Water Issues

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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INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

"Save the rainforests!" is a call to action that most of us have come across at some point or another, whether it was on a news broadcast or splayed across an activist's tee-shirt. It's a great slogan,

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INFOGRAPHIC: Ten tips to save you 25,000 gallons of water

INFOGRAPHIC: Ten tips to save you 25,000 gallons of water

With World Water Day this Sunday, it's the perfect time to consider all the small changes you can make to be water smart. For instance, if every American home replaced their old toilets with WaterSense

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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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Roots Up’s Dew Collector greenhouse provides veggies and water in Ethiopia

Roots Up’s Dew Collector greenhouse provides veggies and water in Ethiopia

Roots Up’s Dew Collector green house can help farmers in arid climates raise fresh vegetables, even during droughts. Dedicated to creating a system of self- reliant farmers in Ethiopia, the greenhouse

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California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California has been making headlines for the gravity of its drought. The Los Angeles Times reported that January was the driest month on record since 1895. Other sites including this one have explained

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California has just one year of water left

California has just one year of water left

California is drying up and it’s happening faster than you think. According to the LA Times, January of this year was the driest on record since 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are also at an

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INFOGRAPHIC: Surprising water use facts and how you can make a difference

INFOGRAPHIC: Surprising water use facts and how you can make a difference

  Of all of the water on the planet, only 1% of it is drinkable. That means 7 billion people are sharing the precious little drinking water that we have, which really makes every drop count. Water

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Congressmen introduce bill to enact U.S-wide ban on microbeads

Congressmen introduce bill to enact U.S-wide ban on microbeads

Two congressmen have introduced a bipartisan bill that, if passed, could see a nationwide ban on the use of microbeads in soaps and cosmetics. The tiny balls of exfoliating plastic—commonly found in

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Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Water, water everywhere. Developing water-sensitive urban areas is rapidly becoming a key factor in sustainability, but it's a challenging topic with a lot of moving parts. FutureLearn has partnered

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Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on

Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on

At the end of a one-year fracking moratorium, the island state of Tasmania, Australia, confirmed that it will ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for five more years, until

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Where’s the beefalo? Running amok in the Grand Canyon

Where’s the beefalo? Running amok in the Grand Canyon

Once upon a time, some folks thought it would be a good idea to cross-breed a buffalo with a domestic cow. The cross-breeding, resulting in a new hybrid species dubbed “beefalo,” was supposed to

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This sexy faucet saves water while you get your swirl on

This sexy faucet saves water while you get your swirl on

In his design, Qiu intended to keep to the "gentle and swirly" nature of water. To that end, he designed a system of turbines installed inside the faucet to create different swirly flows. Similar to a

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New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

One creature's trash may be another creature's lunch, according to new research out of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, that suggests some Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution.

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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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