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Oregonian Series: Draining Oregon 
Successive years of drought have taken a toll across Oregon, but the ravages have been most felt in the southeastern portion of the state. In an investigative series on the issues of water allocation and management, the Oregonian shines light on questionable practices and outdated thinking, with their troubling consequences. http://topics.oregonlive.com/tag/draining%20oregon/

EPA Fracking Report Questioned 
Last year the EPA issued a report on fracking that went a long way toward letting frackers off the hook in regard to groundwater impacts. Now, a review by the thirty-member Science Advisory Board has pointed out shortcomings in the report. Ars Technica has more: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/08/outside-experts-ding-epa-fracking-reports-optimistic-conclusions/

Ancient Solutions to Modern Water Problems 
Water insecurity is a burgeoning global problem. As the Smithsonian points out, past cultures often developed ingenious ways to overcome their water problems. Now, modern societies are rediscovering the wisdom of the ancients: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/saving-water-old-fashioned-way-180959917/ 

Local Hope in Battling African Desertification 
The “Great Green Wall” was a grand plan to plant trees to prevent creeping desertification in Africa. Unfortunately, it was far too grand to ever reach fruition. The never-realized project may, however, have planted some conceptual seeds that are now bearing fruit. Local farmers have taken to heart some of the principles espoused in the Great Green Wall plan, with encouraging results: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-green-wall-stop-desertification-not-so-much-180960171/

Coral Bleaching Time-lapse Video 
Of course, we’ve all heard about the destructive impacts warmer water, and consequent bleaching, which are devastating the world’s coral reefs. But have you ever seen a coral undergoing a bleaching event? Well, now you can, here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eerie-video-shows-how-coral-bleaches-180960151/

Climate Change Migration Map 
Nature Conservancy cartographer and analyst Dan Majka created a animated map showing how animals might be expected to shift their ranges in response to climate change. The Smithsonian has the story and the map: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mesmerizing-animation-shows-where-animals-going-survive-climate-change-180960253/?no-ist

 

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