China's eco-crisis: 60% of groundwater polluted

Apr 24, 2014

China's eco-crisis: 60% of groundwater polluted

Sixty percent of groundwater in China — which is officially monitored — is too polluted to drink directly, state media reported, underlining the country’s grave environmental problems. Water quality measured in 203 cities across China last year rated “very poor” or “relatively poor” in ...

Apr 18, 2014

U.S. reservoir to be drained after teen's call of nature

The mix of 143 million liters of treated water and one teen’s urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to ...

World energy use threatens water

Mar 23, 2014

World energy use threatens water

Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies, according to a United Nations report released Friday. The report urged energy companies to do more to limit their use of water in everything from cooling coal-fired power plants ...

Rare Lake Superior ice sculptures lure tourists

Feb 16, 2014

Rare Lake Superior ice sculptures lure tourists

From the bridge of the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, northern Lake Huron looks like a vast, snow-covered field dotted with ice slabs as big as boulders — a battleground for the icebreaker’s 58-member crew during one of the roughest winters in memory. It has ...

U.S. probes huge coal ash spill after state inaction alleged

Feb 14, 2014

U.S. probes huge coal ash spill after state inaction alleged

U.S. authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident, which left a waterway polluted with toxic sludge. The U.S. ...

Water shortages leaving world high and dry

Feb 9, 2014

Water shortages leaving world high and dry

by Suzanne Goldenberg

On Jan. 17, scientists downloaded fresh data from a pair of NASA satellites and distributed the findings among the small group of researchers who track the world’s water reserves. At the University of California, Irvine, hydrologist James Famiglietti looked over the data from the ...

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 ...