A 7.1 earthquake couldn’t kill this Mojave Desert town. But a water war just might

On the northern edge of the Mojave Desert, a new trauma has awakened old concerns: What happens if a town's water gets shut off?

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Leaders to UN: A warmer world is a more violent one, too

Using apocalyptic images, three presidents and seven foreign ministers warned Thursday that a warmer world is also a more violent one. At a ministerial meeting of the Security Council, the officials urged the U.N.'s most powerful body to do more to address the security implications of climate change.

Genesis Systems

Startup behind ‘WaterCube,’ aimed at water scarcity, picks Tampa for HQ

Genesis Systems will bring 125 jobs to the area as it begins selling the device around the world.

B.C.’s Sunshine Coast improvises to survive long-term drought

Farmers, gardeners, brewers and regional managers are banding together in a beautiful partnership to both store and distribute water across the extraordinarily parched coastal region, just north of Vancouver.


Young Slovenian Obama scholar spearheads the fight for water and equal rights

With a campaign against Slovenia's Water Act, activist and Obama Scholar Nika Kovac stopped her homeland's waters from being privatized. She also fights prejudice and campaigns for equal rights in several other areas.

Iran-Afghanistan water dispute to test Tehran′s ties to Taliban

An old dispute over water rights could be the first test of Iran's planned pragmatic cooperation with the Taliban. Without a functioning environmental agency, it's unclear who in Afghanistan can address the conflict.

How COVID is helping spur big investment in Alaska water and sanitation services

After a hard winter with a heavy COVID-19 toll in rural Alaska, health officials called for sweeping action to bring water and sanitation services to predominantly Native villages that have long lacked them.


Water scarcity: What′s the big deal?

Access to clean drinking water is a human right, but as the global population grows and the planet heats up, can we rely on this resource we take for granted?

Booming Colo. town asks, ‘Where will water come from?’

"Go West, young man,'' Horace Greeley famously urged. The problem for the northern Colorado town that bears the 19th-century newspaper editor's name: Too many people have heeded his advice.


As populations grow, how will thirsty cities survive their drier futures?

Water-sensitive urban design (WSUD), a holistic sustainable approach to water management, could give the world’s cities a viable means of dealing with the climatic shocks ahead. Cape Town and Singapore point the way.
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Colorado River water shortage means cuts for some states in the West

Low water in the river's largest reservoir, Lake Mead, is a bleak marker of the effects of climate change in the drought-stricken American West. The river is a critical water source for 40 million people in seven states.

Tensions rise as Iranian dams cut off Iraqi water supplies

Drought in Iran is sparking protests, but its strategy of building dams to conserve water has devastating consequences across the border in Iraq.

State struggles to understand impact on health, environment from man-made chemicals

Ever since the Gen X contamination story broke four years ago, NC regulators have been trying to figure out how to deal with these "emerging contaminants."


After generations of hauling water, a corner of Appalachia still waits for a better future

New efforts to close the “water access gap” face hard realities in McDowell County, W.Va., and other communities across the country.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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