Category: Water

Global flood toll to triple by 2030

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment People affected by river flooding worldwide could triple by 2030, with climate change and population growth the main factors, says a new report.

UK to pioneer lagoon power plants

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment Plans to generate electricity from the world’s first series of tidal lagoons are unveiled in the UK, with sites proposed in Wales, Somerset and Cumbria.

Growing Risks to India’s Water Supply Mapped With New Online Tool

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360 A new online tool could help water users in India understand the risks to their water supply, which is dwindling and increasingly

Slushy wave off coast of Nantucket

Originally Published by EarthSkyView larger. As you well know if you live there, the eastern United States has been in a deep freeze throughout February, 2015. Wave after wave of ice and snowstorms have hit the region, and NASA says that hundreds (maybe thousands) of records have been set for daily low temperatures. Now, from […]

Science, Science Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink: Three Solutions for an Outdated System

Scientific research should be primarily driven by the need to serve society. This article focuses on water as an example, although the solutions proposed could apply to many other fields.

Leaky wells, not fracking, polluted US drinking water

Originally Published by New Scientist – The act of fracking is probably not contaminating US drinking water – the real problem is leaks from the wells that bring natural gas to the surface

Do dams destroy rivers?

Originally Published by The Guardian – Ultimately dams change rivers. The degree to which they change and the negative impacts on humans and nature depend on how large they are, how they are built and managed and where they are located.

Tracking Snow: The Cryosphere in an Era of Climate Change

Matthew Sturm. Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A new generation of weather satellites is helping researchers gain insights into the complex relationship between the cryosphere – the planet’s cold regions – and the climate. With drinking water supplies dwindling around the world, understanding the cryosphere is becoming a front-burner issue.

How to stop toxic blooms clogging up Lake Erie

Originally Published by New Scientist – Parts of Ohio were without drinking water for several days after toxic bacteria built up in Lake Erie. The challenge now is to stop it happening again.

A six-state California faces a water war

Originally Published by New Scientist – An audacious plan to split California into six pieces is unlikely to succeed, but may force the state to tackle its water woes head-on.