Hawaii’s Fresh Water Leaks to the Ocean Through Underground Rivers

If the water could be pumped to the surface, it could help alleviate shortages on the island.

#aquifers, #geology, #hawaii-the-big-island, #islands, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #rivers, #science-advances-journal, #water, #your-feed-science

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Water found in new locations on the Moon, may be trapped in glass

Image of an airplane with a dark patch near its tail.

Enlarge / The instrument used to detect the water flies on a 747. (credit: NASA/Jim Ross)

Despite its proximity to a very blue planet, the Earth’s Moon appeared to be completely dry, with samples returned by the Apollo missions being nearly devoid of water. But in recent years, a number of studies have turned up what appears to be water in some locations on the Moon, although the evidence wasn’t always decisive.

Today, NASA is announcing that it has used an airborne observatory to spot clear indications of water in unexpected places. But the water may be in a form that makes accessing it much harder. Separately, an analysis of spots where water could be easier to reach indicates that there’s more potential reservoirs than we’d previously suspected.

Up in the air

With no atmosphere and low gravity, the Moon can’t hang on to water on its surface. The first time that sunlight heats lunar water up, it will form a vapor and eventually escape into space. But there are regions on the Moon, primarily near the poles, that are permanently shadowed. There, temperatures remain perpetually low, and ice can survive indefinitely. And, to test this possibility, NASA crashed some hardware into a shady area near the Moon’s south pole and found water vapor amidst the debris.

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#astronomy, #moon, #planetary-science, #science, #water

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There’s Water and Ice on the Moon, and in More Places Than NASA Once Thought

Future astronauts seeking water on the moon may not need to go into the most treacherous craters in its polar regions to find it.

#ice, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #nature-astronomy-journal, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #water

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Water quality and distribution monitoring software Ketos raises $18 million

Water quality and logistics monitoring software Ketos has raised $15 million from a group of investors to take advantage of the growing demand for better water management tools and technologies.

The potential for more stringent regulatory oversight of industrial water use and wastewater management from local, state and federal government coupled with increasing consumer and investor demands for better corporate environmental stewardship is driving an unprecedented adoption of technology and services aimed at increasing conservation and reducing waste across industries.

Water monitoring can also provide relevant information to public officials about the potential for disease outbreaks and other health related issues in a population.

Recently, monitoring wastewater streams have been used to detect outbreaks of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The renewed attention on water is one reason why an investment arm of the banking giant Citi joined lead investor Motley Fool Ventures and Illuminated Funds Group to come as new investors into Ketos. They joined existing backers like Ajax Strategies, Better Ventures, Broadway Angels, Plum Valley Ventures, and Rethink Impact.

Silicon Valley Bank provided the company with $3 million in debt financing.

The company said it would use the funding to develop new capabilities for its combined hardware and software service that provides information into water quality and the existence of potential damage to water pipes for distribution and disposal of water.

“Creating one of the largest centralized data lakes of water quality insights — with information on heavy-metal toxins, coupled with location-based mapping and potential contamination sources — the potential for what machine learning and artificial intelligence can achieve is limitless,” said Meena Sankaran, the company’s founder and chief executive.

One other selling point is the company’s use of machine learning to predict where problems with water systems might arise — avoiding the need for more costly investments into infrastructure.

“KETOS is truly disrupting the water intelligence industry with the data it captures autonomously (remotely controlled) and makes available to its customers for forecasting water management issues, which is even more top of mind as the world battles COVID,” said Ollen Douglass, Managing Director of Motley Fool Ventures, in a statement. “For the first time, it is possible to use predictive modeling and much needed mission-critical insights with $0 capital infrastructure investments, to build, take action and make informed decisions about a water network.”

#articles, #artificial-intelligence, #banking, #better-ventures, #citi, #environmental-science, #impact, #infrastructure, #machine-learning, #silicon-valley-bank, #tc, #water

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‘This Is a War’: Cross-Border Fight Over Water Erupts in Mexico

Farmers in Mexico ambushed soldiers and seized a dam to stop water payments to the United States, in a sign of growing conflict over increasingly scarce resources.

#agriculture-and-farming, #chihuahua-mexico, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #levees-and-dams, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #water

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After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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Another look at possible under-ice lakes on Mars: They’re still there

Red and blue color-coded contour lines depict under-ice lakes.

Enlarge (credit: ESA)

In recent decades, we’ve become aware of lots of water on Earth that’s deep under ice. In some cases, we’ve watched this nervously, as it’s deep underneath ice sheets, where it could lubricate the sheets’ slide into the sea. But we’ve also discovered lakes that have been trapped under ice near the poles, possibly for millions of years, raising the prospect that they could harbor ancient ecosystems.

Now, researchers are applying some of the same techniques that we’ve used to find those under-ice lakes to data from Mars. And the results support an earlier claim that there are bodies of water trapped under the polar ice of the red planet.

