Amber waves of grain may soon be replaced by towering stalks of industrial hemp as farmers across America begin growing this newly legalized form of cannabis. As of May 10th, 2018, Arizona became the 36th state to take on the task of converting this formerly controlled substance into a commercial commodity.1 Will all the hubbub … Continue reading Could Farming Hemp Save Water?
Happy Earth Day everyone! For this week’s blog, let’s take a look at how resilient Mother Nature is. With every troubling toxin, corrosive chemical and petroleum product we pollute her with, she finds new ways to come back into balance. Here’s what we’ve learned from nature recently: Oil-eating Bacteria - For decades, scientists have been … Continue reading Learning from Nature
What’s for dinner? A glass of man-made water and maybe a side of crow. Last year, I was intrigued by various articles I read involving extracting water from the air and I posted a skeptical blog on my findings. Frankly, I thought the idea was somewhat preposterous, especially when some of the discussions mentioned extracting … Continue reading Manipulating Moisture for Mankind?
I’m feeling a tad conflicted today. First of all, I rarely post any blogs written in the first person. Second, because today features two holidays eliciting almost contradictory emotions. Easter tends to be a solemn occasion, meant to remind traditional Christians of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. It’s also April Fools day, a time for light-hearted prankster-isms … Continue reading Happy Easter April Fools – It’s Spring!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the “wearing of the green”, let’s take a look at some recent positive news about the environment: Repurposing Plastics – On March 12th, 2018, Thomas Reuters Foundation revealed an encouraging story about Watamu, Kenya, a small Indian Ocean Resort village whose new mission is to take-on … Continue reading Celebrating Green Victories!
The top environmental news this week? The effect of microplastics on large filter-feeding sea creatures such as manta-rays, whale sharks, and baleen whales. A recently published study in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution (Trends) looked at how filter-feeding megafauna may be impacted by exposure to microplastics and related toxins. The results are not … Continue reading Ocean Blues? Microplastics and Megafauna
Throwing salt over your shoulder after you spill some, is a ritual that originated in ancient Rome. Back then, salt was a very precious and expensive commodity. To carelessly lose any was considered a bad omen. To rectify this terrible error, you needed to lose some of what you valued most. Times have changed and … Continue reading Downsides to Desalination
Long before the Standing Rock Sioux reminded us that “Water is Life!”, pre-colonial Americans deeply understood this simple truth in a way none of us can now imagine. Rivers were their lifeblood; something they respected and ultimately put to use to make their lives easier. What resulted from their early ingenuity were thousands of dams … Continue reading “Free the Rivers” – Benefits of Historical Dam Removal
You may remember this iconic line offered as career advice to young Benjamin Braddock in the 1967 movie The Graduate. Its delivery seemed to foreshadow a revolution in convenience which has clearly come to pass. Everywhere we look we see plastics – in ours homes, in our cars, in our businesses and certainly in the … Continue reading “One Word…Plastics”
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?