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Dead zones on rise in the U.S. coastal waters

Posted By maggie in Miscellaneous

More than 300 coastal water bodies now have oxygen levels so low they threaten commercial and recreational fishing, according to the report from several federal agencies that was sent Friday to congressional leaders.

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill occurred after the report was completed. But the Gulf already was home to the largest dead zones in the world besides those in the Baltic Sea.

"The -

Emily Green's The Week That Was, 29 August - 4 September 2010: Más Desde La República Dominicana - WaterWired

Posted By aquadoc in Miscellaneous

Even in the Dominican Republic I cannot miss Emily Green's The Week That Was. Helps me stay in touch with all the good stuff happening in the water world. El gringo viejo did take some time to enjoy the beach in Puerto Plata with las Dominicanas bonitas.
But on 4 September I did learn some local water lore from Ing. H. Domingo Rodriguez, who is the regional director for the DR's equivalent of -

Pakistan Flood Pictures Sept 5th - Monsters and Critics

Posted By maggie in Miscellaneous

Children displaced from flooded areas return to their village after flood water receded in Aazakhel Nowshera, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan on 05 September 2010. The United Nations called on 24 August for governments to provide at least 40 heavy-lift helicopters that can carry critical emergency supplies to some 800,000 Pakistanis trapped by floods. More than 17 million people have bee -

In Support of the Neglected Drinking Fountain – the missing link in the movement away from bottled water

Posted By JHitz in Miscellaneous

The Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association built the first public drinking fountain in London in 1859, as an answer to some of the pressing problems of their times. Drinking fountains are also part of the answer to some of our own problems.

The anti-bottled water people have succeeded in making nearly everyone aware that bottled water is a problem, and the numbers of pe -

Report: Water for the Poor Act 2010 Report to Congress; My DR Day - WaterWired

Posted By aquadoc in Miscellaneous

In case you missed it, here is the State Department's Water for the Poor Act 2010 Report to Congress. I spent a few hours of my my first full day in the Dominican Republic at the National Botanical Garden, quite a beautiful spot. Ana Maria Peralta (shown at right) and Alexandra Barceló were my guides. As Ana Maria is a specialist in natural resources, she rattled off the scientific names of -

Earthquake: minimise food and water spoilage

Posted By joe in Miscellaneous

During an emergency normal household appliances such as fridges and ovens may break down or lack power, our food could spoil faster and our water supply could become contaminated. To avoid this happening follow the steps below:

• eat perishable foods, for example bread and meat first, as they spoil faster than non-perishable food

• eat canned foods last

• minimise food spoilage by openi -

Latest Gulf oil rig problem differs from BP spill  |

Posted By maggie in Miscellaneous

Unlike the blast that led to the massive BP spill, the latest oil platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico killed no one and sent no crude gushing into the water.

The Mariner Energy-owned platform that erupted in flames Thursday was just 200 miles west of the spill site, but everything from the structures to the operations to the safety devices were different.

Yet when word of the latest mishap -

Jim Thebaut Guest Post: START, Nuclear Weapons, and Water - WaterWired

Posted By aquadoc in Miscellaneous

Friend and colleague Jim Thebaut - journalist, planner, philanthropist, filmmaker - just sent me this piece on the need for a new START (STrategic Arms Reduction Treaty). The relationship between nuclear weapons and water is elucidated.

Time for a New START
Jim Thebaut
The world is much less stable than during the Cold War era. Regions of the world are experiencing destabilizing levels of wa -