Water Issues

The Uji Shower Head Lets You Know When You are Taking Too Long in the Bathroom

The Uji Shower Head Lets You Know When You are Taking Too Long in the Bathroom

Standing under a relaxing stream of hot water, it can be easy to forget how long you are taking in the shower. Time becomes warped in a combination of suds and steam, making it difficult to keep tabs on

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State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Power, Water

State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Power, Water

As the 200 square mile 'Rim Fire' continues to grow across Northern California and into Yosemite National Park, Governor Jerry Brown has taken the unusual step of declaring a State of Emergency for the

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South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

  Image via Shutterstock. If you were to guess what feature South Florida was desperately lacking, sand would probably not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, the coastline is

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Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Before Hurricane Sandy, building giant sea walls to protect NYC from storm surges may have sounded extreme, but now respected urban planners are considering it as a viable solution. The New York Observer

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The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

Doing laundry can be aggravating enough without having to worry about quarters, hauling heavy loads, and wasting energy. The Laundry Pod from StoreBound avoids the stress of laundromats by providing a

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Juan Castanos’ Amphibious Home Is Designed to be Self-Sustaining Even in Flood Condtitions

Juan Castanos’ Amphibious Home Is Designed to be Self-Sustaining Even in Flood Condtitions

With global warming driving the melting of glaciers, researchers predict a sharp rise in sea levels that could stifle some of the world's largest metropolitan cities built near the coasts of the sea as

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Scientists to Use Google’s Underwater Street View to Better Understand Coral Reefs

Scientists to Use Google’s Underwater Street View to Better Understand Coral Reefs

The beauty of Google Street View is that it can instantly transport you to faraway places, giving you an on-the-ground perspective. Scientists in Australia have partnered with Google to produce stunning

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Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Mexico City residents face huge water scarcity issues. In fact, eight million people living in the country’s capital suffer from inadequate water supply. Sometimes this means going months without access

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Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

As the sea level rises and storms become more intense due to the effects of climate change, a new study predicts that damage to coastal cities will cost $1 trillion every year by 2050. The research, which

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Ferry Sinks in the Philippines, Killing More than 50 and Leaking Thousands of Gallons of Oil

Ferry Sinks in the Philippines, Killing More than 50 and Leaking Thousands of Gallons of Oil

Photo via Shutterstock A routine boat ride took a tragic turn on Friday, when a large ferry containing 750 passengers collided with a cargo ship and sank in the Philippines. The death toll has risen to

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Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

A team of international researchers have found a new way to purify water in the developing world. It’s a filter made of plasma-charged carbon nano-tubes that can easily filter out harmful contaminants

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Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo is a permeable paving system that relies on science rather than gaps to encourage water infiltration. Composed of 48% recycled material, the pavers allow water to pass through the surface

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“Iron Man” Ocean Jetpacks Could Cause Harm to Coral and Fish Populations

“Iron Man” Ocean Jetpacks Could Cause Harm to Coral and Fish Populations

Fishermen, scientists, and state officials in Hawaii are questioning the safety of “Iron Man”-style jetpacks that use pumped seawater to send users flying up into the air. The devices can send people

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Dead Dolphins Washing Ashore on the East Coast of the U.S. in Alarming Numbers

Dead Dolphins Washing Ashore on the East Coast of the U.S. in Alarming Numbers

This summer, over a hundred dead dolphins washed up on the shores of the East Coast of the United States, and scientists are baffled about the cause. Whatever is hurting the animals is specifically

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NASA Maps Out the Shape of Wildfires to Come

NASA Maps Out the Shape of Wildfires to Come

Every year, it seems that wildfires get a little more frequent and a lot more devastating. And it makes you wonder, as the planet continues to get warmer and the land becomes drier, just how bad will

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Fracking Dries Out Texas Town’s Water Supply

Fracking Dries Out Texas Town’s Water Supply

A small town in Texas has run out of water, and local residents are blaming shale gas fracking as the culprit. Barnhart, a town in Irion county, was already suffering after three years of drought, The

