Feb 9, 2014

A glance at the world's major drought hot spots

by Tess Reid

1. California: The state’s water resources are at critically low levels and a drought emergency has been declared. The health department says 17 rural areas are dangerously parched. 2. Sao Paulo, Brazil: The country’s largest city is on the verge of water rationing because ...

Indigenous woman inspired Chile in trying to stop dam

Dec 29, 2013

Indigenous woman inspired Chile in trying to stop dam

In the end, indigenous leader Nicolasa Quintreman was buried apart from the plot of land where she had lived nearly her entire life. Her decadelong battle against the construction of a 155-meter-tall dam on the Bio Bio River in south-central Chile was lost years ...

Dec 10, 2013

Drinking water project pumps up Dead Sea

The Dead Sea has been rapidly disappearing for the past 50 years, one of the world’s natural wonders careening toward ecological collapse. But in a deal signed Monday and hailed as “historic,” Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority agreed on an ambitious project to ...

Oldest body of fossil seawater discovered

Nov 17, 2013

Oldest body of fossil seawater discovered

The Chesapeake Bay can not only be seen from space, it essentially came from space. An asteroid or huge chunk of ice slammed into Earth about 35 million years ago, splashing into the North Atlantic Sea, sending tsunami as far as the Blue Ridge ...

Oceans getting 'hot, sour, breathless'

Nov 14, 2013

Oceans getting 'hot, sour, breathless'

Greenhouse gases are making the world’s oceans warm, acidic and short on oxygen, and the way those changes work together is creating a grimmer outlook for global waters, according to a new report Wednesday from 540 international scientists. The world’s oceans are getting more ...

Sep 20, 2013

New battery turns sewage into electricity

U.S. scientists may have found a new way to produce clean energy by way of dirty water, according to a new study. The engineers have developed a more efficient method to use microbes to harness electricity from wastewater. They hope their technique can be ...

'Red-Dead' plan by Jordan, Israel worries experts

Aug 31, 2013

'Red-Dead' plan by Jordan, Israel worries experts

A plan to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea could save it from total evaporation and bring desalinated water to thirsty neighbors Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians. But environmentalists warn that the “Red-Dead” project could have dire consequences, altering the unique ...

Europe's urban rivers regain life after neglect

Aug 4, 2013

Europe's urban rivers regain life after neglect

Beaches in Paris and Warsaw, a bucolic cycle in Madrid: Capitals around Europe are slowly transforming their riverbanks from noisy, polluted thoroughfares to green, leisurely havens. Keen to boost their image, environmental credentials and their economy, authorities in many cities are giving rivers pride ...