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48 Environmental Victories Since the First Earth Day

As Earth Day turns 48, we take a look back at the biggest milestones in environmental protection.<p>The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was a milestone event for the planet. An estimated 20 million people took to the streets across the U.S. to raise awareness about the impacts of human activities …

Obama Administration

How Pokemon Inspired A Citizen Science Project To Monitor Tiny Streams

The spring thaw is upon us, and parched western states will be watching closely as snows melt and rivers rise. Fancy satellites monitor water levels in the biggest rivers, but they don't spot the smaller streams and waterways that feed into them. Now, some Colorado scientists have hit on a new way …

Mississippi River

Super Salty Lakes Found Deep Below Canadian Ice Cap

To understand the bedrock under Devon Ice Cap, one of largest in the Canadian Arctic, PhD student Anja Rutishauser poured through radar data that she …

Breakthroughs

Southern California plans to spend $11 billion on the delta tunnels. Who will end up paying?

When the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to finance the lion's share of the delta tunnels project, some on the board called it a bold stroke of leadership.<p>The delegations from Los Angeles and San Diego, however, called the move alarming, financially risky and …

California

Conservationists, West Coast bottom fishermen embrace ‘grand bargain’

The plan approved by a federal fishery council will keep nets out of sensitive areas while opening up prime fishing grounds. The intent is more fresh …

Fish

Man Wants To Divert Water From Green River Above Dinosaur National Monument — National Parks Traveler

In years past, there have been proposals to divert water out of the Yampa River, the last major undammed tributary in the Colorado River system, for …

Southern California water agency votes to fund construction of two delta tunnels

Southern California's biggest water agency voted Tuesday to shoulder most of the cost of replumbing the troubled center of the state's vast waterworks, committing nearly $11 billion to the construction of two massive water tunnels.<p>The approval pushes ahead a controversial infrastructure project …

California

Seas are rising too fast to save much of the Mississippi River Delta, scientists say

The state of Louisiana is proceeding with ambitious plans to redirect the Mississippi River and rebuild some of its rapidly vanishing wetlands — but even this massive intervention may not be enough to save the most threatened lands from fast rising seas, scientists concluded in a study published …

Sea Level

These Are the 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S.

America's waterways face renewed threats from industry-friendly environmental policies, a new report finds.<p>If you were to travel down all of the rivers in the U.S., you would have logged more than three million miles.<p>There are more than 25,000 of them, and they flow through every single state. …

Mississippi River

Keystone pipeline leak in South Dakota about double previous estimate: paper

(Reuters) - The Keystone crude oil pipeline leak in November in rural South Dakota was nearly double the original estimate, making it one of the largest U.S. inland spills since 2010, a newspaper report on Saturday said.<p>Robynn Tysver, a spokeswoman for Calgary-based TransCanada Corp, which owns the …

South Dakota

Lake Urmia, Iran's Tarnished Gem

Revered by ethnic Azeris as “the turquoise solitaire of Azerbaijan,” Lake Urmia was second only to the Caspian Sea as the largestsaltwaterlake in the Middle East, a haven for birds and bathers. Since the early 1970s nature and humanity have chipped away at this gem tucked in northwestern Iran, …

Middle East

Trump, Pruitt and Coal Companies Will Risk Poisoning Your Water to Save a Few Dollars | Opinion

<i>Updated</i> | The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant disaster in 2008 put coal ash on the national map. An aging and unlined earthen coal …

Will a Huge New Flood Barrier Save Venice?

<i>This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>On a gray, late-winter day, a converted chapel in the …

Climate Change

Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite 80K+ Public Comments Against It

In a much-watched case, a Michigan agency has approved Nestlé's plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the state. The request attracted a record number of public comments — with 80,945 against and 75 in favor.<p>Nestlé's request to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to pump …

Snorkeling

How Carbon Dioxide Kills Ocean Life

Climate Change
Lake Superior

Is Pakistan running out of fresh water?

• The writing on the wall<br>• Unchecked abstraction of groundwater<br>• Irrigation uses up precious water, gives little in return<br>• Putting a price on water<br>• Every …

Water

Anderson: My stance on farm tiling issue generated strong response

Column decrying effects of farm practice yielded strong, diverse response.

Farming

Why are people concerned about Sydney's water supply?

Many environmentalists are expressing concern over Sydney's water supply.<p>Coal mining is affecting the region's catchments - a network of dams, rivers, lakes and wetlands spanning 16,000sq kilometres - that supply water to the country's most populous city.<p>Mines have operated in the region for well …

Australia

As flooding frequency increases, more US cities opt for green infrastructure

US cities situated next to large bodies of water, including Boston, Houston, and Milwaukee, are making plans to build water-absorbent green spaces …

American Cities

Cape Town drought is a global harbinger, says NASA scientist

<b>HARI SREENIVASAN:</b><p>Is Cape Town’s water crisis a cautionary tale for the rest of us? Joining me from Los Angeles to discuss the global implications is …

Water

Lake Chad: Can the vanishing lake be saved?

<b>Lake Chad - a source of water to millions of people in West Africa - has shrunk by nine-tenths due to climate change, population growth and irrigation. But can a scheme dating back to the 1980s save it?</b><p>"It's a ridiculous plan and it will never happen." That's the reaction many people have to the …

Africa

Inside a Secretive Lobbying Effort to Deregulate Federal Levees

Nearly a year after record Midwestern floods killed at least five people and caused $1.7 billion in damage, a secretive lobbying effort funded by …

Mississippi River

Why Is the Ocean Different Colors in Different Places?

Someone gazing out at the ocean from the Maine coast sees very different hues than someone squinting at the sea from a sunny beach on a Greek island. …

Marine Biology

More Than 75 Percent of Earth’s Land Areas Are ‘Broken,’ Major Report Finds

Once-productive lands have become deserts, are polluted, or deforested, putting 3.2 billion people at risk.<p>Like a broken cell phone that can only text or take pictures, but not make a single call, more than 75 percent of the Earth’s land areas have lost some or most of their functions, undermining …

Ecology

First of London’s new drinking fountain locations revealed

Mayor Sadiq Khan confirms that four of 20 outdoor fountains will be in the West End, Liverpool Street station and Southwark<p>The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has revealed the locations of the first four drinking fountains to be installed in the capital under a new pilot scheme in an effort to combat …

Pollution

We already tried letting states clean up the Chesapeake Bay. It didn't work.

The Chesapeake Bay's biggest problem is not poultry manure, or even human waste. It's hogwash. By that I mean decades of dishonesty about what really …

Pollution

'Great American Desert' threatens to swallow eight US states as massive aquifer dries up

The Ogallala aquifer is one of the world’s largest underground bodies of water, and many ecosystems and communities in the American West depend upon …

World Water Day 2018: Mind-Blowing Facts About the Lifeblood of Planet Earth

It’s World Water Day on March 22 and in 2018 the theme is “Nature for Water.”<p>“How can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution?” asks the …

Here's why New Mexico's oil boom is raising a lot of questions about water

Massive oil drilling rigs stretch across the horizon here like giant carnival rides — 85 in all, lighting the night sky across two counties that sit atop one of the biggest fossil fuel deposits in the nation.<p>Southeastern New Mexico has long been a modest producer of oil, but the advent of fracking …

New Mexico