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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]

Mountaintop Removal for Coal Hurts Water Quality and Harms Fish, Study Says

A new study confirms that mountaintop removal mining is harming fish in rivers and streams, indicating that water resources are becoming tainted. Minerals released from within stone blown apart by explosives used in the mining process are changing water chemistry, lowering quality and causing tiny fish prey such as insects, worms and invertebrates to die. [Washington Post]

Seven in 10 Worldwide Are Satisfied With Water Quality

A Gallup survey found that 71 percent of people worldwide were content with their local water quality in 2013. Satisfaction was considerably lower at a little over 50 percent in sub-Saharan Africa and some countries of the former Soviet Union. Clean water provision has risen significantly for many African nations, but it hasn't done so quickly enough to ensure wellbeing and satisfaction. [Gallup]

Good news/bad news for U.S. air quality

Almost 150 million people live in areas where air pollution levels are unhealthy to breathe, an increase from a previous American Lung Association report. [USA Today]

EPA Asked to Halt Pesticide Use on Apples Until New safety Studies are Done

Advocates are calling on the EPA to block applications of DPA, a pesticide commonly applied to conventionally grown apples in the US. DPA is banned in Europe following concern that manufactures lack sufficient safety data on this potentially carcinogenic chemical, yet the EPA seemed unaware of concerns even as 82.7 percent of raw, conventional apples test positive for DPA. [Food Safety News]

Do Your Part To Protect Water Quality

This simple infographic shows the steps you can take at home to help reduce water pollution. It concludes easy things like picking up dog waste and minimizing how much fertilizer and pesticide you use. All of these steps are small and easy but collectively they add up to keeping a lot of pollution out of our waterways. [Earth Gauge]

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