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Environment

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 …

Natural Resources

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 …

Aquifers

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 …

Water Crisis

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 …

Asia

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

'Brown ocean' effect may bedevil soggy Texas as storm nears

DALLAS (AP) — The historic rainfall that inundated Texas in May has left the soil saturated and rivers engorged, and a scientist involved in a NASA-funded research project says it also could strengthen a tropical storm moving inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

A broad area of low pressure that …

Texas

A Thirsty Colorado Battles Over the Destiny of Its 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 …

Colorado

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 …

Agriculture

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 …

Dirty Water

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, …

Rainfall

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 …

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 | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

May 13, 2015 | Before the Rio Grande wends 1,900 miles across the desert Southwest, trickling to its end in the Gulf of Mexico, it begins life as a …

Floods Ravage Texas: Pictures

Baptists

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 …

Europe

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 …

Natural Resources

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 …

Natural Resources

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

The signs of it are everywhere. The once-Golden State is suffering from what has been called the Great California Train Shortage. Thousands have lost their jobs because they are unable to get to work. It is said that ten of thousands will lose their jobs every year unless train tracks are laid

California

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 …

An underwater volcano has been spewing lava off Oregon's coast all week

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon's coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday.

Researchers know of two …

Volcanoes

California's drought has been a dream come true — for pests

It was a single limb on a walnut tree that had withered and died. A small loss, and one Craig McNamara could have easily missed during his orchard inspection in June. But come July, the tree lost a few more. By August, it was dead. Botryosphaeria, the fungal disease that took it, has now spread to …

Lake Mead Has Dropped To Its Lowest Level Ever

Less water, less electricity

California isn't the only one having a water crisis. Yesterday, Lake Mead sank to its lowest level yet. The watery behemoth created by the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s was reduced to a mere 1,080.07 feet above sea level, minimally smaller than the previous …

AT HOOVER, A POWERFUL THIRST

INSIDE HOOVER DAM — The floor rumbled under Mark Cook. His legs vibrated as he stood in a tunnel tucked into the thick base of Hoover Dam, 430 feet below the tourists looking out over Lake Mead. Beneath him, water roared through steel pipes 13 feet tall. Nearby, heavy turbines hummed with …

Thirst

California Drought Drives an 'Explosive,' Longer Wildfire Season

There was a time when fire season in California started around May and went through September. Now, thanks to a drought that's stretching into its fourth year, the state seems to have become a year-round tinderbox.

The long running drought has "created explosive fire conditions," said Mike Mohler, a …

California

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 …

NASA