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  • Solar companies learn to play nice with environmentalists [setting aside land]

    04/17/2014 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    GIGAOM ^ | flashback AUG. 9, 2011 | by Ucilia Wang
    As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmentalists. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement with the environmental groups to add thousands of acres near their projects for wildlife protection. As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmental groups. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement on Tuesday with the Sierra Club and others to add thousands of acres near their proposed projects for wildlife protection. The agreement...
  • Arizona bill would allow cities to ignore federal rules

    04/16/2014 9:35:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    ap ^ | Apr 15, 2014
    The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would allow cities and towns to enter restricted federal land without permission in emergencies. ... Republican bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Townsend of Mesa says she was inspired by the battle between the city of Tombstone and the federal government over access to repair its water supply system in the Coronado National Forest. She says local authorities should have the right to go in where needed without being granted approval first in cases of emergency.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: Staying Afloat in Times of Tightening Water Supply

    04/16/2014 4:53:49 PM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | April 16, 2014 | Gene Lockard|
    One of the criticisms levied against hydraulic fracturing, particularly during recent periods of drought, is the amount of water used in the process. However, energy companies are seeking to reduce water use during hydraulic fracturing, even as research shows more water is used in other activities. The numbers put things into perspective. The amount of water used to frack a well varies, but most reporting entities put the figure in a range of about 3 to 6 million gallons of water. In Pennsylvania, the average amount of water per well is about 4.4 million gallons, according to State Impact Pennsylvania,...
  • Our View: Good news for the fort. Findings of the Biological Opinion reward fort's efforts

    04/07/2014 2:27:08 PM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/Herald Recview
    Fort Huachuca’s leadership over the years on water conservation has established an indisputable record of accomplishments, which serves to protect the San Pedro River and its watershed. And the surrounding civilian communities have also provided hard work and innovation — actions that other communities with similar challenges now try to emulate. Confirmation that this team is doing things the right way was announced on Friday. Officials from the Army and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached agreement on a formal Biological Opinion last Monday. For those wondering what the fuss is about, the lack of a Biological Opinion has...
  • The Spacewalk That Almost Killed Him: How Luca Parmitano survived the scariest wardrobe malfunction

    03/23/2014 10:23:54 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 8 replies
    Air&Space Magazine ^ | MAY2014 | Tony Reichhardt
    Over dinner that night, the astronauts and cosmonauts had discussed their options. Cassidy was of the opinion that NASA would probably wait until he and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who was scheduled to arrive in a couple of weeks, could do an extravehicular activity—NASA parlance for a spacewalk—to assess the problem. Houston ordinarily didn’t like to rush into anything, let alone an EVA. Plus, half the crew was packing up to return to Earth in just four days. That’s why Cassidy couldn’t believe what he now saw on his laptop screen in big red letters: “Welcome to EVA prep day.”...
  • NASA Discovers New Gully on Mars

    03/21/2014 6:30:15 AM PDT · by 12th_Monkey · 34 replies
    Space.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Mike Wall
    A NASA spacecraft has spotted a big gully on Mars, a feature that appears to have formed only within the last three years. The powerful HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) imaged the channel, which is found on the slope of a crater wall in the Red Planet's mid-southern latitudes, on May 25, 2013. The feature was not present in HiRISE photos of the area taken on Nov. 5, 2010. NASA unveiled the image on Wednesday (March 19). While the Mars gully looks a lot like river channels here on Earth, it likely was not carved out by...
  • Unlocking a car with your brain. [video only]

    03/19/2014 6:27:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    sixtysymbols.com ^ | 3-19-2014 | Professor Roger Bowley
    Roger Bowley, a physics professor at the University of Nottingham, explains why holding a key fob next to your brain can help extend its signal. He also demonstrates the same effect using a bottle of water, which comes in handy when trying to unlock a car.
  • Illinois honors communities for fluoride levels

    03/18/2014 5:10:25 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 12 replies
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Health officials are recognizing 430 Illinois communities for maintaining state-mandated fluoride levels in drinking water. The Illinois Department of Public Health presented the awards Monday in Springfield. Health experts say drinking fluoridated water from birth can reduce tooth decay by up to 65 percent. The department's director, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, says fluoridation saves money for families and the health care system.
  • Why We Need to go to Europa

