It is often said of the Arctic that, when it comes to climate change, this region of Earth is the proverbial 'Canary in the Coalmine' - that is, if anywhere is going to alert us that something's up, it's up there in the far north. So we have seen sea-ice coverage diminishing dramatically and sea-ice volume falling off a cliff. Land-ice too is on the retreat: a mineral exploration company that has ... read more >>
This brand-new household environmental calculator is the first of its kind — it shows not only the carbon but also energy, water, wastewater, trash, and stormwater runoff footprints of your home and lifestyle. In addition, it recommends projects based on your specific inputs that can save you money, reduce your environmental impact, or in many cases both at the same time!
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A type of volcanic rock may be the key to long-term carbon sequestration, research shows, as the surface of such rock reacts with carbon dioxide to form a mineral. Storing the CO2 in reactive mafic rock formations deep underground means "you are making rocks out of [the CO2]. It’s not sitting there as a high-pressure fluid" posing a potential earthquake threat, said David Bercovici, a professor o ... read more >>
As Congress and the White House explore ways to encourage Americans to conserve energy, a new study by the University of Michigan shows that the average individual energy demand for heating and cooling has decreased over the past 50 years. ... read more >>
Structural problems on the roof of Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro have prompted officials to close the arena until the issues have been addressed. The metallic roof weighs more than 3,600 tons and is "supported by four complex supporting white steel arches -- designed in a rhythmic repetition of irregular forms -- and cable-stayed strings" that make the roof appear "to hang in mid-air." ... read more >>
Detroit Water and Sewerage suspects stuck valve in Livonia tank leak | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
During the late morning and through early afternoon, water poured out of both overflow pipes and along seams on the top of the 10-million-gallon-capacity tank, although officials said that is not unusual in such circumstances. DWSD crews had to allow the tank to drain down far enough so they could reach and close the valve.
The water had stopped spewing from the tank by 1:30 p.m., according to t ... read more >>
Courts, EPA, state agencies, environmental groups and individual citizens will face new and difficult questions in 2013 involving stormwater, nutrients, wetlands and water rights.
In the first of its series addressing this year’s major environmental issues, the McGuireWoods environmental team identifies the following water issues to follow in 2013.
Nutrients and Total Maximum Daily Loads ( ... read more >>
United Nations News Centre - UN kicks off year promoting international cooperation on water management
This United Nations news article discusses the launch of the International Year of Water Cooperation. In 2012, the year 2013 was designated to be a year focused on raising awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. ... read more >>
After the Soviet Union's dissolution, the Kura-Araks Basin became an international river basin with respect to the South Caucasus states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Despite differences among these countries, they depend greatly on the Kura-Araks Basin. They proposed to jointly monitor Kura-Araks Basin surface water quality and obtained funding to do so from the North Atlantic Treaty Orga ... read more >>
As a growing population stresses the world's food and water supplies, corporations and investors in wealthy countries are buying up foreign farmland and the freshwater perks that come with it. ... read more >>