WaterBytes

WaterByte #19 - Our Water Footprint

This podcast is a skit where a teacher introduces the concept of the water footprint to her students.

Length: 5 minutes, 38 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

Water footprint
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WaterByte #18 - Water Competition and Conflict

This is a podcast that talks about competition and conflict involving water between various regions.  It touches on places throughout the world, such as Africa, the Middle East, and the United States.  Water competition and conflict is a worldwide problem that affects millions and millions of people.

Length: 6 minutes, 11 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

Fetching water from the well

(Image from Julien Harneis in flickr)

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National Geographic NewsWatch: Up-Close Look at Louisiana’s Disappearing Marshes

In the Journey OnEarth film series, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Roshini Thinakaran, reports about the people most directly impacted by pollution, oil spills, and toxic chemicals, and communities coping with climate change across the U.S.

The newly released second episode takes a closer look at Louisiana’s mashes. Referred to as part of America’s hardest working wetlands, the marshes are breathtaking, but they are a natural treasure disappearing at an alarming rate. For this film, Roshini visits this unique ecosystem and examines the cost of losing a piece of our natural heritage.


"I am sorry, Evian and San Pellegrino and Dasani and all the other bottled waters out there—Aqua Velva, Wells Fargo, Muddy Waters, Joan Rivers, Jerry Springer, whatever—but the current campaign against paying good money for bottled water when tap water is perfectly good (and very likely purer) is so sensible on the face of it that I am now done with you.

Fini. Kaput. Ausgeschlossen. No more designer water. Water is water. If you want lemon flavoring, add a slice of lemon. You want bubbles, stick a straw in it and blow.

My father, a true conservative, would have smiled on this. All his life he resisted the attempts of big corporations to gouge him by selling him stuff he didn’t need and so he was not a consumer of high-priced water, anymore than he would’ve purchased bottles of French air or Italian soil.

No, San Pellegrino and Perrier got rich off the pretensions of liberal wastrels like moi who thought it set us apart from the unlettered masses. We ordered it in restaurants for the same reason we read books we don’t like and go to operas we don’t understand - we say to the waiter, ”Perrier,” to give a continental touch to our macaroni and cheese.

Enough. Man is capable of reform once presented with the facts, and the fact is that bottling water and shipping it is a big waste of fuel, so stop already. The water that comes to your house through a pipe is good enough, and maybe better.”

Treehugger.com - Quote of the Day: Garrison Keillor on Bottled Water, from September 29, 2007, in the Salt Lake Tribune

WaterByte #17 - The organization charity: water

This podcast focuses on the nonprofit organization charity: water.

Length: 6 minutes, 13 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

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theinformedvegan:

It takes 49 gallons of water to produce just one small 8oz glass of cow’s milk.

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Largest “exceptional drought” area on record

climateadaptation:

Stats:

  • 281,000+ square miles in drought
  • An area equal to the 13 Northeast states and Washington D.C. 
  • 7.54% of U.S. (including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico) in “exceptional drought”
  • 65% of Texas is covered by this worst drought category. This includes Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Brownsville, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, and Wichita Falls.”
Via

operationblessing:

Katsina, Nigeria

Excited children in Nigeria scramble to get a taste of clean water from a new well.

Every day, children in remote areas of Africa are without clean water to drink. Often, the water that they find in streams, ponds or open wells is contaminated, causing illnesses and even death. Today, please pray for these precious little ones. Pray that they will have access to clean water so they can be strong and healthy.

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WaterByte #16 - Water and the Shale

This podcast focuses on the issue of water quality in relation to drilling in the Marcellus Shale. The drilling, also known as natural gas extraction, is done through a process called hydraulic fracturing. Fracturing involves dangerous chemicals that often find their way to local water supplies, harming the environment and public health.

Length: 6 minutes, 2 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

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(Image from Marcellus Protest in flickr)

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WaterByte #15 - Water Pollution


This podcast discusses various water pollutants and why they are harmful to the environment. Organic pollutants and inorganic pollutants are defined, and examples are given as to what causes these problems in the United States and abroad.

Length: 6 minutes, 38 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

Contaminación del agua cobre

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khrisjuhlin:

Change the way you think about everything.

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Via Khris Juhlin

How the States Got Their Shapes: A River Runs Through It

How water has literally shaped the States. The surprising history hidden in the blue, squiggly lines on the map, how the founding fathers might have made a mistake along the Georgia/Tennessee border, how that boundary could actually change because of water.  History Channel, Season 1, Episode 1, 42 minutes in length.


WaterByte #14 - The Shortage, Rising Demand, and Dwindling Supply of World-Wide Water

There are many water problems in the world, but a lot of countries face the issue of actually running out.  The rising demand of water strains the small amount of water we have, causing the world-wide supply to dwindle.  All three of these water problems are caused by agricultural, domestic, and industrial use throughout the world, and can only be fixed through conservation and smart water usage.


Length: 5 minutes, 58 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

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