Earth911 Quiz #32: Not So Watery World

October 11, 2018 by  
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Michigan health department head charged with involuntary manslaughter over Flint crisis

June 14, 2017 by  
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Flint , Michigan is still grappling with the aftermath of the water crisis – in March mayor Karen Weaver said it may be over two years before locals will be able to drink water from the tap without using a filter. Now in a breaking development two state officials have been charged with crimes , including the state’s health department head Nick Lyon. His involuntary manslaughter charge makes Lyon the highest-ranking Michigan official charged in connection with the crisis. Lyon and Eden Wells, Michigan’s chief medical officer, have been charged in connection with the water crisis. Wells was charged with obstruction of justice as well as lying to a police officer, according to the Associated Press. Lyon, Department of Health and Human Services head, was also charged with other crimes in addition to involuntary manslaughter. For starters, he failed to notify the public of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease , according to the charges. Related: Michigan to replace thousands of Flint water lines in settlement 12 people died of Legionnaires’ disease, a serious kind of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria . The bacteria can thrive in mismanaged water systems, according to HuffPost. The publication noted these 12 deaths are the only ones directly connected to the crisis. Legionnaires’ disease isn’t caused from drinking contaminated water, in contrast with the lead poisoning in thousands of children in Flint that happened after they drank the water. Instead, someone who inhales water vapor with the bacteria in it could get the disease. The Department of Health and Human Services apparently knew about the outbreak in 2015, according to emails a watchdog group obtained. The department did notify Governor Rick Snyder’s office, but said the outbreak wasn’t a serious issue. Michigan’s attorney general continues to investigate the Flint lead crisis. Via HuffPost and ClickOnDetroit.com Images via U.S. Department of Agriculture on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

May 12, 2015 by  
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New aerial photos spotted over at the New York Post show that some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are pouring water into their lawns and landscaping at an alarming rate, even while the state suffers from its worst drought in history . Photographer John Chapple took aerial photos of some of the most luxurious celebrity estates in California, showing that some of Hollywood’s elite, like Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Hugh Hefner are still surrounded by lush greenery, sparkling pools and bubbling fountains, despite the dire state of California’s drought . Read the rest of Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerial photos , california drought , California estates , celebrity estates , Drought , drought-resistant plants , wasting water , water conservation , water crisis

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Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits a traumatized Nepal

May 12, 2015 by  
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Just two weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal and claimed over 8,000 lives, a powerful 7.3 earthquake has struck the rural town of Namche, which lies around 50 miles northeast of Kathmandu, near Mount Everest and the Chinese border. Initial updates from Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Centre suggest that at least 42 people have died and over 1,100 are injured as a result of today’s earthquake, and that figure is expected to rise amid reports of collapsed buildings and landslides. Read the rest of Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits a traumatized Nepal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 7.3 earthquake , aid work nepal , building collapse nepal , earthquake china , earthquake india , how to help nepal , kathmandu quake , landsllide nepal , may 12 earthquake , natural disaster , nepal 2nd earthquake , Nepal earthquake

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7 Gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

May 12, 2015 by  
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Desperate for Water, California Breaks Ground on the Largest Seawater Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere

February 27, 2014 by  
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Cracked ground image via Shutterstock California is currently experiencing its worst drought in 500 years. Although it’s always been an arid state, there’s reason to believe that California’s current crisis is being made worse by climate change. After announcing that it will not give water to farmers, the state has turned its discussion to the ocean. With more than two-thirds of California still under extreme drought conditions, the state has invested $1 billion in a massive desalination plant that will turn ocean brine into potable water. When finished in early 2016, the plant is expected to provide up to 50 million gallons of fresh drinkable water–enough for 112,000 Californian households–every day. Read the rest of Desperate for Water, California Breaks Ground on the Largest Seawater Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california drought , desalination in california , desalination plant , drinking the ocean , drinking water , drought in california , how to make drinking water , IDE Technologies , Poseidon Resources , water crisis in california        

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Infographic: America’s water crisis – and how we can fix it

November 19, 2012 by  
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A majority of Americans are concerned about the state of U.S. water infrastructure — and are willing to pay more to fix it.

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Power plants sucking up water

November 16, 2011 by  
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“Our analysis revealed that coal-fired and nuclear power plants are stressing watersheds in the Southeast–including the Emory River in Tennessee–by using vast amounts of local water for cooling purposes,” said lead researcher Kristen Averyt, of the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Averyt also said, “unlike in arid regions, where many power plants have already minimized their water use, we found indicators of potential problems in seemingly water-rich regions like the Southeast. Here our analysis uncovered some surprises, such as the Seneca River in South Carolina and the Upper Dan in North Carolina.”

As for the tangible implications people may be more likely to identify with, she said: “It’s important for the public to know that because many power plants depend so heavily on water, there’s a real risk that they’ll have to cut back electricity production at times when they can’t get enough cooling water.”

She pointed to Texas as an example, where a record-breaking drought has caused a dire situation and power plant operators have already been threatened with having to cut back operations or even shut down if water levels continue to drop.

Nitrate Pollution is Rising in the Pacific Ocean Near Japan and Korea

September 30, 2011 by  
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Photo: NASA, Public domain Nitrate pollution around the costs of Japan and Korea could change the makeup of local marine life, both for plants and animals, according to scientists in both the U.S. and Korea. “This is the first evidence of increases in nitrate in ocean waters not in an enclosed estuary like the Chesapeake Bay,” said Raymond G. Najjar, professor of oceanography, Penn State. “These are large, very deep bodies of water and it is surprising to see increased nitrate in these large seas.”… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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World’s Major River Basins Could Double Food Production, With Better Water Efficiency

September 26, 2011 by  
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Water scarcity is certainly an issue for growing food in some areas, but a new report, published in Water International says that the world’s major rivers basins will have enough water to provide enough food for the growing human population over coming decades. In fact, if (and only if) efficiently and equitably managed, there will be enough water to double or triple food production. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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