SchwartzReport: Undamming Rivers…

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Depaving Cities, Undamming Rivers: How We’re Undoing the Damage

The largest dam-removal project in history reached completion last fall, when excavators dredged the final tons of pulverized concrete from the Elwha River channel in Western Washington. Native fish, banished for 100 years from their historic spawning habitat, already were rediscovering the Elwha’s newly accessible upper stretches. Within weeks of the final explosion in August, threatened bull trout and chinook salmon were spotted migrating beyond the rubble.

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Mar 23

Sepp Hasslberger: Wave Power to the Grid – Australia Leads the Way – AND Desalinated Water

Categories: 05 Energy,12 Water
Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

A workable wave power unit using hydraulics. They are pressurising sea water to drive land-based hydroelectric power generation or reverse osmosis desalination…

World’s first grid-connected wave power station switched on in Australia

It also supplies zero-emission desalinated water. 

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Feb 28

SchwartzReport: Lethal Pesticides – Neonicotinoids

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Neonicotinoids have passed off the stage of media attention, but they have not gone away. This is both bad and good news. Bad for Santa Barbara, California, and other cities where industrial agriculture is practiced in the surround area. Good news in that those same cities are finally being forced to address this issue. Perhaps finally the death — in all sense of that word — grip of the chemical companies is loosening, at least at the local level.

Neonic’ Poison Found Throughout City

Creeks Division Testing After Rains Discovers Insecticide Fatal to Bees

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Feb 13

SchwartzReport: Plastic Pipe Transforms Salt Water into Fresh Water

Categories: 12 Water
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I am always on the outlook for new technologies that could help with what is coming as a result of climate change. Here is a very interesting one, a plastic that can be made into pipes and other things that simply by the nature of the plastic converts saltwater to fresh.  It holds promise as at least a partial solution to some of the problems of drought in agricultural areas.

A Special Kind of Plastic Pipe Could Be the Solution for California’s Water Woes

A new irrigation system takes saltwater and transforms it into pure water vapor to grow crops.

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Jan 31