In the next chapter of its gas drilling series, The New York Times digs even deeper into the murky side of the U.S. shale gas boom. Even when companies treat their drilling wastewater, environmental and health risks remain, in the form of salts or sludge that are highly concentrated with radioactive material and other contaminants. [...]
Water weaves through history, giving rise to conflict, collapses and creation in civilizations. In his latest book, WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, economic journalist Steven Solomon examines the economic and social relationship between people and water.
The close of economic journalist Steven Solomon’s book is a reflection on the new meaning of water given today’s scarcity crisis. Solomon connects freshwater’s past and present to paint a future, and potentially very unstable picture of human civilization. By redefining facets of this precious resource, however, he presents the foundation of finding global solutions.
Nigeria has been pumping vast amounts of oil since the 1950s. This map shows the oil fields, pipelines, and terminals in relation to the Niger Delta’s main cities and its differing types of vegetation, from swamplands to rainforests.
What happens when the earth gives way? Residents and authorities in eastern Tennessee struggle to answer this very question, as 5.4 million cubic yards of spilled coal ash seep into nearby waterways, block roads and flood neighborhoods.