Europe’s Scorching Summer Puts Unexpected Strain on Energy Supply

The dry summer has reduced hydropower in Norway, threatened nuclear reactors in France and crimped coal transport in Germany. And that’s on top of Russian gas cuts.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carr-nicholas-g, #drought, #electric-light-and-power, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #global-warming, #great-britain, #hydroelectric-power, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #italy, #levees-and-dams, #loire-valley-france, #norway, #nuclear-energy, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rivers, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #scholz-olaf-1958, #uniper-se, #water, #weather, #wildfires, #wind-power

Los Angeles Homeowners Are Removing Lawns During Drought

Southern California residents are beginning to accept that lush lawns are unsustainable when reservoirs and rivers run low in a drought era.

#agoura-hills-calif, #brockovich-erin, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #flowers-and-plants, #global-warming, #lawns, #los-angeles-department-of-water-and-power, #metropolitan-water-district-of-southern-california, #newsom-gavin, #public-policy-institute-of-california, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #san-fernando-valley-calif, #water

The Coming Crisis Along the Colorado River

Overuse and climate change will mean sharp cuts in water use.

#agriculture-and-farming, #audubon-society-national, #colorado-river, #conservation-of-resources, #global-warming, #hoover-dam, #hydroelectric-power, #imperial-calif, #infrastructure-public-works, #lake-mead, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #reservoirs, #rivers, #salton-sea, #southwestern-states-us, #water, #western-states-us

Sequía en México: el país enfrenta una emergencia del agua

Casi dos tercios de los municipios del país se ven afectados por la escasez de agua. La situación es particularmente difícil en Monterrey, un gran centro económico y urbano.

#global-warming, #local-government, #mexico, #monterrey-mexico, #nuevo-leon-mexico, #rain, #shortages, #water

Mexico’s Drought: Country Faces a Water Emergency

Nearly two-thirds of the country’s municipalities are facing a water shortage. In Monterrey, a major economic hub, the government delivers water daily to 400 neighborhoods.

#global-warming, #local-government, #mexico, #monterrey-mexico, #nuevo-leon-mexico, #rain, #shortages, #water

Ongoing Megadrought Puts the West in ‘Uncharted Waters’

Scientists say the current drought in the West is the region’s driest 22-year stretch in more than 1,200 years

#climate-change, #environment, #water

Cold-Plunging With Maine’s ‘Ice Mermaids’

A photographer in Maine has been documenting groups of women who submerge themselves in near-freezing water. Here’s what she’s seen.

#ice, #lakes, #maine, #photography, #saunas-and-sweat-lodges, #senses-and-sensation, #swimming, #water

When There’s Arsenic in the Water, but ‘We Have Nowhere to Go’

The Environmental Protection Agency found that water at a mobile home park that mostly serves agricultural workers contained almost 10 times the allowable limit of arsenic. But housing alternatives are hard to find.

#affordable-housing, #arsenic, #bureau-of-indian-affairs, #coachella-valley-calif, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #infrastructure-public-works, #mobile-homes-and-trailers, #water

A heat wave stirs drought conditions in parts of New York and New Jersey.

#heat-and-heat-waves, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #newark-nj, #prospect-park-brooklyn-ny, #water, #weather

Severe Weather and Flooding Is Expected to Push East to West Virginia

After deadly flooding in Kentucky, a flood watch was in effect until late Friday for much of West Virginia.

#beshear-andrew-g-1977, #deaths-fatalities, #floods, #justice-james-c-ii, #kentucky, #rain, #rescues, #water, #weather, #west-virginia

How to Stand Up Paddleboard: A Beginner’s Guide

The peaceful pastime is secretly a full-body workout. Here are a few techniques to keep in mind.

#boats-and-boating, #exercise, #kahanamoku-duke-1890-1968, #paddleboarding, #surfing, #water

How to Sleep During a Heatwave

While it may be difficult to drift off when temperatures rise, there are things you can do to snooze more soundly.

#research, #seasons-and-months, #sleep, #temperature, #water, #weather

Satellite Photos Show Lake Mead Water Levels Dangerously Low

New satellite images of the reservoir, a critical source of water for 25 million people, reveal dangerously low water levels.

#colorado-river, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #global-warming, #hoover-dam, #lake-mead, #lake-powell-utah-ariz, #levees-and-dams, #reservoirs, #water

How to Stay Hydrated in a Heat Wave

Many countries across the globe are facing dangerously high temperatures. Here’s what to do to stay safe.

#caffeine, #coffee, #content-type-service, #dehydration, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #fruit, #heat-and-heat-waves, #water, #weather

Skies Are Sucking More Water from the Land

Western states’ “atmospheric thirst” means more fires and strained water supplies

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#advances, #environment, #water, #weather

Indictments in Flint Water Crisis Are Invalid, Michigan Supreme Court Finds

The cases against former Gov. Rick Snyder and other top officials were thrown into doubt by the ruling.

#flint-mich, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #nessel-dana, #snyder-richard-dale, #supreme-courts-state, #water

Indoor Farming Is a ‘No-Brainer.’ Except for the Carbon Footprint.

