Water Issues

Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River

Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River

Nonprofit Flussbad Berlin has proposed a remarkable brownfield rejuvenation project for the center of Berlin: transforming an underutilized canal into an enormous outdoor natural swimming pool for summer

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Sea Ice Loss Blamed for Huge Spike in Alaskan Average Temperatures

Sea Ice Loss Blamed for Huge Spike in Alaskan Average Temperatures

Think Alaska is too cold for you? Well, it seems that average fall temperatures there are increasing at a rapid rate. The most northerly community in the U.S., the town of Barrow, Alaska, has recorded an

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Kiribati Considered Moving Entire Population to a $2 Billion Man-Made Island

Kiribati Considered Moving Entire Population to a $2 Billion Man-Made Island

The small island nation of Kiribati's highest point is no more than two meters above sea level, which makes it one of the most vulnerable places on Earth to rising water levels. The country is one of the

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Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, is sinking into the sea. And forget the fuss about Venice dropping at a rate of 0.08 inches per year, Jakarta – home to 10 million people and counting – is sinking at

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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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Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

We first reported on Huibers' Ark last year when the massive structure (it's so big, it's classed as a building not a boat!) was nearing completion. Now that the Ark is officially open to the public, more

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East Coast Flooding Will be 10 Times Worse in 30 Years Due to Climate Change

East Coast Flooding Will be 10 Times Worse in 30 Years Due to Climate Change

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) just released a new report warning that rising sea levels from global warming could increase flooding during high tides on the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the

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SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition

SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition

Rather than pick one overall winner, SXSW Eco selects three winners for the categories of Community Impact, Global Potential, and Transformative Design. Libros Libres, a literary and community design

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A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer has come to an end, but our work against fracking and extreme shale gas extraction is still continuing. In the coming months, we'll be looking for more fellows to come to Susquehanna

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Catch Oil Polluters in Your Own Backyard With This Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Catch Oil Polluters in Your Own Backyard With This Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Have you ever wondered what kind of pollutants could be leaking into your backyard? Public Lab recently unveiled a DIY open source kit that lets you identify oil pollution by type and determine where it

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How Humans Are Causing Lethal Tumors on Endangered Sea Turtles

How Humans Are Causing Lethal Tumors on Endangered Sea Turtles

A team of scientists from Duke University, the University of Hawaii and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered that pollution around the Hawaiian islands is causing lethal

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President Obama Just Created the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

President Obama Just Created the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Last week President Obama signed a proclamation to expand the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument by six times its previous size. The Monument Expansion designates the largest

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Eerie Photo Landscapes by Lori Nix Warn of an Apocalypytic Future

Eerie Photo Landscapes by Lori Nix Warn of an Apocalypytic Future

  Lori Nix's evocative photographs of decaying power plants, flooded towns, falling Zeppelins and dead livestock, are both eerily familiar and weirdly surreal. Her two-headed dog photo (below)

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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IBM’s New Sunflower-Shaped Solar Concentrators Produce Energy AND Fresh Water!

IBM’s New Sunflower-Shaped Solar Concentrators Produce Energy AND Fresh Water!

IBM Research and Swiss solar technology company Airlight Energy just unveiled a cutting-edge solar system that resembles a 10-meter-high sunflower! The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT)

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BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Force Majeure The Force Majeure is a large-scale, holistic response to global warming and accelerated resource exploitation. Created by world-renowned artists Helen and Newton Harrison, the project

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How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, also known as The Clark, originally opened in 1955 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Over the years the museum has expanded to include the Manton Research

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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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Support Studio Swine’s Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

Support Studio Swine’s Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

While most have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, few know about the smaller, but equally problematic North Atlantic Gyre. To help raise awareness about the issue and remove plastic from our

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Massive Red Tide is Devastating the Northeast Gulf of Mexico

Massive Red Tide is Devastating the Northeast Gulf of Mexico

A disturbing menace is invading southwest Florida - and it's killing kills sea turtles, sharks and fish while threatening the region's economy. The "red tide" is caused by a bloom of toxic algae called

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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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INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

Last year, 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat made waves by designing an "Ocean Cleanup Array" which he claimed could remove 72.5 million tons of plastic from the world's oceans. Although his idea received

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Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

The water appears blue because of the high concentrations of silica, algae, and minerals within it. Although the water itself is actually a milky white hue, the silica within it reflects sunlight and the

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Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World?

Can Cloud Power Provide Clean Water and Electricity for the World?

Wind, water, solar are common sources of renewable energy, but what about the clouds? Can cloud power provide our clean energy and water needs? A Russian scientist is aiming to do just that with the Air

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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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BP Faces up to $18 Billion in Fines for Gross Negligence Over Deepwater Horizon

BP Faces up to $18 Billion in Fines for Gross Negligence Over Deepwater Horizon

BP was yesterday found guilty of being "grossly negligent" and "reckless" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout. The blowout killed 11 workers and caused the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that

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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 recently hit movie theaters, some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert's Wadi Zim region got to see a real flood in the Holy Land as a

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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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Help the Ocean Cleanup Array Save the World’s Oceans From Plastic Pollution – Donate Now!

Help the Ocean Cleanup Array Save the World’s Oceans From Plastic Pollution – Donate Now!

Plastic pollution is a global problem - the world's oceans are filled with millions of tons of plastic particles that choke sea life and release hazardous toxins as they decompose. 19-year-old Boyan Slat

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50 Tons of Dead Fish Inexplicably Float to the Surface of Mexico’s Lake Cajititlan

50 Tons of Dead Fish Inexplicably Float to the Surface of Mexico’s Lake Cajititlan

Without warning, hundreds of thousands of dead fish have been floating to the surface of Lake Cajititlan in the Mexican state of Jalisco over the past week. Local authorities claim the deaths are part of

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