How Water Gets From The Nile To Thirsty Refugees

photo of water cans: How Water Gets From The Nile To Thirsty Refugees

“Water was the biggest thing,” says journalist Tim McDonnell of the scene at the refugee settlement of Palorinya in northern Uganda. Since December, 146,000 South Sudanese have crossed the border, fleeing the violence of the civil war. And without enough water to drink, they would quite literally die.

He’d see them line up each day with their jerrycans to get the 15 liters of water for daily use. That’s a … [more…]

Ohio Trains Farmers To Help Lake Erie, But Is It Working?

Ohio Trains Farmers To Help Lake Erie, But Is It Working?

Farmer Adam Kirian runs a grain and livestock farm in Hancock County. The buildup of nutrients in western Lake Erie can trigger algae growth – and contaminate drinking water in nearby cities. That happened as recently as 2014, when Toledo residents could not drink their water for two days.

Researchers say agriculture is largely to blame, so Ohio is requiring farmers to take special training. But it’s not clear that … [more…]

How Water Gets From the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Los Angeles

photo: California aqueduct

Strong storms and cold temperatures this winter have left a behind a deep snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which provides water for about 23 million Californians from the Bay Area to Southern California. So how does all that water actually travel hundreds of miles to the Bay Area, Central Valley and Southern California?

If temperatures are cold enough, the Sierras act as a giant natural reservoir that stores snow … [more…]

Hydrological drought explained

Hydrological drought explained

Abstract — Drought is a complex natural hazard that impacts ecosystems and society in many ways. Many of these impacts are associated with hydrological drought (drought in rivers, lakes, and groundwater). It is, therefore, crucial to understand the development and recovery of hydrological drought. In this review an overview is given of the current state of scientific knowledge of definitions, processes, and quantification of hydrological drought. Special attention is given

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The world needs more toilets – but not ones that flush

The world needs more toilets – but not ones that flush

The invention of the flush toilet was probably one of the most unsustainable innovations in human history The invention of flush toilets increased the volume of waste from toilet by almost 20-fold (Credit: iStock) Today, 35.8% of the world’s population still lacks access to any proper sanitation facilities. That’s why in 2015, the world’s leaders agreed to strive for access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all by

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