Why greenhouses might be the future of vegetable agriculture.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #europe, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #north-america, #vegetables, #water

Swimming Safety Tips for Pools, Lakes and Water Parks

Some watering holes are riskier than others.

#content-type-service, #hot-tubs, #swimming, #swimming-pools, #tests-medical, #water

As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces An ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’

Climate change and rapid population growth are shrinking the lake, creating a bowl of toxic dust that could poison the air around Salt Lake City.

#arsenic, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #global-warming, #great-salt-lake-utah, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #population, #salt-lake-city-utah, #water, #wind

California Takes Steps to Force Residents to Heed Water Restrictions

One district has gotten tough with residents who repeatedly flout the rules: Their taps have been slowed to trickle.

#california, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #new-mexico, #water, #wildfires

Afghanistan Tries to Stamp Out Opium Again

The multibillion-dollar trade has survived previous bans. Now, the Taliban are going after solar-powered water pumps to try to dry up poppy crops in the middle of a national economic crisis.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #deserts, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #irrigation, #opium, #politics-and-government, #poppies, #rural-areas, #solar-energy, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-nations-office-on-drugs-and-crime, #water, #wells

How to Survive an Extreme Heat Wave

As temperatures reach record highs, here’s guidance on coping with extreme heat.

#air-conditioning, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #dogs, #heat-and-heat-waves, #heatstroke, #sweating, #water, #weather

To Save Water Amid a Megadrought, Las Vegas Outlaws Grass

With drought and growth taking a toll on the Colorado River, the source of 90 percent of the region’s water, a new law mandates the removal of turf, patch by patch.

#drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #irrigation, #landscaping, #las-vegas-nev, #lawns, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #water

Coastal Cities Are Drinking Themselves Underwater

Cities are sinking as they guzzle groundwater, and oil and gas, from below

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#environment, #fossil-fuels, #water

City Living, With Less Water

Los Angeles and Santiago are two of the latest cities to impose strict water restrictions in an effort to avoid disastrous shortages in the future.

#california, #drought, #global-warming, #internal-storyline-no, #internal-sub-only-nl, #metropolitan-water-district-of-southern-california, #santiago-chile, #water

Descending Into Florida’s Underwater Caves

The world’s densest collection of freshwater springs is at the center of a slow-motion environmental tragedy.

#agriculture-and-farming, #algae, #aquifers, #diving-and-divers, #floods, #florida, #global-warming, #manatees, #population, #rivers, #travel-and-vacations, #water, #water-pollution

Little Snow Is Left in California, Setting Up a Dangerous Wildfire Season

As of April 1, statewide snowpack stood at just 38 percent of the average for that date

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate-change, #environment, #water

California’s Drought Is Worse Than We Thought

Our tools for managing water in the West are growing more inaccurate.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #california, #drought, #global-warming, #national-weather-service, #rain, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #university-of-california-berkeley, #water, #western-states-us, #wildfires

Mariupol Residents Describe How Russian Forces Deprived Them of Food and Water

Residents of Mariupol, Ukraine described how Russian forces use hunger as a weapon of war in a monthlong siege of the southern port. “No roof, no food and no water,” survivors texted relatives who escaped.

#children-and-childhood, #civilian-casualties, #food, #mariupol-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #water

Once the Children Got Hungry, ‘the Fire Was Gone From Their Eyes’

Residents of Mariupol, Ukraine described how Russian forces use hunger as a weapon of war in a monthlong siege of the southern port. “No roof, no food and no water,” survivors texted relatives who escaped.

#children-and-childhood, #civilian-casualties, #food, #mariupol-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #water

Climate change is making armed conflict worse. Here’s how.

Warming is “unambiguously worsening” conditions that contribute to clashes and deepen the pain for civilians, a new study says.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-storyline-no, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tennessee-valley-authority, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #water

Where Rising Seas Threaten Drinking Water, Scientists Look for Affordable Solutions

Researchers are looking to identify areas facing saltwater intrusion on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate-change, #environment, #water

‘Just Put the Body Outside.’ The Bloody Siege of Mariupol

Under a relentless Russian barrage, there is no heat or electricity, and people are boiling snow for water. A 6-year-old died of dehydration, the authorities said.

#bombs-and-explosives, #doctors-without-borders, #food, #kharkiv-ukraine, #kyiv-ukraine, #mariupol-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #water

Six Days Afloat in the Everglades

After a storm disrupted plans for a 99-mile paddling trek, a Times journalist’s time on the water took a more reflective turn. Come look and listen alongside him.

