Water Issues

11-Year-Old’s Fantastical Water-Purifying Machine Wins 2014 Doodle 4 Google Competition

11-Year-Old’s Fantastical Water-Purifying Machine Wins 2014 Doodle 4 Google Competition

Google just announced the winner of the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition: 11-year-old Audrey Zhang from Long Island, New York! For the seventh year, Google asked children from grades K-12 to draw an

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Could BIG’s “Big U” Proposal Protect New York City From the Next Hurricane Sandy?

Could BIG’s “Big U” Proposal Protect New York City From the Next Hurricane Sandy?

BIG U: A Day in the Life from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. "The Big U is an example of what we call Social Infrastructure," said Bjarke Ingels, BIG's Founding Partner. "The High Line shows how a

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OMA Receives $230 Million to Rebuild New Jersey Area Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

OMA Receives $230 Million to Rebuild New Jersey Area Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. The OMA proposal focuses on implementing resiliency through the integration of key infrastructural

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Rebuild by Design Awards PennDesign/OLIN $20M to Protect Hunts Point from Storm Surges

Rebuild by Design Awards PennDesign/OLIN $20M to Protect Hunts Point from Storm Surges

Hunts Point | Lifelines from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. An initiative of President Barack Obama's Hurricane Sandy Task Force, the yearlong national Rebuild by Design Competition challenged designers

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California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years

California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years

The U.S. Drought Monitor has released its latest report and the results are deeply troubling. Seven states are experiencing long-term severe drought, resulting in severe water scarcity and profound

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OTE Corporation Harnesses Cold Seawater for Fossil Fuel-Free Air Conditioning

OTE Corporation Harnesses Cold Seawater for Fossil Fuel-Free Air Conditioning

Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTE Corporation) is a breakthrough technology company that both contributes to the long-term health of the environment, and boosts the economy—locally and globally.

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DP6′s Water Tech Building Harvests Energy from Facade Shaped like Water Drops

DP6′s Water Tech Building Harvests Energy from Facade Shaped like Water Drops

The Dutch have a rich and innovative history of coping with the fact that most of their country lies below sea level. So it's not surprising that Delft-based design studio DP6 went all out in their

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New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have come up with an innovative addition to the city's public transit system. Called Waterway 365, their project follows the principle that

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California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

A new study by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences finds that the worst drought in state history could cost the agricultural industry $1.7 billion this year and eliminate

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Pumpmakers’ DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations

Pumpmakers’ DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations

To help bring clean drinking water to the 780 million people who still go without, Pumpmakers developed the NSP Solar Pump, an inexpensive, maintenance-free water pump that can be manufactured locally

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Baltimore’s Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Devour 50,000 Pounds of Harbor Trash Every Day

Baltimore’s Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Devour 50,000 Pounds of Harbor Trash Every Day

Every year, stormwater runoff carries tons of trash and debris from the streets and streams of the Jones Fall watershed down into the mouth of the Jones Falls stream and out into the Baltimore Harbor. "I

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

California’s drought is causing all sorts of problems, but one of the most surprising is the fact that the water shortage may actually increase the chance of an earthquake. New research shows that the

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Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Ioane Teitiota from Kiribati in the South Pacific has lost his latest bid to be recognized as the world's first climate change refugee. Since 2010, Mr. Teitiota, 37, has claimed he is the victim of

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after

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Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

"Six Feet Under" and "Arrested Development" fans may be surprised to know that well-known actor Ed Begley Jr. is also a staunch environmental campaigner. Together with his wife Rachelle Carson-Begley, he

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Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Sigge Architect’s designs are linked to the mainland by boats and new transit lines in Qatar.  The hotels will be accompanied by luxury apartments and are part of a new island called Oryx Island off

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United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) just announced $10 million in funding to test two deep-water wave energy conversion (WEC) devices off the coast of the U.S. Navy's Marine Corps Hawaii Base in

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Gorgeous Natural Swimming Pool Uses No Chlorine

Gorgeous Natural Swimming Pool Uses No Chlorine

Located in Moncada, this natural swimming pool is 130 sq meters, including the swimming area and the regeneration zone. In order to ditch the chlorine, the regeneration zone is used to filter and clean

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IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

There were a lot of creative, efficient designs featured at Milan Design Week, but this one just might be our favorite. The RainHouse's complex rainwater harvesting system is built around IVANKA's unique

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Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

More than 70 percent of our planet is covered with water, yet the oceans are still the most mysterious parts of the world. Deep-sea photographer and diver Yoji Ookata discovered something he had never

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The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

Some of California's central districts are facing dangerously low supplies of water as the state's megadrought continues. To address this scary prospect, 47 miles of the 400-mile California Aqueduct could

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Nissan Tests Self-Cleaning Nano-Paint Technology That Could Make Car Washes Obsolete!

Nissan Tests Self-Cleaning Nano-Paint Technology That Could Make Car Washes Obsolete!

What would you say if I told you there was a car that could never get dirty? That you'd never have to waste time (or money) scrubbing away the dirt and grime that collects on the exterior and dulls the

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Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills has become the latest city in the United States (and the first city in California) to ban hydraulic fracturing -- the controversial practice of blasting a mix of water and chemicals into

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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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