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January 28th, 2015

January 28, 2015--Goverments will forge first treaty protecting global oceans (Environmental News Network)

Government representatives from around the world agreed Saturday to develop the first legally-binding agreement to conserve marine life in the high seas and international seabed, an area covering roughly half the planet.


January 28, 2015--Natural breakdown of petroleum may lace arsenic into groundwater (Environmental News Network)

In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater.


January 28, 2015--Pollution blamed as leading cause of death in developing world (Environmental News Network)

In 2012, pollution – in the form of contaminated soil, water, and both indoor and outdoor air – was responsible for 8.4 million deaths in developing countries, finds Pollution: The Silent Killer of Millions in Poor Countries.


January 27, 2015--Warming ups odds of extreme La Niñas, wild weather (Climate Central)

La Niña events can drive weather patterns wild around the globe from helping exacerbate drought in West Africa and increase rainfall in areas as diverse as South Asia and the Pacific Northwest. The more extreme the La Niña, which is characterized by a cooling of waters in the tropical Pacific, generally the more pronounced the impacts can be.


January 27, 2015--Why bigger snowstorms come with global warming (Inside Climate News)

As the oceans warm due to the burning of fossil fuels, the atmosphere above can hold more moisture, which in turn fuels the creation of the most intense precipitation events. The mid-Atlantic is currently 2 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. In the spring, summer and fall, that translates into more of the most intense rainstorms.


January 27, 2015--Southern California's water supply threatened by next major quake (NPR)

Southern California gets the vast majority of its water from four aqueducts that flow from the north, but all of them cross the San Andreas Fault.


January 27, 2015--California water shortage: $1 billion plant will make seawater drinkable by end of 2015 (Los Angeles Times)

While much of California remains in the grip of a three-year drought, a $1 billion desalination plant that will turn seawater to drinking water is on track to open later this year to serve residents of San Diego County. Once running, the plant will be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.


January 27, 2015--Flower gardens, homegrown veggies and green grass? (Norwood Post)

Many who live in Norwood probably cannot imagine having a lawn or garden, let alone having access to large amounts of water — raw water, water full of nutrients, ideal for irrigation.


January 27th

January 27, 2015--Colorado projects get $151M in grants from energy taxes in 2-1/2 years (Denver Business Journal)

Severance taxes and royalty money paid by energy and mining companies for Colorado's coal, oil and natural gas resources has resulted in $150.6 million in grants awarded to 549 projects statewide since July 2012, Gov.


January 26th

January 26, 2015--PAWSD to consider naming interim manager (Pagosa Springs Sun)

Questions about the operating procedures of the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) Board of Directors surfaced last week in regards to the employment status of PAWSD Manager Ed Winton. The questions surfaced during the public comment section of the agenda at the board’s regular meeting on Jan. 15.