Water Issues

Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Photo © On Wings of Care When Hurricane Ivan coursed through the Gulf of Mexico in 2004, it knocked out operations at a Taylor Energy Company platform and ruptured several well heads in the area.

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Tepco Admits Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

Tepco Admits Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, just reversed its statement that the water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is not contaminated. The utility company has detected low levels of

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Mississippi River Flooding Forces Evacuation in Missouri After Levee Breach

Mississippi River Flooding Forces Evacuation in Missouri After Levee Breach

June, 2008 sandbag effort. Hundreds of people living in St. Charles County near St. Louis, Missouri were evacuated from their homes after a levee breach Monday night. The Mississippi River at St. Louis

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World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

The city of Osaka plans to transform the Dotonbori Canal into the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. According to the proposal, the city wants to insert a 40 by 2,625 foot pool into the center of

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Study Finds 82% of All Native Californian Fish Could Be Extinct Within 100 Years

Study Finds 82% of All Native Californian Fish Could Be Extinct Within 100 Years

A new study published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE warns that many native Californian fish - including salmon - are on track to extinction due to climate change. The study found that 82 percent of

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Qatar Unveils Plans for Massive Artificial Oryx Island to House 25,000 Visitors During 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Plans for Massive Artificial Oryx Island to House 25,000 Visitors During 2022 World Cup

The two million-square-meter Onyx Island will comprise five temporary floating hotels and three permanent ones, an open air theater pavilion and a total of 234 villas. HOK and ABS Architects were

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Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch the Chemicals

Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch the Chemicals

This gorgeous swimming pool isn't a typical chlorine-filled watering hole--it's actually a natural swimming pond that relies on plants to filter the water. (Don't worry, you're not swimming among the

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United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

The world is on a crash course to run out of fresh water, according to United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. At yesterday's UN’s International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban Ki-moon

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Byproducts from Greek Yogurt Prove Toxic to the Environment

Byproducts from Greek Yogurt Prove Toxic to the Environment

Greek yogurt is delicious, high in protein, and a good alternative to sugary snacks. However the $2 billion dollar a year industry has a dark side that comes in the form of toxic acid whey. It takes three

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Minnesota Lakes Are Contaminated with Cocaine and Antidepressants

Minnesota Lakes Are Contaminated with Cocaine and Antidepressants

Photo via Shutterstock Lake Superior and other bodies of water around Minnesota have been found to contain a disturbing amount of chemicals, including prescription drugs and even cocaine. A recent

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Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

There are some phenomena in nature that inspire tears of joy, some that spark a sense of awe, and then there are those that send chills up your spine. The Taylor Glacier in Antarctica, which was

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David Graas’ Colorful Modular Lamps Divert Plastic from the Ocean

David Graas’ Colorful Modular Lamps Divert Plastic from the Ocean

Most plastics can be endlessly recycled without losing their indestructibility. But instead of being reused, the majority of plastics will end up as one-time-use products, finding their end as pollutants

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Thames Water to Transform London’s Sewage Into Drinking Water for Entire Population

Thames Water to Transform London’s Sewage Into Drinking Water for Entire Population

London photo from Shutterstock Thames Water, the company that provides drinking water for the city of London, has unveiled a new long-term strategy that will recycle sewage to provide drinking water

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Bercy Chen Studio’s Cylindrical Boat House in Austin Has its Own Waterfall

Bercy Chen Studio’s Cylindrical Boat House in Austin Has its Own Waterfall

Bercy Chen Studio’s one-of-a-kind shelter consists of two elliptical floors that are joined by a swirling staircase. The lower level has a wooden deck mainly used for lounging next to the water and

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Tiny New York Town Wins Landmark Case to Uphold Fracking Ban

Tiny New York Town Wins Landmark Case to Uphold Fracking Ban

As of 2012, 2.5 million oil and gas wells have been drilled worldwide using the hydraulic fracturing method, and more than 1 million of them are located in the United States. The result of this trend

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West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

Like much of China, the Flower City will inhabit an area of the country with heavily polluted waterways. In order to ensure the longevity of the region, the local government called for urban plans that

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Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

To create these images, Nickolay Lamm contacted Remik Ziemlinski from Climate Central, who provided more precise versions of the same maps that were originally featured in the New York Times article. Lamm

