A marine phytoplankton virus affects cloud formation

photo: Emiliana huxleyi. A marine phytoplankton virus affects cloud formation

Photo: the phytoplankton species Emiliana huxleyi, coming soon to a cloud near you.

A species of marine phytoplankton that explodes after contracting a virus may play a role in regulating Earth’s climate, a new study finds.

Emiliania huxleyi is a type of single-celled plant-like organism called a coccolithophore that occurs ubiquitously in the world’s oceans. Under the right conditions, it multiplies rapidly to form giant aggregations, known as blooms, up … [more…]

Animation of Satellite Data Shows SoCal “Breathing” Water

Animation Based on Satellite Data Shows SoCal "Breathing" Water

Credit: Bryan Riel and Mark Simons

Using an unprecedented number of satellite radar images, geophysicists at Caltech have tracked how the ground in Southern California rises and falls as groundwater is pumped in and out of aquifers beneath the surface.

Their findings are presented in a study that tracks deformation of the earth’s surface over an 18-year period. The work can be used by water management districts to assess the … [more…]

Renewable Energy Saves Water and Creates Jobs

photo: wind farm energy may save a lot of water. Renewable Energy Saves Water and Creates Jobs

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A common argument for expanding renewable energy sources is that technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines are responsible for far less carbon dioxide than power plants that burn fossil fuels. But two other powerful benefits should also be getting much more attention: the switch can save vast quantities of freshwater, and can create a large number of new, high-paying jobs.

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The Hidden Dangers of Counterfeit Water Filters

The Hidden Dangers of Counterfeit Water Filters

Online shopping makes it easier to run errands, saving us time and often money, too. As a savvy shopper, you know that a too-good-to-be-true price on a designer purse, shoes or sunglasses probably means it’s a fake; but did you know other unsuspecting household products you use daily could be counterfeits too?

Counterfeit water filters are rampant online, disguised as certified filters with trademark violations, fraudulent and misleading labels and

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Paper presents changes in Ogallala Aquifer groundwater quality

In a new paper published by the Texas Water Journal (TWJ), a group of researchers for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), found that the quality of water being extracted from the Ogallala Aquifer changes in complex and unpredictable ways.

photo: pumping groundwater from the Oglalla Aquifer. Paper presents changes in Ogallala Aquifer groundwater quality

“In some cases, water quality declined and in others water quality improved,” the researchers wrote in the paper’s abstract. Drs. Timothy S. Goebel, John E. Stout … [more…]