SETAC MultiBrief
Jun. 25, 2015

Rich Californians balk at limits: 'We're not all equal when it comes to water'
The Washington Post
On July 1, for the first time in its 92-year history, Rancho Santa Fe in California will be subject to water rationing. So far, the community's 3,100 residents have not felt the wrath of the water police. Authorities have issued only three citations for violations of a first round of rather mild water restrictions announced last fall. In a place where the median income is $189,000, where PGA legend Phil Mickelson once requested a separate water meter for his chipping greens, where financier Ralph Whitworth last month paid the Rolling Stones $2 million to play at a local bar, the fine, at $100, was less than intimidating.More

24 hours in Salt Lake City — sinful Saturday in the city of saints
Savoir There
Utah's capital may be best known for the Church of The Latter Day Saints, but this one million-strong metropolis makes an equally suitable city break setting for would-be sinners in search of urban indulgence. From quirky shopping to secret street food, luxury hotels to lattes, it's time to check-in your preconceptions at the door and check-out the fun you can have in 24 hours in Salt Lake City.More

Hunting ways to keep synthetic estrogens out of rivers and seas
Millions of women around the world take synthetic hormones via birth control pills or hormone replacement therapies. Not all of the estrogen-like compounds from these and other treatments are used by the body — small amounts are excreted and end up in municipal wastewater. And there's been no good way to completely remove these hormones before they head to rivers and seas. More

Irreproducible life sciences research in US costs $28 billion
Science News
Around half of all preclinical research in the United States is not reproducible. That failure comes with a hefty annual price tag: about $28.2 billion, concludes a review of data on irreproducibility published in the June 9 PLOS Biology. Leonard Freedman of the Global Biological Standards Institute in Washington, D.C., and colleagues grouped the root causes of lack of reproducibility into four main categories. The worst offender, the team found, was faulty biological reagents and reference materials, such as contaminated or misidentified cell lines.More

Gambler-turned-conservationist devotes fortune to Florida nature preserve
You might think you know what frogs sound like — until, that is, you hear the symphony of amphibians that fills the muggy night air at Nokuse Plantation, a nature preserve in the Florida Panhandle. There, about 100 miles east of Pensacola, a man named M.C. Davis has done something extraordinary: He has bought up tens of thousands of acres in the Florida sandhills and turned them into a unique, private preserve. More

Team to study extensive toxic algae bloom along West Coast
The Associated Press via Statesman Journal
Federal biologists have embarked on a research expedition to examine the largest toxic algae bloom along the West Coast in more than a decade, an occurrence that has prompted the closure of some shellfish harvests in Washington, Oregon and California. The bloom involves some of the highest concentrations of the natural toxic domoic acid ever observed in some parts of the coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. More

Ocean acidification may corrode animals' shells by 2030
Nature World News
It's no secret that ocean acidification as a result of climate change is causing calcifiers like mollusks, starfish and corals to struggle. But now new research says that surface waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, in particular, could reach levels of acidity that threaten the ability of animals to build and maintain their shells by 2030, with the Bering Sea reaching this level of acidity by 2044. More