Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world’s population, say experts

Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world's population, say experts

17 countries including India, home to 1.3 billion people, are identified as having ‘extremely high’ water stress. Photograph: Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

A quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report reveals.

Experts at the World Resources Institute (WRI) warned that increasing water stress could lead to more … [more…]

Chicago water pollution may be keeping invasive silver carp out of Great Lakes, study says

Chicago water pollution may be keeping invasive silver carp out of Great Lakes, study says

Photo: Great Lakes. Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Invasive silver carp have been moving north toward the Great Lakes since their accidental release in the 1970s. The large filter-feeding fish, which are known to jump from the water and wallop anglers, threaten aquatic food webs as well as the $7 billion Great Lakes fishery. But, for the past decade, the invading front hasn’t moved past Kankakee. A new study, led by … [more…]

Yard waste and litter can pollute storm water runoff

Careless discarding of yard waste and litter can pollute storm water runoff

There has been a lot of news lately about plastic in the oceans and overall ocean pollution. We can all agree that we want clean water and are turned off by pictures of trash in our oceans. Although we are far from the ocean, we can take action right here in Bartlett to help.

The majority of pollution in our waters comes from the land. A major contributor to pollution

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Guest Editorial: California needs clean water

Guest Editorial: California needs clean water

Photo: A young man sips some water as civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, left, speaks in support a clean water measure before the legislature, during a rally in Sacramento, Calif., Monday June 10, 2019. The California legislative leaders have agreed to $130 million a year to make improvements in communities where people still can’t drink the water from their taps. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

This editorial is from Bloomberg Opinion:

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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…]