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News and Opinion

Coverage of fresh water since February 28, 2021.

‘Huge' explosion rocks St. Vincent as volcano keeps erupting

"...The ongoing volcanic activity has threatened water and food supplies, with the government forced to drill for fresh water and distribute it via trucks..."

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The perfect lawn is pretty hard on the planet

"...The ecosystem of an area of grass offers little in the way of diversity, and a good diversity is needed for wildlife, insects and pollinators to offer them homes and food..."

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Canadians Agree with Supreme Court on Carbon Tax Decision

"...The survey provided respondents with a list of 10 different environmental issues. More than three-in-five Canadians say they are personally concerned about four different matters: air pollution (64%), the pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs (62%), global warming or climate change (also 62%) and the pollution of drinking water (61%)..."

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Having Your Desalination and Eating It, Too Hakai Magazine

"...Residents of the parched, volcanic Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago in the North Atlantic, have relied heavily on desalination to supplement their scant fresh water for the past 50 years. But there is growing evidence that plumes of waste brine from the hundreds of desalination plants on the islands are destroying seagrass along the coastline by reducing photosynthesis, and leaf and root growth. The waste brine—a toxic mix of concentrated seawater, acids, and biocides—also depletes oxygen in the seawater..."

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WHOI and NOAA release report on U.S. socio-economic effects of harmful algal blooms

"...Framework recommendations call for enhancing interagency coordination; improving research communications and coordination among research networks; integrating socioeconomic assessments into HAB forecasts and observing networks; using open-access databases to establish baselines and identify baseline departures; facilitating rapid response socio-economic studies; improving public health outcome reporting and visibility of HAB-related illnesses; fostering the use of local and traditional ecological knowledge to improve HAB responses; engaging affected communities in citizen science; and engaging graduate students in HAB socio-economic research. Research agenda recommendations include elements necessary for addressing gaps in our understanding of the social and economic effects of HABs. They include a suggested approach for obtaining an improved national estimate of the economic effects of HABs; supporting rapid ethnographic assessments and in depth assessments of social impacts from HABs; defining socioeconomic impact thresholds for triggering more detailed studies of impacts (such as in the case of designated HAB events of significance); sponsoring research on the value of scientific research leading to improved understanding of bloom ecology; assessing the value of HAB mitigation efforts, such as forecasts, and control approaches and their respective implementation costs; and supporting research to improve HAB risk communication and tracking and to better understand the incidence, severity, and costs of HAB-related human illnesses..."

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Guardians of Edehzhie: Protecting the land during the pandemic

"...That was when COVID-19 started to sweep across Canada, threatening the country's northern communities, including those around the protected area known as Edehzhie in the Dehcho region of the N. W. T..."

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How-to reduce your water use

"...“Canada has some 20 per cent of the world's total fresh water resources,” according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Of that, only seven per cent is renewable fresh water, making the supply “heavily used and often overly stressed. ”..."

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Learn ways to conserve fresh water on World Water Day

"...Olympian Patrick Chan joins Global News Morning Calgary live via Skype to discuss the importance of conserving fresh water and the #SkipTheRinse campaign..."

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The Ontario Greenbelt is expanding — So what does that mean?

"...Ontario's Greenbelt is the world's largest, with over two million acres of farmland, forests, wetlands and rivers working together to provide clean air, fresh water, and a reliable local food source. (Photo: Greenbelt Foundation)..."

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Peachland marching against clearcut logging in watershed

"...“Peachland’s fresh water supply is under threat by numerous industrial activities including clear-cut logging in the watershed,” PWPA communications chair Alex Morrison said..."

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Peachland community alliance plans protest against clear-cutting

"...A community alliance, along with concerned Peachland residents, has planned a rally to protest against clear-cut logging taking place on Peachland’s watershed. “Peachland’s fresh water supply is under threat by numerous industrial activities including clear-cut logging in the watershed,” said Alex Morrison, Peachland Watershed Alliance’s communication chair. “And with spring floods on Okanagan Lake becoming a regular event as a result of these logging practices, Peachland Watershed Alliance is demonstrating to our provincial government that they are failing Peachland and other similar communities across B..."

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Microplastic sizes in Hudson-Raritan Estuary and coastal ocean revealed

"..."Stormwater, an understudied pathway for microplastics to enter waterways, had similar or higher concentrations of plastics compared with effluent from wastewater sewage treatment plants," said senior author Nicole Fahrenfeld, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. "More research is needed to increase understanding of the full impact of microplastics on ecosystems. "..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about fresh water.

How to Turn Sea Water Into Fresh Water Without Pollution

"...4 - Aondohemba Aende et al. : Seawater Desalination: A Review of Forward Osmosis Technique, Its Challenges, and Future Prospects..."

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The Future of Energy || Discuss the Future with Peter Terium

"...In NEOM, he and his team are building a 100% renewable energy system, which will result in the production and worldwide exportation of green hydrogen, fueling green industries around the planet..."

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Reducing the risk of disaster through nature-based solutions: Mangroves

"...By demonstrating the effectiveness of this innovative approach, it is expected that such ecosystem-based approaches will be adopted more and more and up-scaled to integrate disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and livelihood development..."

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The Race is On - Climate Change Documentary 2020 ??

"...The amount of predicted warming differs depending on the model emissions scenario (how much greenhouse gas emissions it assumes for the future)..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about fresh water relevant to the latest news.

Water, Air, and Land: The Foundation of Life, Food, and Society

"...Some of the major threats include degrading and depleting fresh water, pollution of the oceans and the coastline, air pollution, and natural resource extraction..."

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Inversion of PM2.5 atmospheric refractivity profile based on AlexNet model from the perspective of electromagnetic wave propaga

"...Human civilization has reached an unprecedented height, but the industrialization of economic development also brings global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, fresh water resources crisis, energy shortage, and environmental problems..."

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Evolutionary overview of water resource management (1990–2019) based on a bibliometric analysis in Web of Science

"...The water resource management research themes have mainly focused on water supply, ecosystem services, policies, and simulations..."

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Conservation of Mojave Desert springs and associated biota: status, threats, and policy opportunities

"...In arid landscapes where fresh water is a limiting resource, the expression of groundwater in springs sustains important landscape functions, globally-recognized biodiversity hotspots, and both aquatic endemic and wide-ranging terrestrial species..."

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Carbon-Based Nanocomposites: Preparation and Application in Environmental Pollutants Removal

"...These nanocomposites pose a great potential for application in various environmental fields including, air pollution biotechnologies, monitoring, wastewater treatment, etc..."

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Design and development of a parabolic solar concentrator

"...In Morocco, the virtue of its territory position that has a tremendous water sources (sea water) and high level of solar energy radiation that is excellent in vast areas allow us to exploit them to turn Seawater into freshwater through using natural renewable energies (see Table 1, Figs..."

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Methodological frameworks to assess sustainable water resources management in industry: A review

"...The purpose of this paper is to present a review and classification of indicators that evaluate sustainability in water management applicable in Mexico and new trends in this type of sustainable management schemes..."

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Water Availability: A Hydrological View

"...Currently the amount of water allocated to the oceans, glaciers, polar ice, groundwater, lakes and rivers stays nearly at a constant level..."

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Parametric analysis of combined power and freshwater producing system for natural gas engine heat recovery

"...The thermodynamic model of the cogeneration system is investigated from energy, exergy, and exergoeconomic viewpoint..."

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Hybridization of a triple-effect absorption heat pump with a humidification-dehumidification desalination unit: Thermodynamic an

"...The results reveal that the system can produce, at its optimal operating conditions, 10 kg of fresh water per hour for 0..."

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