Water Issues

Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop produces cool drinking water in the desert

Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop produces cool drinking water in the desert

By 2040, 33 countries are expected to face extreme water stress, according to the World Resources Institute, making the race to form innovative solutions more furious than ever. Ap Verheggen has been on

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Boyan Slat’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is “even bigger than we thought”

Boyan Slat’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is “even bigger than we thought”

Plastic trash in the ocean is a huge problem - a ‘millions of tons’ type problem. New evidence suggests that in the San Francisco Bay area alone, there will soon be a lot more plastic floating in the

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NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

Sea levels are rising at a speed that is both shocking and devastating. NASA satellite data suggest that we could be looking at a three foot (one meter) rise in the next 100-200 years, putting coastal

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Over 30,000 mines are leaking toxic waste into American waterways

Over 30,000 mines are leaking toxic waste into American waterways

On the heels of the disaster which caused 3 million gallons of toxic waste to spill into the Animas River in Colorado earlier this month, conservationists are rightly freaking out about the likelihood of

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Florida governor declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches

Florida governor declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches

The National Weather Service has reported that Tropical Storm Erika is “wobbling” its way toward the Bahamas. We know what you’re thinking: storms don’t wobble, so that can’t be good. And

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Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the Great Barrier Reef

Park officials in the southern Australian province of Victoria say a deepwater reef has been discovered there that may have more coral, sponge, and fish than the Great Barrier Reef. Wilsons Promontory

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One of the world’s largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

One of the world’s largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

NASA satellites are pretty nifty, in large part because they capture world events that we might not know about otherwise. That’s what happened recently, when NASA’s Landsat 8 recorded the image above

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California is sinking 2 inches a month because of drought-driven groundwater pumping

California is sinking 2 inches a month because of drought-driven groundwater pumping

Scientists have known California is sinking for years, but new data from NASA show the state is subsiding even faster than previously thought due to relentless pumping of groundwater - largely for

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This solar and wind-powered autonomous vehicle is out to unlock the secrets of the Celtic Sea

This solar and wind-powered autonomous vehicle is out to unlock the secrets of the Celtic Sea

The Celtic Sea, located off the south coast of Ireland, is a curious place; home to common dolphins, harbor porpoises, fin whales and a surprising number of marine predators, it has yet to be designated a

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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 water purification solutions for developing countries

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 water purification solutions for developing countries

Did you know that improving water sanitation levels could prevent 10 percent of the global disease burden? Billions of people around the world lack access to clean water and are at risk for many

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New NASA video shows how ocean garbage patches form

New NASA video shows how ocean garbage patches form

https://youtu.be/xKRIE_Oiu94 Raw data often doesn't mean much until you do something with it. The data visualization wizards at NASA are no strangers to making raw data meaningful. Now, they have come

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Rare white humpback whale caught on video off the coast of Australia

Rare white humpback whale caught on video off the coast of Australia

Stormwatcher James Chambers was whale watching at the beach on Monday and happened to capture an amazing sight on video: a rare glimpse of a white humpback whale, surfacing just off the coast of

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New Orleans’ $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane

New Orleans’ $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane

An often-repeated truth about Hurricane Katrina is that the events of August 29 2005, were not a natural disaster, they were a man made one caused by the failure of the levee systems that had been

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Hand-powered Circo dishwasher saves time, space, money and water

Hand-powered Circo dishwasher saves time, space, money and water

It is estimated that 75% of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050. While this urbanization presents great opportunities, it will be an enormous challenge to ensure that energy and space

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Los Angeles unleashes millions of plastic balls into reservoirs to fight drought

Los Angeles unleashes millions of plastic balls into reservoirs to fight drought

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqhF2JpZBVs While Los Angeles may appear to be turning its reservoirs into giant versions of childhood ball pits with the addition of 80-90 million plastic balls, they

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New study confirms global warming is making California’s drought worse

