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"Saltwater" From North Dakota Fracking Spill Is Not What’s Found in the Ocean

Article can be read in Inside Climate News, here. Excerpt:

In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste—a byproduct of oil and gas production—has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation.

The oil industry called the accident a “saltwater” spill. But the liquid that entered the lake bears little resemblance to what’s found in the ocean.

The industry’s wastewater is five to eight times saltier than seawater, said Bill Kappel, a hydrogeologist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey. It’s salty enough to sting the human tongue, and contains heavy metals in concentrations that might not meet drinking water standards. The briny mix can also include radioactive material. Heavy metals and radioactive materials are toxic at certain concentrations.

If Poachers and Illegal Loggers Strike, This Forest Phones It In - Scientific American


Putting old cellphones to good use.

"When a tree falls to illegal loggers in the forest of the Kalaweit Supayang Nature Conservation Reserve for gibbons in West Sumatra, Indonesia, it most definitely makes a sound—and generates a text message to alert reserve managers. Last summer a tiny, nonprofit start-up called Rainforest Connection installed a handful of old, donated smartphones, each tricked out with a solar charger and reprogrammed to conduct audio surveillance, into the forest canopy. The system quickly brought logging to a halt, says Topher White, a 31-year-old physicist who designed the system and founded the outfit…”

Saturday June 7th, 2014
from 2pm to 5pm
Liberty Station, Cushing and Roosevelt, San Diego, 92106
Purpose: Connect our community to issues that have consistently played a part in our history and have continuously remained active till today. 

The students of High Tech High invite you to help build a stronger future. We encourage you to CONNECT with a topic, Collaborate with its non profit, and act! With community outreach and support, these progressive are one step closer to CHANGE.   

Our hopes are to BRIDGE our community with our local non-profit organizations to INVOLVE others in affecting CHANGE and fueling PROGRESS. There will be performances by bands formed within the Junior class and booths from organizations that are spreading awareness of national and worldwide issues.
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