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Reduce and recycle water, advise experts - Times of India

Reduce and recycle water, advise experts - Times of India | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Reduce and recycle water, advise expertsTimes of IndiaNAGPUR: As with all limited natural resources, the three R's - reduce, reuse and recycle - are important for fresh water too.

"Much pressure on the world's water resources can be abated if grey water, or water used for activities like washing and bathing, can be recycled.

"... In India, only 20% water is being recycled, the other 80% contributing to polluting the sources of water. The fact that we have water scarcity every summer means we need to introspect seriously on this issue,"

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Autism 'could be triggered by very low doses of anti-depressants or other chemicals found in water supply'

Autism 'could be triggered by very low doses of anti-depressants or other chemicals found in water supply' | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Experts from the University of Idaho in the US were 'astonished' to find that just traces of medication such as anti-depressants can bring on the disorder.

They made the discovery by observing the changes in the genetic pathways of fish swimming in water contaminated with psychoactive drugs.

Lead scientist Dr Michael Thomas said: 'While others have envisioned a causal role for psychotropic drugs in idiopathic autism, we were astonished to find evidence that this might occur at very low dosages, such as those found in aquatic systems.'

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Coconut Water Ice Cubes

Coconut Water Ice Cubes | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Super simple to make and so nice to have on hand—coconut water ice cubes can be used to jazz up and supercharge smoothies, pre- and post-workout drinks, ice cream shakes, and yes, of course, cocktails.
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As destructive fishing declines, pollution and other threats to PHL coral reefs rise

As destructive fishing declines, pollution and other threats to PHL coral reefs rise | The Water Steward | Scoop.it

In the last ten years, blast fishing and other destructive practices have gone down by half in the Philippines, good news for the country’s degraded coral reefs, according to a new report released Saturday.

The bad news, however, is that sedimentation due to human activities has surpassed it as a major threat to marine resources, posing a serious problem for fishers who comprise the poorest segment of the population, the report said.

Worse, the percentage of coral reefs deemed to be in “poor” condition rose from 33 per cent in the 1980s to 40 per cent in the most recent estimates, said Theresa Mundita Lim, director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau.

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Whaling nations defeat ocean sanctuary - Sky News Australia

Whaling nations defeat ocean sanctuary - Sky News Australia | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Sky News AustraliaWhaling nations defeat ocean sanctuarySky News AustraliaJapan and its allies have shot down a Latin American-led proposal to create a sanctuary for whales in the southern Atlantic Ocean, reigniting international tensions over...
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Alarming increase in flow of water into oceans due to global warming, accelerated cycle of evaporation, precipitation

Alarming increase in flow of water into oceans due to global warming, accelerated cycle of evaporation, precipitation | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Freshwater is flowing into Earth's oceans in greater amounts every year, a team of researchers has found, thanks to more frequent and extreme storms linked to global warming.

"In general, more water is good," Famiglietti said. "But here's the problem: Not everybody is getting more rainfall, and those who are may not need it. What we're seeing is exactly what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted -- that precipitation is increasing in the tropics and the Arctic Circle with heavier, more punishing storms. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of people live in semiarid regions, and those are drying up."
In essence, he said, the evaporation and precipitation cycle taught in grade school is accelerating dangerously because of greenhouse gas-fueled higher temperatures, triggering monsoons and hurricanes. Hotter weather above the oceans causes freshwater to evaporate faster, which leads to thicker clouds unleashing more powerful storms over land. The rainfall then travels via rivers to the sea in ever-larger amounts, and the cycle begins again.

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Rare fish face extinction as water pumping, pollution degrade habitats

Rare fish face extinction as water pumping, pollution degrade habitats | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
AMMAN — Three freshwater fish species endemic to Jordan are nearing extinction because of destruction of their habitat, a conservationist warned on Saturday.

The fish’s habitat in the stream to the north of the Dead Sea is facing destruction due to several causes, mainly overpumping of freshwater, which is raising salinity levels at the stream.

In its second habitat in the Fifa protected area, A. dispar is facing competition from an invasive fish species with stronger survival instincts.

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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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Philippines attracts allies to protect biodiversity - World News - PhilippineNewsFeed.com

Philippines attracts allies to protect biodiversity - World News - PhilippineNewsFeed.com | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
For its powdery sand beaches, crystal clear waters and extensive marine biodiversity, the Philippines is not only attracting potential tour (News: Philippines attracts allies to protect biodiversity http://t.co/AUhfbO1m...)...

“Located at the center of the Coral Triangle, the Philippines’ more than 7,000 islands have a unique and diverse marine life with vast coral reefs and sea grass beds,” Lee said at the celebration of Philippine National Day at the expo on July 22.
“It goes without saying that the Philippines has a rich marine diversity and it deserves the best care and attention we can offer,” the Korean official stressed.
Lee also cited the Philippines for its interest in environmental preservation and active role in the international movement to protect marine resources.

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Mexicans Struggle to Kick Bottled-Water Habit

Mexicans Struggle to Kick Bottled-Water Habit | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Despite efforts to improve the quality of tap water, Mexico is the world’s largest per capita consumer of bottled water, using it even for bathing babies.
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Cleaning Up The Farmed Fish Industry

Cleaning Up The Farmed Fish Industry | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
If you have fantasies that the fish on your plate frolicked in the open seas before being caught by a fisherman, you might be right--but there’s a pretty big chance that you’re not.

Farmed fish may be the only way to keep humanity eating food from the ocean. But done wrong, it can be incredibly harmful. A new standard hopes to rank farmed fish, so you’re only eating the responsibly raised ones.

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Radioactive river mud threatens lakes, Tokyo Bay - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Radioactive river mud threatens lakes, Tokyo Bay - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Lakes across eastern Japan are being contaminated with radioactive cesium from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, and scientists are warning of a growing problem in Tokyo Bay.

In March, a maximum cesium concentration of 9,550 becquerels per kilogram was detected in mud on the bottom of the Bizengawa river, 1.65 kilometers from where it flows into Japan’s second-largest lake, Lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture.

A month later, the highest reading was 800 meters closer to the lake and had increased to 9,980 becquerels per kilogram.

Since April, cesium levels over 100 becquerels per kilogram have also been found in fish and shellfish in Lake Numazawako, Lake Inawashiroko and Lake Akimotoko in Fukushima Prefecture, Hinuma marsh in Ibaraki Prefecture, Teganuma marsh in Chiba Prefecture and Lake Chuzenjiko in Tochigi Prefecture.

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Scientists Say Rising Sea Levels Cannot Be Stopped - RTT News

Scientists Say Rising Sea Levels Cannot Be Stopped - RTT News | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
Zee NewsScientists Say Rising Sea Levels Cannot Be StoppedRTT NewsStringent emission cuts could stabilize global temperature increases, but they cannot stop rising sea levels, said scientists in a study published online Sunday in the journal Nature.'Rise...
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Sustainable Water Management is Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits, say Countries - WaterWorld

Sustainable Water Management is Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits, say Countries - WaterWorld | The Water Steward | Scoop.it
RT @The_JEI: @UNEP cites economic, social & #environmental benefits from nations in support of sustainable #water management http://t.co/Dz7G50Pe...

The United Nations Environment Programme issued the following news release:
Over 80 per cent of countries have reformed their water laws in the past twenty years as a response to growing pressures on water resources from expanding populations, urbanization and climate change.
In many cases, such water reforms have had positive impacts on development, including improvements to drinking water access, human health and water efficiency in agriculture.
But global progress has been slower where irrigation, rainwater harvesting and investment in freshwater ecosystem services are concerned.

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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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