New study confirms global warming is making California’s drought worse

Climate scientists have been keeping a close eye on the years-long drought plaguing California, looking for clues that might suggest how to cope with or even reverse the drought conditions. Although

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You can help feed millions of malnourished children in war-torn Yemen

You can help feed millions of malnourished children in war-torn Yemen

The UN's World Food Programme has warned that Yemen is on the brink of famine as a result of the ongoing fighting in the country. “Right now, the conflict-driven convergence between the lack of staple

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This California city is building a water park during the state’s worst drought

This California city is building a water park during the state’s worst drought

In the town of Dublin, 35 miles inland from San Francisco, the municipality and its residents have been diligent about saving water. As California endures the worst drought in its history, children are

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Can this SOL bag really purify water with the power of the sun?

Can this SOL bag really purify water with the power of the sun?

SOL Water is a curious new product by Tortoise Gear, a California-based designer of survival gear. It’s a hydration bag that the company claims doubles as a water-purifying device, harnessing the power

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Deadly sodium cyanide pollution discovered after Tianjin explosion in China

Deadly sodium cyanide pollution discovered after Tianjin explosion in China

Last Wednesday, a series of explosions caused massive destruction in Tianjin, China, and left over a hundred dead. Now, days later, levels of deadly cyanide pollution are sky-high and many have been

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This sexy showerhead uses 70% less water than standard fixtures

This sexy showerhead uses 70% less water than standard fixtures

We've long been told that showers are far better for the environment than baths, and that shorter showers save water, so the inevitable next step is for household shower fixtures to be designed

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Frank Gehry to revitalize the LA River as “a water reclamation project”

Frank Gehry to revitalize the LA River as “a water reclamation project”

Frank Gehry is one of our favorite architects here at Inhabitat. We’ve been eagerly awaiting his designs for the next two buildings at Facebook’s California HQ and now we have another west coast

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The EPA just spilled 1 million gallons of mustard-colored mine waste into a Colorado river

The EPA just spilled 1 million gallons of mustard-colored mine waste into a Colorado river

On Wednesday of this week, like so many days of so many other weeks, environmental workers were using heavy equipment to cleanup an area near a disused mine. This time, near Durango, Colorado, something

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Fuelled by drought conditions, California’s 70,000-acre Rocky Fire is completely unpredictable

Fuelled by drought conditions, California’s 70,000-acre Rocky Fire is completely unpredictable

The 70,000 acre Rocky Fire that is still raging near Clear Lake California has defied firefighter's predictions of how a wildfire should behave. It has already crossed highways, fire lines and other

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California’s drinking water source Lake Oroville plummets to 33%

California’s drinking water source Lake Oroville plummets to 33%

Lake Oroville, a source of drinking water for 23 million Californians, has plummeted dangerously to a low 33 percent capacity. Illustrated in an emotional narrative by Diana Marcum for the LA Times, the

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Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining

Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining

French architect Jacques Rougerie has envisioned a giant floating city which bears a striking resemblance to a manta ray. He discusses his love for the ocean in an interview, where he calls himself a

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California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

California lawmakers are finally getting serious about the worsening drought in the coastal state. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer jointly introduced a bill this week that outlines a host of

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Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

Dolphins are having trouble reproducing according to a new study, and it’s because of industrial chemical pollution. The chemicals, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB’s, can last in an animal’s body

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Problem solving architects give Venetian apartment a flood-proof upgrade

Problem solving architects give Venetian apartment a flood-proof upgrade

The city of Venice, Italy celebrates its commitment to history by preserving, and still utilizing, its canals throughout the city. Citizens have seen a need, however, to address some natural consequences

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Rising sea levels are suffocating already-endangered turtle eggs

Rising sea levels are suffocating already-endangered turtle eggs

As climate change drives sea levels to rise around the globe, scientists are warning that it could have a devastating effect of the survival rate of turtle eggs. In the new research, published in the

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