Posts Tagged ‘Water’

07/04/2014

New Study – Ocean’s Plastic Waste Can’t Be Found

According to a new study, 99% of plastic waste that enters the ocean cannot be located.  A team from the University of Western Australia spent a couple of years sailing around the world in five vessels hoping to accurately record just how much plastic is actually in the ocean. Although. . .

06/27/2014

One In 10 U.S. Beaches Too Polluted For People

According to the 24th annual report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council, one in 10 U.S. beaches are dangerously polluted, so polluted that they have been deemed unsafe for swimmers.  The environmental advocacy nonprofit collected water samples from nearly 3,500 American beaches and evaluated the specimens using the Environmental Protection Agency’s new. . .

05/23/2014

Don’t Wash Those Jeans

Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi Strauss, recently spoke out about his laundry habits at Fortune’s Brainstorm Green Conference.  The conference, which challenges those highest on the corporate ladder to “take the corporate sustainability movement to the next level,” was the perfect place for Bergh to showcase his company’s fashionable take on living an. . .

05/16/2014

CA Drought Stressing San Andreas Fault

The journal Nature issued a report that excessive groundwater pumping for irrigation in California’s agricultural belt can stress the San Andreas Fault, potentially increasing the risk of future small earthquakes.  The study suggests that human activities can cause significant unclamping of the nearby San Andreas Fault system through flexing of. . .

05/07/2014

U.S. Has Vast Hydropower Resource

A Department of Energy study suggests America’s rivers are a vast untapped hydropower resource, and developing many of them could help combat climate change by using renewable energy, to reduce reliance on coal-fired power plants that emit climate-changing greenhouse gases.  In all, undeveloped rivers and streams in the U.S. have. . .

05/06/2014

CA Adds New Water Restrictions

California state officials said last Thursday they will likely order farmers and other big water users to limit the amounts they take from rivers.  The State Water Resources Control Board projected the curtailment letters would be sent out later this month for users on 10 different rivers and their watersheds.. . .

04/29/2014

CA Waives Water Regs Due To Drought

California’s drought is so severe that the state will roll back some environmental protections and loosen the rules on transferring water to farmers, Governor Jerry Brown said last Friday.  Issuing his second emergency proclamation on the drought in just three month, Governor Brown said the state would redouble its efforts. . .

04/21/2014

States Move To Ban Personal Products That Contain Micro Plastics

States around the country are looking to legislate bans against popular soaps, facial scrubs and even toothpaste that contain micro beads.  Commonly found in popular personal health care products, tiny plastic particles known as micro beads have triggered concerns over water contamination. Illinois moved one step closer to becoming the first state. . .

04/10/2014

Navy Shows Off Fuel From Sea Water

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have now proven that it’s possible to power engines instead with a cheap, convenient supply of fuel: seawater.  Scientists have spent nearly a decade laboring to turn the ocean into fuel. The breakthrough, demonstrated in a proof-of-concept test, was made possible by a specialized. . .

03/13/2014

CA Drought Impacting Salmon Hatchery

Wildlife officials said they will consider a plan to move millions of hatchery-raised salmon by tanker trucks to the ocean if the Sacramento River and its tributaries prove inhospitable due to the drought.  Officials fear the rivers could become too shallow and warm, affecting food supply and making salmon easier. . .

02/24/2014

Farmers In CA Are Bone Dry

Federal officials plan to announce how much water they can release this year through a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs, but Central Valley farmers on the front lines of California’s historic drought expect to get little, if anything.  This time of year the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation carefully. . .

01/31/2014

Rural CA Running Out Of Water

Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months, according to a list compiled by state officials.   Wells are running dry or reservoirs are nearly empty in some communities. Others have long-running problems that predate the drought.  The communities range from. . .

01/22/2014

Loss Of Arctic Ice Spurs New Shipping Rules

New shipping rules are soon to be agreed for the Arctic, where summer sea ice has shrunk by about two-thirds over three decades, opening a new ocean with vast natural resources.  Maritime nations are close to a landmark deal on the Polar Code, aimed to improve safety, lead to lower. . .

01/20/2014

CA Declares Drought Emergency

California Gov. Jerry Brown spoke to reporters this past Friday to declare a drought emergency for the state, which had its driest year in recorded history in 2013.  ”Today I’m declaring a drought in the state of California,” said Brown. “We’re facing perhaps the worst drought California has ever seen since records. . .

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