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35 Swimmers In San Jose Treated For Chemical Exposure

By Loretta Race on SwimSwam 35 swimmers were treated for chemical exposure last Thursday, June 14th, as a pool attendant working at Shadow Brook Swim …

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Israel to top up Sea of Galilee after years of drought

The shrinking Sea of Galilee, the inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water, is to be topped up with desalinated seawater.<p>A plan given Israeli cabinet approval will pump 100 million cubic metres of water annually by 2022 into the lake in the Galilee region, said Yechezkel Lifshitz, …

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'It's environmental vandalism': Locals call for a crackdown after Melbourne creek is filled with mysterious foamy pollution

• <b>Dandenong Creek was flooded with spumes of thick white foam on Saturday</b>• <b><br>First Friends of Dandenong Creek environment group captured the</b> …

'Cause for alarm': NASA says huge amounts of water are being moved around the planet, and humans are to blame

A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across the Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and …

In a Warming West, the Rio Grande Is Drying Up

Even in a good year, much of the Rio Grande is diverted for irrigation. But it’s only May, and the river is already turning to sand.

Rio Grande

Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

A rock bass. Researchers have detected build-ups of human antidepressants in the brains of this fish species, among others, in the Niagara River, …

Emerging trends in global freshwater availability

Altmetric: 1782<p>More detail<p>Analysis | Published: 16 May 2018<p>M. Rodell,<br>• J. S. Famiglietti,<br>• D. N. Wiese,<br>• J. T. Reager,<br>• H. K. Beaudoing,<br>• F. W. Landerer &<br>• M.-H. …

Our water is in danger

According to a new study from NASA, our life-giving freshwater supply is far from secure.<p>Freshwater—found in rivers, lakes, ice, and underground …

Hippos Poop So Much That Sometimes All the Fish Die

Their dung consumes the oxygen around it, creating lethal pulses of suffocating water.<p>At first, Chris Dutton and Amanda Subalusky had no idea why the fish were dying.<p>At a bridge on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, they noticed that whenever the Mara River rose by a few feet, dead fish would …

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Spraying this material on desert sand will turn it into fertile land

For the past ten years, Desert Control has been testing a land treatment that promises to transform non-productive land into fertile soil. The …

China sends supervisors to inspect urban water pollution control

Chinese authorities on Monday launched a campaign against water pollution in cities, with inspection teams sent to provincial regions to check on …

Hawaii Bans Sunscreen Believed to Kill Coral Reefs

On May 1, Hawaii lawmakers approved a bill that will ban many of the most popular brands of sunscreen from use on their island beaches, due to …

Toxin linked to motor neuron disease found in Australian algal blooms

Algal blooms in major Australian rivers are releasing a toxic chemical that may contribute to the development of motor neuron disease (MND).<p>My …

Texas officials ignore dioxin spread in Houston waterways

HIGHLANDS, Texas (AP) — Evelyn and Jerome Matula were still polka-dancing newlyweds in 1950 when they spotted a half-finished cottage in the woods along the San Jacinto River east of Houston. It seemed idyllic, with panoramic views and a sandy path to the river, where their three children and later …

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New solar still claims near-perfect efficiency in purifying water

Access to clean water is one of the world's most pressing problems, but a team of University at Buffalo researchers has come up with a new take on an …

Toxic coal ash ponds are at serious risk of flooding

A new report warns that more than a dozen toxic coal ash ponds are located in flood zones.<p>More than a dozen ponds containing coal ash — the toxic …

Where Clean Drinking Water Is Hard To Find, Bats Could Lead the Way

Desert life depends on reliable access to water. In Namibia’s stark Namib Desert, where I spent 18 months doing research for my Ph.D., wildlife …

Atmospheric harvesters will enable arid nations to drink from thin air

As climate change continues to wreak havoc upon the Earth's weather patterns, formerly lush locales like the American West are finding themselves increasingly parched. Perhaps nowhere is that abrupt arridization more pronounced than in Cape Town, South Africa. Since 2015, the region has suffered …

Fluorinated Chemical Pollution Crisis Spreads

Two decades after pollution from highly toxic fluorinated chemicals was first reported in American communities and drinking water, the number of …

EPA Takes Toxic Site Flooded By Harvey Off Special Cleanup List

The Environmental Protection Agency has removed a toxic waste site flooded by Hurricane Harvey from a special list of contaminated sites that require the personal attention of the agency's leader, because it says there's been significant progress on a cleanup plan.<p>The San Jacinto Waste Pits are a …

Researchers Race to Thwart Toxic Algae Outbreaks

Ed Weinberg thinks he has developed the best way to stop the toxic blooms of blue-green algae that have been fouling bodies of water from the Florida Everglades to the Great Lakes and beyond.<p>The algae feed on phosphorus from farms and wastewater treatment plants that makes its way into rivers and …

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An Indian startup wants to produce water from thin air using solar energy

Uravu is on a mission to generate water out of thin air.<p>If things go according to the Hyderabad-based startup’s plan, its technology to convert atmospheric moisture into usable—even potable—water will be available for household use in around two years from now.<p>The technology itself is not new. Even …

This Graphene Filter Makes Dirty Saltwater Drinkable

One simple filter might be able to deliver clean water for a fraction of the cost and energy of our current purification and desalinization methods.<p>The water in Sydney Harbor–which is salty and polluted by sewage, toxic chemicals, and microplastics–isn’t drinkable. But researchers in Australia …

Water purification breakthrough can even clean water from the Dead Sea

Despite all our advances, access to clean water is still a major problem – not just for developing nations, but here in the US, where water shortages …

The 'water war' brewing over the new River Nile dam

<b>A new dam on the Nile could trigger a war over water unless Ethiopia can agree a deal with Egypt and Sudan, writes the BBC's Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead.</b><p>It is often said the world's next world war will be fought over water and there are few places as tense as the River Nile.<p>Egypt and …

Tasmanian election: Turnbull, Hodgman pledge $95 million to help clean up toxic Tamar River

The Tasmanian and federal governments have committed nearly $95 million to improve the Tamar Estuary in Tasmania's north.<p>The Tamar Estuary Water …

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Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene …

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The Next Cape Town

They’re calling it “Day Zero”: the day when drought-stricken Cape Town, South Africa, will be forced to shut off the taps and ration drinking water …