Countries all over the world are beginning to feel the impacts of water security in its many forms. Yemen has become a prime example of what happens when water mismanagement, overpopulation, and an unlucky geographic location collide. Currently, poor farming practices (and the growing of qat, a cash crop, in particular) have substantially depleted the ground water reserves in Yemen. In fact The New York Times has characterized the problem as “a crisis that threatens the very survival of this arid, overpopulated country, and one that could prove deadlier than the better known resurgence of Al Qaeda here.” The interplay between the falling water supply and insurgency has created a truly tenuous situation.
The Washington Post profiles China's efforts at renewable energy research, including the use of algae fuels and solar panels.
DoD and private corporations are testing the use of nanotechnology to clean up toxic waste disasters, according to The New York Times.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the imminent climate bill action by the Senate's Committee for Environment and Public Works.
The hydropower industry is preparing for short-term opportunities in a "glacier-free future," Reuters reports.
The Boston Herald carried President Obama's remarks to an audience at MIT, during which he noted, “The Pentagon has declared our dependence on fossil fuels a security threat.” The New York Times reported on his remarks, as well.