Reforested areas rival mature forests in securing water, study finds

That forests are good for the environment is a no-brainer. What isn't as clear-cut: how do newly planted woodlands affect water availability?

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Great Slave Lake 2020 water levels confirmed highest on record

New research confirms Great Slave Lake's water levels during the summer and fall of 2020 were the highest since monitoring began in the 1930s.

Researchers urge better protection as wetlands continue to vanish

Swamps, sloughs, marshes, bogs, fens; water purification, flood control, wildlife nurseries, nutrient providers, carbon sinks: wetlands have many names and serve many environmental purposes. But for centuries they have been viewed simply as hindrances to human development, obstacles to drain and dredge to make room for progress. Few have escaped this pressure. Research indicates the […]

The western United States is a hotspot for snow droughts

A new study compares snowpack across the world and offers a tool to help scientists pinpoint where this critical resource is waning — and what that means for ecosystems and economies.

Analysis: How Vietnam came to embrace a new vision of the Mekong Delta's future

policymakers have grappled over how to gird the country's most important agricultural region against the effects of rising seas and upstream dam building.

Warmer winters causing more ice-free lakes in Northern Hemisphere, study finds

Climate change is having a widespread effect on lakes across the Northern Hemisphere, a new study has found, and it has widespread impacts, including affecting water quality.

How tall tundra shrubs reveal the hidden presence of permanently thawed tundra soil

Shrubs and talik create a positive feedback loop, reinforcing the thaw of permafrost and growth of larger shrubs.

The rancher trying to solve the West's water crisis

The power politics of the Colorado River have long pitted families like Paul Bruchez’s against big cities. Under pressure from climate change, they might be finding a path out.

Hawaii’s fresh water leaks to the ocean through underground rivers

If the water could be pumped to the surface, it could help alleviate shortages on the island.

Presto chango: How flood map revisions allow building in risky areas

Developers routinely are allowed to build in flood-prone areas after getting FEMA approval for measures such as raising the land with fill.

Declining snow cover in U.S. northeast will have major impacts on rivers, study finds

New research indicates that snow cover across the U.S. Northeast is declining as a result of climate change, and that by 2100 as much as 59 percent of the region will not accumulate any snow.

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.

Heidi Steltzer: To increase trust in science, we need to direct more research dollars to rural America

Pandemic relief funding should provide a much-needed boost to scientific research. And we should steer those dollars toward where they can do the most good.

Tunnel vision: Lessons in the impermanence of permafrost

In a tunnel beneath the frozen soil of Fox, Alaska, scientists are racing to understand the earth's dwindling permafrost before it is forever gone.

Praying for rain

The Zuni tribe's homeland is one of the most parched sections of the country. The tribe has already declared three drought emergencies in the last 15 years. Will it survive the next one?

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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: 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: 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: 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 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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