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Taiwanese Nuclear Plant May Have Been Leaking Toxic Water for the Past Three Years

Taiwanese Nuclear Plant May Have Been Leaking Toxic Water for the Past Three Years

Photo via Shutterstock It looks like Japan isn't the only country to suddenly realize that its nuclear plants have radioactive water leaks. A report from Reuters says a nuclear plant in Taiwan may have

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Researchers Develop New Oil Spill Cleanup System Inspired by Cactus Needles

Researchers Develop New Oil Spill Cleanup System Inspired by Cactus Needles

A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have looked to nature for inspiration in their new oil spill clean-up system. The new technique is inspired by prickly cacti and, if successful, it

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Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change

Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change

As the world's population soars above 7 billion, the threat of severe drought weighs heavily on global food supply. To help in the fight against worsening climate change, scientists in Japan have bred a

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority Says Contaminated Water at Fukushima an ‘Emergency’

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority Says Contaminated Water at Fukushima an ‘Emergency’

The head of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), Shinji Kinjo has described the state of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as an "emergency". He was referring to the plant operator's

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Rising Sea Levels Could Submerge 1,700 U.S. Cities by 2100

Rising Sea Levels Could Submerge 1,700 U.S. Cities by 2100

Image by Nickolay Lamm A new study released by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany reveals that a temperature increase of only one degree Celsius could cause sea levels

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The Caribbean has Lost 80% of its Coral Reefs According to Catlin Seaview Survey

The Caribbean has Lost 80% of its Coral Reefs According to Catlin Seaview Survey

Coral reef photo from Shutterstock Overall, the world has already lost 40% of its corals due to pollution, climate change, and overfishing. Recently the Catlin Seaview Survey found that reefs in the

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Louisiana Flood Board Sues 97 Oil and Gas Companies Over Damage to Coastal Wetlands

Louisiana Flood Board Sues 97 Oil and Gas Companies Over Damage to Coastal Wetlands

Photo via Shutterstock Louisiana has seen its fair share of flooding and hurricane damage due to the loss of its wetlands, and now the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is suing 97

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Koa Produces World’s First “Organic” Bottled Water

Koa Produces World’s First “Organic” Bottled Water

If the concept of bottled water strikes you as an environmental disaster, hold onto your reusable canteen - a company called Koa just launched the "world's first organic bottled water." Yes, you read that

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WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water

WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water

The WaterBean is a brilliant portable water filter that can be inserted within any bottle to provide pure, fresh water on the go. The colorful filter is small enough to be conveniently carried anywhere,

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Picturesque Lagoon Dyed Black to Stop Swimmers From Taking a Dip in Toxic Water

Picturesque Lagoon Dyed Black to Stop Swimmers From Taking a Dip in Toxic Water

A picturesque lagoon in Buxton, England has been dyed black in an attempt to discourage swimmers who might be drawn in by its beauty, only to expose themselves to the dangerous chemicals, "car wrecks,

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Alberta Tar Sands Have Been Leaking for Nine Weeks with No Signs of Stopping

Alberta Tar Sands Have Been Leaking for Nine Weeks with No Signs of Stopping

In Cold Lake, Alberta an environmental disaster is unfolding. The Primrose bitumen emulsion site has been seeping tar over 30 acres of swampy forest for the past nine weeks. Already, the viscous substance

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Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

Climate Change and Agricultural Runoff to Cause Massive Algae Blooms in Lake Erie

For some areas of the world, climate change means hurricanes, tornadoes, or drought. In Ohio, alterations in temperature, wind patterns, and water circulation translate into tons of toxic algae floating

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Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Over two billion people on the planet lack access to adequate sanitation. That means dirty water, disease, and contaminated medical supplies. Without access to proper infrastructure providing plumbing or

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Sink and Urinal Combo Saves Water and Encourages Men to Wash Their Hands

Sink and Urinal Combo Saves Water and Encourages Men to Wash Their Hands

Gentlemen, now there is no excuse to leave the bathroom without washing your hands. Doing the right thing for the environment and fellow human beings is a lot easier with the Stand, a combination urinal

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