Midwest flooding threatens the water safety in 1 million wells

photo: Midwest flooding threatens the water safety in 1 million wells

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Record flooding in the Midwest is now threatening the safety of more than a million private water wells. The National Ground Water Association estimates that people living in more than 300 counties across 10 states have their groundwater threatened from bacterial and industrial contamination carried by flood waters.

The 10 states include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

"The most immediate … [more…]

A killer coral disease has reached Key West, scientists say — and it’s not stopping

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Photo: Disease, evident on the right, is decimating coral in the Florida Keys. GETTY IMAGES

The killer and mysterious coral disease that first struck Florida in 2014 has now reached the outer reefs of Key West and beyond, scientists say.

Now called stony coral tissue loss disease, the outbreak reached Looe Key in the Lower Keys last spring and seemed to contain itself.

But by December, it had landed at … [more…]

Tulsa teen globally recognized for environmental innovations

photo: Tulsa teen Braden Milford simulates a dream for water purification tests

TULSA — A Tulsa teen making major strides in cleaning our rivers and streams is now getting global recognition for his advancements in environmental engineering.

"Seeing what will make an impact on the world really drives me forward," said Braden Milford, senior at Cascia Hall.

Braden created a water purification system right in his Cascia Hall classroom.

"My project associates environmentally extracted bacteria with algae in a jelly-like system that

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Humans are a massive minority on Earth. Why don’t we act like it?

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The endangered Red Panda has a wild population of less than 10,000 mature individuals Image: REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Most of us, including scientists, are blind to the full scope of the living world. This was illustrated by an informal survey which asked biologists and ecologists from elite universities two questions. In terms of mass, is the living world mostly composed of animals, plants or bacteria? And is there more global biomass … [more…]

How a Yemen Water Plant Helped Cut Cholera by 92 Percent

How a Yemen Water Plant Helped Cut Cholera by 92 Percent

Why you should care:
Because cholera has had a devastating effect on the conflict-ravaged country and can be used as a tool of war.

For nearly four years, Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, has been ravaged by war. With on-the-ground reporting still difficult, the death toll from fighting and bombing — currently over 60,000 — is thought to be vastly underestimated. Beyond that, starvation and disease have … [more…]