Earth Gauge: Take the 40 Gallon Challenge
How many gallons of water can you save in a day? Saving water at home can be as easy as turning the water off while brushing your teeth, which saves up to eight gallons of water per day – and almost 3,000 gallons for the whole year. That’s enough water to run an Energy Star dishwasher 750 times!
Tip: The 40 Gallon challenge tracks individual water savings county-by-county across the United States. Using the 40 Gallon Challenge’s interactive map, you can see how much water counties and states are saving and which water-saving techniques are most popular. Help put your state on the map by pledging to adopt new water-saving techniques at home – like fixing leaky toilets and broken sprinkler heads – to save at least 40 gallons of water a day.
Why 40 gallons? Saving a minimum of 40 gallons a day for 30 days adds up to more than 1,000 gallons per month. Most water providers bill in thousand-gallon increments, so you should see real savings on your water bill if you put to use the recommended water-saving practices.
(Source: The 40 Gallon Challenge, http://www.40gallonchallenge.org/)
2013 Annual State of the Climate Report
For the contiguous U.S., 2013 was 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, making it the 37th warmest year on record, yet the coolest year since 2009. Precipitation was 2.03 inches above the 20th century average, making it the 21st wettest year on record. The year consisted of a warmer-than-average winter, summer and autumn, and a cooler-than-average spring. 2013 was also marked by seven weather and climate disasters that exceeded 1 billion dollars in damages. The national drought shrank significantly, yet it intensified in the West.
Read the 2013 Annual State of the Climate Report.
Climate Fact: Warm Temperatures in the Southeast
The Southeast region experienced temperatures above normal for the month of December. The Florida Peninsula and coastal sections of Georgia and South Carolina had the greatest departures. Miami, FL had its second warmest December on record, while Fort Myers, Orlando and Daytona Beach, FL had their third warmest December on record. Puerto Rico had its second warmest December on record. The Southeast region had two waves of warm weather during the month of December. The first wave broke or tied over 100 daily high maximum temperature records, while the second wave broke or tied over 250 daily high maximum temperature records. Precipitation was variable, being above normal across the interior of the Southeastern region and below normal in places such as Florida. Precipitation was variable in Puerto Rico and above normal in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Severe weather events in the area included an EF-1 tornado in Palm Coast, FL, damaging thunderstorm winds and lightning strikes. Abnormally dry (D0) conditions were reduced by precipitation in much of Virginia, the Carolinas and central Georgia.
Climate in the News: “Reading the Tea Leaves: Impact of Climate Change On World Favorite Drink”— Science Daily, January 16, 2014 — Climate change is reportedly affecting the cultivation of tea in China, with changes in temperatures and rainfall altering not only the taste, aroma, and potential health benefits of the popular beverage but also the lives of farmers who grow tea for a living.
Have a great & safe weekend!