Water Issues

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these

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Eternal Reefs Can Turn Your Remains into a Habitat for Marine Life

Eternal Reefs Can Turn Your Remains into a Habitat for Marine Life

Everyone knows that cremation is bad for the environment, and there are always more sustainable options for your funeral—such as liquidation or being frozen in liquid nitrogen. However, Eternal Reefs

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New Study Reveals Earth’s Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet

New Study Reveals Earth’s Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet

A groundbreaking new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has revealed that the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system dates the arrival of

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Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

A new UN paper reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of

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Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

In the city of Vernal, Utah, midwives and scientists are noticing an alarming trend: in 2010 newborn babies accounted for one in every 95 burials, but by 2013 that rate jumped to one in every 15 burials,

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Why is this Inhabited Louisiana Island Sinking into the Gulf?

Why is this Inhabited Louisiana Island Sinking into the Gulf?

Much has been written lately of the devastating coastal land loss that is dragging southern Louisiana into the Gulf of Mexico. Erosion of the wetlands—in large part a result of activities by oil and

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There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico

There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico

A new study by a team from the University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Irvine, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has found that there are still two million barrels-worth

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Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars)

Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars)

A new campaign by students at a British University encourages students to take their first pee of the day in their morning shower. And before we all lapse into a collective ewwww, the 'Go With the Flow'

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Elegant Glass and Copper Tableware Uses Activated Charcoal to Purify Water

Elegant Glass and Copper Tableware Uses Activated Charcoal to Purify Water

We previously showed you how Formafantasma used charcoal for purifying water in their beautiful 2012 Charcoal collection. But "Still" goes a step further by combining the glass and charcoal with metallic

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Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

In response to California's deepening drought, officials are turning to transforming sewage into potable water. The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, which opened this summer, may be the

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Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River

Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City’s River

Nonprofit Flussbad Berlin has proposed a remarkable brownfield rejuvenation project for the center of Berlin: transforming an underutilized canal into an enormous outdoor natural swimming pool for summer

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Sea Ice Loss Blamed for Huge Spike in Alaskan Average Temperatures

Sea Ice Loss Blamed for Huge Spike in Alaskan Average Temperatures

Think Alaska is too cold for you? Well, it seems that average fall temperatures there are increasing at a rapid rate. The most northerly community in the U.S., the town of Barrow, Alaska, has recorded an

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Kiribati Considered Moving Entire Population to a $2 Billion Man-Made Island

Kiribati Considered Moving Entire Population to a $2 Billion Man-Made Island

The small island nation of Kiribati's highest point is no more than two meters above sea level, which makes it one of the most vulnerable places on Earth to rising water levels. The country is one of the

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Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, is sinking into the sea. And forget the fuss about Venice dropping at a rate of 0.08 inches per year, Jakarta – home to 10 million people and counting – is sinking at

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Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

You probably already know that dropping a brick in your toilet could help your household save up to 50 gallons of water every week, but the concrete or ceramic bricks that most folks place in their

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Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah’s Ark to the Public

We first reported on Huibers' Ark last year when the massive structure (it's so big, it's classed as a building not a boat!) was nearing completion. Now that the Ark is officially open to the public, more

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East Coast Flooding Will be 10 Times Worse in 30 Years Due to Climate Change

East Coast Flooding Will be 10 Times Worse in 30 Years Due to Climate Change

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) just released a new report warning that rising sea levels from global warming could increase flooding during high tides on the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the

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INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

Last year, 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat made waves by designing an "Ocean Cleanup Array" which he claimed could remove 72.5 million tons of plastic from the world's oceans. Although his idea received

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SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition

SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition

Rather than pick one overall winner, SXSW Eco selects three winners for the categories of Community Impact, Global Potential, and Transformative Design. Libros Libres, a literary and community design

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A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer has come to an end, but our work against fracking and extreme shale gas extraction is still continuing. In the coming months, we'll be looking for more fellows to come to Susquehanna

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Catch Oil Polluters in Your Own Backyard With This Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Catch Oil Polluters in Your Own Backyard With This Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Have you ever wondered what kind of pollutants could be leaking into your backyard? Public Lab recently unveiled a DIY open source kit that lets you identify oil pollution by type and determine where it

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How Humans Are Causing Lethal Tumors on Endangered Sea Turtles

How Humans Are Causing Lethal Tumors on Endangered Sea Turtles

A team of scientists from Duke University, the University of Hawaii and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered that pollution around the Hawaiian islands is causing lethal

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President Obama Just Created the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

President Obama Just Created the World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Last week President Obama signed a proclamation to expand the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument by six times its previous size. The Monument Expansion designates the largest

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Eerie Photo Landscapes by Lori Nix Warn of an Apocalypytic Future

Eerie Photo Landscapes by Lori Nix Warn of an Apocalypytic Future

  Lori Nix's evocative photographs of decaying power plants, flooded towns, falling Zeppelins and dead livestock, are both eerily familiar and weirdly surreal. Her two-headed dog photo (below)

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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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IBM’s New Sunflower-Shaped Solar Concentrators Produce Energy AND Fresh Water!

IBM’s New Sunflower-Shaped Solar Concentrators Produce Energy AND Fresh Water!

IBM Research and Swiss solar technology company Airlight Energy just unveiled a cutting-edge solar system that resembles a 10-meter-high sunflower! The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT)

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BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Force Majeure The Force Majeure is a large-scale, holistic response to global warming and accelerated resource exploitation. Created by world-renowned artists Helen and Newton Harrison, the project

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How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, also known as The Clark, originally opened in 1955 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Over the years the museum has expanded to include the Manton Research

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There’s a 50% Chance the Southwest Will Suffer A 30-Year Megadrought in the Next Century

There’s a 50% Chance the Southwest Will Suffer A 30-Year Megadrought in the Next Century

A new report from Cornell University, the U.S Geological Survey and the University of Arizona warns that there's a 50% chance the southwest United States will experience a decade-long drought in the near

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Support Studio Swine’s Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

Support Studio Swine’s Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

While most have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, few know about the smaller, but equally problematic North Atlantic Gyre. To help raise awareness about the issue and remove plastic from our

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