Michigan Governor declares Flint water safe, ends free bottled water service

April 9, 2018 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Michigan Governor declares Flint water safe, ends free bottled water service

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has announced that Flint water is once again safe to drink, and the state will soon cease the free bottled water service it has provided to Flint residents in the wake of the city’s drinking water crisis. “The scientific data now proves the water system is stable and the need for bottled water has ended,” the office of the Republican governor said in a statement. “Since Flint’s water is now well within the standards set by the federal government, we will now focus even more of our efforts on continuing with the health, education and economic development assistance needed to help move Flint forward.” Residents and local representatives are reportedly hesitant to trust assurances from the same administration that was responsible for the water crisis in the first place. Even though officials declared Flint water  safe based on scientific assessments, the multi-faceted damage caused by the water crisis will be hard to repair. “Governor Snyder has failed to address the psychological trauma that his administration put the people of Flint through,” said Michigan State Representative Sheldon Neeley, who represents much of the majority-black city of 100,000. “The fact is, the people of Flint don’t trust the Snyder administration or the science they pay for — science that previously allowed our city to be poisoned.” Related: 11-year old inventor becomes “America’s Top Young Scientist” for creating lead-detecting sensor Although the city switched from Flint River water to Lake Huron water — the original source of clean water for the city — in 2015, the community remains wary. “I don’t trust the water. Period,” Flint resident Debra Coleman told WJRT local news . “It could be five years from now and I’ll still never drink this water.” While trust remains an issue, some of those responsible for the crisis are now being held accountable. In 2017, six current and former state and local officials were charged for actions that contributed to the crisis. Via Ecowatch and Reuters Images via Depositphotos   (1)

Go here to read the rest: 
Michigan Governor declares Flint water safe, ends free bottled water service

How farming with rocks could improve global food security

February 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on How farming with rocks could improve global food security

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have learned that farming with crushed silicate rocks mixed into the soil could improve global food security, increase crop yields, promote soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Human societies have long known that volcanic plains are fertile, ideal places for growing crops without adverse human health effects,” study lead author David Beerling told Phys.org , “but until now there has been little consideration for how adding further rocks to soils might capture carbon.” As the rocks slowly dissolve in the soil, they release nutrients while absorbing carbon dioxide. Most importantly, crushed silicate rocks can be amended into existing farmland, offering a non-disruptive, less intensive carbon capture service. The research published in the journal Nature Plants  could have a dramatic applied impact on farming throughout the world. “This study has transformed how we think about managing our croplands for climate, food and soil security,” said Beerling. “It helps move the debate forward for an under-researched strategy of CO2 removal from the atmosphere – enhanced rock weathering – and highlights supplementary benefits for food and soils .” Through enhanced rock weathering, carbon absorption can be achieved without competing for additional land and water. The crushed rock method also reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides and decreases the cost of food production. Related: 6 places where soil-less farming is revolutionizing how we grow food Farming with crushed silicate rocks offers a simple but powerful action to improve environmental health. “The magnitude of future climate change could be moderated by immediately reducing the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere as a result of energy generation,” explained Beerling. “Adopting strategies like this new research that actively remove CO2 from it can have a massive impact and be adapted very quickly.” Via Phys.org Images via Depositphotos (1)  

Here is the original post:
How farming with rocks could improve global food security

Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

September 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released three new thought-provoking videos that show how oil and gas development affects residents of California. The slideshow videos illustrate some of the ways fracking and other controversial extraction methods can disrupt everyday life in rural and urban communities. Each short film gives personal insights into the issues faced by three families – from health concerns in South L.A. as the city mulls a fracking ban, to the strain on water supplies in San Benito County in the midst of a severe drought , to a family driven from their home in Kern County. Click through to see all three videos. Read the rest of Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air quality , California , clean air , community , community initiatives , drilling , Drought , environmental health , fracking , gas , gas extraction , health issues , Los Angeles , Natural Resources Defense Council , nrdc , oil , Video , water issues

View post:
Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

June 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Beijing has some of the worst air quality in the world; conditions were so bad earlier this year that  levels soared beyond the range of the US embassy’s air quality index . In an effort to more accurately record air conditions in the Chinese capital, a pair of students launched FLOAT, an open-source project that invites Beijing residents to use kites equipped with air quality sensors to measure the amount of pollution in the air. The results can then be mapped, producing a better understanding of what’s in the air at any given time. Read the rest of Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 Index: Awards , air quality monitoring , Beijing , china , Deren Guler , FLOAT , FLOAT kites , Index award finalist , Index Awards , kites , LEDs , Xiaowei Wang        

Go here to read the rest:
Crowdsourced Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Study Reveals That World Cash Supplies Are Contaminated With BPA

August 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Study Reveals That World Cash Supplies Are Contaminated With BPA

When you heard that the increasingly controversial plastics ingredient Bisphenol A, or BPA , was found in credit card receipts and other thermal copies you probably thought, Fine, I’ll use cash . But now there’s evidence that your good cash money is also contaminated with the stuff. Whether you’re using Euros, dollars, rubles or yuans, you’re being exposed to BPA on a daily basis. Read the rest of Study Reveals That World Cash Supplies Are Contaminated With BPA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bisphenol A , BPA , cash , currency , environmental health , toxics

Here is the original post: 
Study Reveals That World Cash Supplies Are Contaminated With BPA

Russian Environmentalists’ Office is Ransacked

January 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Russian Environmentalists’ Office is Ransacked

Image from livejournal Being an environmental activist is serious business. And even more so in Russia right now. Ten days ago TreeHugger wrote about the paper mill in Lake Baikal in Siberia that had been re-opened on Prime Minister Putin’s orders

Go here to read the rest: 
Russian Environmentalists’ Office is Ransacked

Bad Behavior has blocked 4099 access attempts in the last 7 days.