The Mental Health Impacts of Droughts on Rural Populations

One aspect of droughts that does not get much attention is how droughts can impact people emotionally.

Reduce Inmate Water Use


It is well-known that prisons cost a lot of money to operate. The average cost of confinement in the U.S., according to most estimates, is around $30,000 per year per inmate. And with an estimated 2.1 million people behind bars in the U.S., you can see just what a staggeringly high price tag this is.

Correctional facilities are essentially small cities. To operate them, along with food service for the inmates and staff, they must pay all the same utility bills that any city – and any resident in that city – would normally have to pay. And this includes water, which can also be a hefty expense for correctional facilities.

Now, you might think that those incarcerated would use less water than someone outside, making water consumption less of an issue. After all, they don’t necessarily have to shower and shave every morning before going off to work, five days per week. Further, in some correctional locations around the country, inmates are only allowed three five-minute showers per week.

But the figures tell us a different story.

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Study shows humans are responsible for changes to Earth's water availability


A stunning new study from NASA highlights the impact humans are having on fresh water availability across the globe.

The study, published earlier this week, found that Earth's wetlands are getting wetter and dry regions are getting drier, due to human water management, climate change and natural cycles.

"What we are witnessing is major hydrologic change," said co-author Jay Famiglietti, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., in a statement.

"We see a distinctive pattern of the wetland areas of the world getting wetter – those are the high latitudes and the tropics – and the dry areas in between getting dryer. Embedded within the dry areas we see multiple hotspots resulting from groundwater depletion."

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Keeping Cockroaches Out of the Kitchen

Here’s something restaurant managers and owners need to know about cockroaches: they’re smart and getting smarter. First, they are learning to detect when a chemical pesticide has been sprayed or applied. Second, it doesn’t matter too much to them even if it has.


In fact, some of the most common types of cockroaches, such as the German cockroach (Blattella germanica), have developed what are referred to as biological “buffers.” Even when a chemical pesticide has been applied full force, these buffers protect the insect from dying or possibly even getting sick.

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