Water Issues

Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

San Francisco is world-famous for its clam chowder, but a new report from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board threatens to make the city notorious for another, less appetizing kind of soup.

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Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Cape Ray photo by Don S. Montgomery The UN has confirmed that a shipment of chemical weapons has left Syria, and is on route to be destroyed by the US Navy in a first-of-its-kind mission at sea. While

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Sharp Plastic Packing Bands Prove Deadly for Marine Mammals

Sharp Plastic Packing Bands Prove Deadly for Marine Mammals

Animal lovers and fastidious fishermen are already aware of the dangers that plastic six-pack drink rings, fishing line, hooks, and rubber bands pose to ocean creatures. However, a far more lethal class

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Oregon Prepares to Launch the West Coast’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Oregon Prepares to Launch the West Coast’s First Offshore Wind Farm

The Pacific Northwest state of Oregon is already home to America's second largest land-based wind farm -- the 845 megawatt (MW) Shepherds Flat Wind Farm. Now the state has taken a big step closer to

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82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spill Into North Carolina River

Coal ash photo by Brian Stansberry A retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina recently leaked 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the nearby Dan River. The contaminated fluid traveled

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Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Why PV Solar is Better than Thermal Energy for Precious Water Supplies

Lack of water is a huge problem in vast portions of the United States, where there is hardly enough to go around after the farms, ranches and cities have gotten their fill. So it really makes no sense

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Former NYC Mayor Sets His Eyes on Restoring the World’s Fish Populations

Former NYC Mayor Sets His Eyes on Restoring the World’s Fish Populations

Michael Bloomberg may have relinquished his role as New York City's mayor, but when it comes to ways he can continue to serve people, there are plenty of other fish in the sea. One of Bloomberg's latest

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Gorgeous Interactive Map Shows Every River in the Continental US

Gorgeous Interactive Map Shows Every River in the Continental US

The conveniences of modern life have a way of distancing us from our natural environment - few people who live in cities have an intimate knowledge of the rivers, streams, and basins that supply their

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The SeaOrbiter Futuristic Marine Research Vessel Just Reached its CrowdFunding Goal, Set to Begin Construction

The SeaOrbiter Futuristic Marine Research Vessel Just Reached its CrowdFunding Goal, Set to Begin Construction

Now that the futuristic SeaOrbiter marine vessel has successfully completed its crowdfunding campaign, the project is ready to enter the construction phase. The vessel is the brainchild of French

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California Governor Urges Water Conservation Amid Worst Drought in 500 Years

California Governor Urges Water Conservation Amid Worst Drought in 500 Years

California drought / Shutterstock With no relief in sight for California's worst drought in state history and the driest period for the region in more than 500 years, Governor Jerry Brown is urging

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Microplastic Beads from Face Scrub Clog US Waterways and Poison Fish

Microplastic Beads from Face Scrub Clog US Waterways and Poison Fish

Image © Shutterstock Your toothpaste, facial scrub, or body wash may be clogging waterways with tiny plastic particles - without you even realizing it. One bottle of facial cleanser may contain as

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UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ head of disaster risk, has warned that flooding caused by climate change has reached emergency levels in Senegal. Called the “Venice of Africa,” the

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Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

Coho Salmon Threatened With Extinction Due to Severe Drought in California

California's severe drought is hitting both human and animal communities hard. While it is easy to see the devastation on land through photographs of parched land and withering crops, the plight of the

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Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

Freedom Industries Fails to Disclose Second Chemical Leak in West Virginia

As if the company wasn’t already in enough hot water, a new report released this week reveals that Freedom Industries, the company responsible for the massive chemical leak in West Virginia, failed to

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Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

The world was first introduced to the coastal village of Taji, Japan in the 2009 documentary, "The Cove". The film showed the capture and grisly slaughter of dolphins for meat and for sale to aquariums. A

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California Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Drought

California Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Drought

While many parts of the East coast and Midwest are covered in ice and snow, California is suffering from a severe drought and record-breaking high temperatures. A high pressure system spanning from the

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Studio Octopi Designs Floating Natural Swimming Pools for London’s Thames River

Studio Octopi Designs Floating Natural Swimming Pools for London’s Thames River

The Thames Baths Project, envisioned in collaboration with structural engineers Civic Engineers and Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, is visionary yet achievable. The plan consists of a series of

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Water Rush: Businesses Scramble to Make a Buck from Melting Icebergs

Water Rush: Businesses Scramble to Make a Buck from Melting Icebergs

 Photo © Shutterstock As climate change causes the polar ice caps to melt, a few entrepreneurs are trying to sell off the ocean’s icebergs as drinking water. Instead of allowing valuable freshwater

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Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Huge Chemical Spill Leaves 300,000 Without Drinking Water in West Virginia

Over a quarter million people in West Virginia found themselves without access to clean water in their own homes today because of a chemical spill that contaminated local water sources. The spill was

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California Tries Cloud Seeding to Make Up for Unusually Dry Winter

California Tries Cloud Seeding to Make Up for Unusually Dry Winter

For the second straight year, California has experienced unusually dry winter weather, leading desperate water agencies to try to make up for the shortfall using cloud seeding. By spraying fine particles

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The NSA Wants to Cool Data Snoop Centers with Americans’ Poop

The NSA Wants to Cool Data Snoop Centers with Americans’ Poop

Image via Shutterstock The US National Security Agency has received a lot of criticism for monitoring the public's actions and violating their privacy. Now, it turns out, they not only want your cell

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Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Water, hygiene, and transportation are constant challenges for developing nations like India, and women often shoulder the burden of collecting water for their families. In order to make this chore less

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Researchers Find Underground Garbage River Beneath London

Researchers Find Underground Garbage River Beneath London

Scientists have discovered a river of garbage-strewn water deep beneath the upper Thames Estuary in London. The research team from Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum

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Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

A scientist at Aberdeen University has discovered a byproduct of whiskey production that can be used to purify water. Dr. Leigh Cassidy had the idea to use draff, the leftover residue from barley husks

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Is the Massive Rise in Oklahoma Earthquakes Due to Fracking?

Is the Massive Rise in Oklahoma Earthquakes Due to Fracking?

Fracking photo / Shutterstock In a state where residents regularly brace themselves for tornados, Oklahomans now have another disturbing hazard to watch out for: earthquakes. In recent years, there's

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MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

Nearly a decade ago, Fernando Mazariengas sought a way to provide clean, affordable water to those living in areas without, so he created a ceramic water filter that could be made using locally-sourced

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Waterfall photo via Xseon/Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet

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Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists at NASA have been working hard to reveal the most alien landmass on the planet: Antarctica. Humans have never seen the continent without snow and ice, but now, using decades of research, we can

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CALTROPe: Modular Mangrove Forests Could Reduce Agricultural Land Loss

CALTROPe: Modular Mangrove Forests Could Reduce Agricultural Land Loss

Anna Baróthy of Szövetség'39 worked with biologist and diver Gergő Balázs, designer Janka Csernák and scientist Viktor Grónás to create a solution for the increasing rate of agricultural land

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Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

It's not easy to break down compounds such as mineral oils, paints, and organic solvents in wastewater, but a group from Germany believe they have found a way. To remove these tricky materials from the

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