The final installment of our seven-part series of excerpts from James G. Workman’s Heart of Dryness examines how we define water rights for the Bushmen in Botswana as well as suburbanites in the U.S.
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A sample of water technologies invented to store, ship and provide one of the most critical resources for crisis recovery.
Climate change is expected to bring less precipitation and more extreme droughts to certain parts of the world, causing electricity shortages in hydro-reliant countries.
It takes brute force and millions of gallons of chemical-laden watery sand to wrestle natural gas from the earth.
By Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica Versions of this story were published in the Albany Times Union and the Times Herald-Record. As environmental concerns threaten to derail natural gas drilling projects across the country, the energy industry has developed innovative ways to make it easier to exploit the nation’s reserves without polluting air and drinking water. Energy […]
Africa News Southern Africa Water Wire IPS-hosted African News Feed Asian carp A list of eating instructions The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries posted a video and instructions on carp consumption. Asian Carp Management An official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Web site designed to coordinate control and management of Asian carp in the […]
The video above and corresponding transcript below are a Q&A author James G. Workman did with the book’s publishers, Walker & Company.
By Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica New York’s recently released review of the environmental risks (PDF) posed by natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale offers the clearest picture yet of the chemicals used in the drilling process called hydraulic fracturing. The document makes public the names of 260 chemicals, more than eight times as many as […]
A highly disputed bill sits on the desk of Utah Governor Gary Herbert that would allow the construction of a 300-mile pipeline to pump 16 billion gallons of groundwater from the Snake Valley aquifer to as many as 120,000 households in the growing desert metropolis of Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Joaquin Sapien ProPublica Workers at a steel mill and a power plant were the first to notice something strange about the Monongahela River last summer. The water that U.S. Steel and Allegheny Energy used to power their plants contained so much salty sediment that it was corroding their machinery. Nearby residents saw something odd, […]
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By Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica Federal environment officials investigating drinking water contamination near the ranching town of Pavillion, Wyoming have found that at least three water wells contain a chemical used in the natural gas drilling process of hydraulic fracturing. Scientists also found traces of other contaminants, including oil, gas or metals, in 11 of 39 […]