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Thread 🧵 @cityoftucson @TucsonWater
2021 Water Quality Report

A discussion about PFAS contamination and transparency by governmental officials...

Report 👇… Image
Here a teaser. More to follow over the next few days, a hint for what follows: "Forever & Accumulative" Image
"All [~30 billion gallons] water delivered by Tucson Water to its 722,000 customers each year is groundwater pumped from area aquifers." Using "206 active production or standby groundwater wells."👇… Image
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⚠️Your food - being hammered by climate change NOW

News round-up:
➡️Italy rivers drying up, 30% of agriculture at risk
➡️Extreme heat & fires badly damaging Tunesia's crops
➡️2°C of warming may see SE Asia’s crop production decline by 1/3 per capita by 2040

#food #NEWS
➡️Massive volumes of crops -in the field & already harvested- washed away by floods in Bangladesh
➡️“truly biblical” swarms of crickets thriving in heat & drought devouring crops in American West
➡️ UN: "a real risk that multiple famines will be declared in 2022"

#food #NEWS
➡️'desperate drought conditions' impacting crops across the United States
➡️Extreme weather battering farmers in India
➡️'Grain shortage could cause food crisis in Ireland' - by this winter!
➡️high temperatures, drought, record rains hitting crops across China

#food #NEWS
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1/8 Punjab looses USD 191.3 billion by giving free water to Rajasthan and Haryana. This is equal to Rs. 14.93 lakh crore. This is more than double the entire GDP of Punjab. This equals Rs. 4.98 lakh/person each year.
How ? Let's find out in the thread.
#SYL #Punjab #water
2/8 By official data, Punjab shares 8.6 MAF of water with Rajasthan and 3.5 MAF of water with Haryana. This totals to 12.1 MAF of water going out of Punjab.
3/8 What does MAF mean?
It means how much water is needed to raise the water level in a million acre field by 1 foot.
How many liters are there in 1 MAF?
There are 14,925 billion liters or 14.92 lakh crore liters in 1 MAF.
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Very troubling joint statement by the #EU and #Egypt, sneaking in at a time when #Ethiopia is unstable.

The statement:
“The #EU and #Egypt welcomed the UN Security Council Presidential Statement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (#GERD) issued on 15 September 2021 regarding reaching a mutually acceptable and binding agreement on the filling and operations of the GERD” [1]
On surface, looks harmless for untrained eyes but the key is “binding agreement on filling and operation” which is tied to water allocation. Today, proposal from #Egypt is ZERO water for #Ethiopia for consumptive water use while producing 86% total #Nile water. Unsustainable!
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If you're bored and want to hear a debate about #C-collars, #spinalcordinjury, #CPR, #handsonlyCPR, #resuscitation, I and a bunch of medical colleagues at #ILSF, the International Life Saving Federation, are having a #Medical Committee members debate.
Good for #lifeguards, #surf #lifesavers, #paramedics, #firstresponders, #FOAMed, #medtwitter

For more information on each session -
Free registration via the following links:
Medical: -

