Poseidon’s Huntington Beach desalination plant still in choppy waters

The company still cannot definitively say who will buy the 50 million gallons a day of drinking water it wants to produce on the Orange County coast.

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A salty fight in Huntington Beach over making ocean water drinkable

In Huntington Beach, a debate is brewing over the construction of a desalination plant, which would convert salty seawater to drinkable water.


When it rains, Texas forgets drought and worsening water scarcity

In Texas, dry years reveal a momentous confrontation as residents encounter the menacing consequence of runaway growth.

Jose Barrera: Climate change is the real threat to Latinx

The real threat to economically disadvantaged and communities of color is climate change and its effect on the environment and our water resources.


Driven by climate change, desalination researchers seek solutions to water scarcity

The state of California has dedicated $34 million for eight desalination facilities across the state amid growing concerns about water scarcity in the U.S.


The reality of Abu Dhabi's unfinished utopia

At the UN’s World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, attendees toured Masdar City, the master-planned eco-complex designed to show off the UAE’s commitment to sustainability.

'The salt they pump back in kills everything': Is the cost of Chile's fresh water too high?

Antofagasta relies on a vast desalination plant which provides the city with drinking water – but the waste brine is killing wildlife, say fishermen.


Sydney desalination plant discharge boosts fish numbers by almost 300 per cent

Researchers feared desalination plant discharge would decrease fish numbers, but they were stunned when their seven-year study found the opposite had happened.


The world can make more water from the sea, but at what cost?

Worldwide, desalination is increasingly seen as one possible answer to problems of water quantity and quality that will worsen with global population growth and climate change. But energy and financial requirements limit how widely it can be used.


India's Chennai rapid growth threatened by water shortages

In Chennai, a coastal city of about 10 million and the capital of Tamil Nadu state, rapid development and rampant construction have overtaxed a once-abundant natural water supply.


As water scarcity increases, desalination plants are on the rise

After decades of slow progress, desalination is increasingly being used to provide drinking water around the globe.


Slaking the world's thirst with seawater dumps toxic brine in oceans

The salt and chemicals in the brine left over from desalination can threaten local marine ecosystems.


Desalination has a waste problem

Brine production is 50 percent higher than was assumed a United Nations study finds.

The environmental cost of quenching the world′s thirst

Desalination makes fresh water available for millions of people, but it has environmental impacts: Lots of energy is needed and marine wildlife suffers because of the salty and toxic slush dumped in the sea.
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