Sewage Swamps Gaza Streets As Egypt Tunnel Closures Cut Off Power

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Sewage Swamps Gaza Streets As Egypt Tunnel Closures Cut Off Power

Sewage Swamps Gaza Streets As Egypt Tunnel Closures Cut Off Power

Gaza city finds itself facing an tide of untreated sewage following the shutdown of the area’s largest water treatment plant and the city’s only power plant for lack of fuel. With Egypt’s months long crackdown on smuggling tunnels in full effect, closure of most of the estimated 1,200 tunnels run by the Islamist Hamas group has virtually stopped Egyptian fuel coming into Gaza, forcing Palestinians to buy Israeli imported gas at double the price – 6.7 shekels ($1.9) a litre. Fetid muck, which bubbles up from manholes...

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Saskatchewan Government Explains Pro-Fracking Stance

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Saskatchewan Government Explains Pro-Fracking Stance

Saskatchewan Government Explains Pro-Fracking Stance

  Carrot River Valley MLA Fred Bradshaw initiated a 75-minute Saskatchewan Legislature debate in last week, backing the province’s continued practice of using hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas extraction process. This, at a time when Newfoundland and Labrador have recently placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the province.Contacted after last week’s meeting of the legislative assembly, Ed Dancsok explained the ins and outs of Saskatchewan’s use of hydraulic fracturing. Dancsok is the assistant deputy minister with the...

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“Rain Man” Makes Water Collection Systems A Reality

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in News | Comments Off on “Rain Man” Makes Water Collection Systems A Reality

“Rain Man” Makes Water Collection Systems A Reality

When a storm ripped off half of the outlying wall at Amir Yechieli’s school, he stepped out of his role as a science teacher, and became Israel’s “Rain Man.” Yechieli had studied storm water runoff in the Sinai Desert for a master’s degree, so when he saw this, he calculated how much rain there could have been and figured out that the roof could supply six months of water to the school. With support from the administration, he gathered the necessary funds, and built the first system in the country the very next year....

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The Effects Of Mining: What You Need To Know

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in News | Comments Off on The Effects Of Mining: What You Need To Know

Mining Water Issues The environmental impact of mining includes erosion, formation of sinkholes, loss of biodiversity, and contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water by chemicals from mining processes. In some cases, additional forest logging is done in the vicinity of mines to increase the available room for the storage of the created debris and soil. Besides creating environmental damage, the contamination resulting from leakage of chemicals also affects the health of the local population. Mining companies in some countries are...

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Louisiana To Enact New Precautions Against Deadly Amoeba

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Louisiana To Enact New Precautions Against Deadly Amoeba

Louisiana To Enact New Precautions Against Deadly Amoeba

Despite assuring residents in September that the local water is safe, water districts in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes will be taking extra precautionary measures under new state rules enacted after a brain-eating amoeba killed a child in St. Bernard Parish. Specifically, the regulations require water treatment systems to increase the amount of disinfecting chlorine used to purify local water supplies. “We are going to bump up our chlorine residuals 1.5 times and go from a mixture of ammonia and chlorine to a straight chlorine burn,” said...

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