Category Archives: Water Supply

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Reports of the “death” of snow are unwarranted, seriously distorted

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Energy and water are necessary for a sustainable economy and sustainable environment

“If you want to see a good example of how vital electricity and energy are to an economy, look no further than Germany. Since the country has imposed strict restrictions on people gathering, large parts of industry have been harshly impacted. The existence of millions of German people is now threatened.” click here

“No power, no phone service, no water.”

“Clinics in the sweltering western state of Zulia scaled back operations after nearly 72 hours without power.” click here

Lake Oroville (California) on track to overflow

“After heavy winter storms, the water level stands just two feet below the new spillway gates – will it work?” click here

Energy and water are not commodities to be taxed. They are necessities for a civil society.

“The idea of a tax on carbon is that it will cause people to use smaller amounts of oil, natural gas, and coal while driving innovation in the energy sector. But there’s a big problem with this kind of blindered thinking. Energy is not like any other commodity. It is the foundational component of all commodities and our options are extremely limited.” click here

Microplastics in Danjiangkou Reservoir, China

Di M, Liu X, Wang W, Wang J. Manuscript prepared for submission to environmental toxicology and pharmacology pollution in drinking water source areas: Microplastics in the Danjiangkou Reservoir, China. Environmental toxicology and pharmacology. 2018 Dec 17;65:82-89. doi: 10.1016/j.etap.2018.12.009.

As the source of water for the South-to-North Water Diversion Project of China, the water quality of the Danjiangkou Reservoir (DJKR) is related to the safety of drinking water for billions of residents. Consequently, microplastics in surface water and sediment samples of the DJKR were investigated in this study. Microplastics were observed in all water and sediment samples with abundances varying from 467 to 15,017 n/m3 and 15 to 40 n/kg wet weight, respectively. Microplastics were rich in colour and dominated by fibrous items. Small-sized particles (< 2 mm) were more frequently observed than other sizes. Analysis by micro-Raman spectroscopy showed that polypropylene was the major polymer type. These systematic results demonstrated that the DJKR is suffering from the pollution of microplastics, which should be paid more attention based on its potential threat to the aquatic organisms and residents impacted by the drinking water source pollution.

President Trump issues an Executive Order to improve conditions and reduce wild fire risk

Wildfires have burned more than 8.5 million acres this year. President Trump issued an executive order (here) allowing agencies to do more to prevent massive wildfires. The order came one day after Trump signed GOP-backed wildfire legislation.