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Climate change leaves oceans "hot, sour and breathless"

Climate change leaves oceans "hot, sour and breathless" | The Water Steward | Scoop.it

A triple-whammy of rising temperatures, increased acid levels and lack of oxygen is destroying the world's oceans, according to scientists at the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Experts warn that small island states are being hit especially hard, with impacts on health, food and livelihoods.

"This includes the Philippines."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WOFhMjc62W0

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Japan's appetite for whale meat wanes

Japan's appetite for whale meat wanes | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Three-quarters of the meat from whales caught last summer was unsold, report reveals (RT @SeaShepherdSA: YESSSSSSSS!!!!!! Sea Shepherd ROCKS!!! Japan's appetite for whale meat wanes - why?

Sakuma said the oversupply of whale meat, despite pockets of demand for the highest quality produce, had made Japan's lethal research programme unsustainable.

The Institute of Cetacean Research blamed low demand on the complicated auction procedure and reluctance among food suppliers to attract criticism from anti-whaling groups such as Sea Shepherd.

"We could not achieve the results we had anticipated," an institute official told Kyodo.

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Sacred water, new mine: A Michigan tribe battles a global corporation

Sacred water, new mine: A Michigan tribe battles a global corporation | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
By Brian Bienkowski, cross-posted from Environmental Health News Part 5 of Pollution, Poverty, People of Color June 12, 2012. Head in any direction on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and you will r...

“The indigenous view on water is that it is a sacred and spiritual entity. Water gives us and everything on Earth life,” [says] Jessica Koski, of the Keweenaw Bay community. The Keweenaw Bay Indians are fighting for their clean water, sacred sites and traditional way of life as Kennecott Eagle Minerals inches towards copper and nickel extraction, scheduled to begin in 2014.

Tribal leaders worry the mine will pollute ground water, the Salmon Trout River and Lake Superior, and strip the spiritual ambiance from their historical sites. Meandering through the Huron Mountains before spilling into Lake Superior, the river is home to endangered coaster trout as well as other fish that the tribe depends on for food.

The Keweenaw Bay community’s L’Anse Reservation, home to 1,030 people, is both the oldest and the largest reservation in Michigan and sits about 30 miles west of the river. The struggle of this small community in remote, sleepy northernmost Michigan mirrors that of its native ancestors.

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North Carolina to Enshrine Climate Denial Into Law

North Carolina to Enshrine Climate Denial Into Law | The Water Steward | Scoop.it

"The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill that ignores scientists' warnings of rising sea levels. Senators approved the bill on a 34-to-11 vote Tuesday ...
"HB 819 says that only the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission can calculate how fast the sea is rising for state governmental purposes and those calculations must be based on historic trends, which are much lower than the science panel's projections. A state-appointed science panel warned sea levels could rise by more than three feet by 2100 and threaten more than 2,000 square miles of coastal land.

"The coastal development group NC-20 disputes the scientists' findings and says the state should prepare for an eight-inch increase instead. The developers say stricter regulations would harm the coastal economy."

 

http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/north-carolina-enshrine-climate-denial-law.html

 

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IBM Reveals How Much Water Is Really Wasted By A Dripping - PSFK

IBM Reveals How Much Water Is Really Wasted By A Dripping - PSFK | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
IBM infographic series points out how this key resource is being wasted through faulty urban infrastructure.

A faucet that drips just once per second wastes 27,000 gallons of water annually.

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10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean -- National Geographic

10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean -- National Geographic | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Learn what you can do to help save the ocean with these 10 tips.

1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices

3. Use Fewer Plastic Products

4. Help Take Care of the Beach

5. Don't Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life

6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean

8. Influence Change in Your Community

9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly

10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life

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NASA | Massive Phytoplankton Bloom Discovered Under Arctic Sea Ice

consequence of the Arctic's warming climate and provides an important clue to understanding the impacts of a changing climate and environment ...youtube.com...

The discovery is the result of an oceanographic expedition called ICESCAPE, or Impacts of Climate on EcoSystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment. The NASA-sponsored mission explored the seas along Alaska's western and northern coasts onboard a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker during the summers of 2010 and 2011. The finding reveals a new consequence of the Arctic's warming climate and provides an important clue to understanding the impacts of a changing climate and environment on the Arctic Ocean and its ecology.

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50 Percent Of Water In China May Be Unsafe To Drink

50 Percent Of Water In China May Be Unsafe To Drink | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Chinese water experts say that around 50 percent of the country's tap water may not meet national pollutant standards and that water quality in non-coastal cities remains seriously neglected.

"... and half of the country's water resources may be polluted.

Other Chinese water experts say that nearly all (98 percent) of the country's water filtration plants still use traditional methods, meaning they are unable to treat heavy metals and industrial pollutants: a critical issue in a country that now serves as a hub for the world's industrial manufacturing.

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Long-haul food could deliver a national crisis - Stock and Land

Long-haul food could deliver a national crisis - Stock and Land | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Long-haul food could deliver a national crisisStock and LandAUSTRALIANS' growing reliance on food transported long distances on drum-tight distribution schedules has heightened the risk of food shortages in the event of crises such as floods,...

