New MIT water purification method eliminates even trace chemical waste and pesticides

photo: MIT's water-purifying Faradaic materials

Ridding water of tiny concentrations of pollutants isn’t easy. Typically, a lot of energy or chemicals are required to remove these dangerous contaminants – but that could change. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany have come up with an electrochemical process able to pull out toxins like chemical wastes, pharmaceuticals, or pesticides. Their process could help people in developing countries


Report finds Florida drinking water ranks 2nd worst in nation

Report finds Florida drinking water ranks 2nd worst in nation

A study just released finds Floridians were exposed to unsafe drinking water, ranking second in the nation for most violations reported. The environmental nonprofit organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council, found — based on violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act — Florida was just behind Texas for most violations when ranked by population served for 2015.

The study finds the top violations by population were:

  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. Pennsylvania
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This is amazing – Eva got the clean water she demanded!

photo: Eva Tolage in front of school room chalkboard

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Eva Tolage, a young activist from Tanzania, launched Stand With Eva back in February 2015 and since then has been campaigning locally and nationally to get a clean supply of water for her community and school. Now, just over a year since Eva launched her campaign, a new water point has been installed at her school! Eva with her classmates at


3 Surprising Ways Water Depends on Healthy Forests

3 Surprising Ways Water Depends on Healthy Forests

Deforestation in the Amazon can affect rainfall in places as far away as Texas. Photo by Katja Schulz/Flickr

Healthy forests are critical to providing clean water. Forests can positively impact the quantity, quality and filtration costs associated with a city’s water, sometimes even reducing the need for costly concrete and steel infrastructure.

The world’s major watersheds lost 6% of their tree cover on average from 2000–2014. Today, about 31% of … [more…]

Animation, Storytelling Chronicle the Yellow Quill First Nation’s Water Struggles

movie frame: artist's hand drawing eagle, humans, and natural creation.

University of Saskatchewan research group interviewed 22 elders from First Nation community

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Animation might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to serious academic research.

But researchers from the University of Saskatchewan have teamed up with the Yellow Quill First Nation to chronicle the community’s struggles with water in a new video that combines storytelling and animated drawing.

It’s a part of … [more…]