Posts Tagged ‘Water’
According to the US Geological Survey, our water consumption is improving. Water use in the United States in 2010 was estimated to be about 355 billion gallons per day, which was 13 percent less than in 2005. Better yet, 2010 marks the lowest level of water use in the US. . .
Just when you thought the BP oil spill coverage would end, a federal appeals court panel recently reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court. . .
A recent news item reported that South Miami officials have passed a proposal that would divide Florida into two states. The proposal for secession was prompted by the growing frustration of northern Florida’s apathy on the effects of climate change in South Florida. The proposal, which passed at an Oct. 7. . .
A new report, released by the Union of Concerned Scientists, forecasts that by 2030, at least 180 floods will strike during high tides every year in Annapolis, Md. In some cases, such flooding will occur twice in a single day, since tides come in and out about two times daily. By 2045,. . .
The state ended its third driest year on record and entered a fourth consecutive year of drought, as the U.S. Geological Survey’s water calendar year came to a close Wednesday. Amid a rare autumn heat wave bringing triple-digit temperatures to the state, officials are warning Californians to prepare for the near certainty that the coming months. . .
In a novel approach to adding solar energy, Japan is creating floating solar islands in an effort to reduce its dependency on nuclear power. Two companies in Japan recently announced they are to begin building two large solar power islands that will float on reservoirs. This follows smartphone maker Kyocera’s. . .
Facing acute water shortages in some communities and mandatory restrictions on watering lawns, Californians saved 17 billion gallons of water in July, enough to fill 26,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, the state said. The amount saved falls short of the 20 percent reduction in use called for by Democratic Governor Jerry. . .
Hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California’s extreme drought has dried up their individual wells, government officials and community groups said. The situation has become so dire that the Tulare County Office of Emergency Services had 12-gallon-per person. . .
No surprise here. More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world’s glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds. Scientists looking at glacier melt since 1851 didn’t see a human fingerprint until about the middle of the 20th century. Even then only one-quarter of the. . .
The report, published last week by the Environmental Integrity Project, found that between 2010 and July 2014 at least 351 wells were fracked by 33 different companies using diesel fuels without a permit. The Integrity Project, an environmental organization based in Washington, D.C., said it used the industry-backed database, FracFocus, to. . .
California lawmakers last Wednesday voted to place a $7.5 billion water plan before voters in November. The measure marks the largest investment in decades in the state’s water infrastructure and is designed to build reservoirs, clean up contaminated groundwater and promote water-saving technologies. It replaces an existing water bond that. . .
Levels of the metal mercury are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a new study says. Researchers found there’s more mercury from human sources, mostly burning fossil fuels, and mining for gold than scientists had thought. The study assessed inorganic mercury, which in the ocean gets. . .
Ocean water becomes more acidic when it absorbs carbon dioxide released by human sources, such as the burning of fossil fuels. Increased ocean acidification could harm important Alaska commercial and subsistence fisheries and communities that rely heavily on them, according to the new research aimed at spurring discussion on how. . .
Flooding is increasing in frequency along much of the U.S. coast, and the rate of increase is accelerating along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, a team of federal government scientists found in a study released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The study examined how often 45. . .