Environment: Defiant Gardens, draining cancerous water reservoirs in LA and more
January 4, 2008, 7:20 pm
Filed under: ecology, environment, news, politics, pollution, sustainable technology

Western States Agree to Water-Sharing Pact (NYTimes)


Cancerous Water Reservoirs in LA to be drained (local Fox affiliate)

“Two reservoirs which supply drinking water to parts of eastern and central Los Angeles were shut down after officials found them contaminated with high levels of a chemical that can cause cancer”

Bromate in Los Angeles water supply not isolated; may lead to new monitoring guidelines (Treehugger)


Tens of Millions of Birds Disappearing over North America (CBC via Raw Replay)


Ocean Observatory Systems (Deep Sea News)

EXCERPT: “NEPTUNE is more than just a planet…a clever acronym for the North-East Pacific Time-Series Undersea Networked Experiments. The U.S. Canadian venture is series of cable-linked seafloor observatories, purported to be the world’s largest. The project will lay 3,000 km of powered fibre optic cable over a 200,000 sq km region in the northeast Pacific. The network will contain several scientific nodes that can be controlled and monitored from land.”


Global Warming Shuts Down Artic Radars (NYTimes)


LifeStraw: Improved (via Treehugger)

EXCERPT from Treehugger: “Like the original version, the light-weight, 12.2 inch device can be carried or worn around the neck and filters a minimum of about 185 gallons of water (700 liters, or a year’s worth) and requires no electricity or spare parts for the duration of its life. Lifestraw provides protection from from common diarrhoeal diseases, removing particles down to 15 microns and killing and removing 99.999% of waterborne bacteria plus 98.7% of waterborne viruses.”

EXCERPT from LifeStraw: “At any given moment, about half of the world’s poor are suffering from water-related diseases, of which over 6,000 – mainly children – die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water. Today, 1.1 billion people are without access to safe drinking water”


Learn about the unknown hazards around you : PlanetHazard

“PlanetHazard uses information from the EPA to map over 86,000 companies throughout the United States that emit hazardous air pollutants.”

Defiant gardens are gardens created in extreme or difficult environmental, social, political, economic, or cultural conditions. These gardens represent adaptation to challenging circumstances, but they can also be viewed from other dimensions as sites of assertion and affirmation.


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