Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific than Flint, But No One Cares Because they’re Native American

photo: Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific than Flint, But No One Cares Because they’re Native American

The news out of Flint, Michigan brought the issue of contaminated drinking water into sharp focus, as it was revealed that officials at every level—local, state and federal—knew about lead-poisoned water for months but did nothing to address the problem.

Under state-run systems like utilities and roads, poorer communities are the last to receive attention from government plagued by inefficiencies and corrupt politicians. Perhaps no group knows this better than … [more…]

The cataclysmic cost of Trump’s ‘war on oceans’

Photo illustration: The cataclysmic cost of Trump’s ‘war on oceans’

Photo illustration by Lesley Becker/Globe Staff/Adobe Stock

This summer, 60 million Americans will head to the seaside to enjoy majestic waves and salty breezes. It all seems reassuringly familiar. But the oceans, which cover 70 percent of the earth and control the climate, the water cycle, and 50 percent of the oxygen we breathe, are approaching a dangerous tipping point. The Arctic is melting faster than at any time in … [more…]

Scientists warn of salt pollution of freshwaters — salinity

photo: The Llobregat river in Balsareny. Scientist think it is not too late to prevent further disasters of this kind if appropriate prevention and management practices are put in place. Credit: Research Group-UB

An article published today in the journal Science warns of the dangers of increasing water salinity for human health and freshwater ecosystems (rivers, lakes, etc.) and the economic cost arising from a lack of public policies to tackle this problem.

The study, prepared by an international team of scientists coordinated by the researcher Miguel Cañedo-Argüelles, of the BETA research group of the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia … [more…]

What you don’t know about the water law that saved Arizona

Allhands: What you don't know about the water law that saved Arizona

Photo: Michael Chow/The Republic
Video in source article: Jim Graham operates a pistachio and wine-grape farm in Cochise County. He and other farmers have seen their groundwater levels drop.

In 2016, when the rains dried and reservoirs shrank, California was forced to impose drastic water conservation measures to keep taps flowing. Arizona avoided this fate, despite being a far drier place, largely because we had something California didn’t: the Groundwater

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EPA drops rule requiring mining companies’ funding to clean their pollution

photo: EPA drops rule requiring mining companies to have money to clean up pollution

Photo: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said modern mining practices and state and federal rules already in place address the risks. (Dec. 4, 2017)

President Donald Trump’s administration announced Friday that it won’t require mining companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution, despite an industry legacy of abandoned mines that have fouled waterways across the U.S.

The move came after mining groups … [more…]