Water Issues

Los Angeles Pays Residents to Rip Out Their Lawn

Los Angeles Pays Residents to Rip Out Their Lawn

Residents in Los Angeles are getting paid some green to go green by getting rid of their green (lawns, that is). The city's Department of Water and Power is paying homeowners to tear up their

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Trees Are Adapting to Climate Change by Using Water More Efficiently

Trees Are Adapting to Climate Change by Using Water More Efficiently

It's clear that global warming is going to require some serious adaptation. While some life on this planet digs in its heels, other lifeforms-- like trees -- are already adapting to climate change. A

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Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

The world's oceans are experiencing a tough time. Overfishing, acidification from climate change, pollution, and dead zones have all become major challenges to the health of aquatic ecosystems around the

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Head of Earth Policy Institute Warns That Current Water Shortages Will Soon Threaten Food Supplies

Head of Earth Policy Institute Warns That Current Water Shortages Will Soon Threaten Food Supplies

Image via Shutterstock All over the world, wells are drying up and water tables are dropping low. Altogether, 18 countries around the world are over-pumping their underground water resources to the

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The Cloud Harvester Catches and Stores Fresh Water from Fog

The Cloud Harvester Catches and Stores Fresh Water from Fog

The Cloud Harvester is an ingenious device that is designed to catch and condense fog into water droplets which, in turn, run down a stainless steel mesh into a water storage container. The device

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Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Cattle waste presents a huge problem for farmers. From feed to fecal matter, it has the potential to cause environmental harm when leaked into waterways, released as gas into the air, and it can infect

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Plus-Shaped Pool is One Step Closer to Floating on NYC’s East River

Plus-Shaped Pool is One Step Closer to Floating on NYC’s East River

An amazing floating pool is being planned for NYC's East River, but it needs your help. Called the + Pool because of its plus-shaped design, the waterbody already has the backing of many New York

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PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

Upon arriving, it's difficult to believe that you're still in Buenos Aires. But it takes just 1 hour by train, 45 minutes by boat, and a short 5 minute walk through a green tunnel, you'll find yourself

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US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

Photo via Shutterstock In March, Exxon's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the suburban town of Mayflower, Arkansas. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of bitumen from leaked into neighborhoods and waterways

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Proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska Could Wipe Out Half the World’s Sockeye Salmon

Proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska Could Wipe Out Half the World’s Sockeye Salmon

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL Pipeline has been firmly established as North America's biggest environmental battleground, but another major battle is forming in Bristol Bay, Alaska over the

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Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

It has been over two years since the catastrophic meltdown at the Fukusima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the bad news keeps on rolling in. On the heels of an announcement by Tepco that the water at the

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Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

Denmark’s Rabalder Park Can Store 10 Swimming Pools Worth of Floodwater

Designed by Danish firm Nordarch, Rabalder Park combines its drainage function with recreation, offering the city inhabitants lots of hang-out, grill and dancing areas, fitness and parkour equipment and a

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Underwater Hotel Gets Green Light to be Constructed in the Maldives

Underwater Hotel Gets Green Light to be Constructed in the Maldives

The $50 million project will be built by a Dubai development company nestled within the coral reefs on the picturesque island of Kuredhivaru. Jutting out from the water, the Water Discus Hotel will be

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Ecuadorian Pipeline Leak Sends 420,000 Gallons of Oil Towards Brazilian Amazon River

Ecuadorian Pipeline Leak Sends 420,000 Gallons of Oil Towards Brazilian Amazon River

Living along a major river means you are at the mercy of the actions of those living upstream. On May 31, a landslide ruptured the Trans-Ecuador pipeline operated by Petroecuador, sending 420,000 gallons

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurricane

Photo © On Wings of Care When Hurricane Ivan coursed through the Gulf of Mexico in 2004, it knocked out operations at a Taylor Energy Company platform and ruptured several well heads in the area.

