Posts Tagged ‘Water’

12/18/2014

Winter De-Icing Wrecks Havoc On Waterways

Winter salt use is playing havoc in our streams according to a new report issued by the federal government.  Chloride levels increased substantially in 84 percent of urban streams analyzed, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study that began as early as 1960 at some sites and ended as late as. . .

12/10/2014

Chesapeake Bay Waters Heating Up

The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay region are warming, and that increase appears to be driven largely by rising air temperatures. These findings are based on new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Climatic Change.  One effect of warming waters is an increase in eutrophication, or. . .

11/18/2014

U.S Water Consumption Down

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. . .

11/07/2014

Court Upholds Damages Against BP Over Gulf Spill

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. . .

10/24/2014

South Florida Seeks Secession Over Climate Change

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. . .

10/09/2014

Coastal Flooding Forecasts On The Rise

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,. . .

10/06/2014

CA Enters 4th Year Of Drought

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. . .

09/16/2014

Floating Solar Islands

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. . .

09/12/2014

CA Water Savings Close To Target

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. . .

08/26/2014

Water Taps Running Dry In CA

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. . .

08/20/2014

No Surprise – Study Says Glacier Melt Caused By Us

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. . .

08/18/2014

Drillers Illegally Using Diesel In Fracking

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. . .

08/15/2014

CA Voters Asked To Support $7.5B Water Plan

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. . .

08/08/2014

Higher Levels Of Mercury Found In Oceans

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. . .

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