Farmers’ protest is a sign water politics is about to go into hyperdrive

Farmers' protest is a sign water politics is about to go into hyperdrive

Photo: The confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers. Farmers believe water is not being allocated fairly according to the government’s own rules. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

[h2oIQ editor’s note: we generally focus on North America. However, we are sympathetic to farmers everywhere and note that the issue discussed here could well be on the horizon in the Americas, as well.]

Protesters to drive tractors and trucks into the

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Plugging the data gap: Google and UN Environment unveil freshwater monitoring app

Satellite image: map of Earth

Photo by Google Earth

UN Environment, Google and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre have unveiled a groundbreaking web-based platform that fuses big data and environmental science to monitor global freshwater ecosystems, opening the door to a new era of data-rich analysis that could reshape how we measure humanity’s environmental footprint.

The publicly available, free platform brings together Google’s expertise in satellite data, cloud computing, earth observation and artificial intelligence,

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In ‘Historic Vote,’ Ohio City Residents Grant Lake Erie Legal Rights of a Person

photo: Lake Erie and the Ohio shoreline

“What Toledo voters and other places working on rights of nature are hoping is to not only change laws but to change culture.”

Tired of receiving notices warning that their drinking water may have been compromised and having little recourse to fight corporate polluters, voters in Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday approved a measure granting Lake Erie some of the same legal rights as a human being.

Sixty-one percent of voters … [more…]

Gonzaga study reveals high levels of microplastics in Spokane River, suggests particles in drinking water as well

The tenuous plastic fibers, visible only through the magnified view of a microscope, sent Jacob Peterson reeling into eddies of anxiety.

The sudden upwelling of fear wasn’t completely new. The biology student suffered from anxiety in other areas of his life. But this was the first time his own research triggered the feeling.

“Realizing how much microplastic was in tap water and our drinking water really freaked me out,” he … [more…]

Teenager Invents Plastic Bag Made From Shrimp

photo: large whale shark swimming alongside a plastic bag

Science fair winner Angelina Arora of Australia demonstrated a biodegradable plastic made from natural material.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA What were you doing when you were a teenager?

Riding bikes, watching movies, learning trigonometry perhaps? Angelina Arora, from Sydney Girls High School, is doing all these things, but Angelina Arora is not your average teenager.

Arora explained to National Geographic the moment when she first understood the impact plastic was having on … [more…]