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Is Our Government Looking the Other Way on Contaminated Ground Water and Aquifers?

How Much Drinking Water Has California Lost to Oil Industry Waste? No One Knows

"California survived its historic drought, in large part by using groundwater. It was a lifeline in the Central Valley, where it was the only source of water for many farmers.

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Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge In Appalachia

Radiologist Brandon Crum and former coal miner Mackie Branham, 39, view an X-ray of Branham's diseased lung at Crum's black lung clinic in Coal Run Village, Ky. Howard Berkes/NPR

Image: Radiologist Brandon Crum and former coal miner Mackie Branham, 39, view an X-ray of Branham's diseased lung at Crum's black lung clinic in Coal Run Village, Ky. Howard Berkes/NPR

npr.org - December 15th 2016 -  Howard Berkes

Across Appalachia, coal miners are suffering from the most serious form of the deadly mining disease black lung in numbers more than 10 times what federal regulators report, an NPR investigation has found.

The government, through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, reported 99 cases of "complicated" black lung, or progressive massive fibrosis, throughout the country the last five years.

But NPR obtained data from 11 black lung clinics in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, which reported a total of 962 cases so far this decade.

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District of Columbia Mayor Signs 50% Renewable Energy Standard

                         

utilitydive.com - by Robert Walton - July 26, 2016

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has signed legislation to push the nation's capital towards 50% renewable energy within the next 15 years, a goal she says will increase residents' access to clean energy while also creating jobs and new businesses.

The goal includes promises to serve 100,000 low-income residents with solar energy by 2032 and reduce their power bills by 50%.

To meet anticipated demand for solar energy, the city has partnered on a jobs program to provide District young adults with paid training in solar panel installation, energy efficiency, and basic safety and construction skills.

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Lead in Morristown hospital's water was up to 22 times over federal limit

Morristown Medical Center has been issued two violation in connection with the lead contamination of its tap water over the past month, officials said. (File Photo)Image: Morristown Medical Center has been issued two violation in connection with the lead contamination of its tap water over the past month, officials said. (File Photo)

nj.com - March 3rd 2016 - Justin Zaremba

Morristown Medical Center has been issued two violations in connection with the lead contamination of the tap water at its 100 Madison Avenue location.

In one instance, a water sample showed the presence of lead nearly 22 times above the federal action limit, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Two laboratories conducted testing on water samples taken from the hospital on Feb. 26 — the state Department of Health's laboratory and a private, certified facility, Garden State Laboratory, according to DEP spokesman Bob Considine.

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Philadelphia Announces First Case of Zika Virus

6abc.com - February 29th 2016

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced the city's first case of Zika virus on Monday.

The infection was identified in a 60-year-old woman who recently returned from a trip to the Caribbean.

She was not hospitalized, officials said, and is recovering without complications.

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Snow Total Forecast - Winter Storm Jonas

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National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)

To monitor NDBC buoy data for the U.S. East Coast, here are the links.  
For specific buoy data, click on the buoy numbers in the white boxes.
Click on the highlighted boxes to zoom-in for data on buoys near heavily populated areas.
For wave heights, see the data under the column for “WVHT”, and note the direction the water is moving (Mean Wave Direction) - "MWD".
 
NDBC - Measurement Descriptions and Units (see WVHT and MWD)
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/measdes.shtml
 
NDBC - Northeast USA Recent Marine Data
 
NDBC - Southeast USA Recent Marine Data
 
NDBC - Florida and Eastern Gulf of Mexico Recent Marine Data
 
Recent Data - National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)
 
NDBC - Map - Significant Wave Height with Wave 
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NASA: On the U.S. East Coast, Sea Level is Rising Two or Three Times Faster Than Average

Glacial Rebound: The Not So Solid Earth

nasa.gov - August 26, 2015

When you fill a sink, the water rises at the same rate to the same height in every corner. That's not the way it works with our rising seas.

According to the 23-year record of satellite data from NASA and its partners, the sea level is rising a few millimeters a year -- a fraction of an inch. If you live on the U.S. East Coast, though, your sea level is rising two or three times faster than average. If you live in Scandinavia, it's falling. Residents of China's Yellow River delta are swamped by sea level rise of more than nine inches (25 centimeters) a year.

These regional differences in sea level change will become even more apparent in the future, as ice sheets melt. For instance, when the Amundsen Sea sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is totally gone, the average global sea level will rise four feet. But the East Coast of the United States will see an additional 14 to 15 inches above that average.

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