Water. Worry about it, say some experts. Yet the MSM's oblivious to the fact that we even need water. Recently there was a joint briefing by a Congressional leader and the U.S. Geological Sruvey on America's water problems. Number of news articles about it found by googling? Zero.
If anybody had covered the story, here's what they would have reported:
Rep. Grace Napolitano, Chairwoman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, and the Water Environment Federation explained factors that limit the water available for critical uses throughout the country. The briefing is held in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program.
This wasn't your usual rant about industry using water. One point of the briefing was to talk about preventable water pollution. Often the way we collect or store water can release natural pollutants from salts to radium and uranium. Not nice to have that stuff in your drinking water. How we treat or recycle used water is paramount as needs increase veen faster than energy use.
Here's the press release for the briefing that was ignored. No sex, no racism, no roadside bombs, so who cares?
Here's the U.S. Geological Survey's summary of their efforts to monitor all the stuff that ends up in our water: from pharmaceuticals and perfume to pesticides and plastics. From detergents to disinfectants. Some of these feral chemicals have a long half-life in the wild. We've blogged here about water companies getting aware of these chemicals in the water.
Recently Nature.com did a whole special report on the world's water woes. Their editorial stance calls for concerted effort in water management. They point out huge amounts of water are needed for both agriculture and energy production.
Some of Nature's specific articles online:
India's water problems combine with population growth. Up to two billion people cannot get safe drinking water. Agriculture and water, inseparable. How to make use more efficient.
In short, expect Green Tech companies with water applications to find plenty of interest, from removing arsenic to recycling efficiently and effectively, perhaps somebody will figure how to get all that Prozac, radium and Chanel #5 out of my water. I'm starting to act weirder than usual and I glow in the dark.