Here are some of the latest news stories regarding water and the environment:
US to make ‘wild’ public land eligible for protection: “Environmental groups have called on the Obama administration to restore wilderness protections. The order reverses former President George W Bush’s policy forbidding the government from doing so.”
Chromium-tainted drinking water: Time for a federal crackdown?: A type of chromium linked to cancer is turning up in tap water in 31 cities, according to an independent study that urges federal regulators to adopt tougher standards.
Facing threat to food supply, China invests in water conservation: “China plans to invest 30 billion dollars on water conservation projects in 2011 to reduce the impact of natural disasters on grain production, state media said Saturday.”
Syria Launches its First “Water Scarcity Park” : “Following five years of drought which has driven nearly half a million people away from drought-hit areas and put the country at risk of increasing desertification, Syria has inaugurated a water scarcity park to highlight the need to conserve dwindling water supplies.”
Plastic Bag Ban in Italy Starting Jan 1: “’Sustainability is made of little changes to our lifestyle that don’t cost us anything and can save the planet,’ said Stefania Prestigiacomo, Italian Environmental Minister, as she confirmed that a ban on non-biodegradable, single-use plastic bags will take effect on 1 January 2011, for all of Italy.”