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Incredible image of a giant 17-mile-long iceberg that just broke off Antarctica

On March 6, 2015, the U.S. National Ice Center (NIC) discovered a new iceberg adrift off the coast of Antarctica. Measuring 27 kilometers (17 miles) long, iceberg B-34 meets the 19-kilometer minimum required for tracking by the NIC.

The berg appears to have fractured from West Antarctica’s Getz Ice …


MIT Wins Prize for Process to Desalinate Seawater

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology team has won the grand prize of $140,000 in an engineering competition to come up with technology to make salt water drinkable, according to an announcement from USAID.

A total of five teams competed for $200,000 in the Desal Prize competition, which sought …


William Shatner Wants to Build a Drought-Busting Pipe for California

"If it doesn't rain next year, what do 20 million people in the breadbasket of the world do?"

If William Shatner can teleport himself off an exploding planet, as he did to to save himself in the original "Star Trek" series, certainly he can move some water from the Pacific Northwest to …

William Shatner

Silicon Valley’s Water Conservation Conundrum

Menlo Park, Calif. — Silicon Valley has a richly deserved reputation as the world’s engine of technology innovation, with a track record that includes developing integrated circuits, microprocessors, personal computers and smartphones. This is a culture of confidence and bravado. Ask a bunch of …

Silicon Valley

One chart sums up the real problem in the California drought — and it isn't almonds

You might've heard that if there's one food you shouldn't be buying in the middle of California's drought, it's almonds.

Compared with many other nuts and veggies, almonds seem particularly wasteful, requiring a whole gallon of water per nut.

But what about the foods we eat that aren't nuts or …


California is already giving in to pressure from cities over its drought plan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California water regulators on Saturday revised a still-tentative drought plan by easing cuts for Los Angeles and San Diego and bumping up reduction targets in the areas that consume the most water.

The changes are an apparent response to criticism from cities, which would …

California Drought

How to fix California's drought problem

California has enough water—that's not the problem, says Terry Tamminen. So here's how you solve the drought crisis.

Natural Resources

California Farmers Fret About Drought ... And Copper Thieves

Farmers in rural Madera County, California, are worried about water—no surprise considering the state's intense drought. But now they have something else to concern them: copper.

The red metal's overall scarcity and its wide range of uses make it more profitable to steal than most other metals. …


How Oil Spills Can Literally Break Fish Hearts

Tiny amounts of Gulf oil, toxic to baby fish, could have worldwide implications, scientists say.

Editor's Note: This is the second of four stories marking the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil-slathered birds were a potent symbol of the ecological cost of …


The Drought Isn’t California’s Only Water Problem

If you really want to understand California's drought, you need to stop worrying about tree nuts and start learning about the Delta.The post The …

Natural Resources

The Case for Fixing the Leaks: Protecting people and saving water while supporting economic growth in the Great Lakes region

Every day, nearly six billion gallons of expensive, treated water is simply lost. Why? Crumbling infrastructure. Leaky, aging pipes and outdated …

Great Lakes

Water Data For Texas


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California Drought: Top Water Supplier Moves Toward Rationing

LOS ANGELES -- One of California's largest water wholesalers moved forward Monday on a plan to reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid the lengthening drought. If approved by the board of the Metropolitan Water District of …


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Incredible Images of Algal Blooms Taken From Space

Algae can be beautiful, but it also poses a threat to freshwater systems. Now, images from satellites are helping to prevent dangerous accumulations …


The Last Time Oceans Got This Acidic This Fast, 96% of Marine Life Went Extinct

The biggest extinction event in planetary history was driven by the rapid acidification of our oceans, a new study concl​udes. So much carbon was released into the atmosphere, and the oceans absorbed so much of it so quickly, that marine life simply died off, from the bottom of the food chain …


In California, Cities Braced to Cut Water by 10 to 35%

SAN FRANCISCO — Among the California water officials who were left reeling on Wednesday by the magnitude of the drought-related cutbacks they will have to make was Tom Gray, the general manager of the Fair Oaks Water District, outside Sacramento. He had been prepared to meet a 25 percent reduction …


New Map of Global Ocean Temperatures Is a Work of Art

A new global map of the world's oceans is so visually stunning that it could be mistaken for art.

The paintlike swirls of the visualization, which was …


California’s Wasteful Water Habits Run Up Against a Dry Future – and Past

You don’t know you’re in a megadrought until you’re many years, if not decades, into one. So conditions in California could still turn around (which could lead to a “shock to trance” effect on water conservation efforts).

But lots of signs are pointing to the current extraordinary dry spell, likely …

Natural Resources

California governor tells climate change deniers to wake up

As his state faces the worst drought in its history, with mandatory water rationing for residents and fears of destruction to the agricultural sector, California governor Jerry Brown had a message Sunday for climate change deniers: wake up.

“With the weather that’s happening in California, climate …

Climate Change

Smart Sprinkler Systems Could Keep California Lawns Green

The plush, green lawns that dot the cities and suburbs of California are in danger.

New restrictions meant to cut water use by 25 percent amid a four-year drought could force home owners to let their grass go brown — unless new smart sprinkler controllers save the day. These gadgets use Wi-Fi and …


44 Shocking Photos of the Drought in the American West

As severe drought grips parts of the Western United States, a below average flow of water is expected to enter Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the two biggest reservoirs of the Colorado River Basin.

American West

Oceans Are Losing Oxygen—and Becoming More Hostile to Life


Western Drought Enlarges 'Bathtub' Ring Around Lake Powell

Lake Powell

California drought: State OKs sweeping restrictions on water use

California officials approved a package of far-reaching water restrictions Tuesday, limiting homes and businesses in much of the Bay Area and elsewhere to just two days of outdoor watering per week while cracking down on the way restaurants and hotels use water.

The rules mark unprecedented …

Natural Resources

Drought-stricken California only has one year of water left, Nasa scientist warns

As California experiences the fourth year of one of the most severe droughts in its history, a senior Nasa scientist has warned that the state has about one year of water left.

In an LA Times editorial published last week, Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory senior water cycle scientist Jay Famiglietti …

California Drought

Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis

Water is the driving force of all nature, Leonardo da Vinci claimed. Unfortunately for our planet, supplies are now running dry – at an alarming rate. The world’s population continues to soar but that rise in numbers has not been matched by an accompanying increase in supplies of fresh water.

The …