    03/09/2014 5:28:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 46 replies
    FRom Quarks To Quasars ^ | March 7, 2014 | Staff
    NASA really wants to go to Europa, and anyone who knows anything about exobiology really wants NASA to go to Europa. Why? Water. On Earth, water is what fuels life. Of course, there are a lot of other things that fuel life on our planet, but water is an integral part of life as we know it. Indeed, so far all of our research has indicated that–where there is water, there is life (Earth isn’t called “the Pale Blue Dot” for nothing). And while it is possible that alien life could exists on other worlds and thrive off of...
  • House OKs measure redirecting millions from cigarette tax revenue to water projects, roads

    03/03/2014 8:31:06 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Republic ^ | February 28, 2014 | John Miller (Associated Press)
    BOISE, Idaho — Millions in tax revenue from Idaho's cigarette sales is closer to flowing toward the state's scarred-up highway asphalt and its drought-depleted aquifers. The House voted 63-4 on Friday to redirect cash from the state's 56 cent-per-pack tax — it has totaled about $35 million to $40 million annually — that's currently being used to retire bonds for the $130 million Idaho Capitol renovation, as well as funding cancer programs, state buildings and juvenile probation. With the Capitol bonds nearly paid off, there's been a scramble this session for the money that's no longer needed.
  • California farmers hire dowsers to find water

    03/03/2014 6:20:52 AM PST · by shove_it · 17 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | 3 Mar 2014 | JASON DEAREN
    ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) — With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of dowsing use rudimentary tools — usually copper sticks or wooden "divining rods" that resemble large wishbones — and what they describe as a natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground. While both state and federal water scientists disapprove of dowsing, California "witchers" are busy as farmers seek to drill more groundwater wells due to the state's record drought that persists despite recent...
  • Court Rules Off-The-Grid Living Is Illegal [Florida]

    02/25/2014 7:08:57 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 90 replies
    Off the Grid News pasted onto Grist blog ^ | February 22, 2014 | by: Daniel Jennings Off the Grid News copied by Sarah Laskow
    Near the end of 2013, a Florida official decided Robin Speronis was doing something too strange to tolerate: She was trying to live off the grid. Off the Grid News reports: Speronis has been fighting the city of Cape Coral since November when a code enforcement officer tried to evict her from her home for living without utilities. The city contends that Speronis violated the International Property Maintenance Code by relying on rain water instead of the city water system and solar panels instead of the electric grid. And now, a judge has ruled that living independently of the city’s...
  • An Argument for the Cometary Origin of the Biosphere

    09/06/2004 8:16:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 71 replies · 1,110+ views
    American Scientist ^ | September-October 2001 | Armand H. Delsemme
    Abstract: The young Earth appear to have been bombarded by comets for several hundred million years shortly after it was formed. This onslaught, perhaps involving hundreds of millions of comet impacts, is currently the best explantion for the origin of the Earth’s oceans, atmosphere and organic molecules. Although historically a controversial idea, there is now a considerable amount of physical and chemical evidence supporting the theory. Comet scientist Armand Delsemme reviews the evidence and argues that comets from the vicinity of Jupiter contributed the bulk of the constituents found in Earth’s biosphere.
  • Small Comets and Our Origins

    10/19/2004 11:13:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 80 replies · 1,857+ views
    University of Iowa ^ | circa 1999 | Louis A. Frank
    Given the reality of the dark spots, which soon became known as "atmospheric holes" because of their appearance in the images, there is only one explanation which has endured over all these years to present. That is, the holes are due to the shadowing of the atmospheric light by an object above the atmosphere. This object simply cannot be a stony or iron meteor because the holes are very large, tens of miles in diameter. A rock of this size would provide a disastrous impact on the Earth's surface. As it turns out, water vapor is very good at absorbing...
  • Solar System Ice: Source of Earth's Water

