Posts Tagged ‘Water’

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. . .

08/01/2014

Ocean Acidification Posing Risk To Alaska Fisheries

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. . .

07/30/2014

Study Says U.S. Coastal Flooding Rapidly Rising

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. . .

07/24/2014

Texas Town’s Toilet To Tap Water

The parched Texas city of Wichita Falls got going with its program to recycle sewage water for drinking.  The city this month opened the spigots on a $13 million system that mixes 5 million gallons a day of treated waste water with area lake water to keep drinking water flowing. . .

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. . .

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