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The Trouble with “White People”

Like the robot in a movie slowly discovering that it is, indeed, a robot, it feels as though we are living in the moment when white people, on a generational scale, have become self-aware. It’s one of the strange byproducts of the Obama era that many white people have begun to understand themselves …

Buckley, Vidal, and the “Queer” Question

“Best of Enemies,” opening in select theatres on July 31st after months on the festival circuit, is an entertaining documentary about the gladiatorial debates between William F. Buckley, Jr., and Gore Vidal that ABC News staged as a way of spicing up its coverage of the 1968 Presidential nominating …

U2: Bring Back the Irony

When U2 got together, in September, 1976, Bono, Adam Clayton, and the Edge were sixteen, and Larry Mullen, Jr., was fourteen. At first, they called themselves the Larry Mullen Band, then Feedback, then the Hype. They changed the band's name to U2 the following year while playing at a community …

GOP’s frightening plan to melt the planet: Koch $, burning fossil fuel, and junk science

“We need to embrace the energy revolution,” Mitch McConnell declared this week. Here’s what that really means<p>The GOP had barely declared victory after its shellacking of Democrats on Tuesday before they started rolling out plans to melt the Earth.<p>It was already clear that a Republican victory would …

BREAKING: The US and China just announced a huge deal on climate—and it's a game changer

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met today in Beijing.Ju Peng/Xinhua/ZUMA<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free …

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

'Monster' Fracking Wells Guzzle Water in Drought-Stricken Regions

You've seen the panels. And now you know about solar's incredible potential. Which means you probably have some questions. So let's get to it.<p><b>How do</b> …

Two Massive Lakes Under the Greenland Ice Sheet Drained Away in Weeks

Two lakes underneath the ice in Greenland that previously held billions of gallons of water were rapidly drained, probably in a matter of weeks, …

Drought, Climate Change and California's Multibillion-Dollar Problem

Two weeks before California Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement on Wednesday that residents and businesses in the Golden State — which is withering amid one of its worst droughts in modern history — would be subjected to unprecedented restrictions on water usage, he issued a blistering attack on …

Climate Change

This machine can make salty water drinkable — using only the sun’s rays

The American engineers who traveled to rural India two years ago believed they were going to help poor villagers get rid of microbes in their drinking water. But soon after their arrival, they began hearing about a different problem: salt.<p>“People kept talking about the salt in the water,” recalled …

Arizona water shortages loom: The state prepares for rationing as Lake Mead hits record low.

Last week, Lake Mead, which sits on the border of Nevada and Arizona, set a new record low—the first time since the construction of the Hoover Dam in …

Past thinking about California's water may still bear pointers for future

The decline of Lake Mead to a water level not seen in nearly eight decades, or since the giant reservoir was still filling behind the just-completed Hoover Dam, is more than a visual reminder of the severity of the drought.<p>It's a reminder that this crucial part of California's water supply, the …

How climate change is making California’s epic drought worse

California is undergoing a record-setting drought that began in 2012, the worst in at least 1,200 years. It can be seen in many ways: most of the freshwater reservoirs are drying up, crops are wilting in the fields, and groundwater is rapidly depleting.<p>Whatever definition is used for drought, based …

Earth's largest groundwater aquifers are past 'sustainability tipping points'

Humanity is rapidly depleting a third of the world's largest groundwater aquifers, with the top three most stressed groundwater basins in the …

Water

17 shocking facts that could change the way you think about water forever

Water, water everywhere — but less than half of a percent of Earth's reserves are drinkable.<p>That's just one shocking fact <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> and five experts dropped at this year's Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History — all about the surprising origins, scarcity, …

Lake Michigan water levels rising at near record rate

Since hitting a record-low water level two years ago, Lake Michigan has been replenishing at an almost unprecedented rate, rising more than 3 feet since January 2013, according to government agencies.<p>Experts say the swift, unexpected resurgence has provided relief to commercial shipping, …

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Can America’s Desert Cities Adapt Before They Dry Out And Die?

Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and many other western cities are all growing fast–and are all running out of water.<p>Los Angeles traffic is worse than usual as hordes of parched citizens evacuate a concrete tomb that once supported millions of lives. Savvy entrepreneurs are selling bottled water …

MGM Resorts tells drought panel it's saved 2 billion gallons

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought, but casino-resorts say their …

In Flint, Michigan, Overpriced Water is Causing People’s Skin to Erupt in Rashes and Hair to Fall Out.

On a Saturday afternoon in early May, Gertrude Marshall stood on a sidewalk in front of Flint City Hall holding a hand-printed sign that declared, …

Lawn sprinkling banned as Metro Vancouver imposes Stage 3 water restrictions

Metro Vancouver imposed Level 3 water restrictions Monday afternoon after concluding over a particularly hot, dry weekend that not enough water is …

How A Historical Blunder Helped Create The Water Crisis In The West

In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide.<p>As a result, each …

Got sand? Drought prompts California state beaches to shut off outdoor showers

Thousands of beachgoers will soon feel the drought's impact in the dry shower heads of dozens of state beaches.<p>State park officials ordered the outdoor showers at 38 state beaches, many of them in Southern California, shut off as of July 15 to conserve water during the drought.<p>The move is designed …

The Great Plains’ Looming Water Crisis

Farming in the northeast corner of Colorado used to be simple: plant corn and watch it grow, irrigated by the massive Ogallala aquifer. Today the …

California drinking water: Not just vanishing, but also widely contaminated

Solar Powered Water Distiller Turns Salt Water into Fresh Drinking Water with Only Sunlight Required

A revolutionary ceramic solar-powered still has the ability to combat one of the greatest threats to human life in the developing world, water …

Have our cultural tastes become too childish?

<b>Michael Hogan, entertainment writer</b><p>The nerdy worm turned this week when strawberry blond actor Simon Pegg slammed superhero flicks as childish and suggested the film industry had dumbed down. It might be glasshouse-based stone-chucking coming from Pegg, whose entire career has been based on being …

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