The week that was, April 10-16, 2016

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Interstellar rain.

Interstellar rain. Source: NYT/Bill Saxton, National Science Foundation, Associated Universities, Inc, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Nestle has been extracting millions of gallons annually [in the San Bernardino National Forest’s Strawberry Creek] to supply its Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water brand on a permit that expired 28 years ago. — Open house draws about 100 to learn about Nestle water study, San Bernardino Sun, 4/16/2016 

“… your average kid isn’t going to put down his Fanta for a kale shake, that’s why we saw PERKii as a great opportunity to bridge the gap between taste and health.” — Former Coca Cola executive Randy Milne, Queensland drink PERKii takes on $50bn global probiotics market, Courier-Mail, 4/13/16 

… the same liquid we drink and that fills the oceans may be millions of years older than the solar system itself. — The water in your glass might be older than the sun, The New York Times, 4/15/16  Read more

The week that was, April 3-9, 2016

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fleursSorry, no news round-up this week. For water news junkies, methadone may be found at Circle of Blue, Climate Central, On the Public Record, Maven’s Notebook, Water Deeply, JFleck@Inkstain, WaterWiredEnvironment in FocusThe Bay Journal and other good sources from the blog roll, right. Back next week.

The week that was, March 27-April 2, 2016

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NASA image from December 2015 of a long crack in the Nansen ice-shelf on the Antarctic coast. In early March 2016, with southern winter soon to set in, satellite imagery indicated that the cracking ice front was still attached to the shelf. Even in winter, strong winds can prevent the water beyond the shelf from freezing, so it is unclear whether the front will separate soon or hang on like a loose tooth.

Recent NASA image of the Nansen ice-shelf hanging onto the Antarctic coast “like a loose tooth,” according to the space agency. Click on the Operational Land Imager photo for more from the Earth Observatory post “Nansen Breaking Up with Antarctica.”

One water story dwarfed all others this week. A scenario modeled in the journal Nature suggests that sea level rise could exceed one meter (roughly three feet) by 2100 and 15 meters (49 feet) by 2500 if the melting of Antarctic ice sheets continues unabated. Before suggesting that anyone read it, this is to commend Generation Anthropocene: How humans have altered the planet forever. In this Guardian essay, writer Robert Macfarlane lays the kind of philosophical and linguistic track needed to help grapple with what is to come, be it in meters or feet, centigrade or Fahrenheit.

The week that was, March 20-26, 2016

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3000

Click on the image to read about this undersea world depicted by General Motors’ “Futurama II” at the New York 1964 World Fair.

Eight “bionauts”, as they called themselves, lived for two years locked inside this crystalline, nuclear bunker. Its huge vaulted structures contained a tropical rain forest, a grassland savannah, a mangrove wetland and salt-water ocean, complete with coral reef — everything one might possibly need to weather the apocalypse. It was described in the press as a “planet in a bottle,” “Eden revisited” and “Greenhouse Ark”… By the time [the bionauts] emerged, the utopia they envisaged had descended into chaos, and the experiment was acknowledged as a failure. Time magazine would call it one of the “50 worst ideas of the 20th century”. — Bohemians, Bauhaus and bionauts: the utopian dreams that became architectural nightmaresThe Guardian, 3/25/16  Read more

The week that was, March 13-19, 2016

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For more about the bronze, granite and quartz Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain by sculptor Sidney Waugh, click on the image. Photo: Cliff 1066/Wikipedia

The bronze, granite and quartz fountain in front of the National Gallery by sculptor Sidney Waugh was re-started this week after a motionless eight years. Click on the image to learn more about Waugh and the water feature honoring Andrew W. Mellon’s contribution to the gallery. Photo: Cliff1066/Wikipedia

“We asked for it because the National Park Service didn’t want it.” — National Gallery Director “Rusty” Powell, One of DC’s great fountains comes back to life but it shouldn’t have taken so long, Washington Post, 3/17/16 
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