Author: Scott James

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EPA Regulating Coal Ash

This week the EPA proposed national regulations to govern the safe management and disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. In 2008, an impoundment full of waste coal ash from the Tennessee Valley Authority ruptured. The resulting 1.1 billion gallon spill caused major environmental damage to the surrounding land and water, displaced residents and […]

May 17th

Drinking Water Week 2010

Drinking Water Week just ended- it was May 2 – 8, but you can still take part in the spirit of the week with their resources and activities, especially if you have children. Drinking Water Week is an annual awareness project of the American Water Works Association that encourages everyone to get to know their […]

May 10th

Once Again, the Supreme Court Supports Asian Carp

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the third attempt this year by Michigan to battle the possibility of Asian Carp getting into Lake Michigan and decimating both the fishing industry and the native ecosystem. Earlier this year Michigan’s suits against Illinois with the backing of Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota also failed. In a nutshell, […]

May 3rd

The Politics of Rainwater Harvesting

There is a more than two decade old law in the Philippines requiring the construction of rainwater catchments around the country, but it is seldom enforced. In Cebu City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country currently dealing with extended dry weather caused by the El Niño effect, that is changing. Lawyers and […]

April 28th

EPA Vs. Citrus Farmers: Cleaning up Florida's Water

A new set of EPA proposals to clean up Florida’s water is up for debate this month, and Florida’s citrus growers say the goals are economically devastating and logistically unattainable. The new restrictions limit the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen released into Florida’s lakes and waterways. Citrus growers point to a report issued this week […]

April 26th

Is Climate Change Genocide?

Climate change and rising temperatures are widely believed to be causing the retreat of glaciers and lower river flows. According to researchers, that is what’s happening to the Andean glaciers. Evo Morales, President of Boliva, believes there should be an international court of environmental justice- and many Bolivians agree with him. In fact, Boliva’s UN […]

April 22nd

Zevia Makes All-Natural Soda Even Sweeter

If you’re like me, the occasional soda can be a great treat. But there are so many disturbing things about the beverage industry, from reckless water usage to high-fructose corn syrup. This week I discovered a new product that does something about the ingredients: Zevia. The name is similar to the natural sweetener Stevia for […]

April 20th

EPA Launches Acid Rain Discussions

When was the last time you heard anything about acid rain? Does it not happen anymore? Is it as out of style as grunge music and Friendster? In an effort to answer questions like these (well, except that last one) and engage the online community, the Environmental Protection Agency launched an acid rain discussion forum […]

April 19th

Rivers in the Desert: Solar-Powered Desalination

Water crises and water shortages are increasing around the world- at this point there are 1.2 billion people in 40 countries without reliable access to clean water. But what if there were a way to use the sun to turn oceans into drinking water? IBM and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), the […]

April 15th

Proctor and Gamble's 2 Billion Liters of Safe Drinking Water

This week Proctor & Gamble Company announced that their P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (P&G CSDW) has distributed 2 billion liters of clean drinking water. P&G CSDW is a not-for-profit founded by P&G with the goal of improving life for children in need by providing clean drinking water in the developing world. It’s a […]

April 6th

Could Martian Water Detection Avert War?

Does NASA have an out-of-this-world way to find water and avoid war? With a rising population and increased incidence of drought, water is becoming a scarcer and more valuable resource by the day. Watch a documentary like Blue Gold: World Water Wars or Flow and it becomes crystal clear that water could be a major […]

April 5th

Endangered Ocean Species Won't Get International Trade Protection

U.N. delegates from around the world gathered at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) in Qatar this week- their mission? To vote on international regulations governing the trade in endangered species. For the urban layman, their decisions affect how much tuna we can have for sushi or […]

March 31st