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3 Jan 2021 FORT COLLINS CO
The historic wildfire season of 2020 could impact drinking water for more than a million Colorado residents. Environmental researchers and natural resource specialists have conducted a BAER Survey, which stands for Burned Area Emergency Response. The survey evaluated how the record-breaking Cameron Peak Fire and East Troublesome Fire could impact Colorado’s snowpack and watershed...
4 Oct 2020 NEW YORK NY
Wildfires, which turned skies a dim orange over cities from Seattle to Santa Cruz this year, are increasingly engulfing people’s homes, continuing to rage in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado in recent weeks. But even when homes don’t burn, other dangers arise in the aftermath, and experts are focusing more attention on what happens to municipal water systems after a fire, when released toxins can get pulled into plumbing system
23 Sep 2020 West Lafayette IN
As in previous years, [large forest fires] have entered populated areas [in the US], damaging drinking water networks. Water systems have lost pressure, potentially sucking in pollutants, and several utilities are warning of possible and confirmed chemical contamination. Communities need to upgrade building codes to keep wildfires from causing widespread contamination of drinking water systems...
15 Sep 2020 GENEVA, Switzerland
Record heat, ice loss, wildfires, floods and droughts continue to worsen, affecting communities, nations and economies around the world, the United in Science 2020 report finds.“Human-induced climate change is affecting life-sustaining systems, from the top of the mountains to the depths of the oceans, leading to accelerating sea-level rise, with cascading effects for ecosystems and human security,” the multi-organization high-level compilation of latest climate science information states...
14 Sep 2020 WASHINGTON DC, United States
The majority of Americans are supportive of government efforts to protect people from future wildfire and flood damage through prevention and adaptation policies, new research shows.More Americans than ever are likely to consider climate change while voting according to "Climate Insights 2020", produced by Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC...
5 Aug 2020 WEST LAFAYETTE IN
In recent years wildfires have entered urban areas, causing breathtaking destruction. After the fires passed, testing ultimately revealed widespread hazardous drinking water contamination. Evidence suggests that the toxic chemicals originated from a combination of burning vegetation, structures and plastic materials...
3 Mar 2020 SYDNEY NSW, Australia
Widespread bushfires followed by torrential rains had a predictable, detrimental effect on the reservoirs that supply drinking water to Australia's greater Sydney area.During December and January, more than 320,000 hectares of the Warragamba Catchment area were ravaged by fire. This was followed by very heavy rainfall that pushed unprecedented amounts and clearly visible amounts of ash and debris into Lake Burragorang at the Warragamba Dam...
14 Jan 2020 SYDNEY, Australia
Devastating ongoing bushfires in Australia threaten to wreak havoc on water resources as ecologists warn that resultant algae blossoms threaten freshwater ecosystems and diminish the quality of drinking water. Australian wildfires have burned as much as 26 Million acres of land.Burned catchment areas are increasing the level of mercury in lakes and water reserves as burnt sediment is now travelling into them...
6 Oct 2019 NEW YORK NY, United States
UNEP "Safe Climate" Report: At Least 100 Million Will Face Water Insecurity, Wealthy States Must Contribute
UNEP (the United Nations Environment Program) has released a report “Safe Climate” which concludes that climate change and its impacts threaten a broad range of human rights and, as a result, states and private actors have extensive human rights obligations and responsibilities.The report (released 4 October) was written in cooperation with a UN Special Rapporteur David Boyd on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment...
21 Aug 2019 REYKJAVIK, Iceland
Icelanders held a “funeral” August 18 to officially recognize the re-listing of the Okjökull glacier as a volcano shield. Having lost is status as a glacier (or jökull in Icelandic) in 2014, the space will now be known simply as “Ok”.In 1901, the glacier was measured to be about 38 square kilometres...
19 Apr 2019 PARADISE CA
Weeks after the Camp Fire roared through Butte County last November, devouring entire towns, officials made an alarming find: The Paradise drinking water is now laced with benzene, a volatile compound linked to cancer. Water officials say they believe the extreme heat of the firestorm created a “toxic cocktail” of gases in burning homes that got sucked into the water pipes when the system depressurized from use by residents and firefighters.
9 Apr 2019 WASHINGTON DC, United States
UNHRC Resolution On Clean, Affordable Water As A Human Civil Right Puts International Pressure On US Government
The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) adopted language in its International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant) review, April 2, that acknowledges the human right to clean, affordable water and the “right to life” in the face of climate impacts.The United States is scheduled for the UNHRC review of its compliance with the Covenant and this review will require compliance with this new language...