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The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

Some of California's central districts are facing dangerously low supplies of water as the state's megadrought continues. To address this scary prospect, 47 miles of the 400-mile California Aqueduct could

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Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills has become the latest city in the United States (and the first city in California) to ban hydraulic fracturing -- the controversial practice of blasting a mix of water and chemicals into

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Second Phase of China’s Largest Water Desalination Project Begins in Beijing with a Massive New Plant

Second Phase of China’s Largest Water Desalination Project Begins in Beijing with a Massive New Plant

Despite being just a hop away from the ocean, Beijing is suffering from a serious water shortage. China’s capital city has a chronic lack of water despite recent attempts to provide more water to its 22

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Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Americans love to eat seafood. In fact, seafood consumption in the United States has grown 50 percent in the last 50 years, with shrimp, tuna and salmon topping the list as most popular choices. What many

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Michael Reynolds Lands One of His Self-Sufficient Earthships at the End of the World

Michael Reynolds Lands One of His Self-Sufficient Earthships at the End of the World

Architect Michael Reynolds's latest Earthship sits near the center of "the southern city of the world", just in front of Antarctica. An initiative of Fundación NAT (by actor Mariano Torre and singer

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Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

London-based design students just invented an innovative edible water bottle called Ooho that you can cook up in your own kitchen! Made from a gelatinous membrane, the biodegradable bottle can be eaten or

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Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US

Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US

The Asian carp population has exploded in the US - the fish can now be found in 12 states, despite attempts to curb the species' spread. Now the state of Kentucky has hit upon a novel solution: send the

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Devastating Cost of By-Catch in U.S. Fisheries

INFOGRAPHIC: The Devastating Cost of By-Catch in U.S. Fisheries

Did you know that some fisheries throw back almost 63% of the sea life that is hauled onto boats? A recent Oceana report reveals the horrifying cost of by-catch in nine of the dirtiest fisheries in the

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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

While the Hollywood version of the biblical Noah's Ark story is about to released in movie theaters, some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert's Wadi Zim region got to see a real flood in the Holy

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Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

In developing countries that lack electricity or the funds to buy expensive machines, taking care of laundry the old-fashioned way requires an enormous amount of time and effort.  That's why Alex Cabunoc

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TOMS Coffee Donates One Week of Clean Water for Every Bag You Buy

TOMS Coffee Donates One Week of Clean Water for Every Bag You Buy

TOMS first pioneered the "buy one give one" business model with shoes, and now their newly launched coffee roasting company will donate one week of clean water for every bag of coffee you buy. TOMS is

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California May Truck Salmon to the Sea Because of Drought

California May Truck Salmon to the Sea Because of Drought

Salmon image / Shutterstock California’s drought isn’t just impacting the people living in the state’s parched cities. It’s also a disaster for animals - which is why officials are discussing

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Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

The floating hydroponic farm uses melting icebergs as a massive resource for growing fruit and vegetables. The structure is shaped as a traditional village-the circular form encompasses a central bay in

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Entering Jeff's home takes practice. First he has to unlock a padlock on the horizontal sliding access door a couple of feet off the ground, use a chair to open the top roof, and then hoist himself into

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Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

New 3D maps released at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu show that a huge mass of Atlantic seawater is infused with traces of lead - a pollutant that was widely used in the automobile industry

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Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120

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The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

Via Verde rise above the acacia and pine trees at a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo in northern Uruguay. Located near the village's center, this green B&B stands right where the luscious

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New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

A newly released NASA satellite image taken from space shows the extent of California's worst drought since record-keeping started in 1885 and potentially the region's driest period in 500 years.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Water Scarcity Threatens the Planet

INFOGRAPHIC: How Water Scarcity Threatens the Planet

Water is one of the world's most important natural resources - yet safe, fresh drinking water is in increasingly short supply. Studies show that over 1.1 billion people lack access to potable water, and

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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

You probably never thought you could go to the gym and then rehydrate at the end of a grueling session with your own sweat, but that possibility now exists. Inspired by NASA astronauts, who are required

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California Governor Urges Water Conservation Amid Worst Drought in 500 Years

California Governor Urges Water Conservation Amid Worst Drought in 500 Years

California drought / Shutterstock With no relief in sight for California's worst drought in state history and the driest period for the region in more than 500 years, Governor Jerry Brown is urging

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INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod

INTERVIEW: Sustainability Advisor Lonny Grafman on the Waterpod

If you live in New York City, you may soon have the chance to check out the Waterpod, an incredible self-reliant eco-habitat, exhibition, and living space designed to showcase sustainable grassroots

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New Radioactive Leak Found at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

New Radioactive Leak Found at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the embattled operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, just released a new video showing highly radioactive water inside the damaged number 3

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Studio Octopi Designs Floating Natural Swimming Pools for London’s Thames River

Studio Octopi Designs Floating Natural Swimming Pools for London’s Thames River

The Thames Baths Project, envisioned in collaboration with structural engineers Civic Engineers and Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, is visionary yet achievable. The plan consists of a series of

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Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

A scientist at Aberdeen University has discovered a byproduct of whiskey production that can be used to purify water. Dr. Leigh Cassidy had the idea to use draff, the leftover residue from barley husks

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

With 2014 just around the corner, we are taking a retrospective look at the biggest news stories of 2013, and we're seeing a healthy combination of both really disturbing, depressing news and positive

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Waterfall photo via Xseon/Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet

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CALTROPe: Modular Mangrove Forests Could Reduce Agricultural Land Loss

CALTROPe: Modular Mangrove Forests Could Reduce Agricultural Land Loss

Anna Baróthy of Szövetség'39 worked with biologist and diver Gergő Balázs, designer Janka Csernák and scientist Viktor Grónás to create a solution for the increasing rate of agricultural land

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6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

Okamoto Studio Carved Chess Pieces in Manhattan This graceful and beautiful 14-piece ice sculpture chess set was set up in Midtown Manhattan back in December. Carved by Okamoto Studios, this installation

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Australian Coal Port Expansion Will Hasten the Great Barrier Reef’s Death, Activists Say

Australian Coal Port Expansion Will Hasten the Great Barrier Reef’s Death, Activists Say

Photo via Shutterstock With an apparent disregard for warnings from scientists, fishermen and even UNESCO, Australian environment minister Greg Hunt has approved plans for a massive expansion of a coal

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