From Mudd, Stiles & The Heath Monitor Files


About 90 percent of the aquifers underneath major cities in China are polluted. More than 300 million Chinese lack access to safe drinking water, according to the World Bank.




Throughout the country, 4 million cats and dogs — about one every eight seconds — are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year, according to the American Humane Society.






Schreibman didn’t exactly invent aquaculture — the term is basically a catchall that refers to any alternative method of fish farming — but he’s thought as much as anyone else about how to make it urban, by making his recirculation system small enough to run anywhere on a municipal water source. His utopian city is one with Jacuzzi-sized fish tanks on every roof, giving locavore owners more than 100 pounds of fish a year.

“What they are calculating is how much area of land and water we would need to sustain this economy as it is currently operating,” Gilding tells Rachel Martin, guest host of weekends on All Things Considered. “And to do that on a sustained basis would take 140 percent as much land and sea as there is on the Earth today. I mean, of course, like living on your credit card, that can’t be maintained and that bill is coming due.”

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Owners of Arizona Snowbowl ski area have started clear-cutting rare alpine forest for new ski runs on the Holy San Francisco Peaks.
According to an Environmental Impact Statement more than 74 acres are slated to be cut.
Owners and operators of Arizona Snowbowl began partial development of a 14.8 mile pipeline last month.
If completed, the pipeline will transport up to 180 million gallons of treated sewage effluent from the City of Flagstaff to the ski area for snowmaking.

(Reuters) – Smoke belching from Asia’s rapidly growing economies is largely responsible for a halt in global warming in the decade after 1998 because of sulphur’s cooling effect, even though greenhouse gas emissions soared, a U.S. study said on Monday.

NEW YORK — When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America’s wars.
Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the U.S. Treasury and ignores more imposing costs yet to come, according to a study released Wednesday.

The final bill will reach at least $3.7 trillion and could be as high as $4.4 trillion, according to the research project “Costs of War” by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.

In a 7,000-word essay for Rolling Stone magazine… Gore says Obama has failed to stand up for “bold action” on global warming and has made little progress on the problem since the days of Republican President George W. Bush. Bush infuriated environmentalists for resisting mandatory controls on the pollution blamed for climate change, despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the burning of fossil fuels is responsible.


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