The food chain has lengthened as supermarket giants in particular develop ever more complex distribution networks, and local suppliers cease to dominate fresh food such as milk, fruit and vegetables.

''Longer supply chains expose transport routes to more points of potential vulnerability from such events as flood, fire and earthquake,'' says the report. The risk of food shortage is made greater by major retailers seeking to minimise storage and handling of produce, and their reliance instead on ''just-in-time'' deliveries.

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Recycling sewage to drinking water could save city of San Diego money: Study - North County Times

Recycling sewage to drinking water could save city of San Diego money: Study - North County Times | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Recycling sewage to drinking water could save city of San Diego money: StudyNorth County Times2012-06-02T17:00:00Z 2012-05-31T18:30:53Z Recycling sewage to drinking water could save city of San Diego money: StudyBy BRADLEY J.
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£30bn bill to purify water system after toxic impact of contraceptive pill

£30bn bill to purify water system after toxic impact of contraceptive pill | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Drug firms oppose an EU call for controls on potent chemicals that have been blamed for the gender mutation of freshwater fish (£30bn bill to purify water system after toxic impact of contraceptive pill http://t.co/o4yNvmMF...)...

Water and pharmaceutical companies dispute the science involved and argue the costs are prohibitive.

By contrast, many environmental researchers say the proposal is sound. Ethinyl estradiol (EE2), the main active ingredient of contraceptive pills, can trigger a condition known as intersex in freshwater fish, which has caused significant drops in populations in many species – although no links have yet been made with human health.

"That does not mean we will not find impacts in future," said toxicologist Professor Richard Owen of Exeter University. "But do we want to wait until we see effects in humans, as we did with thalidomide and BSE, or do we act before harm is done?"

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100 Ways To Conserve | Water – Use It Wisely

Over 100 water saving tips that educate you on simple ways to save water.
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Earth's Water Cycle Is Intensifying, Dry Is Getting Drier and Wet Is ...

Earth's Water Cycle Is Intensifying, Dry Is Getting Drier and Wet Is ... | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
20120521 144723 Earths Water Cycle Is Intensifying, Dry Is Getting Drier and Wet Is Getting. The Earth's water cycle is intensifying, leading to more evaporation in dry climates and more rain in wet climates.

Habang umiinit ang mundo, ang mga rehiyon na tuyo ay lalong nagiging tuyo dahil sa lakas ng pagkilos ng tubig dulot ng init. Dahil naiipon ang tubig sa ulap, ang bagsak ng ulan sa mga maulang lugar ay mas titindi dahil nga sa dami ng tubig sa ulap.

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Unrest at India's water shortage

Unrest at India's water shortage | The Water Steward | Scoop.it

The Indian capital, Delhi, is suffering a severe water shortage, raising fears of widespread unrest.

The government admits that rainfall is adequate, but the resources have not been managed effectively.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18529811

 

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As ocean gets more acidic, situation is exacerbated in Puget Sound - Public Radio International PRI

As ocean gets more acidic, situation is exacerbated in Puget Sound - Public Radio International PRI | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
As ocean gets more acidic, situation is exacerbated in Puget SoundPublic Radio International PRIThe carbon dioxide we release is absorbed by the Earth's oceans. But it doesn't just benignly vanish.

"In Puget Sound we see that same impact as we see in the open ocean but we also have other combined impacts that are part of the natural local processes in our region," he explained.

The local processes Feeley’s talking about starts in the ocean with tiny organisms that live near the surface and absorb CO2 from the air. When they die, they sink to the bottom and release that CO2. But that acidic water doesn’t stay down there. Ocean currents push it up and toward the shore in a process called coastal upwelling, eventually flowing into Puget Sound.

In the sound, that water tends to stick around longer than on the outer coast, making Puget Sound significantly more acidic than the open ocean. ...

The algae thrive on the nitrates and phosphorous from our wastewater treatment plants, leaky septic tanks and runoff from fertilized lawns and agricultural lands. Krembs says over the past decade there’s been a steady and significant increase in nutrient levels in Puget Sound.

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Australia's Coral Sea to become a protected marine reserve - Washington Post

Australia's Coral Sea to become a protected marine reserve - Washington Post | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Australia's Coral Sea to become a protected marine reserveWashington PostHere is a look at wildlife in the Coral Sea, an area that will rank as the world's second-largest fully protected marine reserve.
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That's Not Sand, It's a Beach of Dead Fish - Discovery News

That's Not Sand, It's a Beach of Dead Fish - Discovery News | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
That's Not Sand, It's a Beach of Dead FishDiscovery NewsStarting June 3, massive amounts of dead sardines began clogging a fishing port called Ohara, located near Isumi City on the western side of Japan.

Other areas have experienced massive fish kills from algae blooms, red tides, toxins, changes in water temperature, and diseases. Commonly a lack of oxygen is at the root of the problem since fish need to absorb dissolved oxygen to live.

