Steven Aftergood: CRS on Microbead Threat to Water Quality

Categories: 12 Water
Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

Microbeads: An Emerging Water Quality Issue

Claudia Copeland, Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy (ccopeland@crs.loc.gov, 7-7227)
July 20, 2015 (IN10319)

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Microbeads are synthetic particles made of either polyethylene or polypropylene plastic. …  Because microbeads are so small, most wastewater treatment plant technology is not capable of removing them from the wastestream. Most microbeads do not biodegrade, as they require high heat processing to break down, which municipal sewage systems are typically unable to do.

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Jul 30

Eagle: Brain-Eating Amoeba in New Orleans Water

300 Million Talons...

300 Million Talons…

A Deadly Brain-Eating Amoeba, Naegleria Fowleri, Has Been Found In A New Orleans Suburb Water Supply

A horrifying announcement was made Wednesday by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The deadly brain-eating Naelgeria Fowleri Amoeba has once again been found in the water supply in two of the seven water sites that supply St. Bernard Parish, a New Orleans suburb that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago.
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Jul 27

Ian Crossland: Nexushaus Solar Water Independent Home

Ian Crossland

Ian Crossland

Nexushaus is an amazing and cheap solar living home that is water independent

This one story, energy positive house comes from designers from Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA). Made with almost entirely sustainable materials, a self-reliant water capture and treatment system and solar panels, Nexushaus is currently being constructed and tested in Austin, Texas.  It’s a response to a rise in the cost of housing, relative to all the new people moving to the city and an opportunity to build a house that will feed electricity back into the system. The solar panels are enough to power the lighting, air conditioning, household appliances, and an electric car.

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Jul 25

Al Rozich: Beyond Global Warming — Other Inconvenient Truths with Focus on Water

Al Rozich

Al Rozich

The resource crisis is bigger issue than global warming. Water-energy-food nexus is critical.

Radio Interview (12:31)

Book Website

Review: Other Inconvenient Truths Beyond Global Warming

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Jun 25

SchwartzReport: Water Shut-Offs = Real-Estate Collapse – Entire Communities Out of Water

Categories: 03 Economy,12 Water
Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

It seems I am not the only person talking about a real estate collapse because of drought. Although it is a bit flippant, I agree with most of this essay, and believe this is going to be a huge issue within the next five years.

California property values collapse as water shut-offs begin… wealthy community to go dry in days… real estate implosion now inevitable

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And just like that, the property values of millions of dollars worth of homes belonging to 15,000 residents nosedives toward zero.

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Jun 19