10 in 2 - Week of March 12th - the final nail in the coffin of bottled water

  1. Ireland will phase out coal by 2025. Admittedly, Ireland only has one coal power plant left, but it’s still big news. The move from Ireland brings the Powering Past Coal Alliance up to a total of 27 countries, as well as many regional governments like Ontario, Washington State and Oregon. (TreeHugger)

  2. The Amazon, the single largest tropical rainforest and home to 10% of the world’s known species, could lose half of its plants and animals by the end of the century as global warming ravages the planet according to a study published this week by the World Wildlife Fund

  3. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal government's first responder to floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters, has eliminated references to climate change from its strategic planning document for the next four years. (NPR)

  4. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke publicly worried this week about how many birds are being killed by wind turbines, but it was Zinke’s department that in December slashed protections for migratory bird species. You literally cannot make this stuff up. (HuffPost)

  5. More Zinke news! Zinke may not allow oil drilling off the West Coast after all as has been contentiously suggested. He appears to have realized that the iconic Oregon coast would be better off without a couple of oil rigs as a backdrop. (Grist)

  6. Stephen Hawking tributes are flying around everywhere this week, but it cannot be said often enough that in his last years, Hawking used his platform to warn that human activity is causing irreversible planetary damage and that we must take action. (Live Science)

  7. The World Health Organisation has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water after a new analysis of some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastic. We can only hope that this news puts the final nail in the coffin of bottled water. (The Guardian)

  8. More bottled water news, which I’m quite sure is your favorite type of news: Adidas sold 1 million shoes made out of ocean plastic in 2017. Each pair of shoes reuses 11 plastic bottles. (USA Today)

  9. California is increasingly inhospitable to fossil-fuel power plants. In the latest development, NRG Energy Inc. plans to shutter three old gas-fired power plants in California, according to a Sierra Club statement. (Bloomberg)

  10. Miamians get nearly all of their drinking water from the Biscayne Aquifer, a clean source of natural water that stretches underground from the southern tip of the state north to Palm Beach County. The water system already faces serious threats from sea-level rise and saltwater leaking from Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station. Now the state Legislature has decided to allow companies to dump "treated" sewage into drinking-water sources. (Miami New Times)

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