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Federal Water Tap, October 19: Strong El Nino Will Likely Influence Winter Weather, NOAA Says

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The Rundown

El Nino gives weather forecasters more confident in winter outlook. EPA internal watchdog will do a lifecycle assessment of the renewable fuel standard. The EIA publishes a report on climate change and the power sector. Liberia earns foreign aid for a hydropower station. Congressional hearings will focus on the Paris climate talks and abandoned mine cleanup.

“The strong El Nino provides a basis for a more confident winter outlook this year. This is reflected in higher probabilities in both the temperature and precipitation outlook…But despite higher than normal probabilities, none of the usual impacts are guaranteed as the climate system is far more complicated than just El Nino, even a strong one.” — Mike Halpert, deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center, talking about the El Nino-influenced winter forecast.

By the Numbers

20 ft to 40 ft: Decline in groundwater levels around the All-American Canal, in Southern California, between 2005 and 2011. The canal was lined with concrete starting in 2007, which reduced the amount of water seeping into the aquifer. (U.S. Geological Survey)

$US 201 million: Funding to the government of Liberia to rehabilitate and expand a hydropower generating station. The funding comes through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an aid program that began during the George W. Bush administration and is based on a competitive selection process that emphasizes rule of law and economic growth. (U.S. State Department)

$US 30 million: New funding for wetlands protection in six states in the Mississippi River Basin. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Studies and Reports

EIA Report: Climate Change and Energy
The reliability of America’s energy systems faces steady pressure from changes in water availability and warming temperatures, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report on climate change and the power sector. The report looks at vulnerabilities for nine regions in the United States and ways to build resilience.

Though all regions must reckon with water issues, coal- and gas-fired power plants in the Great Plains, Midwest, and South, because they use cooling systems that require large volumes of water, are most vulnerable to shortages or rising river temperatures, the report states.

Hydropower in the Pacific Northwest will be challenged by shrinking winter snowpack, higher demand for power, and wildfires that could damage transmission lines. Seattle’s electric utility, for instance, had to shut down three hydropower dams in August because smoke from fires was conducting electricity, which meant the lines could not be operated safely.

Renewable Fuels Assessment
The lifecycle environmental consequences of biofuels, most of which are corn-based, will be evaluated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog. The Office of the Inspector General will assess whether the EPA is taking the latest science into account when toting up the costs and benefits of the federal biofuels target, known as the renewable fuels standard.

News Briefs

Strong El Nino Forecast
Cool and wet in the southern half of the United States; warm and dry in the north. That’s the winter outlook from forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The forecast (for precipitation and temperature) shows a strong influence from El Nino, the periodic warming of the waters of the eastern Pacific.

EPA Water Infrastructure Planning
The Congressional Research Service, which analyzes policy issues for members of Congress, published a report on the EPA’s process for allowing cities to structure their Clean Water Act investments so that the most cost-effective steps are taken first. Called integrated planning, the prioritization process was authorized by the EPA in 2012.

On the Radar

Paris Climate Talks
The chief U.S. climate negotiator, Todd Stern, will testify at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on October 20. The hearing will touch on the economic and environmental consequences of regulating carbon pollution.

Abandoned Mine Cleanup
The House Transportation Committee will discuss the cleanup of abandoned mines and the potential for “Good Samaritan” laws to help. Good Samaritan laws reduce the legal liability of parties who want to scrub an old mine of its waste. Representatives of mining associations, federal agencies, and green groups will testify.

Water Infrastructure Trade Mission
The U.S. government is organizing a trade mission to Southeast Asia, to help U.S. businesses tap into the region’s demand for valves, pipes, filters and other water infrastructure components. The trade mission, which takes place July 16 to 22, 2016, will visit Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

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The Stream, October 19: Bangalore Faces Major Water Shortages, Report Warns

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The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Current water systems in Bangalore will not be sufficient to supply the city by 2021, according to a new report. A drought in Papua New Guinea shut down another mine, while a drought in Mexico drastically reduced water levels in a reservoir and revealed a 16th-century church. A typhoon in the Philippines flooded important farm regions on the island of Luzon. Canada heads to the polls today for federal elections that have implications for tar sands development. Scientists in the western United States are mapping cold water streams to save fish.

“Canada has to remind themselves of who they are. I believe that all Canadians should vote, and vote properly – vote for your future, not just for words.” –Chief Na’Moks, a First Nations leader, on federal elections being held in Canada today. One of the major issues will be energy development, including the Northern Gateway tar sands oil pipeline that has been opposed by a coalition of First Nations and environmental groups. (Guardian)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

60,000 people Number displaced by Typhoon Koppu in the Philippines. The storm flooded farming regions on the island of Luzon. Guardian

25 meters Drop in water levels at Mexico’s Nezahualcoyotl reservoir due to a drought, revealing a 16th-century church. Associated Press


Science, Studies, And Reports

The city of Bangalore could have a water deficit of 1 billion liters per day by 2021, according to a report by the citizen group Bangalore Political Action Committee . To boost water supplies, the report recommends that the city reduce the amount of water lost due to leaky pipes and explore ways to recycle water, harvest rainwater, and improve local lakes. The Hindu

Streams in the western United States have warmed by approximately one degree over the past 30 years, according to scientists. To conserve cold-water fish species as the region warms, researchers are mapping the coldest areas of streams in the hopes that they could serve as refuges for native fish populations. Associated Press

On the Radar

On The Radar

Global mining company Barrick Gold said it will temporarily stop operations at its Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea due to water shortages. The drought has also closed the country’s Ok Tedi copper mine. Reuters

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An Organic Cough Remedy that WORKS

An Organic Cough Remedy that WORKS

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I’ve been saved by an organic cough remedy!

Call me cynical, but after years of getting my annual chest cold that involves two weeks of rib-wracking coughing, I’ve tried almost every cough syrup out there to almost no avail.

My own elixir helps and probably shortens the days of relative misery and wakeful nights, but it all seemed superficial and temporary. The existential reality as illustrated by a cold. Nice.

So, when The Green Divas Radio Show was offered an opportunity to review Maty’s Organic Cough Syrup, I volunteered. Even though it was in August, I could easily predict almost to the week, when my seasonal cold adventure would begin. It worked perfectly from their perspective as October is the beginning of their busy season. 

Alas, I went into it skeptical, but the ingredients were very similar to my own elixir, which has been the closest thing to a remedy I’ve figured out yet. 

I decided to head up to Green Diva Studio North, which happens to be in Portland, Maine just above my nephew’s amazing restaurant Terlingua, and of course I could feel the cold coming on. Being undaunted, I loaded GD Gracie and some remote recording gear and skillfully remembered to pack the Maty’s. Smart move as it turns out. 

Listen to my review of Maty’s (and my especially raspy voice from live cold—don’t worry, you won’t catch it by listening!):

After one particularly rough coughing jag, I crawled to my sister’s kitchen and took the recommended dose of Maty’s, and I’ll be damned if it didn’t calm everything down pretty quickly, which is good because GD Lisa is a chef at a popular natural food store and gets up before the sun to get her kitchen fired up . . . So, GD Lisa loves Maty’s too!

Do you have a favorite natural cough remedy?

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