries

(Newser) - The world is facing a vast water shortage within the next 20 years, say scientists who are gathering in Canada this week to talk about such things. In many countries, demand will exceed supply by 40%, leaving one-third of the planet's population with only half the water they require to... More »

Hundreds Die in India Heatwave

Heatstroke, blackouts, water shortages plague parched country

(Newser) - Hundreds of people have died in northern India as the country suffers the hottest temperatures it has ever recorded. Along with the at least 260 people reported dead, thousands have flooded hospitals suffering heat stroke or food poisoning. In cities the heat has also led to electricity blackouts and water... More »

Let's Start Paying for Water—Or Lose It

Solution to 'crisis' may be controversial, but problem will only worsen

(Newser) - You may receive a water bill every month, but you’re not actually paying for water. You’re paying for the cost of service, and this free-rider problem is contributing to the worsening water crisis that threatens to dehydrate the US, author and law professor Robert Glennon argues in the... More »

World's Rivers Running Low: Study

(Newser) - The world’s rivers are drying up as climate change worsens and the demand for water increases, the BBC reports. Researchers studying 925 major waterways—from the Ganges to the Colorado—found significantly less fresh water flowing into oceans in 2004 than 50 years earlier. If the trend continues, the... More »

Drought Turns Off Tap in Mexico City

Citizens counting on water trucks during shutoff

(Newser) - A record drought forced officials to turn off the major water pipeline providing fresh water to Mexico City, reports the BBC. The shutoff was scheduled to last 36 hours and affects 5 million residents. Emergency water trucks were supplying hard-hit citizens, but Easter weekend was chosen when many people leave... More »

LA Moves to Ration Water

Statewide water shortage means LA may impose first water limits since 1991

(Newser) - Los Angeles is taking steps toward rationing water for the first time since 1991, reports Reuters. The LA Department of Water and Power has approved a plan to charge a penalty rate for water use over a set monthly limit that will take effect in May unless it is vetoed... More »

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