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Tepco Admits Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

Tepco Admits Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, just reversed its statement that the water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is not contaminated. The utility company has detected low levels of

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Mississippi River Flooding Forces Evacuation in Missouri After Levee Breach

Mississippi River Flooding Forces Evacuation in Missouri After Levee Breach

June, 2008 sandbag effort. Hundreds of people living in St. Charles County near St. Louis, Missouri were evacuated from their homes after a levee breach Monday night. The Mississippi River at St. Louis

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World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

The city of Osaka plans to transform the Dotonbori Canal into the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. According to the proposal, the city wants to insert a 40 by 2,625 foot pool into the center of

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Study Finds 82% of All Native Californian Fish Could Be Extinct Within 100 Years

Study Finds 82% of All Native Californian Fish Could Be Extinct Within 100 Years

A new study published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE warns that many native Californian fish - including salmon - are on track to extinction due to climate change. The study found that 82 percent of

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Qatar Unveils Plans for Massive Artificial Oryx Island to House 25,000 Visitors During 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Plans for Massive Artificial Oryx Island to House 25,000 Visitors During 2022 World Cup

The two million-square-meter Onyx Island will comprise five temporary floating hotels and three permanent ones, an open air theater pavilion and a total of 234 villas. HOK and ABS Architects were

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Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch the Chemicals

Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch the Chemicals

This gorgeous swimming pool isn't a typical chlorine-filled watering hole--it's actually a natural swimming pond that relies on plants to filter the water. (Don't worry, you're not swimming among the

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United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

The world is on a crash course to run out of fresh water, according to United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. At yesterday's UN’s International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban Ki-moon

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Byproducts from Greek Yogurt Prove Toxic to the Environment

Byproducts from Greek Yogurt Prove Toxic to the Environment

Greek yogurt is delicious, high in protein, and a good alternative to sugary snacks. However the $2 billion dollar a year industry has a dark side that comes in the form of toxic acid whey. It takes three

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Minnesota Lakes Are Contaminated with Cocaine and Antidepressants

Minnesota Lakes Are Contaminated with Cocaine and Antidepressants

Photo via Shutterstock Lake Superior and other bodies of water around Minnesota have been found to contain a disturbing amount of chemicals, including prescription drugs and even cocaine. A recent

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Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

There are some phenomena in nature that inspire tears of joy, some that spark a sense of awe, and then there are those that send chills up your spine. The Taylor Glacier in Antarctica, which was

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David Graas’ Colorful Modular Lamps Divert Plastic from the Ocean

David Graas’ Colorful Modular Lamps Divert Plastic from the Ocean

Most plastics can be endlessly recycled without losing their indestructibility. But instead of being reused, the majority of plastics will end up as one-time-use products, finding their end as pollutants

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Thames Water to Transform London’s Sewage Into Drinking Water for Entire Population

Thames Water to Transform London’s Sewage Into Drinking Water for Entire Population

London photo from Shutterstock Thames Water, the company that provides drinking water for the city of London, has unveiled a new long-term strategy that will recycle sewage to provide drinking water

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Bercy Chen Studio’s Cylindrical Boat House in Austin Has its Own Waterfall

Bercy Chen Studio’s Cylindrical Boat House in Austin Has its Own Waterfall

Bercy Chen Studio’s one-of-a-kind shelter consists of two elliptical floors that are joined by a swirling staircase. The lower level has a wooden deck mainly used for lounging next to the water and

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Tiny New York Town Wins Landmark Case to Uphold Fracking Ban

Tiny New York Town Wins Landmark Case to Uphold Fracking Ban

As of 2012, 2.5 million oil and gas wells have been drilled worldwide using the hydraulic fracturing method, and more than 1 million of them are located in the United States. The result of this trend

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West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

West 8 Plans to Transform a Polluted Area of China into an Ecologically Sound Flower City

Like much of China, the Flower City will inhabit an area of the country with heavily polluted waterways. In order to ensure the longevity of the region, the local government called for urban plans that

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