Water Issues

The Blue Planet: Europe’s Largest Aquarium Opens This Weekend in Copenhagen

The Blue Planet: Europe’s Largest Aquarium Opens This Weekend in Copenhagen

The Blue Planet is the newest version of the Denmark Aquarium in Copenhagen dating back to 1939. Located on the shores of Øresund, the aquarium has a picturesque view of the sea and convenient access to

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Mithun’s LEED Platinum Brightwater Center Educates Washington’s King County on Wastewater Treatment

Mithun’s LEED Platinum Brightwater Center Educates Washington’s King County on Wastewater Treatment

The Brightwater Center is a 15,000-square-foot facility set on over 114 acres that cost around $1.8 billion to build over nearly a decade. Seattle had long left its water untreated, and many of the

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Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

The Aeroponic Vertical Farm is made up of an array of bamboo parallelograms that are formed to create stepped terraces of rice fields. Located in cities, these compact farms would not only help grow rice

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Mist Tree Tower Harvests Water from Fog in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Mist Tree Tower Harvests Water from Fog in Chile’s Atacama Desert

The desert is flanked on each side by tall mountain ranges, which prevents the water from traveling in the air from the ocean to the area. However, an untapped resource called the Camanchaca could

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Researchers Study Mountain Forests to Understand the Impact of Climate Change

Researchers Study Mountain Forests to Understand the Impact of Climate Change

We often focus on what impact climate change is having on the oceans and rainforests across the globe, but sometimes we forget to look at how it is affecting vital areas like mountain forests. Mountain

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New Zealand Suffering Worst Drought in 30 Years

New Zealand Suffering Worst Drought in 30 Years

New Zealand's lush green scenery brought Lord of the Rings to life - but lately the country has been facing a plight far worse than any sorcerer's curse. The North Island of New Zealand is experiencing

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7th Continent: Floating Kinetic Islands Help Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

7th Continent: Floating Kinetic Islands Help Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Due to our addiction to plastics, the human race has created the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive accumulation of trash dominated by synthetic, non-biodegradable objects. Turning a blight into an

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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Nearly 6,000 Pig Carcasses Found Floating in China’s Shanghai River

Nearly 6,000 Pig Carcasses Found Floating in China’s Shanghai River

This past weekend, the world was shocked as images depicting thousands of pig carcasses being pulled from a river in Shanghai surfaced across the internet. As of today, nearly 6,000 pigs have been found

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Algae Growth Resulting from Glacial Melt Could Help Curb Climate Change

Algae Growth Resulting from Glacial Melt Could Help Curb Climate Change

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to tackling the enormous challenge of curbing climate change, we humans may need to look to some very small organisms for help. A study published in the

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Vapur Unveils Water Filtering Anti-Bottles That Remove 99.99% of Bacteria

Vapur Unveils Water Filtering Anti-Bottles That Remove 99.99% of Bacteria

Vapur introduced several new products at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show that expand their line of BPA-free “Anti-Bottles” – including a new filtering technology that

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Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Dump is Leaking Toxic Waste

Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Dump is Leaking Toxic Waste

One of the biggest problems with nuclear power is the radioactive waste it produces; governments and the scientific community have struggled to find ways to safely contain the hazardous materials. Sadly,

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Federal Government Claims BP Chose Money Over Safety in First Day of BP Oil Spill Trial

Federal Government Claims BP Chose Money Over Safety in First Day of BP Oil Spill Trial

This morning the Federal Government kicked off the first day of the BP oil spill trial by stating that the disaster, which caused millions of gallons of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, was

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Infographic: ‘The Unfiltered Truth About Water’ Shows the Causes of Water Pollution

Infographic: ‘The Unfiltered Truth About Water’ Shows the Causes of Water Pollution

The Unfiltered Truth About Water is an interactive infographic that explores the sometimes surprising causes of water pollution and provides tips on how we can conserve and protect our water sources. It

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Chinese Officials Confirm the Existence of Pollution-Choked “Cancer Villages”

Chinese Officials Confirm the Existence of Pollution-Choked “Cancer Villages”

After years of public speculation about the impact of pollution on some areas of the country, the Chinese Ministry of Environment Protection has finally confirmed the existence of “cancer villages.”