#alligators, #beaches, #birds, #camps-and-camping, #douglas-marjory-stoneman, #everglades-fla, #everglades-national-park, #florida, #forests-and-forestry, #gulf-of-mexico, #islands, #lake-okeechobee-fla, #levees-and-dams, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #rivers, #tornadoes, #travel-and-vacations, #water, #weather, #wetlands

Conflict and Climate Change Ravage Syria’s Agricultural Heartland

Drought and a decade of war have brought failing crops and poverty to a region once known as Syria’s breadbasket. Even the bread has changed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drought, #hasaka-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #rivers, #save-the-children, #syria, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #water, #wheat

Western ‘Megadrought’ Is the Worst in 1,200 Years

An exceptionally dry year in 2021 pushed the 22-year-long drought to the top of the record books

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate-change, #environment, #water

Mountain Glaciers Have Less Ice than Previously Thought

Some communities may run out of fresh water faster than expected

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#climate-change, #environment, #water

Turbulence Equations Discovered after Century-Long Quest

The formulas describe the complex behavior of a liquid when it meets a boundary

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#quantum-physics, #spacephysics, #technology, #water

‘Errors’ at Treatment Plant Force 1 Million in Austin to Boil Their Water

It is the second time in a year that residents of the Texas capital have been told to boil water before drinking.

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Water Supplies From Glaciers May Peak Sooner Than Anticipated

New satellite mapping of the world’s mountain ice suggests Earth’s glaciers may contain less water than previously thought.

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Beaver Dams Help Wildfire-Ravaged Ecosystems Recover Long after Flames Subside

Dams mop up debris that would otherwise kill fish and other downstream wildlife, new observations suggest

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#ecology, #environment, #natural-disasters, #water

Scalloped iceberg sculptures occur due to the weirdness of water

Scalloped iceberg sculptures occur due to the weirdness of water

Enlarge (credit: Scott Weady)

You would think that understanding something as common as melting ice would be relatively easy. But water is a peculiar substance, and that makes it very hard to predict how ice will melt. A lot of that unpredictability has been attributed to water flowing around the ice (as seen in sea currents flowing around icebergs, for example).

Still, understanding melting is required to better predict things like the breakup of sea ice. So a group of physicists turned the fluid dynamics up to 11 and have shown that melting ice is weird, even when there are no currents.

It only does that to annoy you

The rules that govern the Universe are relatively simple. However, to ensure that the Universe is sufficiently maddening, those simple rules were crafted to produce fluid dynamics and water. Fluid dynamics is the study of how fluids flow.

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#computational-fluid-dynamics, #fluid-dynamics, #ice, #science, #water

Water Runoff From Next Door Is Damaging My Property. What Can I Do?

When it comes to property disputes among neighbors, the best course is typically to open a dialogue. But first, assess the source and the extent of the damage.

#basements-and-cellars, #mold, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #water

The last of Mars’ liquid waters flowed about 2 billion years ago

Greyscale image of a cratered plant surface.

Enlarge / The string of interrupted bright patches moving from top left to lower right is a channel filled with salt deposits. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

By now, there’s plenty of evidence that Mars had a watery past, and more data is coming in all the time. But that evidence doesn’t necessarily give us a complete picture of Mars’ past. Was the red planet covered in watery oceans, or was most of the water trapped as ice, with erratic seasonal melting?

This week, two researchers at Caltech—Ellen Leask and Bethany Ehlmann—helped provide a clearer picture of Mars’ past by figuring out the likely behavior of the last liquid water on Mars and determining when it stopped flowing. Their secret was tracing salt deposits on the Martian surface.

Follow the salt

There are many different salts we’ve detected on the Martian surface, but the ones of interest here are chlorides (which probably include the sodium chloride of table salt). These are especially informative because they are the salts most readily soluble in water. So if there’s any water around, these chloride salts would be dissolved in it. Any deposits of these salts currently present on the surface of Mars, then, were put there as the last water in that region of the planet dried out.

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#astronomy, #mars, #planetary-science, #salt, #science, #water

Your Body’s Thirst Messenger Is in an Unexpected Place

Scientists traced how a mouse’s brain gets the signal that it had enough to drink. Something similar may happen in humans.

#brain, #digestive-tract, #liver, #nature-journal, #research, #senses-and-sensation, #vagus-nerve, #water, #your-feed-science

How to Get Through a Power Outage

Be proactive before things go dark. Never use a gas stove or oven as an indoor heater.

#content-type-service, #puerto-rico, #solar-energy, #water

Divers Find 13 Vehicles in Texas Lake While Searching for Man

The missing man, John Creech, who was last seen near his home in Meridian, Texas, in 2009, still has not been accounted for by county and state investigators.

#diving-and-divers, #fort-worth-tex, #levees-and-dams, #missing-persons, #reservoirs, #texas-parks-and-wildlife-department, #waco-tex, #water

As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

#alabama, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-aid-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lowndes-county-alabama, #race-and-ethnicity, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Road Salt Works. But It’s Also Bad for the Environment.

The chemical is effective at keeping roads free of snow and ice, but it also has damaging consequences, according to a growing body of research.

#environment, #frontiers-in-ecology-and-the-environment-journal, #ice, #institute-of-ecosystem-studies, #lakes, #roads-and-traffic, #salt, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #water, #water-pollution

Abandoned Boats of NYC and the Man Who Removes Them

‘The waters around the city haven’t been this clean since the Civil War, and I’m determined to help keep it that way.’

#abandonment-property, #boats-and-boating, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #gravesend-brooklyn-ny, #hurricane-sandy-2012, #jamaica-bay-queens-ny, #nate-grove, #new-york-city, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #staten-island-nyc, #water