Water Issues

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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The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn't know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current

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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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