CAFOs: The Scary New Math of Factory Farm Waste

photo: open-air lagoon for waste processing at a concentratedd animal feedlot operation (CAFO)

CAFOs often store animal waste in massive, open-air lagoons, like this one at Vanguard Farms in Chocowinity, North Carolina. Bacteria feeding on the animal waste turns the mixture a bright pink. picstever / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

It has been almost a year since Hurricane Florence slammed the Carolinas, dumping a record 30 inches of rainfall in some parts of the states. At least 52 people died, and property … [more…]

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…]

How the 2019 winter washed away California’s drought

How the 2019 winter washed away California's drought

Photo: Aerial view of snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains. Credit: NOAA

Monday, March 25th 2019, 11:47 am – Every major reservoir in the state is above historic revels, and there are some that are completely full

Last week marked the first time since December 2011 that California has been free of drought conditions, breaking a 376-week streak.

Only some reservoirs in the far northern edge of the state, along the Oregon … [more…]

Flood-Resilient Homes in Pakistan: A Traditional Future

Video frame: Flood-resistant homes in Pakistan

Yasmeen Lari is Pakistan’s first female architect and one of the most successful providers of disaster relief shelters in the world. She has built more than 36,000 houses for victims of floods and earthquakes in Pakistan since 2010.

Lari once built giant concrete and steel buildings for clients such as the Pakistani State Oil company. But when disaster struck in 2005, she turned to traditional techniques to design flood and … [more…]

World Water Day: Must-Watch Documentaries

photo: World Water Day: Must-Watch Documentaries

From Kenyan water women, to Iran’s drought crisis and a polluted paradise: our picks for World Water Day, and every day.

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal clearly states the goal of "water for all by 2030". However, access to safe and clean water sources and sanitisation is still a work in progress for numerous countries worldwide.

From Iran’s water crisis, to Senegal’s sinking villages, China’s underwater hunt and a … [more…]