Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

Your drain on drugs

How addiction may be affecting our waterways

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Washington Post

New research has added to the growing body of evidence that the chemicals we put in our bodies often end up in our waterways — with noticeable consequences. A new study, published Thursday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, explores what happens when amphetamine ends up in the ecosystems encompassing streams and it finds the drug can have a significant impact on the bacteria, algae and insects who call them home.

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Contentious W.Va. water quality rule change stays

Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia regulators are sticking by their proposal to change the way they calculate water quality standards, insisting in a document made public Friday that the move “does not automatically” translate into an increase in the amount of cancer-causing chemicals allowed to be discharged into state rivers and streams.

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1.9M U.S. homes could be underwater by 2100

Washington Post

The real estate data firm Zillow recently published a research analysis that estimated rising sea levels could leave nearly 2 million U.S. homes inundated by 2100, a fate that would displace millions of people and result in property losses in the hundreds of billions of dollars. More than 100,000 of those homes would be in Maryland and Virginia, according to the analysis. Another 140,000 would be submerged in the Carolinas.

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