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How this tiny beetle could help solve our water crisis

Two-thirds of the world’s population faces an extreme water shortage at least one month a year. Many of these places are dry, arid deserts with no reliable source of fresh water – other than fog, that is. But fog capture isn’t as easy as you might think, at least for […]
How this tiny beetle could help solve our water crisis
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California could go through all of February without a significant storm for the first time since 1864. A photo from space reveals why.

California is having an extremely dry February. The satellite image above reveals why: A high-pressure system is directing the Pacific Ocean’s atmospheric river – the stream that brings rain to the West Coast – towards Washington state. The majority of California is experiencing abnormally dry conditions and moderate drought. Visit […]
California could go through all of February without a significant storm for the first time since 1864. A photo from space reveals why.
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California is becoming unlivable, according to science

In the past decade, California has seen a devastating drought, enormous and deadly fires, and a skyrocketing homeless population. Taken together, these factors are making the state increasingly unlivable. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more. California is becoming a precarious place to live. Seven of the state’s 10 most destructive […]
California is becoming unlivable, according to science
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7 places that are sinking faster than anywhere else in the US

Multiple cities and towns in the US have seen their land dip lower, which could damage infrastructure and make them more vulnerable to flooding. The main cause of sinking land is often excessive groundwater pumping, which creates a change in pressure and volume that causes the land to cave in. […]
7 places that are sinking faster than anywhere else in the US
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Harvard has quietly bought $305 million worth of California vineyards. The water rights could be even more valuable.

Harvard University has purchased thousands of acres of California vineyards worth an estimated $US305 million. The vineyards’ prime access to groundwater makes them increasingly valuable during a drought. The investment has fuelled concerns that Harvard is using its $US39 billion endowment to hoard water rights amid rising global temperatures. In […]
Harvard has quietly bought $305 million worth of California vineyards. The water rights could be even more valuable.
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Australia is about to see a spike in gastro cases — here’s why

Drought in Australia has been linked to spike in gastro cases. An ANU study found that reported cases of the gastro bug rose significantly during the drought that ended in 2009. The study highlights the risks that climate change, drought and environmental change, pose to people’s health. The drought affecting […]
Australia is about to see a spike in gastro cases — here’s why
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South Africa stumbles into a recession

South Africa’s economy entered a recession for the first time in nearly a decade. Gross domestic product fell 0.7% in the second quarter, dragged down by weak performance in the agricultural sector. The South African rand plunged more than 2% following the report. South Africa’s economic growth slowed unexpectedly in […]
South Africa stumbles into a recession
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Australian farmers unlikely to get the rain they desperately need this Spring

So far, 2018 has been very warm and exceptionally dry over large parts of mainland Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology’s climate outlook for spring, released today, shows that significant widespread relief is unlikely. The chance of a spring El Niño, along with other climate drivers, is likely to mean below-average […]
Australian farmers unlikely to get the rain they desperately need this Spring
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NSW is now 100% in drought

The latest seasonal update from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries has placed the entire state in some form of drought following one of the driest winters on record. The state’s Western, North West and Central regions received between just 0 and 10mm of rain over the past […]
NSW is now 100% in drought
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States at risk of wildfires are replacing July 4 fireworks with drone shows

Towns in dry states like California, Colorado, and Arizona are getting creative with their July 4 celebrations amid concerns of fireworks sparking wildfires. Several towns have chosen to ditch fireworks in favour of drone displays. California’s Travis Air Force Base is collaborating with Intel to replace their traditional Independence Day […]
States at risk of wildfires are replacing July 4 fireworks with drone shows
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23 images that show how much we’ve reshaped planet Earth over the last century

Human activity has drastically changed the planet, particularly since the Industrial Revolution. Deforestation, human-driven climate change, and pollution are just some of the ways our species has transformed planet Earth. The consequences of those impacts are becoming increasingly clear. Ice in Greenland and Antarctica is melting rapidly, oceans are warmer […]
23 images that show how much we’ve reshaped planet Earth over the last century