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Israel’s Energy Intensive Desalination Goal

-from Clean Trechnica

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Polar Ice Melting

-from Climate News Network

Radiation Exposure Halts Nuclear Plant Demolition

-from Oregon Public Radio

Clean Water Act
Decisions Removed

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Apr. 10, 2018 -With the end of the current 5-year drought nowhere yet in sight, the government of Israel has announced new plans to further develop its desalination plant fleet, with the aim being to further build out its delivery pipelines in addition to developing 2 new desalination plants.

With the country’s water resources at essentially their lowest point in the country’s history, the current water stress issues facing Israel perhaps serves as a sign of things to come, as most predictions have projected that rainfall levels and freshwater resources in the region are only going to continue falling from here on out.

The plan to double down on a desalination buildout, without an accompanying shift away from current agricultural practices, is interesting, as it seems to show that the plan is to keep agricultural production as high as possible for as long as possible.

Apr. 10, 2018 -New studies have confirmed, once again, the rapid melting of the polar ice in both hemispheres.

A British team has used satellite data to reveal that the retreat of the all-important grounding line of many Antarctic glaciers has accelerated to five times the historic level. And US scientists have confirmed that in Arctic waters the West Greenland ice sheet is now melting faster than at any time in the last 450 years.

Both studies deliver ominous evidence of the long-term consequences of climate change due to profligate human use of fossil fuels. The Greenland icecap holds enough water to raise global sea levels by seven metres. The West Antarctic ice sheet – where the latest study has identified most of the change – holds enough water to raise sea levels by up to five metres.

Apr. 8, 2018 -Seven decades after making key portions of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Dozens of workers demolishing a plutonium processing plant from the 1940s have inhaled or ingested radioactive particles in the past year, and even carried some of that radiation into their vehicles, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The incidents have prompted the federal government, along with state regulators, to halt the demolition of the sprawling Plutonium Finishing Plant until a safe plan can be developed.

Apr. 4, 2018 -Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been methodically weakening air pollution rules over the past year, is now taking control of key decision-making on the protection of streams and wetlands from the agency's regional administrators, an internal memo shows.

At issue is something known as "geographic jurisdiction," agency speak for which bodies of water do, or do not, fall under the Clean Water Act. Historically all waters, including major waterways, tributaries and wetlands were regulated under the Act. This broad jurisdiction was reaffirmed by the Waters of the U.S. rule in 2015.

In the memo, Pruitt notified EPA staff that he would now be in charge of such decision-making.

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