3 Updates: Climate Change, Superfund Sites and Oil Spills

As is tradition on this blog, this week’s post will be updates on some of my favorite topics to blog about.

1. Climate change – a few weeks ago, I blogged about how Americans believe that global warming is real. So, in conjunction with that, Americans must start changing the way they use our resources so that the effects of climate change on water depletion, among other problems, aren’t amplified. Coming from the Huffington Post, here is a list of 11 cities that are going to lose first because of climate change and water over-use. The top three are Los Angeles, Houston and San Francisco. All three of these depletions cite “stress on regional watersheds” (aka the over-use of water), increasing population and high risk of drought.

“The former site of Wolff-Alport Chemical Company in Ridgewood, Queens, which now is home to an auto repair shop, a deli and other businesses, might face elevated radiation levels.”

2. Superfund sites – New York may be getting another Superfund site. Along with the Gowanus Canal site in Brooklyn that I blogged about a few months ago, another site, this time in Queens, is under review to become a Superfund site. This area is a past defunct chemical company that experimented with atom-bomb research, which means the levels of radioactivity are through the roof.

3. Oil spills – In July, I gave an oil spill update, outlining new developments in the Deepwater Horizon case, among other smaller oil spills that happened in July. Here, yet again, is another update on the BP clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico. According to a blog post by Rocky Kistner of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), many will spend the holidays breathing in deadly fumes still left over from the spill in 2011, along with many other repercussions. To read his blog post, click here to the Huffington Post.

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