Water Issues

Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

The Columbia Building is an educational demonstration of sustainable building techniques. Designed in a radial fashion to track the sun, this single-story concrete building folds seven cast-in-place

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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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Portland, Oregon Dumps Millions of Gallons of Drinking Water After Teen Urinates Into Reservoir

Portland, Oregon Dumps Millions of Gallons of Drinking Water After Teen Urinates Into Reservoir

Portland administrators have agreed to flush away 38 million gallons of formerly clean drinking water from Mt. Tabor Reservoir after a Portland Water Bureau video camera caught a teenager urinating

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Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

Vincent Callebaut, visionary behind the Lilypad and Dragonfly, has created a whale-shaped floating garden designed to drift through the world's rivers while purifying their waters. The Physalia is a

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Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Peruvian researchers have collaborated with an ad agency to create an unusual billboard that generates drinking water from thin air. While the billboard fulfills its traditional role as an advertising

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Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California’s Drought, Denies Accusation

Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California’s Drought, Denies Accusation

Rumors are swirling around claims that Lady Gaga wasted 356,000 gallons of water to fill a swimming pool at Hearst Castle in drought-stricken California. Lady Gaga recently used the pool to film a video

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The Latest Drilling Boom in California is All About Water

The Latest Drilling Boom in California is All About Water

The latest drilling boom to hit California isn’t the kind you’d expect: Farmers all over the state are so desperate for water in the midst of a year-long drought that some well drilling companies are

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KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

Keystone XL Pipeline opponents have carved a massive 80-acre crop drawing in a Nebraska cornfield that sits directly in the path of the proposed project. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the

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Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone

Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone

With freshwater declining throughout the globe, desalination looks increasingly attractive, but current technologies are expensive, demand far too much energy and are prone to contamination. Now

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Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Throughout many remote villages in Ethiopia, water gathering is quite an ardous and dangerous task. With the burden typically falling on matriarchs of the family, the trip to the nearest water source can

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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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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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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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Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids the World’s Oceans of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy

Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids the World’s Oceans of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy

Millions of tons of trash enter the ocean each year and cluster in particular areas of the world's oceans. One of the most infamous plastic debris patches is located in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre,

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Oceana Report Reveals the Horrifying Cost of By-Catch in US Fisheries

Oceana Report Reveals the Horrifying Cost of By-Catch in US Fisheries

The human appetite for fish has caused a great deal of trouble for the well-being of the world's oceans. A single animal on your dinner plate can translate into hundreds of pounds of "by-catch" -

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Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

The general shape of the Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper is inspired by the lotus flower, a plant well known for its ability to survive for many decades in a watery environment. Like the lotus flower, the

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BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

While human activists protest the fossil fuel industry on land, some underwater residents are taking matters into their own fins. In early February, BP had to reduce exports of Angolan Plutonio crude oil

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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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Scientists Predict California May be Headed for a 100-Year Megadrought

Scientists Predict California May be Headed for a 100-Year Megadrought

Scientists predict that California's current drought may be just the beginning of a serious 100-year megadrought. Scientist Lynn Ingram has studied the history of drought in the western United States

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Flooding and How to Stay Afloat When Disaster Strikes

INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Flooding and How to Stay Afloat When Disaster Strikes

While the western US suffers the worst drought in centuries, the UK has been battered by powerful storms and rising floodwaters. A new infographic from My Alarm Center looks at the costs of flooding and

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MIT: For Clean Drinking Water, All You Need is a Stick

MIT: For Clean Drinking Water, All You Need is a Stick

Photo from Shutterstock A new report by MIT researchers suggests that if you run out of drinking water in the woods, all you need to do is to break off a branch from the nearest pine tree. Next pour

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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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Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty photo from Shutterstock A new study warns that world cultural landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House and the Tower of London will be lost to rising sea levels

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Global Warming Traps Heat in the Deepest Regions of the Antarctic Ocean

Global Warming Traps Heat in the Deepest Regions of the Antarctic Ocean

 Photo © Shutterstock  Back in 1974, scientists used early satellite images to investigate a mysterious, ice-free region in the Antarctic sea called a polynya. Originally, researchers were perplexed

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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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Severe Drought Hits Nevada’s Cattle Ranchers

Severe Drought Hits Nevada’s Cattle Ranchers

Image via Shutterstock As a crippling drought continues to sweep the west, Northern Nevada's ranchers are being forced into tough financial decisions: sell their herds or risk bankruptcy. Farmers and

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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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