Browsing the "water" Tag

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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

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

Hormone Disruptor BPA is in the Water Now

Scientists have now confirmed that an increasingly infamous chemical (or hormone disruptor) that is linked to obesity, miscarriage, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other health concerns is not just in our plastic bottles, soda cans and canned food, but it’s also in the water. What is likely to be the number one source? “Unbreakable” polycarbonate […]

April 16th

Laundry + Bicycle = Bicilavadora

Washing laundry is a difficult time-consuming task in the developing world, and doing laundry in open streams or lakes can add to water pollution. The task also falls solely on women – 8 hours a week is typically spent washing each piece of the family’s clothing and then wringing them out by hand. Washing machines […]

March 5th

Water and the Stock Market

When astronauts first went into space and took those seminal photographs of the Earth it was obvious to everyone that Earth was and is a blue planet. Without water, none of this is possible. There are some great statistics about water to emphasize just how integral and essential it is to life: 70% of the […]

December 15th