Is Water Service a Privilege?

A disturbing trend involving access to water is emerging in the United States. People in communities around the country are struggling to stay connected to their local water services, primarily due to large price increases. Lower-income households are being hit the hardest and unlike with other utilities, financial assistance is usually not available. This begs … Continue reading Is Water Service a Privilege?

The Price of Comfort

It may surprise some Americans to know that within our thriving, capitalist culture there is a growing segment of people living in third world conditions, with limited access to water and proper sanitation. What is not surprising is most of these people live in or on the edge of poverty. In an era of large … Continue reading The Price of Comfort

Seeing Red over a Sea of Green

From California to the Great Lakes and down to the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. is being plagued by a rapidly growing and very toxic environmental hazard - Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).  In 2016 alone, over 20 states have had serious outbreaks. What causes these blooms and how can we prevent future occurrences? HABs are … Continue reading Seeing Red over a Sea of Green

From Pesky to Pestilent

A pesky, purple cartoon mosquito adorned T-shirts given out by the Massachusetts General Hospital blood donor program in the 1990s, encouraging participants to “Starve a Mosquito - Donate Blood.” This whimsical, uplifting logo once used to promote blood donation might be given second thought today as a plethora of mosquito-caused diseases have been spreading around … Continue reading From Pesky to Pestilent

Cow-tastrophe in the Making – Environmental Impacts of the Cattle Industry.

Years ago I remember reading reports on the connection between the cattle industry and global warming.  The articles spoke about how cow flatulence (cow farts) produced excessive amounts of methane, one of the worst gases contributing to global warming.  I dismissed the stories mainly because the reporters’ irreverent slants on cow farts impacting our atmosphere … Continue reading Cow-tastrophe in the Making – Environmental Impacts of the Cattle Industry.

Aquifer Exemptions – the Legal Way to Pollute Groundwater

There is a little-known provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 (SDWA) called an “Aquifer Exemption” that allows oil, gas and mining industries to legally impact groundwater – including some aquifers set aside for drinking water.  While these industries have purported to install wells and perform activities with no leakage and permanent protection, … Continue reading Aquifer Exemptions – the Legal Way to Pollute Groundwater

What to do with Fracking Wastewater?

Wastewater from hydraulic fracking has been in the news quite a bit lately and not for good reason.  Concerns over wastewater injections creating or inducing earthquakes and contamination from chemicals in fracking wastewater are growing. In mid-November, Uproxx.com released a story about wastewater from oil production being sold to drought-stricken California farmers in Kern County … Continue reading What to do with Fracking Wastewater?

“Protein Gets Out Protein”

Do you remember the Era Plus detergent commercial from 1987 which touted the use of protein as an ingredient to help get out protein stains like grass and food? Essentially what they were saying is “like dissolves like.”  Water is known as the “universal solvent” because it has both a positive and negative charge, but … Continue reading “Protein Gets Out Protein”

Beer – Good for What Ales You and More!

Homespun wisdom says “an apple-a-day keeps the Doctor away” but that traditional fall fruit may now have liquid competition – beer!  A quick internet search on “beer and health” will reveal hundreds of articles on how drinking beer is good for your well-being. From colds to Alzheimer’s, beer seems to be the next wonder drug. … Continue reading Beer – Good for What Ales You and More!