Water Issues

Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

The UN and the World Health Organization define access to water and sanitation as a basic human right, yet many homeless go without. In San Francisco alone, there are 16 public showers for the 3,100+ men,

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Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

To understand the world's changing climate, scientists often look to tree cores and ice samples. For a record of ocean pollutants, researchers are beginning to turn to whale ear wax. Since whales are

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Gap Promises to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Clothes

Gap Promises to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Clothes

Clothing retailer Gap recently announced plans to phase out toxic chemicals from all of its products and supply chain, and it became one of the latest companies to commit to the Zero Discharge of

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“Clean Water” is a Natural Plant-Based System that can Inexpensively Remove Arsenic from the Environment

“Clean Water” is a Natural Plant-Based System that can Inexpensively Remove Arsenic from the Environment

The World Health Organization states that arsenic is responsible for one of the largest mass poisonings in human history, causing cancer in over 1.2 million people and sickening 150 million every year. In

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Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Louisiana Tap Water

Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Louisiana Tap Water

Image via Shutterstock Residents of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, are on alert after the Centers for Disease Control confirmed deadly amoeba have made their way into the water supply. The

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New Filter Uses Bugs and Slime to Clean Poisoned Water

New Filter Uses Bugs and Slime to Clean Poisoned Water

Australian scientists have developed a new water filter that can cheaply and easily filter arsenic out of drinking water. The technology it uses, however, isn't something you'd normally think of putting

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Cilantro Purifies Drinking Water in Developing Countries Cheaply and Sustainably

Cilantro Purifies Drinking Water in Developing Countries Cheaply and Sustainably

No longer just a flavorful garnish, cilantro has taken center stage in studies that show how the leafy herb might be a new, low-cost solution to purifying drinking water. Popularly used in Mexican and

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Huge Underground Water Reserves Discovered in Drought-Stricken Kenya

Huge Underground Water Reserves Discovered in Drought-Stricken Kenya

Of the 41 million people residing in Kenya, 17 million lack access to clean water. But today the people of the drought-stricken nation have a reason to celebrate, as scientists announced the discovery of

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223,000 Gallons of Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor Killing Thousands of Fish

223,000 Gallons of Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor Killing Thousands of Fish

This week Matson Inc, spilled 223,000 gallons of molasses into waters near Honolulu's Sand Island as the syrupy liquid was being transferred onto a container ship. According to the state Health Department

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Life-Threatening Floods Devastate Colorado, at Least 3 People Dead

Life-Threatening Floods Devastate Colorado, at Least 3 People Dead

Flash floods are sweeping across Colorado, washing out roads and cutting off communities. At least three people have been reported dead as a result of a devastating overnight storm that dumped over half a

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Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins

Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins

Photo via Shutterstock Imagine experiencing a noise so loud that it could cause not only disorientation, but also physical trauma and brain bleeding, as well as bubbles that form in your organs. This

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X Prize Announced to Save Oceans from Deadly Acidification and Rising CO2 Levels

X Prize Announced to Save Oceans from Deadly Acidification and Rising CO2 Levels

The X Prize aims to tackle the world's greatest challenges by creating 'large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions' to encourage today's greatest inventors to use their genius for the

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100,000 Kilograms of Dead Fish Surface in Polluted River in China’s Latest Environmental Disaster

100,000 Kilograms of Dead Fish Surface in Polluted River in China’s Latest Environmental Disaster

Another shocking environmental disaster has hit China's waterways. Earlier this summer, 16,000 dead pigs floated through Shanghai's river and then 1,000 dead ducks emerged in the Sichuan river; now, an

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can a Thorny Devil Teach Us About Water Harvesting?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can a Thorny Devil Teach Us About Water Harvesting?

Image © Mark Roy One of Australia's more bizarre creatures is the thorny devil or dragon, also known as the moloch. The devil is named for the ancient god Moloch, a hideous demon smeared with the

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Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About ‘We Are All Radioactive’: a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About ‘We Are All Radioactive’: a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

INHABITAT: What made you decide to start the We Are All Radioactive series? Lisa: I grew up in Japan, and my family and friends still live there -- so the earthquake was really shocking to me. My first

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Carnegie Wave Energy to Launch the World’s First Wave-Powered Desalination Plant

Carnegie Wave Energy to Launch the World’s First Wave-Powered Desalination Plant

Carnegie Wave Energy is planning to open the world's first zero-emission wave powered desalination plant on Garden Island in Australia. Using the Perth company's proprietary "CETO technology," the two

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How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

How Climate Change Fuels Wildfires Explained in 90 Seconds

It may seem reasonable that higher temperatures and drought conditions caused by climate change fuel wildfires, and that's definitely a big factor in this year's summer blazes. But according to leading

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Dopper’s Fashionable Net-Zero Carbon Water Bottle Offers More than Your Average Canteen

Dopper’s Fashionable Net-Zero Carbon Water Bottle Offers More than Your Average Canteen

Of the 450,000 single-use plastic bottles used every minute in the U.S., only 20% are recycled; the rest are dumped into landfills or find their way into our oceans. Using smart design to combat plastic

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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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