California Adopts Desalination Plants

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California has approved the construction of a large desalination plant. The plant will be used to treat water for Southern California who is in the early stages of a severe drought. The water bill for this area is already being cut by low rainfall. With continued low rainfall, the reservoirs will continue to drop. Without enough water for the cities, they will become overwhelmed.

The water bill for California already includes the desalination of water. It is expected that the plant will bring in about a quarter million tons of water a year. This could help California in their efforts to save water. This may also help with the water bill that has been said to be the largest in the country.

“Are the Lakes on Mars Just Full of Water Or Do They Have Water in Them?”

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You know, like we all know, rivers come and go, lakes are formed by melting snow and they do eventually dry up. There are places on Mars where there is no liquid water. That’s true for inland lakes and oceanic basins. However, there are lakes that have disappeared, that were dried up years ago. This is not an understatement.

Why have the Lakes on Mars disappeared? Well, there has been much activity in the past, enough to cause drying. Perhaps the greatest event was the Thredosphere. It was like a greenhouse, and when it went, the Earth absorbed it, trapping solar heat, warming the air that rose above it. This warmed the surface of Mars resulting in the creation of the planet’s largest river; the Grand Canyon.

How Can Desalination Solve the Global Water Crisis?

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Can Desalination solve the global water crisis? That is a question raised by many in the scientific communities. They are concerned that increasing population and growing economies will continue to overwhelm natural freshwater resources. Adding more to already overflowing supplies of saltwater is only going to increase pressure on already over-stressed pipes. The need for a permanent solution is urgent.

There is some optimism that a fundamental change in the way that water is distributed around the world may be possible. Water managers at the highest levels of most countries have accepted the fact that the time for change has come. The higher ups have debated the possibility of introducing a new infrastructure for water transportation and management, with limited success. The increased use of canister-type distillers may be able to help, but there is still a long way to go.

Environmental Impact of Locusts

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Are you aware of the environmental impact of locusts? What do they do to our land, water, and environment?. The sudden rise in population resulted in massive deforestation and disasters to affect the food supply. While the practice of female infanticide is still prevalent in certain parts of the world, in the Western parts it is now illegal.

Overpopulation of locusts can seriously deplete natural resources and negatively affect agriculture and forestry. They destroy crops by means of their powerful wings, which consume huge amounts of food. This results in a reduction in crop yields and thus contributes to soil depletion. Furthermore, overpopulation of locusts will reduce the productivity of agricultural lands leading to higher cost for food.