    07/14/2012 6:12:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Carnegie Institution ^ | Thursday, July 12, 2012 | unattributed
    Scientists have long believed that comets and, or a type of very primitive meteorite called carbonaceous chondrites were the sources of early Earth's volatile elements -- which include hydrogen, nitrogen, and carbon -- and possibly organic material, too. Understanding where these volatiles came from is crucial for determining the origins of both water and life on the planet. New research led by Carnegie's Conel Alexander focuses on frozen water that was distributed throughout much of the early Solar System, but probably not in the materials that aggregated to initially form Earth... It has been suggested that both comets and carbonaceous...
  • Detection of solar wind-produced water in irradiated rims on silicate minerals

    02/23/2014 7:10:03 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    PNAS Online ^ | December 23, 2013 | John P. Bradley et al
    Whether water is produced by solar wind (SW) radiolysis has been debated for more than four decades. In this paper, we exploit the high spatial resolution of electron microscopy and sensitivity of valence electron energy-loss spectroscopy to detect water (liquid or vapor) in vesicles within (SW-produced) space-weathered rims on interplanetary dust particle (IDP) surfaces. Water in the rims has implications for the origin of water on airless bodies like the Moon and asteroids, the delivery of water to the surfaces of terrestrial planets, and the production of water in other astrophysical environments... The solar wind (SW), composed of predominantly ∼1-keV...
  • Earth’s Water Story Gets A Plot Twist From Space Rock Search

    01/30/2014 12:01:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    “If true, the stirring provided by migrating planets may have been essential to bringing those asteroids,” the astronomers stated in a press release. “This raises the question of whether an Earth-like exoplanet would also require a rain of asteroids to bring water and make it habitable. If so, then Earth-like worlds might be rarer than we thought.” To take this example further, the researchers found that the asteroid belt comes from a mix of locations around the solar system. Well, a model the astronomers cite shows that Jupiter once migrated much closer to the sun, basically at the same distance...
  • This Dwarf Planet Might Have More Fresh Water Than All Of Earth

    01/26/2014 7:31:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    Popular Science ^ | January 22, 2014 | Colin Lecher
    And it's actually (relatively) nearby. This is poor, unfortunate Ceres. Discovered in 1801, it was at first called a planet, then soon classified as an asteroid, and recently as a dwarf planet, not quite qualifying for real planet status despite residing in the solar system's asteroid belt. But now it can feel special: the Herschel Telescope has, the for the first time, detected water on the lil' planet--probably a whole lot of it, too. The telescope, using infrared vision, detected a signature of water vapor from Ceres. The researchers think when the 590-mile-wide Ceres moves closer to the sun, part...
  • The Man-Made California Drought

    02/22/2014 11:45:38 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    California’s San Joaquin Valley is the salad bowl of the world, providing the majority of fruits and vegetables for the entire nation. But, with another man-made drought looming, the San Joaquin Valley is in danger of becoming a dust bowl unless immediate action is taken to change policies that put the needs of fish above the livelihood of people. House Republicans have a bipartisan, comprehensive solution to end future man-made droughts, bring job and water supply certainty to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys in California and decrease reliance on foreign food sources. Get the Facts: California’s water storage and...
  • Drought: Feds cut water to Central Valley farmers to zero [California Democrats don't give a dam]

    02/22/2014 10:36:24 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    sfgate ^ | Feb 22, 2014 | Kurtis Alexander
    Central Valley farmers took a crippling blow Friday when U.S. officials made the unprecedented announcement that they would get no irrigation water from the federal government this year because of the drought. But growers in a region with the country's most productive soil said the loss of one of their chief water supplies won't be their problem alone: Consumers will be hit hard in the form of higher prices at the produce market. California's unusually dry weather is forcing producers of fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains to make tough decisions about which crops to plant, and which ones not to...
  • Obama: US must rethink water as climate changes

    02/14/2014 11:05:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2014 8:53 PM EST | Darlene Superville
    Warning that weather-related disasters will only get worse, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. must rethink the way it uses water as he announced new federal aid to help drought-stricken California. Obama drew a clear connection between California’s troubles and climate change as he toured part of a farm that will go unsown this year as the state faces its worst drought in more than 100 years. Even if the U.S. takes action now to curb pollution, the planet will keep getting warmer “for a long time to come” thanks to greenhouse gases that have already built up, Obama...
  • Duke Energy completes plugging of pipe to halt release to Dan River .

