Water Pollution

November 10, 2014--Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones (Washington Post)

Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous.

September 25, 2014--World stands by as algae and dead zones ruin water (Circle of Blue)

Decades of research and billions of dollars spent to understand the causes of toxic algae blooms and oxygen-starved aquatic dead zones around the world have produced more scientific knowledge but achieved few results to solve two of the most dangerous threats to the world’s oceans and fresh water reserves.

July 26, 2014--Rio Olympic waters described as toilet to be tested (Bloomberg)

Athletes concerned about pollution in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay that will be used for the summer Olympic sailing competitions will carry out their own water tests next week. International squads are traveling to Brazil for the 2016 Games’s first test event amid concerns over water quality in the bay, where large amounts of untreated sewage and debris flow daily.

July 12, 2014--Ten worst states for water pollution (Water Online)

Industry dumped over 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into U.S. waterways in 2012, according to a new report by the advocacy group Environment America Research and Policy Center. The report, which drew on data published by industrial facilities as well as government numbers, broke that figure down by state, region, and water source.

June 13, 2014--The promise of waterless dyeing (Environmental News Network)

One of the world's most polluting industries is the textile-dyeing sector, which in China and other Asian nations releases trillions of liters of chemically tainted wastewater. But new waterless dyeing technologies, if adopted on a large scale, could sharply cut pollution from the clothing industry.

March 29, 2014--Plane search raises questions about sea of floating junk (WPRO Newsroom)

The search for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has not turned up any evidence of a crash, but it has trained the world's gaze on thousands of pieces of junk floating on the ocean's surface.

March 28, 2014--Can a water pollution credit plan help clean up our waterways? (Fast Company)

Excess nutrients are flooding into rivers and causing suffocating algae blooms. A major project hopes to get farmers and companies working together to fix the problem at the lowest cost to everyone. When too much nitrogen and phosphorus runs into lakes and rivers, the result is a bloom of algae that--if it gets bad enough--can suffocate fish and other life in the water.

March 3, 2014--Water in the air is just as vulnerable to pollution as surface water reports water researcher (Digital Journal)

The humidity in the air – the gasified water vapor droplets that enable us to breathe and prevent us from drying out and shriveling up – is just as vulnerable to water pollution as are the lakes, rivers and aquifers on the ground. The health consequences of polluted humidity are just as bad, if not worse than other types of water pollution.

Water Pollution Pioneer, Ruth Patrick, Dies at 105

Ruth Patrick, a pioneer in studying the health of freshwater streams and rivers who laid the scientific groundwork for modern pollution control efforts, passe

September 23, 2013--Ruth Patrick, a pioneer in pollution control, dies at 105 (New York Times)

Ruth Patrick, a pioneer in studying the health of freshwater streams and rivers who laid the scientific groundwork for modern pollution control efforts, died on Monday in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She was 105. Her death, at the Hill at Whitemarsh retirement community, was announced by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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