Author: Derek Markham

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Lake Mead Poisoned by Invasive Quagga Mussels

An invasive species, the quagga mussel, is to blame for a slew of environmental damages in Lake Mead, Nevada, ranging from clogging the Hoover dam’s cooling pipes to starving local fish populations and poisoning the water with concentrated toxins and heavy metals. The mussels are also creating an ideal habitat for deadly cyanobacteria as they […]

November 13th

project BLUE: It's Not a Charity, It's a Plan of Action

The health of our oceans is not only important for environmental reasons, it’s essential for recreational reasons as well. And what sport will be impacted the most by the state of the oceans? Surfing, most likely. What can the average ocean sports lover do to work toward a healthy ocean environment? Probably the best way […]

November 6th

Scientists Support Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Trade Ban

Scientists with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) say that the Atlantic bluefin tuna meets criteria for an international trade ban, due to an extreme decline in the stock of the popular sushi fish. Groups working for sustainable fisheries, such as Greenpeace and WWF, support the commission’s statement. “What’s needed to […]

November 2nd

Investors Urged to Put Water Funds in Portfolios

Forget gold, oil or soybeans. Put water funds in your investment portfolio, says a recent investment article. Water privatization and the water industry in general has caught the eye of investors and fund managers, which may lead to further increases in the importance of water issues across the globe. According to Market Watch: “The value […]

October 23rd

Overpopulation to Blame for Southeastern U.S. Water Shortages

Water shortages in the southeastern U.S. during the last two years were due to the skyrocketing population growth in the area, not just the drought, says a new study from Columbia University researchers. Some state’s populations, such as Georgia’s, jumped almost 50% in only 17 years, putting pressure on local water supplies and increasing the […]

October 21st

Atlanta Brewery Makes Beer from Harvested Rainwater

5 Seasons Brewery in Atlanta, Georgia, is now brewing beer from rainwater harvested on site, setting a new standard for environmental sustainability in water issues. The brewery produced the first rainwater beer for the National Conference for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), and the restaurant and brewery says they will now brew all […]

October 15th

New Self-Contained Portable Wastewater System to Treat Military Waste

A professor of engineering has created a new portable water reclamation system which could radically change the way the military deals with its wastewater at forward operating bases and has potential for deployment during civil emergencies. The wastewater system, built into a repurposed shipping container, is highly efficient, low power, and low maintenance. “Currently, human […]

September 22nd

Study Reveals 30% of Showerheads Harboring Pathogens

Your showerhead is probably one of the last things to suspect as being potentially harmful, but that’s what a new study shows: showerheads can and do harbor pathogens, which may be making you sick. 30% of the showerheads sampled in a recent study had high levels of Mycobacterium avium, which is linked to pulmonary disease. […]

September 17th