Water Issues

VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

Seals are truly beautiful creatures, aren't they? With their dark, liquid eyes and ready smiles, it's easy to see how people can develop such a kinship with them, and how stories about seal-people called

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Seametrics Infographic Sheds Light On How Much Water Is Used In Agriculture

Seametrics Infographic Sheds Light On How Much Water Is Used In Agriculture

We all know that agriculture requires an incredible amount of water - but what sort of impact does the industry have on the earth? In an infographic titled “Interesting Facts About Farm Water

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell's facility at Bonny Island in

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Reduce Your Water Consumption With the Amphiro B1 Water Meter

Reduce Your Water Consumption With the Amphiro B1 Water Meter

There are smart meters for your heating and air conditioning, but until now, there isn’t been one for your water heater. Heating your water is actually the second biggest use of power in the home - more

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Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

Innovative LifeStraw Campaign Brings Clean Water to 150,000 Kenyan Students

The lack of water many communities face is staggering on so many levels. However, one innovative product, Vestergaard Frandsen’s LifeStraw, is bringing clean drinking water to isolated communities in

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Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

What’s California’s government doing to help combat the state’s recent record-setting water shortages? According to NBC Bay Area, it's letting oil and gas companies pump waste water from oil

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UK’s Chief Scientist Compares Fracking to Thalidomide and Asbestos

UK’s Chief Scientist Compares Fracking to Thalidomide and Asbestos

The U.K. government's chief scientific adviser, Mark Walport, argues in his flagship annual report that there are many examples throughout history where the hasty adoption of new technology has had

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Acid Rain is Turning Canada’s Lakes Into Jelly

Acid Rain is Turning Canada’s Lakes Into Jelly

You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that acid rain is a monumental problem, but these days, the consequences of industrialization are beyond anything we could have imagined. Toxic pollution

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New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

The International Maritime Organization has just signed off on an International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, more simply known as the Polar Code. This was developed in response to already

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Raumlaborberlin’s Grass-Covered Fountain House Reactivates a Lonely Square in Montreal

Raumlaborberlin’s Grass-Covered Fountain House Reactivates a Lonely Square in Montreal

Located at the heart of Montreal on the corner of Sainte Catherine and Clark, the grass-covered Fountain House reactivates a neglected open space in the inner city using a lively spot of color.

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How the Cheonggyecheon River Urban Design Restored the Green Heart of Seoul

How the Cheonggyecheon River Urban Design Restored the Green Heart of Seoul

The Cheonggyecheon project is remarkable for its dramatic transformation from a seedy industrial eyesore to a nature-filled public space. In the 1940s, the Cheonggyecheon had deteriorated into an open

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Interactive Global Fishing Watch Map to Monitor Activity on the Open Seas

Interactive Global Fishing Watch Map to Monitor Activity on the Open Seas

SkyTruth, Oceana, and Google have just announced the release of a prototype interactive map that is designed to show all of the trackable fishing activity in the ocean. Global Fishing Watch uses

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Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

As the Californian drought drags on and on, water theft is on the rise around the state. Given the severity of the situation – with almost 60 percent of the state currently experiencing exceptional

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Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Waternet's defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project's lower rooms, providing insulation, a

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

One of the quieter surprises of this week's elections took place in Denton, north Texas, pop: 123,000. The city is home to some 272 active fracking wells, with 212 additional wells within it's

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Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

As the natural glaciers surrounding Ladakh decrease in size year by year due to climate warming, they have begun to release noticeably less water in the early spring. The glaciers then release too much

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California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

California Gets $7.5 Billion to Fix Water Woes as Proposition 1 Passes

Proposition 1 has passed, spelling at least some good news for Californians who faced one of the worst droughts in the state’s history this summer, and the fourth drought year in a row. Also known as

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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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