Productivity Commission finds Australia's water policy not up to challenge of climate change, population growth

As urban populations grow, Australia's cities need a greater focus on recycled and storm water for both drinking water and maintaining open green spaces.

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Colorado's Water Plan has made progress toward ensuring supply, but the work's far from done

Five years in, accelerating climate change and rapid population growth, not to mention a shortage of funding, have made the Colorado Water Plan's vision for the future more complex.


Grizzlies are coming back. But can we make room for them?

We call them "attacks;" bears see them as defense. Either way, human-grizzly interactions are on the rise.

Amid water crisis, recent storms provide some relief to Istanbul

In Istanbul, Turkey's most populated city with 15 million people, dams were less than a quarter full, causing concerns over limited water supply in the coming months.


Carl Safina: Avoiding a 'ghastly future': Hard truths on the state of the planet

A group of the world's top ecologists have issued a stark warning about the snowballing crisis caused by climate change, population growth, and unchecked development.


Curb population growth to tackle climate change: Now that's a tough ask

If we want a liveable future for our grandchildren is it ethical to reduce the number of people being born into that world?

Rapidly disappearing Tuni glacier raises concerns for Bolivian water scarcity

The Tuni glacier, a formerly vast piece of ice that rises over the Bolivian capital of La Paz as a critical water source, is disappearing faster than predicted, reported Reuters earlier this month.


Humanity’s ‘ecological Ponzi scheme’ sets up bleak future, scientists warn

The authors say their message is meant to give a "cold shower" to leaders who can help make positive changes for the planet.


Agriculture will threaten habitat for 90 percent of animal species by 2050

Agricultural expansion could destroy some of the habitat of almost 90 percent of terrestrial animal species, a new study has found, leading to a widespread biodiversity crisis.


Wall Street vultures are ready to get rich from water scarcity

The basis of all human life is now officially on the market. Call it the No Future futures index.
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California water futures begin trading amid fear of scarcity

"Climate change, droughts, population growth, and pollution are likely to make water scarcity issues and pricing a hot topic for years to come."


People keep moving to US counties most at risk of wildfires

Among the counties with the highest fire risk, six ranked among the top 10% for population growth between 2013-2018.

The population debate: Are there too many people on the planet?

The world population is 7.7 billion. What do our growing numbers mean for economic security, climate change, environmental destruction and the likelihood of pandemics?

Florida experts brainstorm ways to meet population growth demands while protecting natural water supply

Florida's population grows every year. And the state is trying to come up with ways to meet people's needs without ruining natural water resources.

As Colorado wildfires burn, fears that climate change is causing "multi-level emergency" mount

The record-breaking forest fires burning in Colorado even as winter sets in are the latest sign climate warming is hitting the West hard, causing scientists to up their rhetoric and warn it is past time to move beyond planning and start aggressively acting.

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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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