    02/09/2014 12:51:45 PM PST · by mac_truck · 4 replies
    wsj online ^ | 2/8/2014 | News Wire
    Duke Energy this afternoon completed the installation of a permanent plug at its site in Eden, N.C., to stop releases from an ash basin at the Dan River Steam Station. Overnight, crews filled a section of the pipe with a concrete grout material and capping system. The material cured and hardened over the next 12 hours and was successfully tested by workers Saturday afternoon. The company will continue to fully grout the entire pipe. "Plugging the pipe was clearly job one, but we're continuing our efforts and working closely with all the agencies involved in this response," said Charlie Gates,...
  • More Water California (AB1445)

    02/09/2014 10:01:57 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 22 replies
    MoreWaterCalifornia.com ^ | Feb. 2014 | Dan Logue
    As everyone knows, California is entering into what is arguably the driest year in decades and this could just be the start. Over half a century ago, in 1960 California voters passed the Burns-Porter Act, formally known as the the California Water Resources Development Bond Act, which resulted in the construction of the nation's largest state-built water and power development and distribution system, the state water project. Since then, California's population has more than doubled. Water demands for urban use, environmental mitigation and agriculture have placed increasing demands on a diminishing water supply. The fact is, our water supply system...
  • Olympic Watch - Beware of the Water, and Everything Else

    02/08/2014 6:09:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2014 | Tony Katz
    Sochi, site of the Winter Olympic Games, has all the markings of being a total disaster. Like Ishtar, but with a bigger body count. Though the Games have not yet begun, reporters from around the globe are beginning to descend on the so-called resort town. What has greeted them is nothing more than poorly produced modern-day relics of the Potemkin Village known as Russia. Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair exposed the problem, and the comic relief. First, a photo of two glasses of yellow-ish/rust-ish third world "water." With the photo, a tweet from St. Clair stating: My hotel has...
  • Facing drought, California will not allot water to farmers, cities

    02/01/2014 4:01:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1-31-14
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday that they would not send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland. The announcement marks the first time in the 54-year history of the State Water Project that such an action has been taken, but it does not mean that every farm field will turn to dust and every city tap will run dry. The 29 agencies that draw from the state's...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Speaks To KCAL9′s Dave Bryan About State ‘Water War’

    01/30/2014 7:27:47 AM PST · by Baynative · 17 replies
    CBS LA ^ | 1/29/14 | newsteam
    BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — California’s ongoing drought is forcing Governor Jerry Brown to start a so-called “water war” between the north and the south. The governor revealed Wednesday he’s prepared to move water from Southern California to drier areas of the state as conditions worsen. Speaking exclusively to KCAL9 political reporter Dave Bryan outside an engagement in Beverly Hills, Brown said it could be necessary to implement drastic measures to alleviate communities at risk of running out of water.
  • Is there an ocean beneath our feet?

    01/28/2014 12:16:28 PM PST · by Theoria · 24 replies
    University of Liverpool ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | University of Liverpool
    Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that deep sea fault zones could transport much larger amounts of water from the Earth’s oceans to the upper mantle than previously thought.Water is carried mantle by deep sea fault zones which penetrate the oceanic plate as it bends into the subduction zone.  Subduction, where an oceanic tectonic plate is forced beneath another plate, causes large earthquakes such as the recent Tohoku earthquake, as well as many earthquakes that occur hundreds of kilometers below the Earth’s surface.Seismic modellingSeismologists at Liverpool have estimated that over the age of the Earth, the Japan subduction...
  • Rainwater Harvesting: Reasons to Consider

    01/22/2014 4:42:48 AM PST · by orsonwb · 14 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | Jan. 21, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    In the first installment of this two part series, we examine the factors that are influencing how individuals, major corporations, and other countries, are rethinking the most basic, yet vital resource of all, water. In part two, we take a detailed look at an increasingly popular alternative to the municipal water system, Rainwater Harvesting...
  • California drought: Scientists puzzled by persistence of blocking 'ridge'

