The House will take up the $33.3 billion fiscal 2010 energy and water spending bill this week as Democratic leaders in that chamber push to complete all appropriations measures before the August break.
The bill funds the Energy Department, Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation and several independent agencies.
It supports increases in renewable energy, efficiency and science fu ... read more >>
A team of researchers has mapped patterns of illicit drug use across the state of Oregon using a method of sampling municipal wastewater before it is treated. Their findings provide a one-day snapshot of drug excretion that can be used to better understand patterns of drug use in multiple municipalities over time. Municipal water treatment facilities across Oregon volunteered for the study to hel ... read more >>
From IUCN. This toolkit will introduce readers to the central role played by policy, law and institutions in designing and implementing good governance for water resources. It will guide users through approaches to reforming water governance, including useful mechanisms for incorporating environmental considerations into water laws and policies. It is intended for use by water professionals, work ... read more >>
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is a man with a permanent light bulb over his head. His latest idea? Controlling the weather. Sounds insane, but in a patent application recently released to the public, Gates and several co-inventors have concocted a scheme to kill hurricanes over the ocean before they wreak havoc on land.
The idea is for barges to pump cold water from the depths of the ocean ... read more >>
Chinese scientists have adopted the principle of the coal mine canary to monitoring water quality by using fish to test for pollutants.
A machine containing more than 20 small fish has been used to monitor water quality in Beijing, said Wang Zijian, a professor with the Research Center for Eco-Environment Sciences, of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
"These fish safeguard the sources of the cap ... read more >>
Ambitious plans to generate one third of UK electricity from renewables by 2020 form the centrepiece of government plans for a low carbon future. ... read more >>
Communities across the country are fighting back as Nestle tries to drain their water and their finances.
When Nestlé Waters North America, the world's largest bottler of water, comes a-courting, promising jobs and increased tax revenues in exchange for local water rights, many small, rural towns get nervous.
Deborah Lapidus, an organizer with the Think Outside the Bottle campaign, says th ... read more >>
For the first time, NOAA scientists have demonstrated that tsunamis in the open ocean can change sea surface texture in a way that can be measured by satellite-borne radars. The finding could one day help save lives through improved detection and forecasting of tsunami intensity and direction at the ocean surface.
“We’ve found that roughness of the surface water provides a good measure of the ... read more >>