Drought

The Spiky shower curtain will kick you out of the shower after 4 minutes

The Spiky shower curtain will kick you out of the shower after 4 minutes

So you think it's okay to continue with your 15-minute shower because you've got your super-efficient, on-demand water heater and extra-conservative shower head? Perhaps you've even gone as far as

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Tom Selleck sued for stealing tens of thousands of gallons of public water in California

Tom Selleck sued for stealing tens of thousands of gallons of public water in California

As California languishes in the worst drought in the state's history, the uber-wealthy are finding themselves "drought shamed" for wasting massive quantities of water, flouting restrictions and keeping

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Carcinogenic water from the oil industry used to irrigate California farms

Carcinogenic water from the oil industry used to irrigate California farms

Environmentalists are outraged by a longstanding practice allowing oil companies to sell water laced with known carcinogens to California farmers. Madeline Stano of the Center on Race, Poverty and the

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INFOGRAPHIC: 10 tips to save water in your home

INFOGRAPHIC: 10 tips to save water in your home

Water is important to everyone and everything: we use it every day and, as a result, sometimes don't realize how much we waste. With the recent devastating droughts impacting huge portions of the US, Asia

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7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

Intro - western drought, particularly California (link to IH posts) Culprits - lawns, etc. What can you do? Save water and cut costs - not to mention maintenance. Drought tolerant plants and

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MIT develops advanced fog harvesting material that pulls 5x more water from thin air

MIT develops advanced fog harvesting material that pulls 5x more water from thin air

Fog photo from Shutterstock Plants and certain animals like the fog beetle can survive in very arid regions because they've developed ways of absorbing minute amounts of water from the atmosphere.

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Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

New aerial photos show that some of California's biggest stars appear to be pouring water into their lawns and landscaping at an alarming rate, even while the state suffers from its worst drought in

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8 Water-saving solutions for your home

8 Water-saving solutions for your home

The drought in California is breaking records, and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left. Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale projects to ensure that

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California’s drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

California’s drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

As California enters its fourth year of drought, there's still no relief in sight. According to NASA, the state has just one year of water left, and in a last ditch effort cities are drilling wells to tap

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India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan--one of the most

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U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years, says new study

U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years, says new study

Hang on to your water bottles; the United States is set to experience the worst droughts the country has seen in 1,000 years – all thanks to climate change. Projections by climate scientists at Columbia

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Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

President Obama's fiscal budget for 2016, which was release on Monday (2/2) afternoon proposes an impressive $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technologies as well as the creation of a $4 billion

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No rain in San Francisco for first January in 165 years

No rain in San Francisco for first January in 165 years

  There are a lot of songs about California weather, but songwriters will have to come up with a new tune to mark the auspicious absence of rain in San Francisco this January. For the first time

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Looking for a beer made from actual human piss? Urine luck.

Looking for a beer made from actual human piss? Urine luck.

In 2001 the hipsters of Portland planted the seed for a fascination with PBR that quickly spread nation-wide, so what state could be better qualified to sell us a beer made from actual human urine? While

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This Argentinian ghost town resurfaced after spending 25 years underwater

This Argentinian ghost town resurfaced after spending 25 years underwater

Villa Epecuen, located about a six hour drive south of Buenos Aires, was once a bustling tourist destination. Visitors would come to vacation at the picturesque resort and bath in the waters of the town's

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

Some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert's Wadi Zim region got to see something truly incredible as a dramatic video posted to YouTube captured the rebirth of the River Zin. Within seconds, the

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Scientists discover that trees yelp when they’re running out of water

Scientists discover that trees yelp when they’re running out of water

If a tree falls in the forest with no one around, does it make a sound? According to new research by French scientists, dying trees emit noises that indicate their imminent demise before they ever hit

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New research shows severe drought caused the collapse of Mayan civilization

New research shows severe drought caused the collapse of Mayan civilization

It appears that severe drought led to the demise of one of the world's most highly developed ancient civilizations, as new research shows that changing climate and dry conditions may have led to famine

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Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

This past week may have brought a much-needed dose of rain to southern California, but the region still continues to suffer under devastating drought conditions. These conditions are so bad, according to

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Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

What’s California’s government doing to help combat the state’s recent record-setting water shortages? According to NBC Bay Area, it's letting oil and gas companies pump waste water from oil

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We’re Running Out of Chocolate and It’s Our Own Fault

We’re Running Out of Chocolate and It’s Our Own Fault

Forget the great recession. According to the world’s largest chocolatiers, we’re about to enter a great chocolate depression, and it's our own fault. The Washington Post reports that Mars Inc. and

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Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

As the Californian drought drags on and on, water theft is on the rise around the state. Given the severity of the situation – with almost 60 percent of the state currently experiencing exceptional

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California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

Proposition 1 has passed, spelling at least some good news for Californians who faced one of the worst droughts in the state’s history this summer, and the fourth drought year in a row. Also known as

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Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars)

Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars)

A new campaign by students at a British University encourages students to take their first pee of the day in their morning shower. And before we all lapse into a collective ewwww, the 'Go With the Flow'

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Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

You probably already know that dropping a brick in your toilet could help your household save up to 50 gallons of water every week, but the concrete or ceramic bricks that most folks place in their

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Why Many Americans May Flee to Alaska in the Coming Decades

Why Many Americans May Flee to Alaska in the Coming Decades

Job opportunities, "coolness" factor, and affordability may no longer be the major reasons why Americans move to new locations. Instead, climate change may force people to flee certain regions into

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There’s a 50% Chance the Southwest Will Suffer A 30-Year Megadrought in the Next Century

There’s a 50% Chance the Southwest Will Suffer A 30-Year Megadrought in the Next Century

A new report from Cornell University, the U.S Geological Survey and the University of Arizona warns that there's a 50% chance the southwest United States will experience a decade-long drought in the near

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Weed Wildfire Leaves Hundreds Without Homes, Jobs

Weed Wildfire Leaves Hundreds Without Homes, Jobs

What would you do if all your most cherished possessions suddenly went up in smoke? That’s the situation facing dozens of families in Weed, California right now as a fast-moving wildfire destroyed about

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Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released three new thought-provoking videos that show how oil and gas development affects residents of California. The slideshow videos illustrate some of

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Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Michael Jantzen just unveiled designs for the Solar Rain Tree Oasis, a public gathering pavilion designed to help alleviate drought-stricken California. Made from a large prefabricated steel shell, the

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