Registration is free, numbers are limited.
“Commencing on the 28 June 2022 the International Life Saving Federation’s Rescue Commission will be hosting a series of webinars for the global lifesaving community.
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1/6 Water detectives are asking a radical question: what does #water want? “Water Always Wins: Thriving in an age of drought and deluge” (@uchicagopress, 2022) is about changing our relationship with water from a control mindset to one of collaboration.…
2/6 Climate change is bringing bigger rains & more severe droughts. But our development choices are making these disasters worse. Urban sprawl, industrial agriculture, & attempts to control water - levees and dams, burying creeks and wetlands - are making human habitats brittle.
3/6 Standard development sees water as a commodity or threat, so seeks control. But other cultures, incl. #Indigenous peoples, see water as a friend or relative & seek to understand its relationships w/rock, microbes, beavers, us. That fosters reciprocity: care & need entwined.
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Our #Food and #Water crisis' are rapidly getting worse. Two of the founding necessities for human life and wellbeing are rapidly #collapsing.
In #Kansas thousands of cattle died from the heat and humidity. #WetBulb temperatures hit agricultural production hard.…
In #Ethiopia the #drought is so bad that monkeys are attacking children.…
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Honoured to share that @IngridOlivaresa and I have started a beautiful project with the @TaironaTrust and the #Kogi Indigenous People of #Colombia to #restore degraded lands and revive #water in the #SierraNevadadeSantaMarta Thread 👇 (1/11) Image
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a @UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1979. It has the world’s highest coastal peak (5730m) and all the climatic zones of tropical America: from mangroves to glaciers. Image
Biologically, the Sierra has > 3,000 species of vascular #plants, 120 #mammals (including jaguars, pumas, and tapirs), and 628 #bird species. Many species are only found there, such as the Santa Marta Parakeet. Image
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Twitter zucht en steunt weer onder alle #factfree onzin en #boerenboosheid ober #stikstof vandaag. Daarom even een draadje over het natuurverhaal. Dat zou je kunnen laten beginnen bij de #habitatrichtlijn.
De #Habitatrichtlijn uit 1992 is net als de #vogelrichtlijn uit 1978 een politiek antwoord op het grote uitsterven dat we kennen van uit de 19e en de 20e eeuw. Het is een hele sympathieke richtlijn.
In de pre-ambule wordt uitgebreid beschreven dat het niet de bedoeling is dat je niet kunt wonen en werken in #n2000 gebieden en aan het bereiken van een gunstige staat van instandhouding voor de indicatieve soorten en habitats is geen datum verbonden.
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Iedereen wacht met spanning op de #stikstofplannen maar ik verwacht geen verrassingen. We hebben jarenlang wie dan leeft wie dan zorgt gedaan maar dat 'dan' is nu. Doen we het niet om de #stikstof, moet het straks vanwege #water #kaderrichtlijnwater.
En is het niet water, dan zijn het wel de #vleermuizen. Wat zich wreekt is dat we natuur en landschap benaderen vanuit juridische beperkingen en niet waarderen om de positieve kwaliteiten zoals rust, ruimte, en gezondheid #brandjesblussenmetmiljarden….
Steeds gaat de aandacht naar de jammerende wolven maar we hebben een complete voedsel- en energietransitie nodig. Dat betekent afscheid nemen van de intensieve #veehouderij - Sorry jongens, maar het kan gewoon niet meer. Er zijn honderden redenen naast #stikstof.
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A UK lobby coalition just published a report for the creation of markets for #nature, on #habitats for wildlife, #carbon sequestration, #nutrient reduction credits trading aka #water pollution trading, #air pollution and #flood mitigation. 1/6…
"I look forward to working with the Coalition to make these markets a reality" said British MP Helen Whately, exchequer secretary to the Treasury. The UK govt has indeed committed to working with this coalition to scale up environmental mkts in the UK…
This news follows the recent UK government announcement of the creation of a wetland ‘super reserve’ in the south west of England containing 11 Mt of #carbon in storage 3/6
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The @EnR_Network held its first in person meeting in over 2 years in #Lisbon. After a first day of fruitful discussion on collaborative action between Energy Agencies, today, the network held a seminar on #energy and #water #efficiency at national and local levels.
The President of @EnR_Network, @nelsonlage highlighted the role of energy agencies in the #GreenTransition, as enabling agents acting between international and local level, to balance the three dimensions of the #EnergyTrilemma: Security Affordability #Sustainability
Sec of State @Joaogalamba described the vision for national-local level governance towards #NetZero in 2050: "energy agencies work to mobilize local authorities, economic players, and citizens to fight #ClimateCrisis, to foster cities’ pivotal role to deliver the #EUGreenDeal"
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And the hits keep coming-

"Farms across France were hit by heavy hail and fierce storms over the weekend... while their counterparts in Italy warned of the impact of drought on crop yields."

Dark times ahead.

#ClimateCrisis #food #France #Italy #Europe…
In France, the world's 4th largest wheat exporter- 'Hail, strong winds & torrential rain caused damage... affecting wheat as well as fruit crops & vineyards'

"The damage is very significant, with some farms seeing 100% of their crop affected"

#food #farm…

'Italy has received only half the usual rainfall levels so far in 2022, according to agricultural lobby Coldiretti, which estimates the cost of lost production at close to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion)'

#ClimateCrisis #food #water #Italy…
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Want to thank @Bindestriche for the retweet. Inspired the need to vent my thoughts in this🧵
An article on Peter #Thiel & his vision, to me a sign: we need to reclaim our #future & not let #techgurus take over.
Let’s start to look at our daily routines: fast pace thru … 1/21
#digital tools for working, shopping, researching, studying. communicating & more, made possible by mostly #SiliconValley’s tech companies for a “convenient” life. And I wonder if this is really the concept of the #goodlife that I dreamed of in my childhood? …2/21
..& will it be favored by unborn generations? It seems we are letting a certain type of tech vision take over.
Let me try to look behind that future that seems to be favored now:
As I see it the few leading tech companies now are mainly white men in their 30‘s & 40‘s … 3/21
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Current news on #food & #climate:

➡️ USA: *both* wheat crops -spring & winter wheat- in trouble

➡️Chile: more than 1/2 of the country's population in areas suffering "severe water scarcity"

➡️Australia: 'Biblical' flooding causes near-total loss of regional soybean crops
All these impacts will get worse

& worse

& 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 worse

with unmitigated climate change

On the other hand, what happens when fossil fuel emissions are cut?

