The week that was, February 28-March 5, 2016

Posted on | March 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

Berta Cáceres. Source: Goldman Environmental Foundation

Berta Cáceres. Source: Goldman Environmental Foundation. Click on the image for an appreciation from Goldman.

“Giving our life … for the protection of rivers is giving our life for the well being of humanity and our planet.” — Berta Cáceres, The Goldman Environmental Foundation, 3/3/16

“…part of a global wave of such attacks.” — Naomi Klein on the murder of anti-dam environmental activist Berta Cáceres,  Honduran human rights and environment activist murdered, The Guardian, 3/4/16

… the bullet that killed Tomás Garcia came from an army officer, and was intended for killing the people who oppose construction of the Agua Zarca Dam in Honduras. — International Rivers, 7/19/2013 *

Two finalists of the water superhero contest Second and third place winners are Yramiz Gonzalez, a 5th grade student C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy and Claire VanZelst, a 6th grade student at Northern Trails 5/6.

Protecting water indeed needs superheroes. Here are entries by two finalists, 5th grader Yramiz Gonzalez and 6th grader Claire VanZelst, of a water super hero drawing contest held in conjunction with the River City Water Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

You can’t simply write some code and revolutionize how people use water … Why water doesn’t work like the Internet, Water Deeply, 3/4/16

“.. we’re back in 1976.” — University of Limerick economist Stephen Kinsella predicting that Irish Water will be merged with property tax, Why would anybody pay their water charge now? Irish Daily Mail, 3/3/16  

“There are communities building replica water towers in replica town centers, not just for use as cell towers, but just for the purpose of creating a sense of place. And here we have a real town center and a real water tower, and we need to start to think of it as a resource and not just as a liability.” — Stephen Hersch, president of the Manassas Historic Landmarks Preservation Corporation, Manassas leaders block razing of water tower, Washington Post, 3/6/1

… this is a very different Black Canyon than the one Joseph Christmas Ives powered up in his steamboat in 1858. — The snow goose of Willow Beach, J Fleck at Inkstain, 3/2/16

… if you add it all up, the tally of protected land in the U.S. is only about 14 percent; worldwide, it’s about the same. And that, argues Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson, isn’t nearly enough to stave off another mass extinction of the world’s biodiversity. Wilson’s prescription for the planet, which he lays out in his new book Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, is to set aside half the world’s lands and seas for nature to do its thing. — Ira Flatow, Science Friday, PRI, 3/4/16

Source: U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service / line art by Tom Kelley

Click on the drawing by Tom Kelley from the  U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to learn more about Sandhill cranes.

Digital print of unaltered stomach contents of a Laysan albatross fledgling, Midway Island by Chris Jordan. Part of the Exhibit Plastic Fantastic? at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Click on the image for details of the show.

Digital print of unaltered stomach contents of a Laysan albatross fledgling, Midway Island by Chris Jordan. Part of the Exhibit Plastic Fantastic? at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Click on the image for details of the show.

The latest aerial count of cranes along the Platte River from Chapman to Overton — taken on Monday — showed 213,600 cranes, the largest number recorded in February since weekly crane inventories during migration season began in 1998 — Early-arriving sandhill crane migration has experts curious, Omaha World-Herald, 3/6/16

So what’s actually happening now is the liberation of nearly two decades’ worth of global warming energy that’s been stored in the oceans since the last major El Niño in 1998. — The old ‘normal’ is gone: February shatters global temperature records, Future Tense, 3/1/16

The winner of the water super hero poster contest was Zoe Kukla, a 6th grade student at Orchard View Elementary School. Click on the super six grader to learn more about the sponsor, Groundswell Michigan.

The winner of the water super hero poster contest was Zoe Kukla, a 6th grade student at Orchard View Elementary School. Click on the super six grader to learn more about the sponsor, Groundswell Michigan.

The discharge of water will be about 500,000 cubic meters per second. And the height of the wave of water will be about 28 meters. It will flood about 75 percent of the city. — civil engineer Nadhir Al-Ansari, Iraq’s Mosul Dam in critical need of repair, NPR, 3/5/16

The Atoyac River, the sole source of water for 10,000 in the state of Veracruz, is thought to have disappeared into a crevasse … River vanishes overnight after huge tremor, Daily Mail, 3/4/16

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… of all the drinking water advisories in Canada in January 2015, 10 per cent were in First Nation communities, while aboriginals make up just four per cent of the population. — End of the line, Alberta Venture, 3/1/16

… city residents would have to reduce their usage another 40-50 per cent. — Groundwater limits unsustainable, Editorial, Porterville Recorder, 3/5/16

… there will still be 1.1 billion gallons of lake water released per day into the St. Lucie. The Caloosahatchee estuary, which flows west from the lake, will still get 2.5 billion. — Harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges cut in half, Palm Beach Post, 4 March 2016

Alaska Daily News Iditarod TwitterThe volume of water used on coal-based thermal power plants is over half India’s domestic needs. — The power of sewage, New Delhi Millennium Post, 3/1/16

By annexing Tibet, China thus changed Asia’s water map. And it is aiming to change it further … — China’s thirst threat, Project Syndicate, 2/17/16

One resident called 911 asking whether the village’s water would burn his skin off. — Fears about water grip village that made Teflon products, New York Times, 2/28/16

*The International Rivers link was offered for reference and did not fall in the weekly framework for most links in this dispatch.

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One Response to “The week that was, February 28-March 5, 2016”

  1. BMGM
    March 7th, 2016 @ 3:36 pm

    It’s Int’l #GroundwaterAwarenessWeek
    http://blogs.egu.eu/network/gfgd/

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