Rivers and lakes are the most degraded ecosystems in the world. Can we save them?

We rely on fresh water for drinking, food, and sanitation, and they’re in trouble. But freshwater issues are becoming a higher priority for conservationists.
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India targets climate activists with the help of Big Tech

Tech giants like Google and Facebook appear to be aiding and abetting a vicious government campaign against Indian climate activists.

Will the climate crisis tap out the Colorado River?

Water availability is going from bad to worse in the seven states that rely on the drought-stricken river.

German forest decline hits record levels

Bark beetles are the main driver of spruce tree deaths in the country. But this was exacerbated by a dry summer.

How does a state use 40 percent less water?

A recent study found that if the Colorado River drought continues, Arizona, California, and Nevada may have to cut their water usage by nearly half. Acceptance is the first step.

As extreme weather events increase, what are the risks to wildlife?

Last year the United States racked up nearly $100 billion in damages from weather and climate disasters. These events are starting to take their toll on wildlife, too.

Gov. Newsom pushes private seawater desalting plant over local and environmental opposition

Emails reveal that Newsom administration officials and Poseidon Water executives have been heavily involved in a regional water board review of the desalination proposal.


Climate change and corruption endanger an ancient valley in Lebanon

The government says a dam is necessary to provide drinking water in an era of rising temperatures and climate change. Activists say it's another corrupt government project.

Farmers in Western Australia's south-west corner are adapting to a life with less water

The people of south-west Western Australia have no choice but to adapt to one of the world's greatest declines in rainfall. This is what they're doing about it.

Texas blackouts point to coast-to-coast crises waiting to happen

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one-third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states. While it's not always possible to say precisely how global warming influenced any one particular storm, scientists said, an overall rise in extreme weather creates sweeping new risks.


Kristen Wolfe: Arizona rivers are drying up. This change could help sustain them

Arizona water law essentially forces us to use all the water we are given, not conserve some of it in our rapidly drying rivers. This must change.

Water could make Michigan a climate refuge. Are we prepared?

What may it take to prepare the Great Lakes region for the future climatologists say we can expect?

Risk of global food shortages due to Covid has increased, says UN envoy

People living in poverty around the world are in danger of food shortages as the coronavirus crisis continues, the UN's food envoy has warned, with the risk worse this year than in the period shortly after the pandemic began.

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Adaptation can compound climate change impacts on energy and water

Researchers have created a framework to trace the impacts of climate change and adaptation across energy and water systems in California.


Richard Silber, Liam Torpy: Warming and warnings from the high Himalayas

The region is warming much faster than much of the planet, and the consequences are already showing.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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