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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 …

Boating

Israeli science teacher invents low-tech water treatment system - Business

Some boast that clever Israeli water technology will save the world. Yet one intriguing Israeli invention is so low-tech that it doesn't even need …

Israel

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 …

Asia

Gone: Global Warming Claims a Lake — and a Way of Life

There used to be a lake in Bolivia. Lake Poopó. Then it disappeared — along with most of the villagers who depended on the lake, for generations.<p>The Andes bureau chief, Nicholas Casey, went with the Times photographer Josh Haner to Llapallapani, Bolivia, and wrote what is a cautionary tale about …

Global warming

Florida's Disgusting Algae Bloom Is Now Visible From Space

Images: NASA Earth ObservatoryAn enormous algae bloom turned Florida’s Treasure Coast a gnarly shade of green last week, and now we know just what …

Satellites

Facing historically low levels, Lake Mead officials are fending off a water war. Here's how

This may be what the start of a water war looks like.<p>Drought is draining the West’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, to historic low levels. Forecasts say climate change will make things worse. Headlines warn of water shortages and cutbacks. Members of Congress are moving to protect their states’ …

Las Vegas Going Dry? Largest Reservoir In America Reaches Record Low

If you spent $3.5 trillion and the best you can garner is a recovery that is weaker than the 2001 recession… maybe you’re not cut out for the job of …

BBC News

<b>The Dead Sea, the salty lake located at the lowest point on Earth, is gradually shrinking under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. For those who live on its shores it's a slow-motion crisis - but finding extra water to sustain the sea will be a huge challenge.</b><p>If there's one thing everyone knows …

Dead Sea

El Niño Is Dead And California Could Be “In A Drought Forever”

Forecasters say El Niño is now officially over and there’s a 75% chance of a La Niña forming. But “the real story is the Godzilla drought,” a NASA climatologist said.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the latest El Niño event had come to an end, saying “we’re sticking a …

Drought

Paris floods: Seine set to peak as more rain forecast

<b>Floodwaters in Paris continue to rise with the River Seine due to hit a peak of up to 6.5m (21ft) later on Friday.</b><p>The world-famous Louvre and Orsay museums have been closed so staff can move priceless artworks to safety.<p>The number of dead in the floods has now risen to at least 15 - 10 in southern …

Floods

Cooler and wetter: Study links irrigation to inaccurate climate perception

It's the height of irony.<p>Irrigation systems designed to buffer farmers from the effects of a warming planet may be causing them to think their local …

India to 'divert rivers' to tackle drought

<b>India is set to divert water from its rivers to deal with a severe drought, a senior minister has told the BBC.</b><p>Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said transferring water, including from major rivers like the Brahmaputra and the Ganges, to drought-prone areas is now her government's top priority.<p>At …

Drought

Ethiopia is experiencing one of the worst droughts in 50 years — but farmers found an astonishing way to make the desert bloom again

Ethiopia is in the middle of the worst drought in 50 years. It’s the sort of shock to the system we are likely to see more of with climate change. But Ethiopia is also home to a successful experiment to make the land more resilient to drought.<p>If we are going to adapt to our changing world, it’s …

East Africa

Vietnam is being crippled by its worst drought in nearly a century

Vietnam's breadbasket southwestern region has been hit by the worst drought in 90 years, badly damaging the nation's economy.<p>The Southeast Asian country saw a huge slowdown in economic growth in the first quarter as agriculture output dropped sharply. GDP growth slipped to 5.6% year-over-year in …

Vietnam

Some California Reservoirs Are Finally Getting Back to Normal

The largest continent on Earth is running out of fresh water

In terms landmass and population, Asia dominates the rest of the globe.<p>But at least 1 billion of the continent's estimated 4.4 billion people could be facing extreme fresh water shortages in the near future, according to a study released by MIT researchers in the journal PLOS One.<p>If current trends …

Climate Change

Is India facing its worst-ever water crisis?

<b>On 11 March, panic struck engineers at a giant power station on the banks of the Ganges river in West Bengal state.</b><p>Readings showed that the water level in the canal connecting the river to the plant was going down rapidly. Water is used to produce steam to run the turbines and for cooling vital …

commercial landscape risks

Commercial Irrigation Leaks<p>I don't think I have any leaks.<p>Since most watering restrictions require irrigating landscapes at night, small leaks can …

facts on leaks

THE FACTS ON LEAKS<p>#FixALeakWeek 2016<p>the average household leaks enough water every year to wash 270 loads of laundry<p>270 loads<p>household leaks can …

Leak Facts | WaterSense

• WaterSense<br>• Fix a Leak Week<p>Fix A Leak Week<p>Fix a Leak Week is celebrated in March of each year as a time to remind Americans to check their household …

Cool

Global call to change the way we regulate salinity

ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION: Scientists have made an international call to change water quality standards, with the aim of protecting biodiversity from …

Science

Global Water Shortage Risk Is Worse Than Scientists Thought

About two-thirds of the world's population faces water scarcity for at least one month during the year.<p>The growing risk of worldwide water shortages is worse than scientists previously thought, according to a new study.<p>About 66 percent, which is 4 billion people, of the world's population lives …

Disappearance of Bolivia's No. 2 lake a harbinger

UNTAVI, Bolivia (AP) — Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia's second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain.<p>Lake Poopo was officially declared evaporated last month. Hundreds, if not …

A California Reservoir Infamously Depleted By Drought Rises 20 Feet in 10 Days

A series of big storms sending much-needed rain and snow to Northern California has dramatically replenished a drought-stricken reservoir that was on …

Drought

Effectively Monitor Water Use In Your Home With Calliope

It’s estimated that nearly 18 percent of the water used in a person’s home is lost to leaks. Annually that can amount to a staggering 13,000 gallons of water. Whether all of that is coming from the toilet that won’t stop running or a catastrophic burst pipe, oftentimes you find out far too late …

Water

Bone-Dry California Is Turning To The Ocean For Water, But There’s A Catch

A massive new plant that removes salt from sea water was just completed in Southern California. But the plant represents a hard choice in a state that is facing ever more dire water shortages.<p>The story of Southern California is, famously, one about water. And this week, a new chapter in that story …

California

High-tech water-saving system draws a crowd at North Hollywood home

Whether she's driving a hybrid car, installing solar panels on her roof or tearing up her beloved front lawn and replacing it with mulch, Carrie Wassenaar said, she wants to do her part for the environment.<p>"I try to be responsible," the 39-year-old animation line producer said. "I want to feel like …