As California's drought continues to worsen, people living and working in Glenn County say their wells are drying up. That means no clean drinking water and no plumbing.
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- The State
You thought Bradford pear trees and kudzu were problematic? These three species are wrecking havoc on South Carolina’s natural environment.
- Business Insider
A YouTuber bet a physicist $10,000 that a wind-powered vehicle could travel twice as fast as the wind itself - and won
A UCLA physics professor bet a popular science YouTuber $10,000 that one of his videos promoted fallacious physics. The YouTuber won.
- The Conversation
The invasive spotted lanternfly is spreading across the eastern US – here's what you need to know about this voracious pest
In seven years, the lanternfly has spread from Berks County, northwest of Philadelphia, to large areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and both south and north. Penn State/E. SwackhamerThe spotted lanternfly was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since spread to 26 counties in that state and at least six other eastern states. It’s moving into southern New England, Ohio and Indiana. This approximately 1-inch-long species from Asia has attractive polka-dotted front wings but can infest
- The Guardian
At Lake Powell on the Arizona-Utah border, the water line has dropped to a historic low, taking a heavy toll on the local industry The giant reservoir is currently three-quarters empty and will keep dropping at least through next spring due to record low snowpack levels in the Colorado River basin. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Chaos erupted at Bill West’s business in Page, Arizona, last week when he was forced to tell dozens of paid clients their summer vacations were either canceled
- Popular Mechanics
But we're not out of the, uh, woods just yet.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) -Environmentalists say desalination decimates ocean life, costs too much money and energy, and soon will be made obsolete by water recycling. After spending 22 years and $100 million navigating a thicket of state regulations and environmentalists' challenges, Poseidon Water is down to one major regulatory hurdle - the California Coastal Commission. The company feels confident enough to talk of breaking ground by the end of next year on the $1.4 billion plant that would produce some 50 million gallons of drinking water daily.
- Business Insider
A man's panicked search for an electric-car charging station between Boston and New York shows one of Tesla's biggest advantages over its rivals
The Mustang Mach-E driver said his battery dropped past 23% before he was able to find a charging station that would work with a non-Tesla car.
The moose, estimated to be between 2 and 3 years old and 750 lbs., kept showing up at the parking garage to lick the walls for road salt
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On the Kenyan shores of Lake Victoria, entrepreneur Dominic Kahumbu and his team are using rakes and their hands to remove water hyacinth.It's an incredibly invasive plant, covering the surface of the water like a carpet, harming fish and helping mosquitos and bacteria thrive.But where many see a pest, Kahumbu sees an opportunity."What we're doing out here on Lake Victoria is we are harvesting this... what everyone considers to be a real menace and a pest, an invasive species and it has many, many, negative connotations to it. But the actual fact is water hyacinth is a blessing in disguise."And that's because, Kahumbu's company, Biogas International, is piloting a machine that converts water hyacinth into clean cooking fuel.Kahumbu says two to three kilograms will provide fuel for a cooker making a meal of maize and beans over four hours."The gas is tapped from the center of the actual digester tube".The project, in partnership with drugmaker AstraZeneca and the Institute for Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge, has provided the "digesters" to 50 families in Kenya's western city Kisumu.That's allowed residents like Tony Otieno to abandon his traditional stove, called a jiko.It runs on charcoal, which Otieno says was costing him around 12 US dollars per sack."The gas has no smoke, it has no smell, then it is much faster than the jiko."But at a cost of $650, Kahumbu acknowledges that they are not affordable for most families in the city."The elderly people who should be retiring, are choking themselves to death, which is criminal in this day and age, that we should allow such a thing when we have very, very … this is biogas, they should all have biogas."He says the business needs capital investment and he's looking to the kinds of businesses that want to buy carbon credits to ensure his green fuel project can stay afloat.
- The State
A car was driving on the road when it collapsed.
(Bloomberg) -- Global coffee consumers seeking more supplies to fill the void left by the devastating frost in Brazil won’t get much relief from Vietnam.Shipments from the country, the biggest robusta coffee grower, are declining because of depleted farmer inventories, a worsening Covid-19 outbreak and a severe container shortage. Exports are likely to continue dropping through September, according to top shippers Intimex Group and Simexco Daklak.“Farmers say they have run out of beans and so ca
- Food & Wine
Droughts in the state have made water theft a growing problem.
Dubai is coping with its 125-degree heat by using laser-beam-shooting drones to shock rainwater out of clouds
Dubai is desperately in need of more rain. The UAE gets around four inches of rainfall per year, which makes farming close to impossible.
- NBC News
Water levels in the southern portion of Utah's Great Salt Lake have dropped to the their lowest levels ever recorded, and experts say conditions will worsen.
- CBS News
Amid efforts to round up wild horses in the West, wildlife photographer Mary Hone is trying to protect them through her art.
- The Conversation
A 20-foot sea wall won’t save Miami – how living structures can help protect the coast and keep the paradise vibe
Miami and Miami Beach were built right up to the waterfront, with little room for nature. Shobeir Ansari via Getty ImagesMiami is all about the water and living life outdoors. Walking paths and parks line large stretches of downtown waterfront with a stunning bay view. This downtown core is where the Army Corps of Engineers plans to build a US$6 billion sea wall, 20 feet high in places, through downtown neighborhoods and right between the Brickell district’s high-rises and the bay. There’s no qu
(Bloomberg) -- The United Arab Emirates is building one of the world’s largest waste-to-energy plants to deal with its growing trash load.Dubai is constructing a $1.1 billion facility that will burn garbage to generate power. A smaller plant -- the UAE’s first on a commercial scale -- will start operating this year in the emirate of Sharjah. Once two other projects in Abu Dhabi are finished, the country may incinerate almost two-thirds of the household waste it currently produces.Waste-to-energy
Organizers in Wisconsin postponed the biggest air show in the U.S. as a severe storm system threatened the Midwest with potentially hurricane-force winds, tornados, hail and thunderstorms overnight. Threat level: More than 5.9 million people could be affected by the storm system — which saw the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, postpone events due to be held Wednesday until the following evening amid the threat of 90 mph winds. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights wi
- KGO – San Francisco
As the drought worsens, some communities are taking a closer look at seawater desalination as a reliable source of drinking water. While the technology works, environmentalists have concerns.
- The Guardian
Anschutz Corporation, which made billions drilling oil, is building a 732 power line to carry renewable energy to cities including Los Angeles and Phoenix A wind turbine farm near Glenrock, Wyoming. As one of the windiest states in the US, Wyoming could be an important part of a decarbonized energy system. Photograph: Matt Young/AP Some days, the wind rips across Wyoming’s southern plains at 70mph. Cottonwood trees bend, tall grass lies flat and 18-wheel trucks tip over along Interstate 80. It o