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Georgia due for drought in 2011?

Last year we told you about the United States Global Change Research Program's latest findings for the Southeast:

Increasing temperatures and longer periods between rainfall events [code for droughts] coupled with increased demand for water will result in decreased water availability. The 2007 water shortage in the Atlanta area created serious conflicts between Georgia, Alabama, Florida, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Such competition for limited water supplies is expected to continue.

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Georgia’s Toxic Blue Fish Kill

On Wednesday July 28, 2010, the Athens-based J & J Chemical Co. warehouse caught fire just after midnight.  Athens Clarke County (ACC) firefighters responded as exploding chemical barrels shot into the air.  They poured between over 700,000 gallons of water on the conflagration before retreating and allowing the fire to burn itself out.  ACC fire inspectors believe the fire started as an electrical fire in the warehouse; the building is apparently considered a total loss.  This leaves more than two dozen employees out of work and a thirty-plus year old company with additional operations in Utah facing an uncertain future.  J & J Chemical Co. representatives have provided no public comment about the event.  So why do I impart information about the Athens chemical fire for GWW readers?

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Are you considering solar for your home?

One of the biggest challenges with getting people to adopt residential solar applications is to help overcome the initial investment needed. With numerous state and Federal tax incentives available, there is no greater time to invest in solar energy than now.

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What's next? Much work to do in the Gulf

The BP oil spill in the Gulf is an incredible tragedy.  This Everyday Green blog comes from Earthshare -

Amazingly, last week marked the 100-day anniversary of the beginning of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although BP seems to have found a solution to halt the gushing flow of oil, updated reports indicate that the spill had already spewed at least 4.9 million barrels of crude into the Gulf’s waters.  While some of this is dispersing, many millions of gallons remain.  NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco warned that the remaining oil -- much of it below the surface -- is a threat to aquatic life and Gulf Coast marshes.
There is a long road to recovery ahead.

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Gusher in the Gulf: 'We have met the enemy and he is us!'

Intuitively, every thinking American knows the Gulf Oil Spill was possible because it happened several times before and will happen as long as we drill for oil. And yet we sit around blaming the President, Congress, BP and anyone else we can for this predictable disaster. BP and the oil industry is doing exactly what we PAY them to do: provide us with more oil. Our response reminds me of the statement of the comic book character Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he is us!" 

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A plea for Animals

So this guest blogger is very special. She is the niece of Editor Beth Bond. CoCo volunteered to write a blog once she saw Beth's blog on the oil spill. Even our youngest citizens understand that we need to make changes.

Ok, yeah, sure the earth has never ending resources, right? Wrong! Animals never go extinct, right? Wrong again! All animals that are extinct died off from when the earth’s land changed billions of years ago, right? Wrong! A lot of animals have died or almost died because of humans.  But we can help prevent that.

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