“Earth Day is the day every year when you can’t avoid the climate news,” but the stories of world leaders pledging to lower their emissions targets are “pretty boring” for the most part. Terrans, PoliticoMichael Grunwald wrote Thursday. Worse yet, they “don’t usually make us think about our way of life or what we drive, or whether our species can survive on the planet alone on pizza, breathable air and a car. Decent wi-fi which is really the climate issue. “
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes got the news on climate change Thursday night, but it wasn’t dry
California, land of perpetual water shortages, has “tried a million different ways around the problem,” said Hayes, “but now Los Angeles has come up with a pretty brilliant and innovative solution to the water crisis in this town – with an interesting wrinkle. ” Los Angeles buys most of its water from the Colorado River in Arizona, but that river is drying up due to climate change, so LA is looking for a plan B. Jacob Soboroff on Earth Day, the Big Bet reported. city: recycled wastewater.
Los Angeles releases 225 million gallons of treated wastewater into the Pacific every day, Soboroff said. “Now engineers and scientists in Los Angeles are working on an ambitious plan to, by 2035, transform Los Angeles wastewater into drinking water in Los Angeles. Los Angeles wouldn’t be the first city to recycle wastewater – Wichita Falls, Texas tried it in 2014 and 2015 – but it would be the biggest. LA already has a pilot program “using very advanced technology” to redirect “the toilets to the faucets” (or “the showers to the flowers,” as Mayor Eric Garcetti likes to call it), Soboroff noted, and the town gave him – and Hayes – samples of this very clean water to try.
They drank it, for home and for science. “We don’t have to panic every day like our house is on fire,” Grunwald writes, “but Earth Day is a good day to remember it is.”
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