‘Living With Water’: Facing Climate Change, Cities Trade Sea Walls for Parks

photo: coastal flooding, due in part to storms and climate change

Photo: A firefighter wades through Boston floodwater earlier this year. Under a new plan, the city would allow the rising water to come in to the city, rather than fighting to keep it out. Michael Dwyer/The Associated Press

To protect itself from a devastating flood, Boston was considering building a massive sea wall, cutting north to south through nearly 4 miles of Boston Harbor, taking $11 billion and at least … [more…]

Why the EPA won’t get the lead out of our water

photo: water tower at the Flint Water Plant (Michigan)

Photo: AP/Carlos Osorio

The agency was slow to revise its lead pipe regulations under Obama. It’s even worse under Trump

Almost three decades after the landmark Lead and Copper Rule went into effect, children and pregnant women are being poisoned by lead in our nation’s drinking water in part because there is no requirement that the EPA be notified about where lead pipes are.

Public employees are pushing the EPA


Duke Study: Rivers Contaminated With Radium and Lead From Thousands of Fracking Wastewater Spills

photo: polluting industries on the banks of rivers

Bakken Oil and Gas in Williston, North Dakota on the Missouri River. Photo Credit: EcoFlight

Thousands of oil and gas industry wastewater spills in North Dakota have caused “widespread” contamination from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts, putting the health of people and wildlife at risk, researchers from Duke University concluded in a newly released peer-reviewed study.

Some rivers and streams in North Dakota now carry levels of radioactive … [more…]

$321 million to improve Hudson water quality — Riverkeeper

Water quality in the Hudson River and its tributaries will benefit from a $320.8 million investment announced by Gov. Cuomo this week. Made possible by the landmark commitments to improving water infrastructure by New York State lawmakers, 36 projects will be funded in the Hudson River watershed, with the help of $53.3 million in state grants. (In addition to these wastewater projects, many drinking water infrastructure projects were funded, but … [more…]

The Seafloor Is Dissolving Because of Climate Change

underwater photo: scuba diver and ocean floor

Carbon emissions are acidifying the ocean so quickly that the seafloor is disintegrating.

According to a new study, ocean acidification is setting off a dangerous feedback loop that’s dissolving the very bottom of the ocean.

According to a study published this week in PNAS, this sets off a feedback loop that acidifies the ocean even more quickly, a process that is already killing off foundational marine life species such as … [more…]