    01/21/2014 10:06:23 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1-21-14 | Gloria Goodale
    While much of the United States has experienced a weather year with fewer extremes and an easing drought, the record-breaking California drought – the worst since 1895 – is not leaving the region anytime soon, according to climatologists. The unseasonal balmy but dry weather is the result of an equally unprecedented high pressure ridge lurking offshore and blocking the typical winter storms needed to drop precipitation all along the West Coast. This ridge has persisted for 13 months and the longer it lingers, the less likely it is to leave, points out climatologist Brian Fuchs, from the National Drought Mitigation...
  • Video: Man arrested after being rescued from 20-inch United Water pipe

    01/17/2014 3:54:39 PM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    http://www.nj.com ^ | january 17, 2014 | rob spahr
    The man who spent several hours trapped in a pipe at a United Water facility on Wilson Avenue was rescued Friday morning and then promptly arrested. Capt. Michael Fountain of the Manalapan Police Department said the man was 26-year-old township resident Asaf Mohammad, who was arrested for fourth-degree criminal trespass United Water spokesman Rich Henning told NBC that workers “heard cries for help” coming from an area that has a wellhead with a storage tank when they arrived at the facility on Friday morning. Jim Mastrokalos, director of operations for United Water, said the man was found in a decommissioned pipe that is 20...
  • Hundreds of Russian Orthodox Christians plunge into freezing water to.....

    01/18/2014 10:21:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    mail online ^ | John Hall
    FULL TITLE: Fancy an (icy) dip? Hundreds of Russian Orthodox Christians plunge into freezing water to 'purify their souls' as temperatures drop to -17C Hundreds of Russian Orthodox Christians have plunged into icy water around Eastern Europe to mark the feast of Epiphany. In temperatures as low as -17C, the believers wore little more than basic swimming costumes as they leapt into lakes and plunge pools to confirm their willingness to follow Jesus, who is said to have been baptised in the River Jordon. With snow piled high around the water, it’s no wonder many of the Christians grimace as...
  • Gov. Brown To Officially Declare Drought In California

    01/17/2014 6:13:01 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 29 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | January 17. 2014 | Matt Bigler
    v. Jerry Brown said Monday his administration would soon declare an official drought designation for California to help maximize water resources across the state. Meanwhile, local Bay Area communities are already experiencing the effects. “In many ways it’s a mega-drought; it’s been going on for number of years and then we also have the prospect of global climate change and that can affect us as well,” Brown said.
  • Despite water being restored, symptoms still being reported (West Virginia)

    01/15/2014 8:18:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    WOWK-TV ^ | Brandon Smith
    KANAWHA COUNTY, WV - Despite Rod Jones of South Charleston being told his region could start flushing and using his water again, he still experienced symptoms after using his water. "My stomach was upset within seconds and my hands broke up in a rash," he said. He did all of the flushing procedures twice, and did it longer than what West Virginia America Water advised. It's something health experts told us they expected to see as people began turning on the water again. "We've seen about a couple dozen in the last couple of days," said Megan Evans, a physician's...
  • Pregnant Women Advised to Drink Bottled Water until Chemical Threat Passes (West Virginia)

    01/15/2014 8:14:51 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    Frequently Asked Questions/Consumption of Water by Pregnant Women/Developed by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health in conjunction with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Question: Will this chemical harm my fetus (unborn baby)? Answer: There are no known studies showing harm to the fetus as a result of consuming water with MCHM levels below 1 ppm. Although there is no information that suggests harm to the fetus, out of abundance of precaution, pregnant women may wish to consume bottled water until levels of MCHM are undetectable in the water system. Question: May I go to restaurants or...
  • West Virginia Begins to Lift Water Ban

