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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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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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