As the population of Texas grows and demand for water increases, access to enough fresh drinking water will become a critical issue in many areas of the state. Yet, Texas has an abundance of brackish water. While this water source is too cloudy and salty to drink, it can be purified by desalination.
With an eye on the future, the Texas Water Development Board has approved up to $800,000 in gr ... read more >>
Around South Florida's vast sugar cane fields, where turtles grow to the size of basketballs and alligators own the marsh, the silence of the swamp is broken by the sound of rumbling trucks and explosions. ... read more >>
Caribbean nations face "very, very scary" rises in sea level and intensifying hurricanes, and Florida, Louisiana and even northern California could be overrun with rising water levels due to global warming triggered by carbon-based greenhouse gases, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Saturday.
Chu's comments followed meetings with environmental ministers attending the fifth Summit of the America ... read more >>
Scientists say this year that the "dead zone" area that forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the largest ever measured.
The large area of low oxygen that chokes marine life comes in addition to the massive BP oil spill.
Microbes that eat the oil can deplete oxygen in the water. But the researchers who measure the dead zone couldn't say there is a connection between the spill a ... read more >>
For more than 50 years, water has been a source of conflict between Israel and its neighbors, especially the Palestinians. Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are in the midst of an acute water crisis brought about not simply by the area’s naturally arid conditions or the current drought, but primarily by the maldistribution of water imposed by Israel, which controls ... read more >>
With its cable cars and stylish architecture, Expo Zaragoza 2008 is the pride of this northeastern Spanish city, offering a feel-good theme of water and sustainable development until mid-September.
Boisterous summertime crowds pack sprawling exhibits showcasing European rivers and lakes and Middle Eastern oases. But there is a sobering message behind the international fair: a growing demand fo ... read more >>
German engineers have come up with a remarkable machine that turns sewage into charcoal.
If that was not enough of a feat, they say it helps the fight against climate change by locking up carbon from the sewage that would otherwise have gone into the air.
And to make it even more extraordinary, they are feeding the charcoal to plants and claiming that it helps them grow faster.
Helmut Ge ... read more >>
Crackdown on illegal use of water coming
Speaking at the KwaZulu-Natal Water Summit yesterday, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Buyelwa Sonjica said training of compliance officers will begin after the enforcement and compliance week this month, and policing will begin by the end of the year.
The department will this month launch a pilot project to crack down on illegal water connect ... read more >>