Colorado River stakeholders to face tribal rights, environmental protection and climate change

Talks to revise water-use agreements are set to begin later this year as river flows shrink. The fate of the humpback chub helps explain the challenge.
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Some seagrasses work harder than others to slow climate change

By keeping the carbon out of the atmosphere, seagrass meadows help regulate our climate system. However, a recent study of an Australian estuary found that they're not all equally good at storing carbon.

California town’s well fails, now delivers contaminated water

The drinking water is polluted and sometimes the water pressure is too low to flush the toilet. They’re not alone.

'Watermelon snow' could be climate change omen

"Watermelon snow," so named for the deceptively delicate rosy tint appearing in the Italian Alps, could in reality be a climate change portent - although at least one scientist has warned against assuming a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

In parched Southwest, warm spring renews threat of ‘megadrought’

The Southwest has been mired in drought for most of the past two decades. The heat and dryness, made worse by climate change, have been so persistent that some researchers say the region is now caught up in a megadrought


Russia's Uralchem suspends plant in Perm region due to river pollution

Russian fertiliser maker Uralchem says it has temporarily suspended its Azot plant, an ammonia, nitric acid and urea producer in the Perm region, due to high calcium chloride levels in a river it uses for water supply.

Mapping vegetation health around the world

A new spaceborne sensor monitors Earth's surface temperature at a resolution higher than ever before, providing information on ecosystem responses to changes in water availability and climate stressors.

Shrinking water supplies threaten to put Iraq 'on the edge'

As lower oil prices and a coronavirus-driven downturn batter Iraq's economy, availability of safe water is eroding and could fuel greater tensions, security experts warned on Wednesday.

Contaminated Ground: Indiana’s City of Mineral Water faces specter of health threats

Once known as the City of Mineral Water for the healing power of its spring-fed spas, Martinsville, Indiana, now faces the specter of health threats caused by the contamination of its water supply.

River Wye pollution linked to growth in free-range poultry farming

The River Wye has become so polluted from waste linked to free-range poultry farms that it no longer meets European and national standards on river health, according to a body that represents fishing interests in the UK.
Plastic Pollution

IUCN launches a promotional video to tackle marine plastic pollution in the Caribbean

Up to 12 million tons of plastic debris enter the ocean every year. This has adverse impacts on the health of ocean ecosystems, the integrity of food supplies and people's livelihoods.

Children who drink water from private wells at higher risk of lead exposure

New research shows lead exposure worse for poor and black American children and highlights risk from contaminants in unregulated private wells.

60 percent of the fish we eat could face extinction thanks to climate change

Climate change is already leading to devastating floods, droughts, and the displacement of millions of people. And as the planet continues to warm, fish populations are poised to take a significant hit.

Climate change to fuel extreme waves in Arctic

Extreme waves in the Arctic are likely to become bigger and more frequent as a result of climate change, according to a new study by scientists in Canada.

DeSantis approves aquatic preserve

Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved the creation the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve to protect seagrass. Seagrass beds serve as a measure of water quality and provide habitat for marine life. A single acre of seagrass can support nearly 40,000 fish and 50 million small invertebrates, including lobster and shrimp.

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The dangers of opinion masquerading as fact in science journals: Jerrold J. Heindel

A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the program this year will discuss their ongoing research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas in the public sphere.

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

Blaming the COVID-19 messengers—public health officials under siege: Derrick Z. Jackson

The pandemic has put public health officials in a perilous place—caught between the common good and the often-toxic American drive for personal freedom.

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An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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