Saturday, December 26, 2009

Potential climbing job

Wind Turbines!!

If you're interested, Level 1 certification requires a week-long, $1300 training course, conveniently taught at Scala Inc., in Reno, NV.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Emerging Waterborne Pathogens

The University of Arizona Water Sustainability Program is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop on Emerging Waterborne Pathogens, Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at the Marriott University Park Hotel in Tucson. Hear about the latest research findings on emerging pathogens, detection and treatment issues, new real-time technologies, source tracking, regulatory issues and more.

International Drought Symposium

registration is now open for the International Drought Symposium, to be held March 24-26, 2010, at the Riverside Marriott Hotel. You may register on line at The website also includes a complete schedule of the symposium’s presentations and events, abstracts, biographies, and other information.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Moringa Flocculation

Two good papers on combining Moringa with Chlorine for water disinfection.

Preston, K., Lantagne, D., Kotlarz, N. & Jellison, K. 2009 Turbidity and Chlorine Demand Reduction Using Alum and Moringa Flocculation before Household Chlorination in Developing Countries. J. Water Health (in press).

Babu, R. & Chaudhuri, M. 2005 Home Water Treatment by Direct Filtration with Natural Coagulant. J. Water Health 3(1), 27-30.

The good and bad of tea & coffee

CBC Research from the Arizona Cancer Center found that consuming concentrated amounts of green tea assisted in the body's defense of cancer-inducing toxins. It is part of a growing body of research identifying the benefits of green tea

Coffee and Coke has always made me nauseous and irritable, but this depends on the individual.

The article neglected to mention that Drinking Too-Hot Tea May Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk. This study was done in Iran where it is culturally relevant to drink scalding hot tea.

Hot Tea May Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

California Releases 12-part Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

California Releases 12-part Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
California's Natural Resources Agency released a report last week recommending a 12-part climate change adaptation strategy that was endorsed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, among others. Among the recommendations: creation of a climate adaptation advisory panel, staffed by business and government leaders, to further assess the level of risk facing California; pursuit of more reservoirs and water projects to address strained water supplies; implementation of a statewide conservation target to cut water use by 20 percent by 2020; a directive to state agencies to avoid new development in areas prone to erosion, flooding and wildfire; and expanded use of the California Environmental Quality Act to force managers of infrastructure projects to consider their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. To view the report, visit

Why the Global Climate Challenge is a Global Water Challenge

Global Public Policy Network on Water Management publishes Water World: Why the Global Climate Challenge is a Global Water Challenge
The Global Public Policy Network on Water Management (GPPN) has launched a report, Water World: Why the Global Climate Challenge is a Global Water Challenge, to make the case for water as a critical consideration for climate change. GPPN is a joint initiative of Stakeholder Forum and Stockholm International Water Institute, working with global stakeholders to identify priorities for the international water agenda, and communicate those priorities to decision-makers. This report focuses on six themes that address water as a cross-cutting consideration in response to climate change: water and livelihoods, water and land, water and transboundary resource management, water and water and energy, and water and gender. To access the full report, visit:

EPA Announces Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding

EPA Announces Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding
EPA announced this week two distinct findings that greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people, and that GHG emissions from new motor vehicles and new motor vehicle engines contribute to that threat. EPA's findings respond to the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision that GHGs fit within the Clean Air Act definition of air pollutants. The findings do not in and of themselves impose any emission reduction requirements but rather allow EPA to finalize the GHG standards proposed earlier this year for new light-duty vehicles as part of the joint rulemaking with the Department of Transportation. The findings were signed by the EPA Administrator on December 7, 2009, and will be published in the Federal Register ( under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0171. For additional information on EPA's findings, visit:

The special water issue of World Policy Journal

From Water Wired

The special water issue of World Policy Journal, published by MIT.

You can download the articles for free.

Articles about conflict in the pursuit of water security, groundwater and conflict, Lake Baikal, a water scarcity map, water wars, the melting of the Arctic, Iraq, and China's dams.