Chicago wants to be the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics.Â One way the Windy City is trying to stand out from the other candidate cities is by hosting “Blue-Green” games.
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On June 30, 2009, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced that 50 coastal restoration projects will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.Â From the Great Lakes in the Midwest to dam removal in the West, $167 million will be invested in marine and coastal habitat restoration.Â When complete, 8,900 acres will […]
The 2010 Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund was not funded by the US House of Representatives in the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill.Â President Obama had called for $50 million to aid restoring the species, but Congressman Doc Hastings’ (R-WA) amendment was rejected by House Democrats.Â Funding for salmon recovery was not eliminated entirely, but […]
Hunting whales is part of the Japanese culture that comes under heavy criticism from environmentalists. Due to “disruptions by anti-whaling activists,” Japanese whale hunters killed fewer whales during their 2008-2009 Antarctic hunting season. 679 minke whales were killed short of the target of 850.Â Nearly one-third of those whales were pregnant.Â
China’s infamous Three Gorges Dam is the largest hyrdoelectric project in the world and potentially the biggest environmental tragedy.Â It has been criticized by environmentalists and human rights advocates since its inception in 1992.Â The Three Gorges Dam was completed in 2006 on the Yangtze River, and NASA has released images of the flooding reservoir […]
The Oregon House and Senate have both approved a measure that would establish two marine reserves and begin the process of evaluating four other potential reserves. HB-3013A received overwhelming support by the state’s legislature passing the House unanimously and the Senate by a vote of 24-3. Now the marine reserves’ fate lies in the hands […]
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was enacted in 1972 between the United States and Canada “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.”Â Over the years, the pact has undergone several revisions when the Great Lakes faced differing threats, such as phosphorus or toxic substances.Â Recently, […]
Drought is a problem facing many parts of the world.Â It is a normal climate event that occurs from time to time; however, the cause is often not “natural”.Â Drought is often confused with aridity.Â Aridity is a permanent climate change, whereas drought is recoverable.Â According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, drought is defined […]
Scientists have discovered a way to make drinking water from the air’s humidity, even in arid regions.Â The system completely uses renewable energy and could provide water for many applications. Models have been built and tested in laboratories at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart.
There is nothing more annoying then seeing automated sprinklers watering sidewalks or spraying on lawns during rain.Â Such excess water use is common in affluent communities.Â Almost 100 Massachusetts communities are exceeding state guidelines for water usage. The state advises residential water consumption be limited to 65 gallons a day per person.
The Army Corps of Engineers has decided all trees must be removed that are 15 feet from a levee.Â The corps is worried tree roots could weaken levees meant to protect low elevation communities.Â Of course, the corps’ record is marred with mistakes when it comes to safeguarding communities from catastrophic floods, like New Orleans.
The ancient city of Hasankeyf is located along the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey. It is one of the Earth’s oldest currently inhabited towns dating back 10,000 years. There are more than 300 archaeological sites in the Tigris Valley near Hasankeyf. Unfortunately, 400 kilometers of the Tigris River Valley are threatened by the Ilisu Dam […]