Tag Archives: environment

Hydrogen Power from Sewage?

MOST was intrigued by an article with the headline “Flush, then fill up: Japan taps sewage to fuel hydrogen-powered cars” from this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times.  As MOST Subscribers realize, MOST knows his … sewage!  And energy and the environment …
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Global Warming and the Oceans

Longtime Subscribers to MOST know where we stand on this issue: we’re “Deniers.”  At least that’s what the folks on the other side of the issue label us.  We prefer to call ourselves “scientists.”  But what better way to kick …
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Water Supply Update

We’re well into Spring now, so let’s look at the water supply picture here in California.  Our wet months of December through March are behind us, so we don’t expect much precipitation until next Thanksgiving or so.  That means that …
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Clean Water Act Turns 40

My, how time flies!  It seems such a short time ago that we were graduating from high school, beginning college as a Biochemistry major, and voting in our first national election.  In 1972, Richard Nixon was reelected as President of …
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Radon Awareness Week

This didn’t show up on our calendar, so we wanted to make sure you didn’t get caught by surprise too.  It’s radon awareness week!  Please, try to restrain your glee.  We know how much this means to you!  You probably …
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Carbon Dioxide and Ocean Chemistry

We have tried to avoid any more posts related to human-caused global warming; long-time Subscribers know our position on this topic.  But this past Sunday’s Los Angeles Times provides us with a chance both to revisit this topic and to …
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California Gasoline Prices, Part II

It looks like Senator Dianne Feinstein reads the MOST blog.  As predicted in our previous post on California Gasoline prices, Feinstein is blaming the greed of the marketplace.  See: Link Our prediction is that absolutely no one will be indicted …
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California Gas Prices: The Law of Unintended Consequences

Improving air quality is a good thing.  No sane person could argue against that.  But we all should be part of the discussion as to how we might best accomplish such a noble goal.  And if we find that the …
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Burbank Water and Power

One of our best customers is Burbank (California) Water and Power.  We really appreciate their support of MOST.  It seems we are not alone in our appreciation.  If you are a member of the American Water Works Association, you probably …
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Restore Hetch Hetchy?

Water is vital to life.  It is also vital to economic activity.  And water is scarce in the desert southwest United States.  Because of this conflict between need and availability, there are many lurid stories related to water supply in …
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Biochemical Oxygen Demand Questions

I receive e-mails from folks every day, asking about different water quality/water treatment/ environmental issues.  I guess they have learned where they can find MOST definitive answers!  (I suppose there are other explanations, too.)  Here’s the latest: I am an …
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Biochemical Oxygen Demand

We recently reported that our old blogspot site has been visited over 30,000 times.  Again, our thanks!  Over the 18 months of posts there, the one most visited was on today’s topic, Biochemical Oxygen Demand.  BOD is the most important …
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Global Warming … Again

If you do a site search here at MOST, you will find that, apart from water system operations topics, no topic comes up as much as global warming.  I haven’t posted lately on this topic, but those of you who …
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Is Preservation Good For The Environment?

Inadvertently, the Los Angeles Times today argued the case that preserving a “natural” ecosystem may be harmful to the environment.  Consider these two articles: the first shows the extreme steps taken by the federal government to return Santa Rosa Island …
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California’s Water Wars

I heartily recommend that you take a couple of minutes and read the following Op/Ed piece in today’s Los Angeles Times, at: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-hanson-california-water-wars-ce20110807,0,6896021.story Victor Davis Hanson delivers a very insightful examination of the water situation in the Golden State, and …
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