Day: October 11, 2018

Despite Flint, many water systems not open about lead pipes

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis has drawn international headlines, but some states and their water systems appear to be slow in learning the importance of keeping the public informed about similar risks.

Most of the country’s 100 largest water systems have failed to follow an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendation to publicize where their lead service lines are, according to a new report by the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO is a nonpartisan investigatory arm of Congress.

The EPA removes language about climate change from its latest proposal on greenhouse gases

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

In a draft proposal rolling back Obama-era regulations on hydrofluorocarbons, the Trump administration scrapped all references to climate change and those most affected by it—primarily, children. In a change first reported by E&E News, the Environmental Protection Agency removed key language about children’s health from its proposal on the greenhouse gases known as HFCs, commonly used in household appliances.

FAO calls for adoption of sustainable farming practices to preserve environment

Read the full story at Devdiscourse.

Attaining sustainable development means shifting away from high-input and resource-intensive farming and food systems towards more sustainable practices, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said.

Half-degree of warming could have big impact on water availability

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Approximately 117 million more people could face water shortages if global temperatures increase 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels compared to a 1.5-degree Celsius increase in temperatures, a new study suggests.

The world’s water cycle, including evaporation and precipitation, is expected to intensify with global warming, according to the study. This could affect the distribution of freshwater and constrain the global water supply, which poses risks to national food security, economic prosperity and societal well-being.

In a new study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, researchers examined how global freshwater could change under 1.5- and 2-degree Celsius increases in temperatures, targets set forth in the Paris Agreement.

Following the path of chemicals through the soil

Read the full story in Science Daily.

Where do pesticides and their degradation products go once they enter the soil? And how long does it take them to get to groundwater or drainage systems? That depends on a number of factors, but researchers at Aarhus University have come a step closer to finding quick answers. For the first time ever, they have used visible/near-infrared spectroscopy to predict the transport of dissolved chemicals through intact soil.

ReFED Food Waste Action Guide Put to the Test

Read the full story from Waste360.

Compass Group managed an eight-week pilot at Portland State University to test the guide’s food waste recommendations.

Austin, Texas ordinance requires restaurants to responsibly dispose of food waste

Read the full story in Newsweek.

Texas’s capital city has implemented a new ordinance mandating “all food-permitted businesses” responsibly dispose of organic waste by donating it, composting it, sending scraps and excess to farms or developing customized solutions.

The final phase of the city’s Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) organics diversion requirements took effect on October 1. The first URO such requirements began in 2016.

Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Water

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What the world is now experiencing can no longer be framed as “normal”. The past can no longer be used to predict seasonal weather events and precipitation. There is a pressing need for new public policies and business strategies as well as for innovations in technology, financing and partnerships to thrive in the 21st century. These developments will be possible only with better-quality and
more accessible data, and the creation of more useful information. This is a role that technological advancements can play in supporting leaders from all sectors.

Imagine the potential of harnessing the power of remote sensing to provide vastly improved predictions of droughts and flooding, real-time monitoring of water quantity and quality within watersheds, improved water-utility asset management, off-grid and localized solutions coupled with “frictionless” water-trading platforms. Digital technologies such as connected devices (IoT), predictive analytics and artificial intelligence are emerging as powerful tools in achieving sustainable, resilient and equitable access to water.

World’s First Recycled Plastic Bike Path Opens in The Netherlands

Read the full story in e360.

A new 100-foot track in the Dutch city of Zwolle is the world’s first bike pathmade almost entirely out of recycled plastic, containing the equivalent of 218,000 plastic cups or 500,000 plastic bottle caps. The plastic road is the latest example of the growing shift among cities and businesses toward a circular economy, which requires reusing products and producing no waste.

Middle Illinois Region Water Supply Assessment Report Published

Read the full story from the Illinois State Water Survey.

A report on the water resources available in the Middle Illinois River water supply planning region is now available (Kelly et al. ISWS Contract Report 2018-02). The Middle Illinois region includes seven counties – LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, and Woodford – and several major cities including Peoria, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa Pontiac, and Streator. The report is the product of water supply planning research carried out by the Illinois State Water and Geological Surveys in the Prairie Research Institute with funding from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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