    01/14/2014 6:05:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jennifer Levitz, Cameron McWhirter and Valerie Bauerlein
    CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Officials in Kentucky and Ohio were preparing Monday for the arrival of a slow-moving, 60-mile-long chemical plume drifting toward them down the Ohio River, after its accidental release prompted a five-day water ban here. While many said they didn't foresee a major problem, they also weren't taking chances after the release of the chemical, called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCHM. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said his city is going to shut down its water valves for 48 hours beginning Tuesday night, but has enough stored supply to continue providing water. Water sanitation officials had found the leading edge of the...
  • Second blue zone opens; residents asked to begin flushing plumbing systems (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/13/2014 2:04:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    WOWKTV ^ | Nicholas Cartmill
    Gov. Tomblin has announced that Zone 2, which is mostly the Kanawha City area, is now a blue zone. Residents are being asked to begin the flushing process.
  • Officials: Ban Still in Effect, Water Readings Improving (West Virginia Chemical Spill)

    01/12/2014 3:40:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The ban on water is still in effect for thousands of West Virginians, but once acceptable readings are found the ban will be lifted by zones. Tests collected at 7 a.m. Sunday showed 0 parts per million (ppm) at the source of the leak. "The numbers we're seeing look good and are very encouraging," Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said during Sunday's news conference. "The numbers we're seeing are trending in the right direction." Hundreds of samples have been taken and sent to 10 labs in West Virginia and some have been flown to Ohio and Pennsylvania...
  • National Guard: Tests Show Positive Trends, Number Still Needs to Drop (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/11/2014 10:52:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The National Guard says tests show the amount of chemical in the water is going down, but is still not where it needs to be for residents to use the water. West Virginia American Water customers in parts of nine counties have been under a do not use water order since early Thursday evening. Those nine counties are also under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. A chemical leak was noticed Thursday morning in the Elk River, near Freedom Industries. The company has since been forced by the DEP to shut down...
  • Cease Operations Order Issued to Freedom Industries (West Virginia Chemical Spill)

    01/10/2014 8:15:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water and Waste Management has issued a Cease Operations Order to Freedom Industries in connection with the company’s leak of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol into the Elk River. Also, the WVDEP’s Division of Air Quality has issued a Notice of Violation to Freedom Industries for causing statutory air pollution by discharging MCHM into the air. According to a press release, the Division of Air Quality initiated an investigation Thursday morning following citizen complaints of objectionable odors near and downriver from the plant. At 11:10 a.m. Thursday, DAQ personnel discovered...
  • WVAW: Water Use Ban In Effect Indefinitely (West Virginia)

    01/10/2014 11:39:12 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia American Water held a press conference Friday morning saying a water use ban will remain in effect indefinitely in parts of 9 counties after a chemical leak in Charleston. West Virginia American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre says at this point, they can't say the water is unsafe to drink, but they also can't say the water is safe. WVAW says they were notified about 12 p.m. Thursday by the West Virginia DEP about a leak at Freedom Industries on Barlow Drive. During a press conference Friday morning, McIntyre said they were originally given incorrect...
  • National Guard to Deliver Water to Affected Areas

    01/10/2014 6:52:02 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WSAZ ^ | staff
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia National Guard is working hard to get supplies to those affected by the water contamination. Nine counties are currently under a state of emergency after a chemical leak in Kanawha County Thursday morning. A plane was sent to Martinsburg as soon as the state of emergency was declared. The plane plans to connect with FEMA and have a full supply of water available by Friday morning. Members of the national guard tell WSAZ.com that they are always prepared for these types of emergencies. "This is the same thing that we have done before...
  • UPDATE: Do Not Use Water Order issued for WV counties after chemical leak

    01/09/2014 8:21:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    WOWK ^ | WOWK
    UPDATE: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a State of Emergency for Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties. According to the Boone County Health Department, they are trying to close all restaurants, and essentially anyplace that uses water, and are stressing that people should not use the water. According to The Kanawha Charleston Animal Shelter, they are collecting donations of water for the animals housed at the shelter. They will begin collecting water Friday morning at 9 a.m. The Kanawha County Commission says that the Kanawha County Courthouse Complex will be open tomorrow, Jan. 10. We...
  • West Virginia chemical spill prompts state of emergency, water ban in 8 counties

    01/09/2014 5:43:13 PM PST · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/9/14 | Becky Bratu
    West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency Thursday in several counties because of a chemical spill into the Elk River. The advisory was expanded at night from five to eight counties. The state of emergency includes West Virginia American Water customers in Kanawha, Boone, Clay, Jackson, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties, according to NBC station WSAZ. Residents were told not to drink the water, bathe in it or cook with the water and only use it for flushing and fire emergencies. Boiling it will not remove the chemicals.
  • How to use fruit peels to filter your water.

