Water Issues

Ocean Mercury Levels Have Tripled Since the Industrial Revolution

Ocean Mercury Levels Have Tripled Since the Industrial Revolution

An alarming new study shows that mercury levels near the surface of many of the world’s oceans have tripled since the industrial revolution. The leap is due to pollution from a variety of sources

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Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Expert Says “We May Have to Migrate People out of California”

Fire, earthquakes and one of the worst droughts in recent history - these days California is not looking like the best place to settle down. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the state could run out

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Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have made an alarming discovery: After surveying parks across seven Chinese cities, they found that those watered with recycled waste water had

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Why Are Thousands of LEGO Pieces Washing Up on UK Beaches?

Why Are Thousands of LEGO Pieces Washing Up on UK Beaches?

In 1997, a massive wave hit the container ship Tokio Express 20 miles off the coast of Cornwall, sending 62 shipping containers overboard. One of them held nearly five million pieces of LEGO. Soon the

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Scientists Warn That an “Insurmountable” Water Crisis Will Grip the Planet by 2040

Scientists Warn That an “Insurmountable” Water Crisis Will Grip the Planet by 2040

A new report warns that in less than three decades, the United States (and the rest of the world) could face a full-blown water crisis if we don't change the way we generate power. As the population

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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

The worst drought in 500 years Most authorities agree that this is the worst drought in the last 500 years, and many believe that it will continue for at least another year – though there is evidence

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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MIT Develops Brilliant Graphite Sponge that Converts Solar Energy into Steam

MIT Develops Brilliant Graphite Sponge that Converts Solar Energy into Steam

Researchers at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a simple, graphite and carbon-based sponge that soaks up water and heats it using the sun's rays. The sponge converts the water

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California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought

California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought

Long gone are the days of latent suburban battles over who has the nicest lawn. Now folks in California are facing fines for letting their lawn go brown to conserve water as the state endures the worst

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren't aware of just how vital our

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System D’s Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using Zero Chlorine

System D’s Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using Zero Chlorine

System D has designed a compact ozone generator that can provide clean sterilized water anywhere. At the heart of this system is an electric powered "corona discharge" ozone generator that converts oxygen

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Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

California's crippling drought has forced many residents to cut back on water-wasting activities, but one company is making the best of a bad situation by helping them keep their lawns looking good by

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

Our bodies are comprised of about 60 percent water, and to stay healthy, we need to drink 8-10 glasses of it a day—even more than that in summertime. But how safe is our drinking water? From lead paint

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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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Flush Your Kids Down the Toilet in a New Exhibition in Japan

Flush Your Kids Down the Toilet in a New Exhibition in Japan

The new “Human Waste & Earth’s Future” exhibition at Miraikan in Japan lets visitors experience what it's like when their lives are going down the toilet. The creative exhibition invites kids to

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Nestlé Bottles California’s Water While the State Faces Drought of the Century

Nestlé Bottles California’s Water While the State Faces Drought of the Century

As Californians stare down the maw of the worst drought they've seen in more than a century, Nestlé is quietly extracting undisclosed amounts of H2O in the state for their bottled water operations.

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Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They’re Speaking Out

Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They’re Speaking Out

  Susquehanna county residents have been bullied by the gas industry since fracking started back in 2006. Industry workers have no regard for the people they're paving over, which inevitably

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The California Drought is Costing the State Over $2 Billion and 17,000 Jobs

The California Drought is Costing the State Over $2 Billion and 17,000 Jobs

It’s no secret that California is in the midst of a devastating drought, but a new report is putting actual numbers on the problem, and the results are not good. This year alone, California stands to

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

It's frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn't have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s population. But

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Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by Superstorm Sandy?

Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by Superstorm Sandy?

Superstorm Sandy wreaked absolute havoc all along the USA's east coast, and in addition to the massive flood damage, subsequent fires along the Jersey Shore (among other areas) were devastating. Hurricane

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Hydros Smart Irrigation System Saves Water and Slashes Your Bills by 60%

Hydros Smart Irrigation System Saves Water and Slashes Your Bills by 60%

Water is a valuable resource - and it will only get more expensive if we continue use wasteful old-fashioned irrigation techniques such as sprinklers. One smart alternative is Hydros, an irrigation

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LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and making the smiling

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Thousands Without Water in Detroit a Human Rights Violation, UN Says

Thousands Without Water in Detroit a Human Rights Violation, UN Says

Human rights experts from the United Nations have expressed their concern about reports of widespread water disconnections throughout the city of Detroit in households unable to pay water bills. The three

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India To Build World’s Largest Onshore Floating Solar Power Project

India To Build World’s Largest Onshore Floating Solar Power Project

India’s National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is planning a 50 MW photovoltaic project that will be the world's largest freshwater floating solar power plant! The estimated $64–$72 million project

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Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Chemicals

Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Chemicals

There are few experiences that are as refreshing as dipping into a cool swimming pool on a sweltering summer day. As climate change continues and summer temperatures soar, taking refuge in cool water is

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10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released its 24th annual Beach Report, "Testing the Waters 2014," which identifies the most polluted beaches in the U.S. Shockingly, 10 percent of the

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Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $7 Million Towards Ocean Conservation Projects

Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $7 Million Towards Ocean Conservation Projects

Longtime environmental activist (and actor) Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged to donate $7 million over the next two years to back marine conservation projects. DiCaprio, who has often said that he wanted to

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VIDEO: Studio Swine’s Sea Chair is Made of Plastic Pollution Collected From the World’s Oceans

VIDEO: Studio Swine’s Sea Chair is Made of Plastic Pollution Collected From the World’s Oceans

http://vimeo.com/58461689 Studio Swine's brilliant Sea Chair is made of plastic waste collected from the world's oceans - and RSA Films director Juriaan Booij recently made a beautiful film that

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India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

Officials in the Indian city of Varanasi have ordered a Coca-Cola bottling factory in the nearby village of Mehdiganj to close down for using too much groundwater. The local community has campaigned

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Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

  I spent some time at Endless Mountains Farm in Benton, PA, operated in part by several members of Shalefield Organizing Committee (SOC), a group of dedicated activists created to put more focus on

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