Digital attacks can cause havoc in different places all at the same time.
Nuclear threats are serious – but officials, the media and the public keep a close eye on them. There's less attention to the dangers of cyberattacks, which could cripple key utilities.
Visualization of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite in space over a tropical cyclone.
Climate change threatens the water supply of nations around the world. But it's difficult to measure whether a region has sufficient water to satisfy the people who live there. Could satellites help?
A woman draws water from a well in Wereta, Ethiopia.
Good news – underground aquifers could be a reliable source of drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa even as the climate warms.
Micha Berry of the city of Fresno, Calif., which relies heavily on groundwater for its drinking water supply, repairs a groundwater well pump in 2013.
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Millions of Americans rely on groundwater for their lives and livelihoods, but regulation is piecemeal. A new study maps groundwater wells nationwide and finds that they are drilling steadily deeper.
Sunburnt Victorian fields are set to become more common under climate change.
Hitting the Paris targets will go a long way to securing Melbourne's water supply against future pressure.
Bottled water distribution in Glenwood, Iowa, where massive spring flooding along the Missouri River disrupted drinking water treatment, April 3, 2019.
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A grade of 92 is an A at most schools, but for tap water it means that millions of Americans drink water that fails to met federal standards.
How long has that water already been in the system?
In many municipalities, aging water infrastructure is serving fewer people than it was built to accommodate. Out of sight has meant out of mind – but resulting changes in water quality may affect safety.
Hoosick Fall, N.Y. is one of many U.S. communities whose drinking water has been contaminated with PFOA or PFOS.
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EPA is moving to regulate two chemicals from a group called PFAS that are contaminating drinking water. A public health expert explains why the agency should take much broader action.
The largest desalination plant in Australia, Victoria’s A$3.5 billion ‘water factory’ can supply nearly a third of Melbourne’s needs.
Sydney and Melbourne are bringing desalination plants back on stream and Adelaide plans to increase its plant's output. Perth depends on desalination. But is it the best way to achieve water security?
A study of drinking water sourced from groundwater in areas of intensive farming and horticulture found nitrate levels are already high and rising.
Nitrate in drinking water has been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. That could have implications for some parts of New Zealand where nitrate levels are high.
Our bodies are pretty good at telling us when we need to drink water.
Most of us get thirsty when we need to drink more water. But there are other tell-tale signs that not all is well.
Many towns in Newfoundland and Labrador have issues with disinfection byproducts created by chlorination.
Chlorine has been used to disinfect drinking water for more than a hundred years. But new alternatives may be safer.
The city of Uvira, in the South Kivu province, study site for new research on cholera.
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In the fight against cholera, new research in the DRC suggests that the rehabilitation of water networks would be more sustainable than other interventions whose effectiveness is debatable.
Smoke billows from the High Park wildfire west of Fort Collins, Colo., on June 11, 2012, a year of historic drought across much of the western United States.
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Some observers have blamed recent wildfires on poor forest management, while others point to climate change. In fact, a climate scientist explains, reducing fire risks means tackling both issues.
Wallace Rockhole, NT.
Drinking water in Australia can be contaminated by natural and manmade processes, especially in communities. Innovation is needed to ensure water is ‘fit for purpose, place and people’.
Volunteers prepare to take flow measurements on Muddy Creek.
Centre County Pennsylvania Senior Environmental Corps
When people form local networks to take care of resources such as drinking water, they strengthen their communities. Technology can support these efforts and promote learning and innovation.
On the outskirts of Bangalore, families must piece together drinking water from communal supplies, intermittently available tap water, and "water ATMs".
Access to water – not electricity – can have larger gains for health and well-being.
Providing people with clean drinking water and sanitation is less expensive than grid electrification and it could improve more lives.
Globally consumers are increasingly taking charge of their own drinking water supply.
Unless African cities improve water management many will face severe water problems by 2035.
Elon Musk may be on the hot seat for political donations and slurs against a British cave rescuer in Thailand, but his offer to pay for water filters in Flint, Mich., is laudable.
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
If Elon Musk can help achieve safe drinking water more quickly for every home in Flint, Mich., then he should be lauded. Water is life.