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Brain-eating amoeba found in a Texas city's water supply

A 6-year-old boy died in Lake Jackson, Texas, after being infected by an organism that enters the nose and travels to the brain.

'We’ve crossed a threshold': has industrial farming contributed to Ireland’s water crisis?

A surge in milk production has reaped economic rewards, but at what cost to once-pristine rivers and estuaries?

A sprawling Superfund site has contaminated Lavaca Bay. Now, it’s threatened by climate change

The closed Alcoa aluminum plant on the Texas Gulf Coast is among 945 Superfund locations imperiled by intensifying hurricanes, floods, storms surges and wildfires.
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Hurricanes near U.S. coast forecast to worsen due to climate change

The 2020 hurricane season may be best remembered as the one that spawned so many storms that forecasters ran out of names and had to resort to Greek letters.


Brain-eating amoeba in water supply spurs Texas city to declare disaster after boy, 6, dies

A city in Texas issued a disaster declaration Saturday after a brain-eating amoeba was found in water supplies, weeks after a 6-year-old boy died after contracting the microbe.

Laura Crews: Living with climate change in a year of fire and ice

Is this what it is to live with climate change? To carry on as normal even though nothing is normal?

Coca-Cola Amatil fears mine will pollute secret bottled water source with toxic chemicals

Coca-Cola Amatil fears its secret bottled water source in the NSW Southern Highlands is under threat from a major sand mine proposed for neighbouring land.


Chad halts lake's world heritage status request over oil exploration

Chad has asked to suspend an application for world heritage site status for Lake Chad to explore oil and mining opportunities in the region, it can be revealed.


Study: With global warming, marine heatwaves like 'The Blob' will become commonplace

According to a new study, anthropogenic climate change has made extreme heatwaves like the Blob more likely. In fact, the study's authors claim human-caused global warming is directly to blame for the Blob.

The warming climates of the Arctic and the tropics squeeze the mid-latitudes, where most people live

For humans, the mid-latitudes are Earth's climate sweet spots, where much of civilization, including cities and key food production areas, have developed. But those zones are increasingly being pummeled by climate change from both the north and south.


Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres - even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds

Melting of the Antarctic ice sheet will cause sea level rises of about two and a half metres around the world, even if the goals of the Paris agreement are met, research has shown.


A French town is using human hair to clean oil pollution from the ocean

Citizens from the French town of Brignoles have accumulated 40 tons of hair in a warehouse, sent from salons far and wide. They plan to stuff nylon stockings with it in order to make floating tubes, which they will place near harbors to clean up ocean oil pollution.


'It smells bad, it tastes bad': How Americans stopped trusting their water

Rural water systems face unique challenges in providing clean, safe, affordable, sustainable drinking water including difficult terrain, a lack of financial stability and expertise.


Calif. Approves new treatment method for removing nitrate from groundwater

An innovative process that uses naturally occurring bacteria to remove nitrate from contaminated groundwater has received approval from California's State Water Board as a treatment method.

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