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The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017

Off the coast of Louisiana, in an 8,000-square-mile swath of ocean, the marine life is suffocating to death. Nutrient pollution, flowing from the …

Agriculture

Israel's groundbreaking water technology exported worldwide

A look at how JNF is helping Israel be at the forefront of revolutionizing how water is treated, and many countries are lapping up that …

Israel

Seawater desalination will quench the thirst of a parched planet

Humanity has sought to make the Earth's oceans potable for thousands of years. The Norse tale of Utgarda-Loki tells of Thor being tricked into drinking from a horn connected to the sea, while Exodus 15:22-26 of the Bible likely describes Moses desalinating the water of Marah:<p>When they came to …

Mad Max

Israel's water worries return after four years of drought

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - It was a source of national pride - technology and discipline besting a crippling lack of water.<p>But four years of drought have overtaxed Israel's unmatched array of desalination and wastewater treatment plants, choking its most fertile regions and catching the government …

Israel

Why Cape Town’s drought was so hard to forecast

Image Credits:<p>Cape Town’s drought and associated water shortage has officially escalated to the level of a disaster. The hope for a natural solution …

Climate Change

Agriculture And Rising Temperatures In The Midwest Causing Toxic Algae Bloom To Infest Michigan’s Lake Erie

For the last half a century, scientists at Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research have been attempting to measure the …

Lake Erie

Our rivers and lakes contain a scary number of pesticides and pharmaceuticals

And they only tested for a fraction of the 85,000 known chemicals<p>From pesticides to caffeine, chemicals that affect living organisms are making their way into the nation’s rivers and streams. That's the conclusion reached by a pair of complimentary studies by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the …

US Geological Survey

Dunkirk-style evacuation as Vanuatu volcano pollutes drinking water

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Vanuatu has launched a Dunkirk-style evacuation on the northern island of Ambae as a flotilla of boats rescues islanders from an erupting volcano that has polluted many of the island's sources of drinking water.<p>Crowds of islanders from at least three evacuation points on the …

Vanuatu

World Bank: Tackle Middle East Water Scarcity to Save Money, Boost Stability

The Middle East and North Africa region loses about $21 billion each year because of an inadequate supply of water and sanitation, the World Bank …

World Bank

How Israel’s desalination technology is helping the world fight water shortage

<i>This post was originally published by NoCamels. Check out their excellent coverage and follow them down here:</i><p>In the hot and arid Middle East, clean water is liquid gold. Faced with limited rainfall and a grueling climate, Israel has increasingly relied on seawater since it built its first …

Water

MIT Creates Tool That May End Thirst, Even in the Desert

Promising solar device harvests clean water in a brand new way.<p>As summer begins to heat up across most of the United States, one issue that doesn't seem to go away is drought--especially in dry or desert climates. Deserts make up a third of earth's surface (and oceans are 71%). Neither of these …

Clean Energy

Researchers find widespread acidified water along US West Coast

Climate change is altering the planet in ways we might not often think about, such as in the acidification of the world’s oceans. A team of 20 …

Oceans

Water is getting much, much more expensive in these 30 cities

We mapped where water prices are climbing.<p>Water utility prices in the US continue to march upward, and now as many as a third of Americans may be unable to pay their monthly water bill.<p>In the past seven years, water rates in the US have climbed more than 50 percent on average, according to a new …

EPA

Climate change spells dry times ahead for the West

<i>This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Picture a snowflake …

US drought levels fall to lowest point in years

Just 5 percent of the United States is experiencing drought conditions, the lowest level of drought here since government scientific agencies began …

Meet the visionary who restored 5,500 acres of wrecked Texas land to paradise

<b>Fifty years ago, the wildly inspiring David Bamberger bought the worst land he could find with the aim of bringing it back to thriving life.</b><p>Although …

China's Hidden Pollution

As cities expand, industrial waste is getting harder to ignore.<p>Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping directed his government to build a new city for the "millennium to come." It would rise on rural land about 60 miles south of Beijing, guided by the principles of "ecological protection and green …

China

California's farms are sinking after the state's extreme drought

Though California's drought may be officially over, the water scarcity has left a mark on farms.<p>According to a new NASA report, land in Central Valley — one of California’s most productive agricultural regions — is sinking quickly due to heavy groundwater pumping during the drought.<p>Farmers have …

One key way soggy California could save water for the next dry spell

The water spread into every corner of the fields, beckoning wading ibises and egrets as it bathed long rows of sprouting grapevines.<p>Several inches had covered the vineyard ground for a couple of months. But rather than draining it, Don Cameron was pouring more on.<p>“This is not about irrigation,” the …

San Joaquin Valley

Researchers use a pair of robotics platforms in hopes of developing drought-resistant crops

A team of researchers at the University of Missouri are using a pair of robotics platforms and a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a system for identifying crop strains resistant to heat, drought and flood. The research is part of an ongoing attempt to cross-breed …

Scientists Just Figured Out How to Use Graphene to Make Seawater Drinkable

Abundantly Scarce<p>The Earth’s surface is largely made up of water. The irony is, this highly abundant resource is also generally scarce, particularly …

Utilis takes top water innovation prize at Imagine H2O for tech that finds leaks underground

An Israeli tech startup called Utilis has taken top honors at Imagine H2O this year, for technology that can detect underground leaks in underground, potable water supply systems through analysis of satellite imagery. Americans waste 1 trillion gallons of water every year thanks to leaky faucets, …

Innovation

Nearly 90 per cent of Queensland in drought after latest declarations

"In fact, the Fraser Coast region had the lowest rainfall in its recorded history over the past 12 months and the overall outlook for the cane …

Floating fluorometer could get the drop on oil spills

It goes without saying that the sooner you know an oil spill has occurred, the sooner you can set about containing it. That's why scientists from …

After epic drought, parts of California now have too much snow

Finally. California, which has endured more than five years of epic drought that forced officials to institute unprecedented water use restrictions, …

Weather

Fish under threat from ocean oxygen depletion, finds study

Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish such as tuna and sharks<p>The depletion of oxygen in our oceans threatens future fish stocks and risks altering the habitat and behaviour of marine life, scientists have warned, after a …

Climate Change

A Mathematician Might’ve Created an Anti-Tsunami Cannon That Could Save Millions Of Lives

A mathematician might’ve figured out how to stop tsunamis in their tracks… or at least dampen their power. Image: Sean Davey<p><b>Back in 2004, I was in</b> …

Science

Storm slams Southern California: Expect more flooding and thunderstorms

Forecasters said the weekend storm was the strongest in several years. It set new rainfall records on Sunday and caused widespread flooding after several hours of sustained, pouring rain.<p><b>Key info</b><p>Rain will continue today, though it's likely to be less intense than it was over the weekend<br>• The city of …

Weather