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Humans responsible for warming oceans, finds study - Christian Science Monitor

Humans responsible for warming oceans, finds study - Christian Science Monitor | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Christian Science MonitorHumans responsible for warming oceans, finds studyChristian Science MonitorA computer modeling study has ruled out natural fluctuations as an explanation for 50 years of rising temperatures in the upper layers of our...

"The bottom line is that this study substantially strengthens the conclusion that most of the observed global ocean warming over the past 50 years is attributable to human activities,"

"Although we performed a series of tests to account for the impact of various uncertainties, we found no evidence that simultaneous warming of the upper layers of all seven seas can be explained by natural climate variability alone. Humans have played a dominant role," Gleckler said in a statement.

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Make rain water harvesting a people's movement: Sheila - The Hindu

Make rain water harvesting a people's movement: Sheila - The Hindu | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
India TodayMake rain water harvesting a people's movement: SheilaThe HinduChief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said despite her government's initiative and the money spent, rain water harvesting in the Capital has not had satisfactory results.

“Rain water harvesting has been practised in India for the last 4,000 years. It improves the quantity and quality of ground water, raises the water level in wells and bore-wells, mitigates the effect of drought, and reduces soil erosion by controlling the surface runoff. It also decreases choking of ground water drains and flooding of roads and saves energy. As a result of continuous extraction, ground water levels in India, as well as in Delhi, have gone down. Delhi is facing a crisis of water and its ground water is under serious threat because of illegal and irrational extraction,” said the official.

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Is Tap Water Bad for You? | Wellness Sultana

Is Tap Water Bad for You? | Wellness Sultana | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Bottled water in America is a multi-billion dollar industry. Americans spend billions of dollars on bottled water, yet just about all of those people have a source of water right in their homes that costs a fraction of the price.
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15 Concepts and Solutions for Providing Clean Drinking Water

15 Concepts and Solutions for Providing Clean Drinking Water | The Water Steward | Scoop.it

1. Using "Super Sand" to clean water:

2. Seeds of the "Miracle Tree":

3. Bicycle Water Purifier:

4. Atmospheric Water Generators:

5. Personal Solar Stills:

6. Large Scale Solar Stills:

7. Pump while Playing:

8. Well Repair and Rehabilitation:

9. Water-Producing Wind Turbines:

10. Table Salt Helps Clean Water:

11. Sewage to Drinking Water:

12. Portable Rainwater Harvesting Units:

13. Solar Powered Rain Catchment and Purifier:

14. Personal UV Purifiers:

15. Water Filtration Straws:

 

http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/concepts-providing-clean-drinking-water.html

 

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Alarm raised over ‘knife fish’ invasion in Laguna de Bay

Alarm raised over ‘knife fish’ invasion in Laguna de Bay | The Water Steward | Scoop.it

The Philippine fisheries chief on Sunday said he had ordered a study into a foreign species called the “knife fish” that was posing a threat to the local fishing industry at the country’s largest lake.
The knife-shaped fish are reported to be multiplying in Laguna de Bay where they are displacing the native species, said Asis Perez, head of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

 

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/196779/alarm-raised-over-%E2%80%98knife-fish%E2%80%99-invasion-in-laguna-de-bay

 

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‘We’re Running Out Of Water’ (and Many City Dwellers Aren't Worried, Yet) - NAST

‘We’re Running Out Of Water’ (and Many City Dwellers Aren't Worried, Yet) - NAST | The Water Steward | Scoop.it

The country is “running out of fresh water.”

This was the warning aired by Dr. Emil Q. Javier, academician and president of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines, as he underscored the need to discuss issues related to water.

“There is really a need to make people concern (on this situation)... encourage the local level to look at their water supply,” said the NAST head.

A paper presented by academician Fernando P. Siringan, of the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, pointed, among others, areas with “stressed ground water.”

Siringan said these are Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, Baguio City, and “other highly urbanized cities are at risk to future water shortage.”

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Help for a Plastic Planet: New Report Focuses on Solutions to Global Plastic Pollution | Water | AlterNet

Help for a Plastic Planet: New Report Focuses on Solutions to Global Plastic Pollution | Water | AlterNet | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
The report offers real solutions, in addition to an excellent scientific accounting of the threats posed by plastic pollution to the environment, wildlife, humans and economies.

1. An appropriate starting point is to identify a specific problem in terms of the types of marine debris of concern (e.g., consumer waste, industrial waste, and packaging), including volumes and flows. ...

2. The next step is to bring together the key players in the supply chain, and organize an evidence-based dialogue aiming at the identification of ways to reduce the accumulation of debris. ...

3. The next step would be to facilitate the most desirable immediate and long-term options via a range of implementation strategies such as public awareness, development incentives and regulation.

4. Finally, it is crucial to measure success via monitoring of both changes in the scale of the marine debris problem identified at the outset, and assessment of the effectiveness of the individual implementation strategies and action plans. ...

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China's Cancer Villages

Dateline investigates the increase in cancer cases in rural China, which is being blamed on toxic industrial waste poisoning the water supply. For more on Ad...
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