Posted on July 21, 2016 by Envirothink
Editor: The following is an excerpt of an article by Rowan Jacobsen. It offers an intriguing idea and opportunity that not only could help bring water to countries (and villages) parched by continuing drought but also help resolve conflicts between warring nations.
Scientists and others look to desalination as a way to unite longtime enemies in a common cause.
Israel’s Sorek Desalination Plant – an opportunity for water and easing conflicts
July 19, 2016 — Ten miles south of Tel Aviv, I stand on a catwalk over two concrete reservoirs the size of football fields and watch water pour into them from a massive pipe emerging from the sand. The pipe is so large I could walk through it standing upright, were it not full of Mediterranean seawater pumped from an intake a mile offshore.
“Now, that’s a pump!” Edo Bar-Zeev shouts to me over the din of the motors, grinning with undisguised awe at the scene before us. The reservoirs beneath us contain several feet of sand through which the seawater filters before making its way to a vast metal hangar, where it is transformed into enough drinking water to supply 1.5 million people.
Filed under: Drought, Water issues | Tagged: climate change, desalination, drip irrigation, drought, Fertile Crescent, Middle East, Negev Desert, recycled wastewater, reverse osmosis, Sea of Galilee, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 11, 2016 by Envirothink
Dead mangrove forest off Australia’s east coast, photo by James Cook University
Climate change has wrecked havoc not only on our weather patterns but on the world’s forest and ecological systems. And the impact is devastating.
In the U.S., severe drought and major insect infestations have been responsible for almost unimaginable die-offs of old growth forests. In Australia El Nino conditions have caused the die-off of a 7000 kilometer (approximately 4,349 miles) stretch of mangrove shoreline in the southern reaches of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Filed under: Climate Change, Nature | Tagged: climate change, drought, ecosystems, James Cook University, mangrove forests, Norm Duke, pollution | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 28, 2016 by Envirothink
If you read labels – and as an informed consumer you really need to – you know that there are MANY labels out there. Too many in fact.
But get ready because another one’s on the way. This one, though, actually makes sense. Continue reading
Filed under: organics | Tagged: Certified Transitional, farmers, food labels, organic, organic farming, Quality Assurance International, USDA | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 23, 2016 by Envirothink
Wind energy is a growing industry, with wind turbines springing up across the country. As useful as wind energy is, it has a serious downside.
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tagged: bird fatalities, conservation, innovative technology, renewable energy, Sheer Wind, Smithsonian, The Nature Conservancy, wildlife, wind energy, wind turbines | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 21, 2016 by Envirothink
With the recent raid of Thailand’s so-called “Tiger Temple”, the world’s attention once again focused on wildlife trafficking. With the gruesome discovery of frozen tiger cubs and allegations of animal abuse and wildlife trafficking, it’s important to view encouraging news in this arena.
Filed under: wildlife conservation | Tagged: conservation, endangered, endangered species, illegal wildlife trade, Tiger Temple, Vietnam, wildlife, wildlife trafficking | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 8, 2016 by Envirothink
Photo by Debra Atlas
For those who’ve never been there, Chaco Canyon, a National Historical Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, is an amazing collection of ancient Native American ruins and pueblos. Archeologists continue to excavate throughout the area as they uncover even more artifacts and as yet unknown villages to add to the area’s mystique.
But Chaco, which is only accessible by a daunting, poorly maintained 21 mile washboard-type road, has been threatened by the possibility of fracking nearby. The real possibility of damage from this has spurred environmentalists and local citizens to speak up and speak out. Continue reading
Filed under: Exciting New Deveopments | Tagged: Chaco Canyon, Environment America, fracking, Land of Enchantment, Native Americans, President Obama, public lands, pueblos, Secretary Sally Jewell | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 1, 2016 by Envirothink
One of California’s giant coastal redwoods that’s been cloned to save its genetic diversity, photo by Debra Atlas
On May 28th, two powerful entities came together to take on two serious climate-related issues and make a positive impact on our children’s future.
Planetary Emissions Management, Inc. and non-profit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive announced a partnership that will integrate innovative forest carbon measurement with environmental financial products along with the genetics of the largest trees on the planet.
Filed under: Climate Change | Tagged: Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, carbon sequestration, champion trees, climate change, CO2, David Milarch, deforestation, Forest Carbon Legacy Initiative, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, Inc, Planetary Emissions Management, reforestation | Leave a comment »