Water Issues

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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Environmentalists outraged as protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Environmentalists outraged as protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Along much of the Gulf Coast, the wetlands—and the mangrove trees that populate them—are vital not only in terms of coastal ecosystems, but also as a defense against sea level rise and the storm

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The world is perilously close to global food shock

The world is perilously close to global food shock

A new report envisions a nightmare scenario in which just three climate change-driven disasters could lead to global food shock, resulting in food riots as the price of basic crops skyrockets and stock

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Amy’s Kitchen to open all vegetarian drive thru near San Francisco this summer

Amy’s Kitchen to open all vegetarian drive thru near San Francisco this summer

Amy’s Kitchen, already a trusted name in vegetarian frozen meals and convenience foods, plans to open a drive thru restaurant about 50 miles north of San Francisco this summer. The restaurant will

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Thousands of freaky sea slugs wash up on California beaches as water temperatures rise

Thousands of freaky sea slugs wash up on California beaches as water temperatures rise

Sea hares can grow up to 30 inches long and 15 pounds heavy. If you were to pick one up, however, you might find that they ooze a purplish ink. This ooze may have fooled curious beachgoers into believing

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The whole world is running out of water

The whole world is running out of water

We’ve reported heavily on the severe drought in California and on the devastating effects of water shortages in other areas of the world. Those situations are frightening enough on their own, but this

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Largest toxic algae bloom in West Coast history may be linked to climate change

Largest toxic algae bloom in West Coast history may be linked to climate change

The west coast is awash in the largest toxic algae bloom ever for the region, according to researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The bloom first appeared in May and now stretches from

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California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them

California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them

In California, the ground is dry, cracking, and sinking faster than ever. Farmers are walking away from hundreds of thousands of acres of croplands because there is no water to irrigate. Golf courses and

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Ten solutions to California’s drought

Ten solutions to California’s drought

Desalination systems Carlsbad, plus small scale solar alternatives Fog Catchers http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2012/sep/19/peru-fog-catchers-water-supplies Atmospheric Water

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New California water cuts force farmers to abandon 620,000 acres of cropland

New California water cuts force farmers to abandon 620,000 acres of cropland

California officials announced further water usage restrictions on Friday, this time aimed mostly at farmers in the San Joaquin and Sacramento areas. More than 100 water rights holders who gained access

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Dangerous zoo animals on the run after deadly flooding in Georgian capital

Dangerous zoo animals on the run after deadly flooding in Georgian capital

Flash flooding in Tbilisi, Georgia has claimed at least a dozen lives, and devastated the city's zoo—leaving some 20 wolves, eight lions, six tigers, as well as jaguars and bears missing. Some of the

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Italy’s eels have a cocaine problem

Italy’s eels have a cocaine problem

There are vast quantities of man-made waste polluting our oceans and waterways—studies have found that fish are being poisoned via plastic microbeads and around 50 percent of sea turtles are ingesting

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California is sinking as farmers dig deeper for water

California is sinking as farmers dig deeper for water

  California is sinking. We can’t mince words on this one. The dire drought conditions in the state have had a profound and devastating effect on crops in the state, spurring farmers to draw out

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World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

While still in his teens, Dutch inventor Boyan Slat conceived of an Ocean Cleanup Array that he believed could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste currently polluting waters around the globe. Now just

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Newly discovered underwater creatures caught on camera for the first time

Newly discovered underwater creatures caught on camera for the first time

The deep seas are host to a vast number of extraordinary, completely alien creatures, ranging from the rare and somewhat terrifying Goblin Shark to 18-foot-long sea serpents—and those are just some of

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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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New evidence points to methadone in wastewater as source of potent carcinogen

New evidence points to methadone in wastewater as source of potent carcinogen

We have all heard or read the evidence that the pills or cleaners you rinse down the drain goes into the water. But that stuff all gets filtered out at the water treatment plant, doesn’t it? Not

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Peru plans to dam Amazon River’s main source and displace thousands

Peru plans to dam Amazon River’s main source and displace thousands

Plans by the Peruvian government, alongside a Brazilian firm, to build some 20 hydroelectric dams across the main truck of the River Maranon would cause the displacement of thousands of individuals, and

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INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control

INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control

Try to imagine your life without plastic: it's in your smartphone, your car, your clothing, your toiletries. All that plastic ends up somewhere, and more and more, that place is the ocean. In fact, every

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Obama’s new “Waters of the United States” rule limits water pollution and protects wetlands

Obama’s new “Waters of the United States” rule limits water pollution and protects wetlands

A new EPA water ruling will protect streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. The rule, expected to be released this week, is a clarification of the Clean Water Act,

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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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California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

Regulators in California accepted an historic offer by the state’s farmers on Friday to reduce their water usage by 25 percent by either leaving part of their land unplanted or by finding other ways to

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California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California has just voted in favor of what could become the strictest ban in the U.S. on all products that contain plastic microbeads—the tiny gritty flecks found in a wide array of toothpastes and

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Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

Rescue crews are working to contain a four-mile wide slick after a pipeline crack yesterday caused 21,000 gallons of oil to flow into the areas pristine waters and coated the popular shores of Rufugio

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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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How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought

How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought

If you've been paying any attention to the drought in California, chances are you've shared—or at the very least encountered—some of the growing rage towards Nestle over their ongoing, unchecked

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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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Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Fire, earthquakes and one of the worst droughts in recent history - these days California is not looking like the best place to settle down. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the state could run out

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Scientists conclude that permafrost melting may not be as devastating as predicted

Scientists conclude that permafrost melting may not be as devastating as predicted

Earth’s permafrost is thawing and the climate consequences are concerning. Scientists estimate that 1,330 billion to 1,580 billion tons of organic carbon are stored within the permanently frozen soil of

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San Diego is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to fight severe drought

San Diego is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to fight severe drought

As the drought in California reaches desperate proportions, San Diego County has undertaken to build the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, one which will transform 50 million gallons

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