Water Issues

BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

While human activists protest the fossil fuel industry on land, some underwater residents are taking matters into their own fins. In early February, BP had to reduce exports of Angolan Plutonio crude oil

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Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

In developing countries that lack electricity or the funds to buy expensive machines, taking care of laundry the old-fashioned way requires an enormous amount of time and effort.  That's why Alex Cabunoc

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TOMS Coffee Donates One Week of Clean Water for Every Bag You Buy

TOMS Coffee Donates One Week of Clean Water for Every Bag You Buy

TOMS first pioneered the "buy one give one" business model with shoes, and now their newly launched coffee roasting company will donate one week of clean water for every bag of coffee you buy. TOMS is

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California May Truck Salmon to the Sea Because of Drought

California May Truck Salmon to the Sea Because of Drought

Salmon image / Shutterstock California’s drought isn’t just impacting the people living in the state’s parched cities. It’s also a disaster for animals - which is why officials are discussing

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Scientists Predict California May be Headed for a 100-Year Megadrought

Scientists Predict California May be Headed for a 100-Year Megadrought

Scientists predict that California's current drought may be just the beginning of a serious 100-year megadrought. Scientist Lynn Ingram has studied the history of drought in the western United States

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Flooding and How to Stay Afloat When Disaster Strikes

INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Flooding and How to Stay Afloat When Disaster Strikes

While the western US suffers the worst drought in centuries, the UK has been battered by powerful storms and rising floodwaters. A new infographic from My Alarm Center looks at the costs of flooding and

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MIT: For Clean Drinking Water, All You Need is a Stick

MIT: For Clean Drinking Water, All You Need is a Stick

Photo from Shutterstock A new report by MIT researchers suggests that if you run out of drinking water in the woods, all you need to do is to break off a branch from the nearest pine tree. Next pour

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Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty photo from Shutterstock A new study warns that world cultural landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House and the Tower of London will be lost to rising sea levels

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Global Warming Traps Heat in the Deepest Regions of the Antarctic Ocean

Global Warming Traps Heat in the Deepest Regions of the Antarctic Ocean

 Photo © Shutterstock  Back in 1974, scientists used early satellite images to investigate a mysterious, ice-free region in the Antarctic sea called a polynya. Originally, researchers were perplexed

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Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

The floating hydroponic farm uses melting icebergs as a massive resource for growing fruit and vegetables. The structure is shaped as a traditional village-the circular form encompasses a central bay in

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Severe Drought Hits Nevada’s Cattle Ranchers

Severe Drought Hits Nevada’s Cattle Ranchers

Image via Shutterstock As a crippling drought continues to sweep the west, Northern Nevada's ranchers are being forced into tough financial decisions: sell their herds or risk bankruptcy. Farmers and

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Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

New 3D maps released at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu show that a huge mass of Atlantic seawater is infused with traces of lead - a pollutant that was widely used in the automobile industry

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Drought-Stricken California Breaks Ground on the Largest Seawater Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere

Drought-Stricken California Breaks Ground on the Largest Seawater Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere

Cracked ground image via Shutterstock California is currently experiencing its worst drought in 500 years. Although it's always been an arid state, there's reason to believe that California's current

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Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120

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GE Announces $10B Investment in Clean Energy R&D, Including Eco-Friendlier Fracking?

GE Announces $10B Investment in Clean Energy R&D, Including Eco-Friendlier Fracking?

Wind turbine image / Shutterstock The US-based conglomerate General Electric recently announced that it will spend an additional $10 billion researching and developing clean energy technologies over

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California Farmers Won’t Get Water from the State This Year

California Farmers Won’t Get Water from the State This Year

California is experiencing one of its driest periods in recorded history, and now local farmers are being told not to expect any water from the state. Federal officials from the Bureau of Reclamation

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Xeros Washing Machine Uses Nylon Polymer Beads Instead of Water to Clean Clothes

Xeros Washing Machine Uses Nylon Polymer Beads Instead of Water to Clean Clothes

While most modern washers cut down on the massive amount of time and physical labor they used to require, they still hog a great deal of electricity, water, and detergent. The Xeros washing machine

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How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

The Sea Tree design by architect Koen Olthuis (c) Waterstudio.NL When the movie Waterworld premiered in 1995, people regarded the Kevin Costner flick as a fairly ridiculous post-apocalyptic science

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New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

A newly released NASA satellite image taken from space shows the extent of California's worst drought since record-keeping started in 1885 and potentially the region's driest period in 500 years.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Water Scarcity Threatens the Planet

INFOGRAPHIC: How Water Scarcity Threatens the Planet

Water is one of the world's most important natural resources - yet safe, fresh drinking water is in increasingly short supply. Studies show that over 1.1 billion people lack access to potable water, and

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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

You probably never thought you could go to the gym and then rehydrate at the end of a grueling session with your own sweat, but that possibility now exists. Inspired by NASA astronauts, who are required

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New York Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

New York Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

While they might give you a glowing complexion, the tiny microbeads found in your face and body washes pose a big threat to waterways and aquatic life. In order to prevent the small but harmful beads from

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Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

  After Treeson water company founder Carlton Solle took a trip to Costa Rica with his family five years ago and saw the dreadful plastic pollution littering the beach, he learned that less

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Obama Blames Global Warming for California Drought, Pledges $183 Million in Aid

Obama Blames Global Warming for California Drought, Pledges $183 Million in Aid

In response to one of the most serious droughts to hit California in decades, President Obama has promised hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid to help residents cope. The past three years have

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New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

Paper photo from Shutterstock Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology recently teamed up with paper industry specialists to develop a new solvent that could drastically change the way the

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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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