Precipitationsheds: World’s largest cities depend on evaporated water from surrounding lands

Urbanization has taken billions of people from the rural countryside to urban centers, adding pressure to existing water resources. Many cities rely on renewable freshwater regularly refilled by precipitation, rather than groundwater or desalinated water. A study led by Colorado State University found that 19 of the 29 largest cities in the world depend on evaporation from surrounding lands for …

Report: 64% of Bottled Water Is Tap Water, Costs 2000x More

By Julia Conley on Common Dreams Feb 2018 Bottled water companies have relied on predatory marketing practices and exorbitant lobbying efforts to sell Americans on the inaccurate belief that pre-packaged water is cleaner and safer than tap water—a notion that is costing U.S. households about $16 billion per year. In a new report entitled “Take Back the Tap,” Food & Water Watch explains that 64 percent …

Floods Are Getting Worse, and 2,500 Chemical Sites Lie in the Water’s Path

New York Times, By Hiroko Tabuchi et al., 6 Feb 2018 Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are located in areas at highest risk of flooding. As flood danger grows — the consequence of a …

Can the Great Lakes Become Fishable, Drinkable and Swimmable Again?

By Susan Cosier On EcoWatch Natural Resources Defense Council Jan. 30, 2018 Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake Superior. As Mark Mattson waited to speak to Canada’s minister for the environment, Catherine McKenna, about the Great Lakes last December, he could feel the weight of the 184-page report he carried in his shoulder bag. At the Toronto meeting, McKenna asked Mattson, founder and president of the …

Restoration and park planned for Southern Indiana, across from Louisville KY

BY JOSH COHEN | JANUARY 22, 2018 in Next City A concept rendering of the future Ohio River Greenway. (Courtesy River Heritage Conservancy) Right now, the Ohio River Greenway consists of a few disjointed sections of multi-use trail along the bank of the Ohio River in southern Indiana, across the water from Louisville, Kentucky. When it’s completed this summer, the 7-mile greenway will connect …

Ongoing innovation: electrolysis, hydrogen and oxygen creation from seawater and sun

At Smithsonian.com  Could Giant “Solar Rigs” Floating On the Ocean Convert Seawater To Hydrogen Fuel?  Scientists at Columbia University have designed a device that could make the process economically viable (Courtesy Flickr user Austin Valley) By Randy Rieland SMITHSONIAN.COM  JANUARY 11, 2018  Usually, when we think about energy production at sea, we imagine giant oil rigs, or perhaps rows of towering wind turbines.  Recently, though, …

Water stress, soil, and oceans at risk

About 40 percent of the world’s food depends on irrigation, which draws largely from stores of underground water, called aquifers, which make up 30 percent of the world’s freshwater. Unfortunately, groundwater is being rapidly depleted worldwide. In the United States, the Ogallala Aquifer—one of the world’s largest underground bodies of water—spans eight states in the High Plains and supplies almost …

A map depicting the total millions of pounds of toxic chemicals released into the environment by state in 2016

A map depicting the total millions of pounds of toxic chemicals released into the environment by state in 2016. Darker colors indicate a higher volume of toxins.   (Source: Ode to Clean) Editor’s Note: Solugen, founded in 2016, is a biotech company concerned with developing environmentally conscious alternatives to chemical manufacturing. Their first patent is called Bioperoxide—a hydrogen peroxide alternative created …

Learning for all: millions attending school do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. Education standards and methods need to improve

By Catherine Benson Wahlén, Human Development, Human Settlements and Sustainable Development (US), 28 Sep 2017, World Bank Report Warns of “Learning Crisis” The World Bank’s World Development Report 2018 finds that millions of children, particularly in low and middle-income countries, attend school but do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. At the same time, the report stresses that, …