Dead Sea salt reveals drought on a scale never recorded – and it could happen again

March 29, 2017 by  
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Thick layers of Dead Sea salt found 1,000 feet below the sea bed holds clues to our planet’s past – and a warning. The salt reveals during warm periods in Earth’s history, the region – the Dead Sea is bordered by Palestine, Jordan, and Israel – suffered from drought with no known precedent. The salt, scrutinized by an international team of researchers led by Yael Kiro of Columbia University , doesn’t just offer a history lesson, but a caution climate change could seriously dry the region again in the future. Crystalline salt from beneath the Dead Sea reveals 120,000 and 10,000 years ago, rainfall in the area was a fifth of modern levels. These dry periods were naturally caused. But human-caused climate change today could potentially dry the region – which is already struggling – more than we realized. Right now the Middle East’s fresh water per capita availability is 10 times less than the world average, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Related: Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert Back in 2010, scientists drilled 1,500 feet into the Dead Sea bed’s deepest part. They obtained a cross-section that provided 200,000 years of climate history in the area. Alternating layers of salt and mud showed dry and wet times. Only recently, however, did scientists analyze the core in great detail. The region suffered from what Columbia University called epic dry periods. Kiro said in a statement, “All the observations show this region is one of those most affected by modern climate change, and it’s predicted to get dryer. What we showed is that even under natural conditions, it can become much drier than predicted by any of our models.” The journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters published the research in an early online edition . Six other scientists from institutions in Israel and Spain also contributed to the study. Via The Guardian and Columbia University Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Michigan to replace thousands of Flint water lines in settlement

March 29, 2017 by  
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A judge approved a settlement with the state of Michigan today that will come as welcome news to thousands of residents: at least 18,000 homes in Flint will have their toxic water pipes replaced over the next three years. The state has committed $87 million to identify and replace any service lines containing lead or galvanized steel by 2020. The settlement marks the end of a lawsuit filed last year by Concerned Pastors for Social Action , the Natural Resources Defense Council , the American Civil Liberties Union and a resident of Flint, targeted at both city and state officials. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has praised the agreement. The $87 million used to replace the pipes will come from a variety of sources. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which was passed by Congress last year, will provide up to $20 million in funds, with the state matching another $20 million. The state must also hold an extra $10 million in reserve, in case the repairs end up being more expensive than anticipated. The state will also cover the $895,000 the plaintiffs ran up in litigation costs. Related: 1,700 Flint residents sue the EPA over tainted water In the meantime , residents will have to either pick up bottled water from designated locations in the city, or they’ll have to install water filters on their taps. Though the filters have been shown to render the city’s water safe for human consumption, many residents are nervous and distrustful of anything that comes out of their taps (and with good reason). The lawsuit had asked that bottled water be delivered door to door throughout the city until pipe replacement was complete, but the judge shot down that request. Via Reuters Images via Pixabay and Paul Hudson

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Electric Car Epiphany: Your Guide To Charging At Home

January 15, 2016 by  
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Any ecowarrior worth their salt has considered buying an electric car (or electric vehicle). Even if you’re only a “green living dabbler,” the combination of their eco-credentials—EVs consume no petroleum-based fuel while driving and produce no…

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MIT develops new technology that shocks the salt out of water

November 23, 2015 by  
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The bright minds at MIT have developed a way to separate salt from water that is easy, cheap, and effective. Using an electrical current, the team discovered how to quite literally shock the salt out of water, a technique designed to aid disaster-stricken areas needing fresh drinking water. This process is said to be affordable and avoids some of the snags associated with other desalination methods, such as filters getting clogged and boiling water requiring too much energy. Read the rest of MIT develops new technology that shocks the salt out of water

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Glass-bottomed sky pool will be suspended 115 feet in the air

November 23, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Eco-savvy hacks for cleaning your kitchen

April 28, 2015 by  
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Did you know that popping a tab of Alka-Seltzer into the back of your fridge will eliminate odors within 24 hours? Or that adding a packet of lemon-lime Kool-Aid to your dishwasher’s rinse cycle will get rid of stains and mineral deposits? This infographic has a ton of tricks and tips on how to clean and refresh your kitchen without the use of harmful chemical cleaners . Read on past the jump for the full image—your kitchen will thank you! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Eco-savvy hacks for cleaning your kitchen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alka-Seltzer , baking soda , cleaning hacks , Consolidated Foodservice , freezer , fridge , infographic , kitchen cleaning hacks , kitchen cleaning infographic , Kool-Aid , refrigerator , salt , stove , Tang , vinegar

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Texas A&M students design much-needed new hospital for Roatán Island, Honduras

April 28, 2015 by  
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Roatán Island lies around 35 miles off the coast of Honduras , and is home to a population of some 100,000 people—yet its outdated hospital has only 38 beds. According to Dr. Raymond Cherrington, a family physician at the hospital, this means that there are sometimes three patients in a single bed, creating a situation that is not only uncomfortable but hazardous as close proximity heightens the risk of infection. But, with support from non-profit Global Healing and architecture firm HKS , 27 environmental design students at Texas A&M have created seven proposals for a new, larger facility that is designed to suit the needs of doctors and patients alike, while addressing the particular needs of the Honduran climate. Read the rest of Texas A&M students design much-needed new hospital for Roatán Island, Honduras Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture student design , Design for Health , environmental design , global healing , hks architects , hks hospital , honduras hospital , humanitarian architecture , local materials , roatan island , roatan island hospital , sustianable materials , texas a&m

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This 130-square-foot modular Nomadic Shelter sleeps 12 people

March 10, 2015 by  
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Snow-Melting Road Salt Wrecks Havoc on the Environment, Infrastructure

February 27, 2014 by  
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Road salt photo from Shutterstock It’s been a particularly harsh winter for the Eastern United States, and many local governments have exhausted their stockpiles of salt used to melt ice on roads and sidewalks. Salt makes streets safer to navigate when conditions are treacherous, however there are big drawbacks when it comes to infrastructure and the environment. According to a report on Treehugger , salt adversely impacts wildlife, plants, water and soil when it inevitably finds its way into the groundwater, rivers and streams. Road salt can also contain chemicals like sodium ferrocyanide and ferric ferrocyanide , it’s corrosive, and it speeds up the deterioration of infrastructure – every dollar spent on salt costs an estimated four dollars in repairs to roads and bridges. Read the rest of Snow-Melting Road Salt Wrecks Havoc on the Environment, Infrastructure Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bridges , Environment , ice , infrastructure , melt , road salt , roads , rock salt , salt , sidewalks , snow , winter        

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EBay will add waste heat to power Utah data center

October 4, 2013 by  
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The company already uses fuel cells and biogas at the Salt Lake City facility.

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