America’s Most Endangered Rivers Named for 2018
The conservation organization, American Rivers, has come out with its annual list of America’s ten most endangered rivers. Closest to us is the South Fork Salmon River, in Idaho, a river popular with whitewater adventurers. The list can be found at: https://www.americanrivers.org/2018/04/announcing-americas-most-endangered-rivers-of-2018/
Freshwater Plastic Load Coming Into Focus
While much attention has been paid to the masses of plastics to be found in ocean waters, research on the problem in freshwater bodies has lagged. Now, it is becoming clear the amount of plastics in our lakes and rivers is astronomical and their effects dire. The BBC describes the situation: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180426-why-plastics-are-not-just-an-ocean-problem
Is Wood Burning Really Carbon Neutral?
The EPA recently asserted that using wood as a fuel is a carbon-neutral proposition. Many feel that assessment is fatally specious. The Smithsonian tries to sort out fact from fallacy: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/epa-declares-burning-wood-carbon-neutral-180968880/
Mississippi Floods: What Man Hath Wrought
An analysis of 500 years of Mississippi flood data has brought researchers to the conclusion that human efforts have only made matters worse. In trying to control the river, engineering has resulted in the river becoming more destructive. Ars Technica has the details: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/mississippi-floods-have-gotten-worse-study-assigns-blame-to-us/