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Railroad workers in the U.S. are set to go on strike on December 9, if an agreement is not reached with their employers. If they strike, it could have impacts on water treatment plants across the country. Drinking water and wastewater systems depend on trains to deliver critical chemicals, including chlorine.
Last week, 18 environmental groups called on the UK government to ban single-use e-cigarettes because of their rapidly escalating threat to human health and the environment. Sales of the devices have exploded, but only 30 percent of single-use vaporizers are recycled, with most being tossed in waste baskets.
The world population reached eight billion people on November 15, according to the United Nations. That’s a lot of mouths to feed and thirst to quench, so as climate change drives drought and aridification, developing freshwater sources from recycling to desalination will be crucial.
Facial recognition software can feel like Big Brother, but scientists in Maine are using the technology in a less creepy way...to monitor harbor seals. You might think, you’ve seen one seal, you’ve seen ‘em all, but of course, that doesn’t work for science to analyze populations and their health. So, researchers at Colgate University developed SealNet, a photo database of seal faces taken at different “haul-out” sites, areas where the animals rest on land.