Water is one of the most valuable resources on Earth. It covers over two thirds of the planet’s surface, makes up around 70% of the human body and is essential for life. For many people a consistent supply of clean, safe water is on tap. But for many others … [more…]
We already know that coal-fired power plants are bad for the planet, but that’s usually because we are just thinking about the enormous amounts of carbon dioxide emissions they contribute to our atmosphere. A new Greenpeace report entitled The Great Water Grab sheds light on another terrifying aspect of the coal industry – its astronomical water consumption. The report suggests that the global coal industry uses the same amount of … [more…]
It’s well known that dolphins are among the world’s smartest creatures, and humans are among the world’s most annoying. The marine mammals, which use a complex pattern of squeaks and whistles to communicate with each other under water are having trouble hearing themselves think because the nearby humans, with their noisy boats and shipping lanes, are making such a ruckus.
A study published in this week’s edition of Biology Letters… [more…]
A former NASA scientist has come to work at the University of Saskatchewan to address issues of water security and scarcity around the world.
Considered one of the leading hydrologists in the world, Jay Famiglietti was recruited to be the executive … [more…]
South Florida needs all hands on deck — now
No graver threat faces the future of South Florida than the accelerating pace of sea-level rise. In the past … [more…]