Spotting liquids from orbit

Mars clearly has extensive water locked away in the forum of ice, and some of it cycles through the atmosphere as orbital cycles make one pole or the other a bit warmer. But there’s not going to be pure liquid water on Mars—the temperatures just aren’t high enough for very long, and the atmospheric pressures are far too low to keep any liquid water from boiling off into the atmosphere.

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#mars, #mars-express, #planetary-science, #science, #water

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Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in a Texas City’s Water Supply

A 6-year-old boy died in Lake Jackson, Texas, after being infected by an organism that enters the nose and travels to the brain.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #lake-jackson-texas, #naegleria-fowleri, #texas, #texas-commission-on-environmental-quality, #water

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Microsoft commits to putting more water than it consumes back into the ecosystems where it operates by 2030

One good trend in 2020 has been large technology companies almost falling over one another to make ever-bolder commitments regarding their ecological impact. A cynic might argue that just doing without most of the things they make could have a much greater impact, but Microsoft is the latest to make a commitment that not only focuses on minimizing its impact, but actually on reversing it. The Windows-maker has committed to achieving a net positive water footprint by 2030, by which it means it wants to be contributing more energy back into environment in the places it operates than it is drawing out, as measured across all “basins” that span its footprint.

Microsoft hopes to achieve this goal through two main types of initiatives: First, it’ll be reducing the “intensity” of its water use across its operations, as measured by the amount of water used per megawatt of energy consumed by the company. Second, it will also be looking to actually replenish water in the areas of the world where Microsoft operations are located in “water-stressed” regions, through efforts like investment in area wetland restoration, or the removal and replacement of certain surfaces, including asphalt, which are not water-permeable and therefore prevent water from natural sources like rainfall from being absorbed back into a region’s overall available basin.

The company says that how much water it will return will vary, and depend on how much Microsoft consumes in each region, as well as how much the local basin is under duress in terms of overall consumption. Microsoft isn’t going to rely solely on external sources for this info, however: It plans to put its artificial intelligence technology to work to provide better information around what areas are under stress in terms of water usage, and where optimization projects would have the greatest impact. It’s already working towards these goals with a number of industry groups, including The Freshwater Trust.

Microsoft has made a number of commitments towards improving its global ecological impact, including a commitment from earlier this year to become ‘carbon negative’ by 2030. Meanwhile, Apple said in July that its products, including the supply chains that produce them, will be net carbon neutral by 2030, while Google made a commitment just last week to use only energy from carbon-free sources by that same year.

#apple, #carbon-dioxide, #chemistry, #energy, #google, #greentech, #microsoft, #microsoft-windows, #renewable-energy, #tc, #water

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How Three Artists Are Exploring Mythology and Race

In re-examining historical narratives and classical stories, these artists are creating images that speak on multiple levels to the experiences of being Black and female.

#art, #black-people, #greek-civilization, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #rawles-calida-garcia, #religion-and-belief, #rosales-harmonia, #sunstrum-pamela-phatsimo, #water, #women-and-girls

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Up Is Down in This Fun Physics Experiment

The liquid levitates, and a boat floats along its bottom side.

#chemistry, #nature-journal, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #physics, #research, #water

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Schools Find Health Risks in Water After Covid-19 Lockdowns

A number of schools found the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease in their water, and experts say more should expect to see it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dayton-ohio, #education-k-12, #interscholastic-athletics, #legionnairesdisease, #ohio, #pennsylvania, #pittsburgh-pa, #plumbing, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #water, #water-pollution, #your-feed-education, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Most of $600 Million Settlement in Flint Water Crisis Will Go to Children

The settlement still needs federal court approval, but Flint residents were being cautiously optimistic after the drawn-out crisis: “I just want it to be over.”

#flint-mich, #lead, #water, #water-pollution, #whitmer-gretchen

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How 14 Elephant Seals Assisted an Antarctic Ice Study

Mapping currents in the Southern Ocean is vital to monitoring climate change, but hard to conduct. So scientists turned to seals for help.

#global-warming, #oceans-and-seas, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #southern-ocean, #water, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Anatomy of a Public Pool in a Pandemic

Reopenings around the country have varied, but one thing is consistent: Summer crowds are not allowed.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #summer-season, #swimming, #swimming-pools, #water

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How Hot is Too Hot?

The human body can survive at surprisingly high temperatures, so long as you’re prepared to sweat.

#skin, #sweating, #temperature, #water, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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3 Great Mysteries About Life on Mars

How habitable was early Mars? Why did it become less hospitable? And could there be life there now?

#extraterrestrial-life, #mars-planet, #methane, #microbiology, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #water

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As Seasonal Rains Fall, Dispute over Nile Dam Rushes Toward a Reckoning

After a decade of construction, the hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia, Africa’s largest, is nearly complete. But there’s still no agreement with Egypt, which calls the structure a national security threat.

