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Too much salt: water desalination plants harm environment: U.N.

OSLO (Reuters) – Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Workers walk outside a desalination plant, south of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 2011. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed Desalination plants pump out 142 million cubic meters (5 billion cubic feet) of salty brine every day, 50 percent more than previous estimates, to produce 95 million cubic meters of fresh water, the study said. About 55 percent of the brine is produced…

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Burst pipe causes ’60ft water fountain’ in Milton Keynes

A burst pipe has caused a water fountain at least 60ft (18m) high to suddenly appear in a residential street. It was filmed at about 09:30 GMT in St Stephens Drive, in the Bolbeck Park area of Milton Keynes. An Anglian Water spokesman said engineers were working to repair the pipe as quickly as possible. He said: “A road closure was put in place for the safety of local residents. Our teams have isolated the pipe and no customers in the area have been affected by loss of water or…

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Unai Emery: Arsenal boss apologises for kicking water bottle towards fans

Unai Emery seemed to explain his actions, pointing out the water bottle to the fourth official at the Amex Stadium Arsenal manager Unai Emery has apologised for kicking a bottle which hit a Brighton fan towards the end of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw. The Spaniard went to speak to the home supporter immediately after the incident and again at full-time. “I said to them I’m sorry,” Emery said. “It wasn’t hard but it touched one supporter. “I said to them apologies because I kicked the bottle after a disappointing action for…

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The warm water fish making their way to British waters

Image copyright Instagram/fishyjason87 Image caption Previously unseen species like the scorpion fish have the potential to become more common in Channel Islands waters, the book’s authors say Rising sea temperatures have seen new fish species become established in waters around the British Isles, research has shown. Scientific records, archives and contemporary reports have been combined to build a picture of marine life in waters around the Channel Islands. Since the 1990s a “new wave” of fish species has been regularly recorded, the research’s authors say. New visitors include Atlantic bonito,…

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NASA probe finds signs of water on nearby asteroid Bennu

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu, composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on December 2, 2018 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Handout via REUTERS ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, a rocky acorn-shaped object that may hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists said on Monday. OSIRIS-REx, which flew last week within a scant 12 miles (19 km) of the asteroid Bennu some 1.4 million miles…

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Water bill ‘too expensive’ to flush toilet

Image caption Shirley Widdop says her family has to “ration” the use of water – in a constant worry about bills and debts A disabled mother from Yorkshire says she is so worried about the cost of water that she sometimes has to miss out on washing or flushing the toilet. Shirley Widdop, from Keighley, whose bill, based on a water meter, has risen by 35%, says: “It’s outrageous and like something from the 1930s.” “We shouldn’t have to ration water.” A report on poverty from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation…

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Denzel: The sniffer dog that detects water leaks

A water company has told BBC Radio 5 Live how it’s using a sniffer dog to trace leaks in its pipes. United Utilities supplies water to north west England, and in the summer of 2018 it warned customers that hosepipe bans would have to be introduced. Luckily for consumers, the British weather intervened. But the water company was criticised for not doing enough to repair leaking pipes. It’s hoping three-year-old Denzel, a springer spaniel, might be the answer. Filmed and edited by Nick Garnett. Source link

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America’s Cup crews hone ‘flying’ AC75 class on and off water

MONACO (Reuters) – Preparations by the teams competing for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021 are well underway, although they are charting different courses in designing their radical new foiling monohulls. FILE PHOTO: Emirates Team New Zealand (L) and Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge sail on separate tacks during the seventh race of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series yacht race in San Francisco, California August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith While American Magic and INEOS Team UK have both shown off mini prototype versions of the futuristic 75 foot yachts which…

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