Drinking Water: Extreme Weather Events Threaten Quality, Says Report

The greatest risks to water quality come from cumulative impacts of extreme weather events that happen sequentially, like a drought followed by a wildfire followed by a flood, says joint Australian-US study. As climate change likely increases the frequency of extreme weather events, resilience must be built into the management of watersheds and water treatment systems for recovery to happen. [Sunday Morning Herald]

Report: Society's Water Safety Net Is Fraying

A new National Research Council report examines possible "tipping points" that might occur if the rate of groundwater pumping rapidly increases. As surface water-scarce regions get drier amidst climate change, early warning water and drought monitoring systems could be necessary to protect precious resources. [Circle of Blue]

Water, Air Quality Concerns Heighten Conflict Between Pig Farms and Environmental Advocate

Many communities exposed to pollution from large pork facilities are reaching the end of their rope. US pork is a growing industry, but most pigs are raised in factory farms that produce tons of manure and run-off. According the EPA, due to agricultural run-off, over half of America's freshwater is too polluted for use. As a result, many pork farms are being targeted with lawsuits.

Sushi Safety: Mercury Levels in Ahi Tuna are Rising

If you love sushi, be careful about how much yellowfin (or ahi) tuna you eat. The concentrations of mercury in ahi tuna are increasing by 3.8 percent or more per year, and scientists say anyone consuming ahi tuna or other mercury-rich fish on a weekly basis is at risk for excessive mercury poisoning. Try eel, crab or salmon as an alternative. [Shape]

Advocates Pleased with Proposed Changes to Food Safety Rules, But More Needs to Be Done

The FDA is drawing up rules in response to the 2011 Food Safety and Modernization Act, a momentous law that overhauled US food safety regulations for the first time in seventy years. A second round of comments is now open until December 15th, giving advocates an opportunity to ensure the rules allow and encourage safe food as well as sustainable farms and food systems. [Country World News]

GMO Safety, Weed Control Top Concerns as US Study Kicks Off

Concerns around genetically modified (GM) crop safety dominated the first public meeting for a new US-sponsored study underway to examine the impacts of GM crops. Ag experts pointed to pesticide use, weed and insect resistance, and public health issues stating that without solid, third-party evidence for GM safety public mistrust of GM crops will continue. We can't agree more. [Reuters]

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