#africa, #ahmed-abiy, #egypt, #ethiopia, #levees-and-dams, #politics-and-government, #shoukry-sameh, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #water

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An Ancient Valley Lost to ‘Progress’

In his push for economic development, Turkey’s president has flooded the archaeological gem of Hasankeyf and displaced thousands of families.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #environment, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hasankeyf-turkey, #hydroelectric-power, #kurds, #levees-and-dams, #politics-and-government, #reservoirs, #rivers, #water

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A Canal That Opened the Montana Prairie May Soon Dry Up

An early 20th-century federal water project irrigated the prairie to create farms and towns in eastern Montana. But it needs a $200 million overhaul.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bureau-of-reclamation, #canals, #glacier-national-park-mont, #havre-mont, #infrastructure-public-works, #irrigation, #montana, #rivers, #roosevelt-theodore, #water

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The Top U.S. Coronavirus Hot Spots Are All Indian Lands

Living conditions make it difficult to contain the virus’s spread.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #food, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #new-mexico, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #united-states, #water

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After Coronavirus, Office Workers Might Face Unexpected Health Threats

Stagnant plumbing systems in emptied commercial buildings could put returning employees at risk of Legionnaire’s and other illnesses.

#bacteria, #bathrooms-and-toilets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #legionnairesdisease, #medicine-and-health, #plumbing, #real-estate-commercial, #water, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science, #your-feed-work

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The Coronavirus Is Just One Challenge the Navajo Nation Is Facing

The reservation has more coronavirus cases per capita than any state in the country.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #navajo-indians, #water

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If You Can Boil Water, You Can Make Dinner

With a few additions and smart timing, a simple pot of boiling water can become a complete meal.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #recipes, #water

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How Do You Fight the Coronavirus Without Running Water?

Entire communities around the country face this terrifying virus without being even able to wash their hands.

#alaska, #arizona, #army-corps-of-engineers, #central-valley-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #infrastructure-public-works, #navajo-indians, #plumbing, #united-states, #water, #water-pollution

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A Bit of Relief: Tea and Toast

“Quite honestly, one of the most disheartening things about American life is not the politics, not the incredible social division — it’s the way you make tea.”

#assam-state-india, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #darjeeling-india, #great-britain, #london-england, #milk, #spices, #tea, #thompson-mark-john-1957, #water

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Here’s How You Can Help People During the Coronavirus

These causes will make great use of your money or your time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #medical-devices, #native-americans, #philanthropy, #poverty, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #shortages, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #water

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Disinfectant Against Coronavirus: How to Make and Use

Here’s a guide to working with sprays, wipes and a bleach-based solution to clean surfaces of the pathogen.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #clorox-company, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environmental-protection-agency, #quarantines, #shortages, #water

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Clean Water Act Covers Groundwater Discharges, Supreme Court Rules

In a 6-to-3 ruling, the court rejected arguments by a county in Hawaii and the Trump administration that only pollution discharged directly into navigable waters requires permits.

#clean-water-act, #maui-hawaii, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sewers-and-sewage, #supreme-court-us, #water, #water-pollution

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‘There’s No More Water’: Climate Change on a Drying Island

A delicate ecosystem was disrupted in the Comoros, off East Africa, when forests were cleared to make way for farmland. The consequences offer lessons for other parts of the developing world.

#agriculture-and-farming, #comoros, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #population, #rivers, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-nations-environment-program, #water

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China Limited the Mekong’s Flow. Other Countries Suffered a Drought.

New research show that Beijing’s engineers appear to have directly caused the record low levels of water in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

#cambodia, #china, #drought, #hydroelectric-power, #laos, #levees-and-dams, #mekong-river, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #thailand, #vietnam, #water

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What I Miss During the Coronavirus Pandemic? Swimming.

Immersion, even just thinking about it, is the balm we need right now.

#books-and-literature, #byron-lord, #creativity, #oceans-and-seas, #poetry-and-poets, #stegner-wallace, #swimming, #water, #williams-florence, #woolf-virginia, #writing-and-writers

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Coronavirus Sweeps Through Detroit, a City That Has Seen Crisis Before

Cases of the virus were being reported around the city and in the Police Department. “Every day I drive home, I start crying,” a nurse said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #detroit-mich, #michigan, #quarantines, #water, #whitmer-gretchen

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A Trump Insider Embeds Climate Denial in Scientific Research

An Interior Department official has pressed scientists to include misleading climate language—including debunked claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is beneficial—into their work.

#bureau-of-reclamation, #california, #carbon-dioxide, #central-valley-calif, #environment, #global-warming, #goklany-indur-m, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #irrigation, #oregon, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

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