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As the water crisis in the Colorado River Basin keeps getting worse, the federal government warned two months ago that unless the seven states that rely on its water agreed on reductions by mid-August, it would impose cutbacks. However, last week the deadline passed, and the federal officials, well, they didn’t do much. The river basin that serves farmers and 40 million people, including those living in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Denver, is in a long-term drought that has been ratcheted up by climate change. The Southwest is now warmer and drier in conditions called aridification.
Compounds called “forever chemicals” might not last “forever” after a new study shows they can be destroyed. PFAS compounds—perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances—have been used in cosmetics, non-stick cookware, firefighting foam, and water-repellent fabrics, and they don’t break down naturally. They accumulate in the body and are found nearly everywhere and in everyone, posing a threat to human health by increasing risks of cancer, liver damage, and low birth weights.
Through photosynthesis, plants convert sunlight into food. More specifically, they use water, carbon dioxide from the air, and the sun’s energy to create sugars as fuel to grow. Taking inspiration from nature, researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed floating artificial leaves that can generate clean fuels, which one day could be a sustainable alternative to oil and gas.
Speaking of clean fuel technology, could your next car be a home power plant? If it’s Ford’s new F-150® Lightning™ electric truck it might. The F-150 Lightning EV with its large battery was designed to power a home for up to ten days during outages through vehicle-to-home technology, or V2H, using its bidirectional, or two-way charging technology.
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