The Week in Water: Aug 11-17, 2012

The Week in Water brings you blue living news and ideas from around the web.

Fresh water fuels killer storms. The melting of the ice caps and glaciers will send more fresh water into the oceans. The fresh water will stay on top of the salt water, where it heats up faster. Warmer waters can increase the power of storms, which may be what happened earlier this month when a storm settled over the Arctic and melted even more ice.

Hexavalent chromium is found in the drinking water of nearly all California counties. Despite attempts at regulating the amount allowable in drinking water, there is still no maximum level.

The beer industry is cutting their water consumption.

A floating robot will help researchers track great white sharks – and just about any other fish with a radio tag. What great white sharks do for much of their lives is still a mystery. Knowing where they go and when might help understand them better.

This year’s warmer temperatures are affecting nuclear power plants. The Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford, Connecticut had to shut down because the water used to cool the reactor is too warm.

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