NASA. The word evokes space exploration, rockets and missions to faraway planets. But one of the agency’s most intriguing ventures is what it learns by turning its view back at Earth. H2O Radio's Frani Halperin met Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to talk about the agency's latest endeavors. Satellites with names like "GRACE" are "amazing"—not just for their bird's-eye view of our home planet but for what that perspective is telling us about our challenging water future.
EMERGING CONTAMINANTSKnown Unknowns: The Toxic Chemicals Swirling Through Your Veins and Why It Didn’t Have to Be That Way
There was a time when the United States was at the cutting edge of protecting human health and the environment. Back in the 1970s we passed something called the "Toxic Substances Control Act," also known as "TSCA," which was intended to regulate chemicals for safety. But TSCA failed to live up to its promise. Of the over 84,000 chemicals in commercial use today, only nine are banned or regulated. The rest? They're in household products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and toysand they're getting into our air and water.
ENERGYForgotten: Did the State of Colorado Leave Residents with Bad Water?
Gas drilling came to the Raton Basin of southern Colorado in the late 1990s and along with it heavy traffic, noiseand what many locals believecontaminated water. Numerous residents had discovered they had a chemical in their water, "tert-Butyl alcohol" or "TBA." The COGCC, the state agency that regulates oil and gas activities, investigated and published a report suggesting TBA was naturally occurring, among other explanations. Now the case is closed and the report, not only leaves more questions than it answers—it resigns residents to live with water they feel they dare not drink.
September 25, 2016
Water is being used as a weapon in the conflict raging in Syria.
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