Monthly Archives: December 2009

A Happy New Water Year?

According to the AP, California could be heading for a major water shortage in 2010:http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CALIFORNIA_WATER?SITE=OHRAV&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULTYesterday’s snow survey is the first of five surveys done on about the first of the month each year from January through May. If you’ve lived …
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The Canary in the Coal Mine

Best Payday Loan Providers First off, a little update. We reached the 10 Followers mark! My thanks to you, and I hope you will continue to enjoy my rants – er, entries. Also, my apologies for no entry yesterday: last …
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Copper or Galvanized? A Look at Corrosion

The plumbing in my house has sprung several pin-hole leaks, so corrosion is on my mind, and I thought we could look at it today.The world around us is not static – it is constantly undergoing physical and chemical changes. …
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Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

I don’t expect to post anything over the next few days, so I thought I would leave you with another view of The Water Planet, this time in frozen form. This is the Mendenhall Glacier just outside of Juneau, Alaska. …
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Chrome-Plated Regulations

Remember my very first blog? Today’s LA Daily News has the fallout from their article that prompted that entry. The steps that brought us to today’s article were all too predictable. Step 1 – The USEPA establishes a new rule, …
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Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain!

Remember that great line from “The Wizard of Oz”?  Toto had pulled back the curtain, revealing the “wizard” for what he was: a fraud.  With the recent revelations about data manipulation and loss from some of the key scientists involved …
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Science and Soda Pop

  I can’t let the closing of the conference in Copenhagen pass without some comments on global warming.So let’s take a quick look at an important property of that “evil” substance, carbon dioxide: solubility.Time for an experiment! Take a can …
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Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park

It seems even during my vacations, I can’t escape water. Well, it is The Water Planet, as we noted earlier this week. This photo was taken in August 2006 during my annual backpacking foray into the Sierras. Many thanks to …
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We Will All Die!

I know it’s that most hopeful time of year, but a recent New York Times article prompted a less than hopeful reaction from me: we will all die! Actuaries work hard to determine when this might occur for each of …
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A New Water Planet

According to astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a new planet has been discovered that is composed mostly of water! It is 40 light years away, so not even MWD is considering an aqueduct to tap this source. With …
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DLR: Good News and Bad News

Being new to the blog biz, I made my first mistake on my first blog: I inadvertently cut off the final few sentences. But that gives me the opportunity to expand on that missing topic in today’s blog.The Detection Level …
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Los Angeles Daily News Scares Water Consumers

Welcome to my first blog. I hope to continue with this water/science/environment blog as a vehicle to examine such issues critically – not in the manner that it is — unfortunately — so typical of ill-informed journalists and so-called “environmentalists.” …
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