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Be Downgraded From World Heritage Site

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Be Downgraded From World Heritage Site

Photo via Shutterstock The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned the Australian government on Saturday that it may downgrade the World Heritage status of the

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Chemicals from Personal Care Products Are Polluting Chicago’s Air

Chemicals from Personal Care Products Are Polluting Chicago’s Air

Photo via Shutterstock When the gales blow across the Windy City, residents may have more to worry about than mussed hair. According to a new study led by Keri Hornbuckle from the University of Iowa,

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27,000 Rivers “Disappear” in China, According to Recent Waterway Census

27,000 Rivers “Disappear” in China, According to Recent Waterway Census

20 years ago there were an estimated 50,000 rivers running through China - but a recent survey has found that over 27,000 of the waterways have disappeared.  An extensive three-year waterway census

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Infographic Shows the Impact of Rising Sea Levels and Eroding Coastlines Around the World

Infographic Shows the Impact of Rising Sea Levels and Eroding Coastlines Around the World

This infographic by Vouchercloud details some of the perils facing mankind and thousands of species as a result of melting icecaps and rising oceans. The greatest influence on the current increase in

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Heavy Rainfall in Chicago Causes Sewage to Spew into Lake Michigan

Heavy Rainfall in Chicago Causes Sewage to Spew into Lake Michigan

Heavy rain overwhelmed Chicago's aged infrastructure yesterday, causing sewage to back up into homes and burst through manhole covers in the middle of the street. The videos make for pretty horrifying

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Student-Designed Chaac Ha Water Collector Can Harvest 2.5 Liters of Drinking Water from Dew Each Night

Student-Designed Chaac Ha Water Collector Can Harvest 2.5 Liters of Drinking Water from Dew Each Night

World Water Day may have come and gone, but the importance of preserving water remains. There are some amazingly innovative ways to harvest water out there, like this award-winning Chaac Ha Water

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Coral Reef-Saving Coralbots Take a Step Closer to Reality

Coral Reef-Saving Coralbots Take a Step Closer to Reality

Last year we reported on Heriot-Watt University's Coralbot project, which aims to deploy swarms of intelligent robots to help rebuild coral reefs around the world. Now the Coralbots' makers have turned to

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Scientists Discover a Great Garbage Patch in Lake Erie

Scientists Discover a Great Garbage Patch in Lake Erie

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers have confirmed reports of an alarming increase in plastic pollutants in the Great Lakes - and the mass of plastics is beginning to behave like the concentrated toxic

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Ocean Cleanup Array Turns to Crowd Funding to Raise $80K For Feasibility Study

Ocean Cleanup Array Turns to Crowd Funding to Raise $80K For Feasibility Study

Inhabitat recently reported on 19-year-old Boyan Slat's proposed Ocean Cleanup Array, which the designer believes could potentially remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic from the world's oceans. The project

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Naturbad Riehen Natural Swimming Pool Breaks Ground in Switzerland

Herzog & de Meuron’s Naturbad Riehen Natural Swimming Pool Breaks Ground in Switzerland

Construction on Naturbad Riehen just began, and the project is set to be completed sometime in early 2014 in time for the summer season. Herzog & de Meuron originally designed a pool for the town in

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Wave Glider SV3: Liquid Robotics Unveils Faster, More Powerful Wave and Solar-Powered Robot

Wave Glider SV3: Liquid Robotics Unveils Faster, More Powerful Wave and Solar-Powered Robot

We’ve been following Liquid Robotics’ solar and wave-powered robot here at Inhabitat for some time as it's gone from tracking great white sharks and hurricanes to making a record-breaking trip across

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Carbon Pollution is Creating Giant Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay

Carbon Pollution is Creating Giant Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay

Photo via Shutterstock A surge of giant crabs might sound like something from a 1950s B-movie, but that is exactly what is happening in the Chesapeake Bay. According to a new study done by researchers

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Toxic Algae Bloom Kills 241 Manatees in Florida

Toxic Algae Bloom Kills 241 Manatees in Florida

Life for a manatee is tough. Sure, it may look like a lot of grazing and lazy swimming at first glance, but these docile creatures have to contend with boats, tourist harassment, and habitat destruction.

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