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An unstoppable force is making California's drought worse

World-renowned for its sunny skies, moderate temperatures, and overall beauty, California's appeal could soon be a thing of the past.

Right now the area's worst drought in the last 1,200 years is consuming the sunny state, and scientists have suspected that climate change from human emissions is the …


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 …

Solar Power

California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from drought | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

New research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena shows that California’s drought is so bad it will take 11 trillion gallons to recover. That …

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.

Experts say the swift, unexpected resurgence has provided relief to commercial shipping, …

Farmers fight over water as Thailand suffers worst drought in 10 years

SUPHAN BURI, Thailand (Reuters) - Farmers in Thailand's rice-growing Suphan Buri province are becoming increasingly desperate for water to irrigate their parched fields as the nation, a leading producer of the staple food, suffers its worst drought in more than a decade.

The wet season is under way, …

9 cities running out of water

The nine cities with the worst drought conditions in the country are all located in California, which is now entering its fourth consecutive year of …

New NASA data show how the world is running out of water

The world’s largest underground aquifers – a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people — are being depleted at alarming rates, according to new NASA satellite data that provides the most detailed picture yet of vital water reserves hidden under the Earth’s surface.

Twenty-one of the …

Oregon State University

The water crisis isn't limited to California

The American West, not just California, is experiencing a long-term drought.

As drought conditions drag on, the region's water reservoirs are getting drained.

Dean Farrell of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill made a stunning (and frightening) interactive graphic illustrating how empty the …


Fears for North Korea as hermit state suffers 'worst drought in century'

Water reservoirs are so low 30 per cent of country's rice paddies have dried up

North Korea has said it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the drought has caused about 30 per cent of its …


Why Brazil's megadrought is a Wall Street failure

It’s hard to overestimate the appalling environmental and economic crisis that’s brewing in Brazil right now. The country is in the grip of a crippling megadrought – the result of pollution, deforestation and climate change – that deeply threatens its economy, society and environment. And the …

Wall Street

A Thirsty Colorado Is Battling Over Who Owns Raindrops

DENVER — When Jason Story bought an old soy sauce barrel to collect the rain dripping from his downspout, he figured he had found an environmentally friendly way to water his garden’s beets and spinach. But under the quirks of Western water rules, where raindrops are claimed even as they tumble …

California Cuts Farmers’ Share of Scant Water

LOS ANGELES — Farmers with rights to California water dating back more than a century will face sharp cutbacks, the first reduction in their water use since 1977, state officials announced Friday. The officials said that rights dating to 1903 would be restricted, and that such restrictions would …

Scientists discover how a simple ancient practice makes dirty water drinkable

Clean, drinkable water is unfortunately out of reach for hundreds of millions of people around the world, contributing to a vicious cycle of poverty and disease.

People who have to spend large amounts of time finding safe water to drink don't have time for other things like education or work, and …

Scientific Research

May rainfall most ever in United States

(CNN) — In some areas of the United States, the rain in May must have felt like it was coming down in biblical proportions.

Perhaps it wasn't quite that much, but it did fall in dramatic totals in 20 states and for the country as a whole, U.S. officials said this week.

In 121 years of record keeping, …


EPA says first day of oil spill spent 'planning'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara.

Seven hours after the discovery of the spill, she was surprised to find her small crew …

Oil Spills

How Dry Is Texas? SMAP, TxSON Network Aim to Find Out

NASA's SMAP and University of Texas scientists are rounding up critical soil information for managing the Lone Star State's limited water.


To the last drop: Improving water supply forecasts for the Rio Grande

NCAR researchers are partnering with local, state and federal organizations to improve water supply forecasts in the upper Rio Grande.


Floods Ravage Texas: Pictures


California drought: Farmers agree 25% water usage cut

California regulators have accepted an offer from farmers to reduce their water usage by 25% in an effort to combat the record four-year drought.

A group of several hundred farmers made the concession after state officials threatened to cut their water rights.

California has already demanded a 25% …


Sentinel to measure ocean height

The sixth Sentinel in Europe's ambitious new multi-billion-euro Earth-observation project has been contracted from industry.

Sentinel-6a will measure …


Water Flowing From Toilet to Tap May Be Hard to Swallow

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — Water spilled out of a spigot, sparklingly clear, into a plastic cup. Just 45 minutes earlier, it was effluent, piped over from Orange County’s wastewater treatment plant next door. At a specialized plant, it then went through several stages of purification that left it …

How Satellites Can Monitor California’s Underground Water

California needs to preserve its groundwater, and it's turning to satellite monitoring to keep tabs on how it's doing.The post How Satellites Can …

California Drought

The Billions of Gallons of Water Wasted by Accident Every Year

Kill your lawn? Yeah, you need to do that as drought grips not just California but much of the Western United States. Half of California’s …


How Bad Policies And Bad Ideas Caused The California Water Shortage

California Drought

The Greening of the World’s Ports

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—On a bright, sunny March day, the industrial hubbub at the Port Metro Vancouver in British Columbia blends seamlessly …


The Little Fish Foretelling the Future of Ocean Life Harmed by the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

NEW ORLEANS—The Gulf killifish, a hardy little minnow, is a common sight all along the Gulf of Mexico coast. The males, which turn vibrantly yellow …

Oil Spills