Immediate boosts in crop yields!

Something to consider in the midst of a global food crisis?
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Inventors from @IITKanpur and @MIT have been granted a joint Indian patent for a unique #water purification device, “A Vessel and A Method for Purifying Water and Monitoring Quality of Water”.
An inexpensive, zero maintenance,easy to manufacture, dry & compact device that has applications in #waterpurification & monitoring and dry sample preservation of micro #water pollutants. This device can purify #drinkingwater & has applications in the food & beverage industry.
I congratulate the team led by Prof Indra Sekhar Sen, IITK alumnus Mr Sri Harsha, Dr Emily Barrett Hanhauser (Fellow, MIT Tata Centre), Prof Rohit N. Karnik (Dept of Mechanical Engineering; Associate Department Head for Education; Tata Professor, @MIT, USA)
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For extra credit, my students made memes reflecting something they learned in #Water Technology & Policy this semester. With their permission, I now share these laughs with you. 😆
First, this class requires a fair amount of discussion, which is not always high on some students' list at 8:00 AM. Image
There's also an individual paper and video assignment, which can be a challenge. Image
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An unhappy thread about the continuing power of the fossil-fuel industry.
I had the opportunity today to offer in-person testimony to the California Senate in support of a bill that would ask state #water agencies to integrate the science and reality of #climate change into...
their evaluation and management of water rights permits and licenses – a long-overdue need. We have to stop giving away rights to #water that may not even exist. To their credit, the Senate appears highly supportive of this. But…
While waiting to testify, I listened to arguments, pro & con, over a series of other bills, including two that would close old historical loopholes that exempt the California oil & gas industry from certain environmental regulations or remove modest subsidies that favor them...
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Abdul Qadir Patel #Health minister of imported govt holds a #BA degree from fed Urdu Univ. He'll replace Dr. Faisal Sultan SAPM on Health who was an infectious disease expert & graduate of KEMU, Univ of Connecticut & Washington School of Medicine USA.

Sherry Rehman #ClimateChange minister of import. govt holds a degree of #MA Arts History - Univ of Sussex. She'll replace Malik Amin Aslam SAPM on Climate Change who holds degree of MSc Enviro. Manage. - Univ of Oxford & a graduate of UET Lhr, McGill Univ

A #BA pass Shazia Marri has replaced a world renowned professional Dr. Sania Nishter as chairman #BISP.

Here is the comparison 👇

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Current research on microplastics is the stuff of nightmares-

They’re dangerous, they’re spread through our food, they're in the air... they’re everywhere

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#health #ClimateCrisis #PlasticPollution #food
Much of the research is trapped behind paywalls, and only reported on in a limited, fragmented pattern

-like so much else when large corporations cause environmental damage and impose widespread health impacts on the public

#health #ClimateCrisis #PlasticPollution #food
The growing risks of microplastics are a direct function of an ongoing push by the same sociopathic corporations that are driving the climate crisis

#health #ClimateCrisis #PlasticPollution #food…
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*How #SriLanka got ruined*

Lankans voted for #Rajapakshas knowing very well what they did in the past, including corruption, selling out national assets to #China, #dynastic politics and all.

They still voted for them because Rajapakshas promised things they could not refuse.
1. Their #GST, called VAT Tax, on all products was reduced to 8%, thus making everything cheaper in one stroke. (It also killed the govt revenue). People loved things getting cheaper.
2. The minimum #incometax threshold was changed from 5 Lakhs per annum to 30 Lakhs! Very few earned more than 30L!
A very large part of the population became #tax exempt. This was very popular among the salaried class.
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🚨⬇️ New pub! ⬇️🚨

TLDR: data science to generate interdisciplinary hypotheses

This is the paper I'm MOST PROUD OF in my career to date. A (long) thread to tell you why. 1/n

#hyporheic #river #stream #water #hydrology…
Scene: @geosociety meeting in Charlotte, NC, 2012.Brainstorming with @stefankrauseh2o about hyporheic science.

Problem: If we only measure what is in our narrow areas of expertise, we can plausibly explain our data as a function of unmeasured.

Solution: Lets do this!
Next step: Acquire funding.
Assembled a team, wrote a proposal to support many-disciplinary studies of hyporheic processes.

With support from @LeverhulmeTrust and @bIGIdeas_UoB we embarked on a series of studies to learn how to work together in truly integrated science
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Image-based #water level measurement from fixed ground-based cameras. This method is based on classic machine vision techniques and requires specialized imagery, but provides visual verification not possible with other methods. There are always tradeoffs to achieve accuracy ... Image
#opensource software, background template, and tips & tricks are available on our website Image
A stationary background and camera are important for accuracy Image
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