Entries by Cody Pope

Texas’ Water Shortages Could Cost State

aus_beryl_590_030309According to Texas’ chief Comptroller Susan Combs, water shortages combined with expected population growth could cost Texans’ their way of life.

Light Rains Bring Little Relief to the Horn of Africa

ETHIOPIA — Months of drought have decimated cattle populations in the Somali region of Ethiopia, leaving many families no choice but to flee homes and villages in search of food and water. The droughts have been particularly bad in the semi-arid region of Ethiopia, with many villagers losing entire herds. Farmers too are suffering, having […]

African Armyworms Destroy Crops, Pollute Waterways

In what is being called the worst caterpillar plague in 30 years, West African Liberia is facing a national crisis according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The caterpillars, mostly likely a species known colloquially as African armyworms, devastate crops throughout the country and contaminate local water supplies with their feces. According to […]

Love Could Kill Invasive Lamprey

Scientists have developed a new weapon in the war against the invasive sea lamprey: love. The chemical marker, or pheromone, is used to lure the animal, a technique already used to help control invasive moth species in Michigan and elsewhere. Professor Weiming Li of Michigan State University helped develop the new chemical defense: the pheromone […]

Quagga Mussels Choking Lake Michigan

A soon to be released report by NOAA scientist Tom Nelepa and others is quantifying this dramatic change in lake ecology

Water Shortages and More In Gaza City

With Israeli forces moving into Gaza City, the World Bank is calling for humanitarian aid as major infrastructure failures threaten the water and sanitation of Gaza’s civilian population. The Bank urged Israel to allow enough fuel into Gaza to run the region’s water and sewer pumps. According to a press briefing by the International Committee […]

Water From Fog on Cape Verde

Morning fog rolls in over the island community of Serra Malagueta, Cape Verde, and with it comes welcomed relief: drinkable water. Water shortages on the island nation are nothing new. With the majority of the country’s drinking water coming from desalinization, rainwater collection, or a few safe ground wells, Cape Verde has long struggled with […]

Rain Garden Design Wins Grant for Downtown Noblesville

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — As part of an ongoing county-wide grant project, the city of Noblesville has won a $25,000 grant to add rain gardens to their downtown area. The rain gardens will function as an aesthetic and natural means of dealing with city runoff. “The project will beautify downtown and also educate visitors and residents […]

Overcoming the sanitation stigma: An interview with author Rose George

In an interview with Circle of Blue, freelance journalist and author Rose George explores the politics of sanitation. She discusses sanitation’s crucial but linguistically fickle role in social dialogue. George elaborates on the history of sanitation both above and below the equator, as well as touching on recent successes and failures. Her new book — […]

Rose George’s World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

What we should do about the dirty world of a dirty word by C.T. Pope Circle of Blue Rose George has squatted, sat, and defecated on just about every continent on the planet. She has gone in the slums of Dar es Salaam. She has used some of the most advanced Japanese toilets. She has […]

Three billion without water by 2080

U.N. experts predict global water shortages could triple in effect by 2080 — leaving some 3.2 billion people without clean water. Today that number is 1.1 billion, but experts at a regional conference in Malaysia warned that a changing climate could have a dramatic effect on where, when, and how often rain falls and water […]

Water conservation is water conservation, except when it isn’t

In the ongoing water wars between Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is questioning Florida’s motives for conservation, the Fort Mill Times reports. At the center of the controversy is Florida’s Apalachicola Bay, home to endangered sturgeon and mussel species — but also the heart of Florida’s lucrative oyster and shrimp industry. By […]