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In the summer of 2022, the federal government announced the need for drastic cuts in allocations from the Colorado River to avoid a crisis in the system that supplies farms and millions of people with water and hydropower. However, last week the Bureau of Reclamation said that conditions have improved, and additionally, a plan by California, Arizona, and Nevada to curtail their water use will keep the region on a stable footing for the next few years.
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People in the U.S. buy more bottled water than any other packaged beverage, some under names like Poland Spring®, Arrowhead®, and Pure Life®. The company that sells many of these brands is now BlueTriton, which was formerly Nestlé Waters North America.
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In your house, you likely have smoke detectors to warn about fires or monitors that alert you of dangerous carbon monoxide, but what if you had plants that could tell you if your water has toxic chemicals? Researchers in California have devised such a thing. Although still in its infancy, a team at University of California, Riverside, have found a way to have leaves change their color when a plant detects toxins in water—in this case a banned pesticide.
Laboratory plants, normally green, turn red in the presence of a toxic pesticide. | Credit: Jingde Qiu /UCR
“Waking up to smell the coffee” has taken on new meaning, as we come to recognize the environmental impacts of our lattes and caffè Americanos. Climate change is reducing the places where coffee trees can grow (something known as the “2050 Problem”), causing farmers to deforest cooler, higher-altitude areas, which adds to global warming.
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