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Monday, December 18th, 2017

Can Smart Water Systems Prevent Wildfires?

Along with the larger forces of climate change, another contributing factor to the fierce wildfires in California has been the dry soil conditions. Light rainfall, combined with heavy use of aquifers by large farms, has created perfect conditions for an inferno. Stories of homeowners saving their homes by turning on sprinklers remotely are not as

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Water Stress Tool Set to ‘Go Live’

An experimental tool to give farmers, government officials, environmental groups and other stakeholders an improved estimate of how much water is available in a specific watershed is scheduled to go on line this summer.

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Spring Snow a No-Go?

Spring snowpack, relied on by ski resorts and water managers throughout the Western United States, may be more vulnerable to a warming climate in coming decades, according to a new University of Utah study. The study, accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, models the year-to-year variability in precipitation and temperature in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Online Tool Maps Louisiana’s Water Flow Interactions to Preserve State’s Fresh Water

BATON ROUGE, La.—As part of an effort to preserve Louisiana’s fresh water resources, RTI International worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to develop two online tools, released today, that offer a first-of-their-kind look at how Louisiana’s waters interact with each other. These tools will help fishermen, oystermen, planners, decision makers, and all Louisianans understand the

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Beach Buoys Deployed to Detect Beach Contamination

Beachgoers may soon be able to know in a timely manner if the water is clean enough for swimming, thanks to some new technology developed by researchers from Michigan State University and the U.S. Geological Survey. The technology comes in the form of buoys that are deployed in the water near a beach. By combining

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Investing in Nature Can Help China Solve Water Pollution Challenges

Beijing—The Nature Conservancy (TNC) released the China Urban Water Blueprint showing nature can be key to improving water quality for more than 150 million people. The report analyzes the state of water sources tapped by China’s 30 largest and fastest growing cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Wuhan and found that 73 percent of these watersheds face

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Fertilizer’s Legacy: Taking a Toll on Land and Water

Tempe, Ariz.—The world’s total human population has jumped to over 7.4 billion just this year. Feeding the human species takes a tremendous toll on our natural resources including water, soil and phosphorus — a chemical element in fertilizer essential for food production. In modern agriculture, fertilizer often leaks into waterways such as rivers, lakes and

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Cold Mountain Streams Offer Climate Refuge

A new study offers hope for cold-water species in the face of climate change. The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, addresses a longstanding paradox between predictions of widespread extinctions of cold-water species and a general lack of evidence for those extinctions despite decades of recent climate change. The

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Massive Deforestation Found in Brazil’s Cerrado

Agricultural expansion in Brazil’s Cerrado is quickly chewing up rainforests and savannas – even altering the region’s water cycle, a new study finds.

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

New UAV Can Launch from Underwater for Aerial Missions

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, have developed an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can stay on station beneath the water, then launch into the air to perform a variety of missions. The Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System — or CRACUNS — is a submersible UAV

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