Video: How wolves change rivers

The wolves have affected not just the surrounding living ecosystems, but the physical geography of the land itself. George Monbiot explains in this movie remix.

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Harvard Research Links Fluoridated Water to Mental Disorders

A leading cause of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism in children could be the hidden chemicals lurking in the foods we eat, the water we drink and the products we consume, says a new study recently published in The Lancet. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) found that, among other things, the fluoride chemicals added to many public water systems in North America directly contribute to both mental and behavioral disorders in children.

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NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars

A team of scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate in the scientific community over life on Mars.

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Researchers make a water filter from the sapwood in tree branches

If you’ve run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there’s a simple solution: Break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark, and slowly pour lake water through the stick. The improvised filter should trap any bacteria, producing fresh, uncontaminated water.

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Water Security in an Unpredictable World (Op-Ed)

This has been an unpredictable winter for the northern hemisphere. The 2014 Winter Olympics is wrapping up in a balmy Sochi, Russia, where they have artificially produced snow in bulk, and some say, where it might well be impossible to host winter games again within 50 years due to warming temperatures.

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Mushrooms used to clean up urban streams

The process used by volunteers with the Ocean Blue Project, an ecological restoration nonprofit, is to place mushroom spawn and a mixture of coffee grounds and straw in burlap bags that mushrooms can grow in, and then place the bags so that water entering storm drains will filter through them. The technique is attempting to take advantage of the natural ability of mycelium — the underground part of fungi — to break down toxins like oil and pesticides and metabolize harmful bacteria like E. coli.

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The Dutch solution to floods: live with water, don’t fight it

With more than half the country at or below sea level, the Dutch are experts on water management – and its people have had to make sacrifices

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City launches water saving pilot program

The city of Conroe is looking to its neighbors out west in considering a water conservation program that mimics a coupon program offered by the city of San Antonio.

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Water-saving apps turn conservation into a money-saving game

With millions of people worried about California’s historic drought, a proliferation of free apps turn water conservation into a game while letting consumers save both water and money around the house.

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ASU Student Leads Venture for Water Contamination Alert

Nisarg Patel, a senior at Arizona State University in Tempe, recently met a friend who had been on a research trip to Guatemala and expressed concern about children drinking contaminated water, putting them at risk for diarrhea and other waterborne illnesses.

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Bacteria Generates Electricity From Water Evaporation

A new type of electrical generator uses bacterial spores to harness the untapped power of evaporating water, according to research conducted at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Its developers foresee electrical generators driven by changes in humidity from sun-warmed ponds and harbors.

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Seminar to focus on water conservation and weed control

Did you know that reducing irrigation runtime by 2 minutes can save up to 80 gallons of water per day; and repairing one broken sprinkler head can save as much as 20 gallons of water per day?

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