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To Fight Toxic Algae, Lake Erie Has a Bill of Rights

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Tired of worsening toxic blue-green algae in Lake Erie, the city of Toledo, Ohio fought back in a novel way by voting in favor of a Bill of Rights for the smallest Great Lake. The approved ballot measure requests an amendment to the Toledo city charter that asserts Lake Erie and its watershed hold the right “to exist, flourish, and …

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Unprecedented Flooding Devastated the Great Plains and Midwest. This Spring Could See More

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A huge swath of the Great Plains and Midwest have been battling floodwaters as tributaries and rivers swell and levees break apart. The combined effect of lingering snow from a blizzard and heavy rains made for a devastating effect in the Missouri River basin. The regional outlook doesn’t look rosy either. “This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented …

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Everything you need to know about World Water Day

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This is an oldie but a goodie. Okay, it’s only from last year, but Mashable did such a good job of explaining the water crisis, that we’re running it again this year. Around the planet, more than 2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and that number is expected to rise to 3 billion by 2050.  There’s a lot that …

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Coal-Fired Power Plants Pollute the Air—and Water—New Report Finds

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Coal ash stored near coal-fired power plants is contaminating groundwater, finds a comprehensive report recently by Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice. Recognizing and quantifying groundwater pollution is important because more than one-third of people in the United States rely on aquifers for water supplies at home, school and work. Coal ash is the byproduct of burning coal. Communities are experiencing …

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Why Britain’s Rain Can’t Sustain its Thirst

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Think Britain is uniformly water rich with lush greenery throughout the entire region? Think again. The most populated and driest region – the Southeast, where London is located – might soon be facing water shortages. What? Water shortages in London, England? That’s right! No place is immune from drought. In 2018, England had six consecutive months of below average rainfall, causing …

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Farms aren’t tossing perfectly good produce. You are.

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People don’t like to eat ugly fruit and it’s causing a lot of food waste.  According to the food waste experts at ReFED, less than 20 percent of total food waste  in the United States happens at farms and packinghouses. More than 80 percent  is generated by homes and consumer-facing businesses like grocery stores and restaurants.  There are several companies …

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Green water supplies and global limits

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Blue water supplies – those from rain water that flows over land and becomes surface water and groundwater – have been regularly studied and are fairly well documented. Green water supplies, however, aren’t as well studied.  Our friend and the father of the water footprint concept Arjen Hoekstra and his colleagues have gone a long way toward closing that knowledge gap by …

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CDP: Most Fast Moving Consumer Brands Failing on Low Carbon Innovation

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A new report on the consumer goods sector looked at which companies are ready for a low-carbon transition. The report ranked 16 of the largest, publicly listed consumer goods companies (parent companies of multiple consumer brands) using a methodology based on the Task Force for Climate Related Financial Disclosure. One key finding was that, while some companies demonstrated leadership, almost 60 percent …