Six water companies back sanitary disposal bag initiative

Six water companies back sanitary disposal bag initiative

Six of the UK’s major water companies have joined an initiative to distribute disposal bags which encourage customers to put sanitary items in the bin rather than flushing them.

Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water, Southern Water, Welsh Water, Northern Ireland Water and Yorkshire Water are now offering FabLittleBag to their customers as part of their education campaigns to reduce the millions spent each year on clearing fatbergs and other sewer … [more…] “Six water companies back sanitary disposal bag initiative”

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Hawaii Clean Water Act Case

photo: degraded coral reef

Degraded coral reefs at Kahekili Beach Park in west Maui, Hawaii. Peter Swarzenski / Usgs

In a case watched closely both by polluting industries and clean water advocates across the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up an appeal of a Clean Water Act case out of Hawaii concerning treated sewage flowing into the Pacific Ocean from injection wells.

Last March, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … [more…] “U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Hawaii Clean Water Act Case”

Desalination Produces 50 Percent More Toxic Brine Than Previously Thought

photo: desalination plant

The world’s desalination plants, which use energy intensive processes to remove salt from water, produce enough toxic brine each year to cover all of Florida under a foot of water.

Factories around the world are pumping out toxic brine at a rate much higher than previously estimated and dumping it back into the ocean, according to a report published on Monday.

This super-salty brine is toxic to marine life, and … [more…] “Desalination Produces 50 Percent More Toxic Brine Than Previously Thought”

Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds

photo: coral bleaching off Papua New Guinea

Rising ocean temperatures can bleach corals, like these off of Papua New Guinea. Jurgen Freund/NPL/Minden Pictures

Scientists say the world’s oceans are warming far more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change because almost all the excess heat absorbed by the planet ends up stored in their waters.

A new analysis, published Thursday in the journal Science, found that the oceans are heating up … [more…] “Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds”

To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?

photo: To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?

Photo: The Great Barrier Reef, Northern Queensland, Australia

Rivers deliver sediment from land to the ocean. This sediment contains nutrients which can feed microscopic algae in water. But, if there is too much sediment and nutrients, delivered by floods from land-based erosion, algal blooms can occur that have negative effects on the Great Barrier Reef.

The challenge is that sediment comes from many different locations and we need to know … [more…] “To fix the reef we first need to fix the land – but where do we start?”