Desalination in Beijing

April 17, 2014

As I was skimming through the news, I saw this and thought it was very interesting (since I am concerned with global water issues and whatnot).  According to this article, Beijing is planning to build a coastal desalination plant to provide water for the city. China began investing in the desalination project after the northern part of the country begun having dire water shortages. It will be located in the city of Tangshan in Hebei Province.  The plan for the plant is to complete construction by 2019 and for it to supply around one million tons of fresh water per day to the city, which would provide water to to more than 22 million people.


Read the article here.

Current Enviro Event

April 2, 2014

Ancient whodunit may be solved: methane-producing microbes did it!

New theory on mass extinctions. Apparently, the asteroid might not have been the reason for them. Instead, the culprit people are now pointing fingers at is a microbe, or, more precisely, millions of methane-producing microbes that caused a global warming so rapid that it caused the extinctions of 90% of the world’s species at the time.

Methane-producing microbes

Too Many Salmon in the Sea, Pacific Study Hints

April 2, 2014

Too Many Salmon in the Sea, Pacfiic Study Hints

This article is about the large population of salmon living in the Pacific ocean. The size of the population may increase competition between salmon and similar fish. During years when a lot of salmon are present in the ocean, seabird reproduction rates are poor. Researchers think that the increase in population may have to do with the rise in ocean temperatures. salmon 1


In The News: Rapid Climate Change

April 2, 2014

The IPCC ( Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) released 2014 Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.  This article discusses how the climate change is becoming more rapid, and the affect on humans it is having.


I also found the link to the actual report if you are interested in more. Here it is. 

US House Votes on Coal Waste

April 2, 2014

The House of Representatives voted to allow coal companies to return to their old practice of dumping mining waste in streams. Speaker of the House John Boehner called it an effort to stop what the Republicans call the “war on coal.”

Click here for more information.

Too Many Fish in the Ocean?!

April 1, 2014

After reading some of our past books for this class, I thought that this article was rather odd to see!  It turns out that because ocean waters are becoming warmer as the years go by, the number of pink salmon in the Bering Sea and north Pacific Ocean have being increasing since the 1970’s.  This rise in salmon has been negatively affecting other wildlife such as sea birds and other Pacific salmon.


Read here:  Too Many Salmon in the Sea, Pacific Study Hints

Yellowstone Earthquake

April 1, 2014

Just thought this article and bit of news was interesting.  It has been 23 years since Yellowstone has had an earthquake of this magnitude and I find it funny that it has people all worked that maybe the super-volcano below Yellowstone is going to explode.  This article basically comforts everyone’s fears that this won’t saying there is a 0.00014% chance the volcano will erupt on a yearly basis.  And also that there would be signs months in advance of a future eruption.


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