Archive for the “Water” Category

North Carolina’s environmental reputation took a big hit with Duke Energy’s coal ash spill in February into the Dan River. Among other worries, large Duke Energy investors are now asking for a report by May 1 on what’s up, as discussed by the AP here. And the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources […]

There’s a disturbing problem here, the main point being that we only learn about spills, leaks, etc. when they are very large, large enough to really smell and taste bad, and often are not pretty, either. But what about the other leaks and spills that are not so large, but which nevertheless can cause health […]

Huffpost reports that Procter and Gamble will be phasing out microbeads, tiny plastic balls used in products like facial scrubs, body washes and toothpastes. They scrub away dead skin, similar to using a sponge, and are designed to wash down the drain. They don’t biodegrade, they’re going to be taken up by fish and other […]

Glaciers move downhill under the weight of packed snow and ice. I’d missed this one back in February about the Lyell Glacier: the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park, has stagnated, or ceased its downhill movement, according to a recent study

Some Florida DJ’s should get a medal instead of getting fired. It seems they announced on the air Monday morning that there was “dihydrogen monoxide” in the Lee County water supply

This pig-dumping in China can’t reflect good things, and is a kind of a tip-of-the-iceberg thing. Upwards of 6,000 pigs have been dumped into the river serving as Shanghai’s water supply, which followed police campaigns to curb the illicit trade of pork products harvested from diseased pigs.

Will people be abandoning Florida after recent tragic sinkhole events? I suppose there are a lot of news media types pointing out how it’s more likely you’ll be hit by lightning than getting swallowed by a sinkhole. The scientific story, from a great USGS article, for those who’ve missed, it is that

It’s an interconnected world. Lake Erie is getting hammered by phosphorus, leading to toxic algae so vast that in 2011 it covered a sixth of its waters, contributing to an expanding dead zone on its bottom, reducing fish populations, fouling beaches and crippling a tourism industry that generates more than $10 billion in revenue annually. […]

As the report says, As of last week, all that remained of the lake was a small pond a few feet deep, Cruz said. There were thousands of dead fish, he said, but no sign of life. … …  may not be a sign of the End Times, but probably is the end of a […]