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Chinese Official Declines $30,000 Offer to Swim in One of China’s Toxic Rivers

Chinese Official Declines $30,000 Offer to Swim in One of China’s Toxic Rivers

A gutsy entrepreneur pushed the issue of China’s heavily polluted rivers into the spotlight last week by offering a local environmental protection official over $30,000 to take a dip in Rui’an

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3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

If the Tin Man were looking for a modern heart instead of an oversized pocket watch, it might look a little something like this. Scientists at the University of West England in Bristol have fabricated a

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BP to Challenge Government’s “Excessive” Deepwater Horizon Spill Penalties in Court

BP to Challenge Government’s “Excessive” Deepwater Horizon Spill Penalties in Court

Although BP has plead guilty to manslaughter and agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the British oil giant BP is now preparing to

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Japanese Restaurant Fines Diners For Not Finishing Their Meals

Japanese Restaurant Fines Diners For Not Finishing Their Meals

Thought your mom was harsh about finishing your meal? At least she didn't charge you for leaving food on your plate. The Hachikyo seafood restaurant in Sapporo, Japan will fine diners for not eating every

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Cloud Seeding Could be Used to Prevent Flooding in Indonesia

Cloud Seeding Could be Used to Prevent Flooding in Indonesia

Photopixel / Shutterstock Scientists working on a project to slow down the relentless flooding that has swamped Jakarta since mid January say that cloud seeding is getting the job done. Usually used to

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New Study Shows that Anti-Anxiety Meds in Waterways Alter Wild Fish Behavior

New Study Shows that Anti-Anxiety Meds in Waterways Alter Wild Fish Behavior

Photo via Shutterstock A new study has shown that pharmaceutical drugs polluting the world’s waterways may significantly change the behavior of wild fish. A study of wild perch found that the

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Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Located in the south of the Flemish city, on Bolivarplaats, The New Law Courts was erected by Richard Rogers in conjunction with Belgian architects VK Studio. It houses 8 distinct civil and criminal

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Matt Damon Boycotts the Toilet to Raise Awareness For Clean Water

Matt Damon Boycotts the Toilet to Raise Awareness For Clean Water

Actor and co-founder of water.org Matt Damon won't let a good opportunity to raise awareness of clean water down the tubes. To draw attention to the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to proper

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Study Shows Rising Ocean Acid Levels Make Toxins Worse For Marine Life

Study Shows Rising Ocean Acid Levels Make Toxins Worse For Marine Life

Crab photo from Shutterstock From plastic pollution to global warming, the world's oceans are facing immense challenges. Now a new study from the UK Centre for the Environment, Fisheries, and

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Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

As far as washing machines go, the pedal-powered GiraDora and the Laundry Pod are pretty small - but the new ultra compact Petit Laundry Swoosh can fit on a countertop! Designed by Japanese company King

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PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

In developing nations, access to clean water is a major humanitarian issue - so much so that numerous non-profits and foundations are dedicated specifically to providing access to basic sanitation.

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Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

For the community of Makoko of Lagos, Nigeria life on the water is nothing new. Prone to flooding, residents have dealt with encroaching waters for generations by building houses on stilts and using

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New Map of Sea Level Rise Projections Highlights World’s Most At-Risk Cities

New Map of Sea Level Rise Projections Highlights World’s Most At-Risk Cities

Skynavin / Shutterstock.com A new map of global sea level rise projections highlights the cities that are expected to experience the highest of rising tides by 2100. The map, put together by Mahe

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Scientists Develop 3D-Printed Titanium Tags to Track Big Fish

Scientists Develop 3D-Printed Titanium Tags to Track Big Fish

Ocean scientists are making good use of the latest in 3D printing technology, as researchers in Australia are using 3D printers to produce more effective tags that can be used to track large fish.

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Interface is Creating Recycled Carpet Using Discarded Fishing Nets

Interface is Creating Recycled Carpet Using Discarded Fishing Nets

Fishing net photo from Shutterstock The UN reports that about 10 percent of all marine trash is made up of discarded fishing gear, and while some programs have sought to clean up the waste, flooring

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