User: flenvcenter Topic: Water-National
Category: Water Quality :: Pollution
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California finds widespread water contamination of 'forever chemicals' 15.10.2019 LA Times: Environment

Nearly 300 drinking water wells and other water sources in California have been found to have traces of man-made chemicals linked to cancer.

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PG&E Was Once Part of the Climate-Denial Machine That Helped Fuel California’s Blackout Crisis 11.10.2019 Mother Jones
Rather than take the chance that its downed power lines would spark another blaze like last year’s Camp Fire, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the largest utility in California, shut off the power for more than 600,000 of its 16 million customers this week. Climate change has helped wildfires spread far and wide and lengthened […]
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Firefighting foam leaves toxic legacy in Californians' drinking water 8.10.2019 LA Times: Environment

The Los Angeles Times reviewed hundreds of pages of Pentagon documents and found California has more bases contaminated with the chemicals, known as PFAS, than any other state — at least 21 that exceed federal health guidelines.

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Four takeaways on climate change and sea level rise in the latest IPCC report 3.10.2019 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has published yet another alarming report about the dangers we face from the climate crisis. The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate synthesizes the latest science on how the oceans and frozen parts of the world have changed, and will continue to change, because […]
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The biggest likely source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Our car tires 2.10.2019 LA Times: Environment

Driving is not just an air pollution and climate change problem. Turns out, rubber particles from car tires might be the largest contributor of microplastics in California coastal waters, according to the most comprehensive study to date.

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EPA to California: You're also 'failing' to meet water pollution standards 26.9.2019 LA Times: Environment

The letter comes after the EPA threatened to cut federal transportation funding from California for not submitting timely pollution-control plans.

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Policy News: September 23, 2019 24.9.2019 EcoTone
In This Issue: North American bird populations decrease an estimated 30% in 50 years Common bird species severely impacted. Senate Appropriations Bills Include Increases of Department of Energy and Agricultural Research Programs The Department of Energy’s Office of Science receives a 9.6% increase. Administration Finalizes EIS for drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge The House ...
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We Know There’s Lots of Plastic in the Ocean. Why Can’t We Find It? 16.9.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Wired and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Humans unleash mountains of plastic into the sea each year, and that rate is only accelerating as plastic production grows around the world. The confounding bit is that scientists know little about where all that plastic is ending up—in gyres like the […]
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Editorial: If California demands an end to plastic waste, the world's manufacturers will listen. So do it already 13.9.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Will California show the nation how to take on the enormous problem of single-use plastic or will it chicken out under threats from an industry that's happy to continue to fill the world with old water bottles, plastic food wrappers and countless other pieces of disposable plastic?

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Today’s Special: Grilled Salmon Laced With Plastic 12.9.2019 Mother Jones
Nearly 50 years ago, scientists studying the North Atlantic Ocean started noticing that tiny fragments of plastic were turning up in their plankton and seaweed samples. The microparticles, they found, absorbed toxic chemicals and were then eaten by flounder, perch, and other fish. Until recently, though, researchers thought these ingested plastics stayed in a creature’s […]
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Airborne tech helps fight waterborne pollution in northwest Minnesota 12.9.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Pennington County in northwestern Minnesota is using a drone to identify previously overlooked sources of pollution flowing into area rivers.
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Colorado ramps up response to toxic “forever chemicals” after discovery of hot spots across metro Denver 10.9.2019 Denver Post: Local
Tests have measured PFAS contamination of groundwater in metro Denver at levels up to 2,928 times higher than a federal health advisory limit, officials at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told The Denver Post.
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The 2020 Dems Have No Serious Plan for Addressing the Single Biggest Source of US Pollution 7.9.2019 Mother Jones
The CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall made it clear that Democrats are encountering a much stronger appetite than ever before from their base for substantive action to address climate change. Even though the baseline for what constitutes a strong climate action plan has changed, there are still rifts among the candidates on the role of […]
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Poop is no laughing matter with many metro beach closures this summer 29.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Contaminated water sickened hundreds of people and forced an unusually high number of beach closures around the Twin Cities this summer. As the season wraps up, public health officials are looking for ways to prevent future outbreaks of waterborne illnesses.
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Minnesota company's pollution won't find a home in Hudson 28.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A Minnesota manufacturing plant with repeated pollution violations tried to shift some of its operations to a facility in Hudson, Wisconsin.
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Man Paddles 2,900 Miles from California to Hawaii to Raise Awareness of Ocean Pollution 27.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
After 76 days, Antonio de la Rosa arrived in Honolulu on Saturday in his motorless rig. "My arms and my legs are my motor," said the 50-year-old Spaniard.
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The world is going sideways. What's a sustainability professional to do? 27.8.2019 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
The Amazon and the Arctic are burning, Greenland and Antarctica are melting, and longstanding concerns such as plastic waste, air pollution and water security that don’t seem to be getting better. How do you stay positive?
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Microplastics are found in Lake Tahoe's waters for first time ever 27.8.2019 LA Times: Environment

Scientists have detected microplastic pollution in the waters of Lake Tahoe for the first time. Now they are trying to determine its source and potential harm to the lake.

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Op-Ed: DWP is about to commit Los Angeles to a dirty natural gas power plant it doesn't want or need 25.8.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Los Angeles is at a climate crossroads, and the DWP is making a wrong turn.

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Air Force Academy discovers contamination in water 23.8.2019 Denver Post: Local
The U.S. Air Force Academy says unsafe levels of chemicals were found in groundwater at four sites on the Colorado campus.
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