2015-08-14

1) Whole Foods’ decision to sell water with asparagus stalks was hilariously ridiculed on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

2) Uranium is naturally present in underground water aquifers that millions of people around the world rely on for drinking water.  New research demonstrates that nitrate, an important component of fertilizer, may promote the release of uranium in two major aquifers in the United States.

3) The last 20,000 of 96 million “shadeballs” were rolled into a water reservoir in Los Angeles in order to minimize evaporation, reduce the growth of algae, and block the formation of disinfection-by-products from the sun reacting with chlorine.

4) The quantities of heavy metals in the Animas River, which turned mustard yellow after last week’s spill of toxic mine waste in Colorado, have returned to pre-event levels. 

5) A San Francisco based startup claiming to reduce water use by up to 70% through atomizing the water into tiny droplets has raised more than $1.6 million in four days on Kickstarter.

(Photo credit: Kristen Brastad, taken at Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland)