Daily Archives: June 23, 2012

Standing Rock Reservation (North Dakota) water plant now online….

Construction began in 2010 on the plant costing more than $17 million. The project was a joint effort between the reservation, the Dakotas and the federal government. Click here for a news article….

Fluoride inhibits aquatic plant growth….

Zhou J, Gao J, Liu Y, Ba K, Chen S, Zhang R. Removal of Fluoride from Water by Five Submerged Plants. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol. 2012 Jun 22.

Studies were conducted on the bioconcentration of fluoride (F(-)) in five submerged plants species. Ceratophyllum demersum, Hydrilla verticillata, Potamogeton malaianus, Myriophyllum verticillatum and Elodea nuttallii were all able to remove F(-) from water to some degree of efficiencies. At 5-20 mg F(-)/L culture solution, C. demersum had the best F(-)-removal performance, E. nuttallii had the poorest F(-)-removal performance among these plants. The relative growth rate (RGR) of the five species varied in different concentrations of F(-), of which C. demersum had the highest RGR. Its RGR decreased by 26.3 %, 63.2 % and 73.7 % from controls at 5, 10 and 20 mg F/L, respectively.

UN reports $513 billion of commitments for sustainability….

Pledges worth $513 billion from governments and companies for projects aimed at reducing the strain on the planet’s resources.  692 individual commitments from governments are for projects to cut fossil fuel use, boost renewable energy, conserve water and alleviate poverty….click here for more….

This is an example of the “band wagon” effect…..since the term “sustainability” is clearly not defined, and means differing things to different people……Who are they “pledging” to?…..and where does the money go? Follow the money…..

CFACT Rio+20 Press Conference