Water Issues

Could a Spillway Bar Pavilion Manage Seine Flooding in Paris?

Could a Spillway Bar Pavilion Manage Seine Flooding in Paris?

With water levels rising worldwide, there's a very real risk of floods in any city that has a river at its core. Architect Dr. Margot Krasojević has envisioned a dynamic spillway pavilion that could play

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland residents are now helping to generate their own green electricity, just by turning on their water taps or flushing their toilets. Fast Company reports that the Oregon capital is using a

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it's not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and only experience

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Exploration’s zero-waste textile factory is inspired by nature, designed by science

Exploration’s zero-waste textile factory is inspired by nature, designed by science

Solving human problems with inspiration from nature is known as biomimicry. For the design of this zero waste textiles factory, located in India, Exploration Architecture was charged with the hefty task

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6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

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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13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

A massive study undertaken by researchers from Australia and the U.S. has determined that we are throwing far more plastic waste into the oceans than previously thought. In 2010, between 4.8 and 12.7

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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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Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

In January 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (or MCHM for short) spilled from a ruptured Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River near Charleston, W.V. Exposure

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Carl Turner’s Floating House is a sustainable solution for flood zones

Carl Turner’s Floating House is a sustainable solution for flood zones

Carl Turner Architects, award-winning design firm, is back with a unique design for a home that addresses the growing problem of flooding in places like self-sufficient and carbon-neutral

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The elegant NOX SV electric speedboat helps to preserve waterways

The elegant NOX SV electric speedboat helps to preserve waterways

In an utterly understandable move, the ban on combustion engine motor boats is spreading from region to region like wildfire. Boaters have always been aware that the key to preserving their water-based

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NASA’s new satellite will help monitor droughts here on Earth

NASA’s new satellite will help monitor droughts here on Earth

NASA launched an unmanned rocket last weekend to put a satellite into orbit that is expected to improve drought monitoring and flood forecasting. The satellite will be capturing data about moisture in the

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Cloud bursting service guarantees sunny wedding photos – for a mere £100,000

Cloud bursting service guarantees sunny wedding photos – for a mere £100,000

You want your big day to be perfect, that's why weddings often turn into an event that swallows up most of your savings, now with a new service from UK based firm Oliver's Travels, if you really want to

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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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Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

pic Sea turtles living off the coast of Australia face a growing danger in their own habitat: ocean plastic. The amount of plastic debris in the waters surrounding Australia is growing rapidly and so

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INFOGRAPHIC: A half a billion people worldwide still lack access to clean water

INFOGRAPHIC: A half a billion people worldwide still lack access to clean water

The United Nations have a goal to make sure that 75% of the world has access to safe drinking water by 2015. Unfortunately, they are still far short of reaching that goal.  This infographic provides

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How Cameroon’s exploding “killer lakes” claimed over 1,700 lives

How Cameroon’s exploding “killer lakes” claimed over 1,700 lives

In 1986, Cameroon's Lake Nyos was the scene of an extraordinary and devastating natural disaster: the lake quite literally exploded, releasing 80 million cubic meters of CO2 and causing the suffocating

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Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants

Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants

The floating village of Prek Toal in Cambodia is utilizing the power of natural filter wetland plants to soak up contaminants from their raw sewage. Floating toilets supported by Wetlands Work will soon

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Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Lake Tahoe is world renowned for its dramatic natural beauty, but the attention it receives—and the pollution that comes with it—may play a role in the alarming decline in populations of small

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BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill capped at $13.7 billion

BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill capped at $13.7 billion

A federal judge determined this week that BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This penalty is several billion dollars less than environmental activists were

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Alarming research shows sea levels are rising 25 percent faster than we thought

Alarming research shows sea levels are rising 25 percent faster than we thought

A new study indicates that sea levels are rising 25% faster than previously thought. The Harvard-led research reevaluated measurements from 600 tidal gauges across the globe to recalculate the rate of sea

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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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New study finds life on Earth at risk as humans are “eating away” at the planet

New study finds life on Earth at risk as humans are “eating away” at the planet

An international team of researchers has identified nine planetary boundaries that must be maintained in order to sustain life on earth as we know it. Of those nine, we have already crossed the thresholds

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US coastlines will be flooding 30 times a year by 2050

US coastlines will be flooding 30 times a year by 2050

By 2050, huge areas of the US coast could be subjects to 30+ days of flooding a year, thanks to accelerating sea level rise from global warming, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

Although the American Farm Bureau is tied to conventional agriculture and its conservative base, the organization is worried about climate change, and it's preparing for the future impact that global

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New York’s fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

New York’s fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

The ban on fracking in New York State is a great catalyst to inspire grassroots environmental groups to come together. Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking due to health and

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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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Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China

Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China

The Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park was developed as part of a citywide campaign to improve the urban environment through ecological infrastructure. Turenscape’s design sought to improve water quality,

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New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

A Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality,

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