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Pollution From Three Quarters of Large Slaughterhouses Violate Clean Water Act

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A new report found that 75 percent of large US slaughterhouses broke the federal Clean Water Act by overstepping water pollution limits issued in their state permits at least once between January 2016 to June 30, 2018, according to Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). EIP scoured EPA and state records for those pertaining to the 98 largest slaughterhouses that discharge waste …

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Why People Aren’t Motivated to Address Climate Change

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People will go out of their way to avoid threats to their existence, but not climate change, which, let’s face it, is starting to threaten a lot of people. Change involves a combination of factors that make it hard for people to get motivated: It’s probably this and more for many people, but we’re running out of time to make …

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Larger Cities Have Smaller Water Footprint Than Less Populated Counterparts

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Researchers analyzed the water footprint of 65 mid- to large-sized US cities. They analyzed agricultural, livestock and industrial commodity flows using data from the USDA, USGS and the USDOT, then used these values to calculate an overall water footprint for each city. According to Caitlin Grady, one of the study’s authors, “We looked at the overall picture of water consumption…Not just the …

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¿Cuál Es Tu Huella Hídrica? The Water Footprint Calculator – En Español – Can Help!

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Whether in English or Español, if you are in the US and want to estimate your water footprint, there is only one place to turn: GRACE’s Water Footprint Calculator. A recent article by Expok, a Mexico-based social responsibility news site, showcases the Spanish-language calculator to explain the importance of not only accounting for tap water, but also all the water …

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He Saw Hurricane Florence Send Millions of Gallons of Toxic Animal Manure Into North Carolina’s Floodwaters

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Rick Dove, co-founder of Waterkeeper Alliance, took aerial photos of North Carolina’s flooded agricultural areas that are heavily populated by hog and poultry CAFOs (aka, factory farms). In this Washington Post piece, Dove describes the devastation shown with swamped hog and chicken houses and inundated manure lagoons that poured millions of gallons of hazardous …

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Low or No-Meat Diets Can Reduce European Water Footprints, Says Study

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It takes about 728 gallons (2,757 liters) of water to produce the food an average British person eats every day. This comes a new study conducted by European Commission entitled, “The water footprint of different diets within European sub-national geographical entities.” Food generally comprises the largest part of a person’s water footprint, and meat makes up an outsize part of …

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How Bitcoin’s Footprint is Impacting Water Use

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As millions of ‘data miners’ the world over rush to extract wealth from cyber currencies, the wealth comes at a potentially high price – the water it takes to generate each invisible unit. A recent back-of-an-envelope calculation – a single transaction burns as much electricity as a household consumes in a week – suggests bitcoin’s escalating demand for water is rapidly becoming …

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As Climate Warms, Algae Blooms In Drinking Water Supplies

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Warming temperatures and increasing amounts of pollutants that blue-green algae feed on have produced algae blooms that have affected communities like Salem, Oregon and Toledo, Ohio. Now, both states require regular toxins testing in their drinking water sources. More states will likely follow suit, because, as the climate warms, Harmful Algae Blooms (HABS) are becoming more prevalent across the country …

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Fracking Water Use And Wastewater Production Rates Are Exploding

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A recent study entitled the “Intensification of the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing” has caused a stir among observers of the petroleum-product extraction technique due to its implications in water-stressed areas. A Duke University team led by Avner Vengosh, a well-known scientist studying the hydraulic fracturing (fracking), recorded huge surges in water use in the production of shale oil and …