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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 …

Water

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 …

Climate Change

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 …

Drought

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 …

Water

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 …

Water

California governor: Drought over, conservation must go on

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to the state's drought emergency on Friday after powerful storms quenched the state following four extraordinarily dry years that drained reservoirs and wells, devastated forests and farmland and forced millions of people to slash …

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 …

Agriculture

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, …

Water

Nearly 90 per cent of Queensland in drought after latest declarations

Nearly 90 per cent of Queensland - an historic high - has been classified as in-drought after the latest round of declarations in the south-east on …

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, now may have too much of a good thing.<p>A snowpack that in some places is twice the typical amount for this time of year threatens to cause spring …

Drought

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 …

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 <b>Back in 2004, I was in</b> …

Mathematics

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 …

'Atmospheric rivers' weather phenomenon soaks California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — They're called "atmospheric rivers" and they can dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on California, carrying it through the air from as far away as Hawaii.<p>Here's a look at the weather phenomenon that has swelled the state's rivers, flooded vineyards, dumped snow and …

Australia flood: Uluru national park closed after huge rainfall

<b>A record amount of rainfall has led to the closure of Australia's famous national park at Uluru.</b><p>Waterfalls appeared all over the landmark, also known as Ayers Rock, at the heart of the park in central Australia.<p>The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) described the massive Christmas storm as a …

Australia

New Invention Makes Ocean Water Drinkable

Source: www.occupycorporatism.com | Original Post Date: July 2, 2013 –<p>Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have …

CTFRP Statistics

April 21, 2017<p><b>Report Count : 6034</b><p><b>Most commonly reported genera</b> : Quercus (23.3%), Pinus (17%), Eucalyptus (12.6%) and Cupressus (including …

San Joaquin Valley

102 Million Trees Have Died in California’s Drought - Motherboard

An aerial survey by the U.S. Forest Service has revealed some startling information: since 2010, California's drought has claimed the lives of 102 million trees across 7.7 million acres of forest. In the 2016 calendar year alone, 62 million trees have died —marking a massive 100 percent increase in …

Drought

California drought: 36m trees dead since May, raising toll to more than 102m

Survey shows 36m trees have died since May, as record low snowpack and warm temperatures leave trees thirsty and prone to beetle infestation<p>The California drought has killed more than 102m trees in a die-off of forests that increases the risk of catastrophic wildfires and other threats to humans, …

The Southwest Is Facing Down A 30-Year Megadrought Due To Climate Change

If you live in southern California, better just ditch those lawn sprinklers entirely.<p>California’s current drought ranks as “exceptionally severe” by historical standards–perhaps the worst such event in 1,200 years. But it’s nothing compared to what could be coming if we don’t stem climate change, …

Like a floating Transformer, this yacht changes shape at the push of a button

We’ve heard plenty about smart homes here this year, but you know what will make even the best smart home sound <i>so</i> July 2016? That’s right: a “smart …

Israeli science teacher invents low-tech water treatment system

Israel is famed for its advanced but costly water technology; Amir Yechieli's system to tap rainwater involves barrels. And gutters.

Water

Rain, Floods In China Kill Around 100, Wipe Out Crops

Severe recent flooding across central and southern China has killed around 100 people, damaged more than 1.5 million hectares of cropland and led to …

Weather