    01/05/2014 1:35:42 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 33 replies
    mother nature network ^ | 12/17/2013 | Bryan Nelson
    Who needs fancy water purifiers? Try this easy water treatment technique instead, using nothing more than fruit peels and rubbing alcohol. With more and more eco-conscious people replacing their bottled water intake (and for good reason) with tap water, there is a growing demand for water filtration devices. But you don't need to go out and buy a fancy device to ensure that your tap water is free from pollutants. Researchers with the National University of Singapore have recently discovered a simple do-it-yourself method for filtering water using nothing more than fruit peels and rubbing alcohol, reports Wired. Researcher Ramakrishna...
  • Fracking Saves Water

    12/25/2013 3:46:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Nicole Bailey
    Contrary to the conventional teachings of environmentalists, hydraulic fracturing (i.e., fracking) has at least one major environmental benefit: saving water. Although most Americans are disturbingly ignorant about fracking, it is an issue of critical importance not only with respect to the environment but also in foreign policy and the economy. Typically, the debate is framed around priorities. If you care more about the environment, you are against fracking; but if you care more about energy independence and domestic economic opportunities, you are for fracking. However, a new study out of the University of Texas at Austin - one of...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show, Mon-Fri, 12noon-3pm EST, WABC-AM, Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

    12/17/2013 8:36:39 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 71 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | 12/17/2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Scientists Discover Massive Freshwater Reserves Underneath The Ocean Floor

    12/05/2013 6:52:52 AM PST · by blam · 63 replies
    Scientists Discover Massive Freshwater Reserves Underneath The Ocean Floor Agence France Presse Dec. 5, 2013, 7:22 AM Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle. Lead author Vincent Post, from Australia's Flinders University, said that an estimated 500,000 cubic kilometres (120,000 cubic miles) of low-salinity water had been found buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves off Australia, China, North America and South Africa. "The volume of this water resource is a hundred times greater than the amount we've extracted from...
  • Life beyond Earth? Nasa finds water in five distant planets

    12/04/2013 7:16:52 AM PST · by oxcart · 51 replies
    Firstpost.com ^ | 12/04/13
    Washington: In an encouraging sign of life beyond earth, Nasa scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets. Though the presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exo-planets orbiting stars beyond the solar system, but this is the first study to conclusively measure and compare the profiles and intensities of these signatures on multiple worlds, Nasa said. The strengths of their water signatures varied, it said. WASP-17b, a planet with an especially puffed-up atmosphere, and HD209458b had the strongest signals. The signatures for the other three planets, WASP-12b, WASP-19b and XO-1b,...
  • New waterproof surface is 'driest ever'

    11/21/2013 2:43:37 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 21 November 2013 | James Morgan
    US engineers have created the "most waterproof material ever" - inspired by nasturtium leaves and butterfly wings. The new "super-hydrophobic" surface could keep clothes dry and stop aircraft engines icing over, they say. The lotus leaf was thought to be the gold standard for staying dry in nature, but now a team from MIT in Boston say they have surpassed it. By adding tiny ridges to a silicon surface, they made water bounce off it 40% faster than the previous "limit".
  • Sydney tunnels have giant water holograms. [video only]

    10/22/2013 2:10:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 10-22-2013 | tennews.com.au
    Basically, it appears that certain tunnel entrances in Sydney have a system that monitors the height of vehicles as they are approaching the tunnel entrance. If a vehicle such as a truck is too high to clear the roof of the tunnel a series of lighted signs warn the driver to stop. If the driver ignores these signs there is one final sign that appears. A curtain of water is sprayed down at the tunnel entrance and a huge STOP sign is projected onto it. It's a good idea in my opinion and I can appreciate the thinking behind this...