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A Cancer Cycle, From Here to China

Published: 
Tue, 01/15/2013 (All day)

MORE than one million people in the Chinese city of Handan awoke last week to the alarming news that an essential source of their drinking water, the Zhouzhang River, had been dangerously contaminated by a 39-ton chemical spill in the nearby city of Changzhi. What made the news even more shocking was that the leak, from a factory pipe, had started at least five days earlier but had been kept secret by government officials, who allowed millions of their neighbors to keep drinking.

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Rain gardens capture water before it becomes urban runoff

Published: 
Wed, 12/19/2012 (All day)
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Water


The shallow depressions are surrounded by dirt berms and planted with climate-appropriate flowering plants. More than 185 of the gardens have been installed in northeast San Fernando Valley yards.Watching water stream under parked cars and through the gutters every time it rained made Alice Abler cringe.

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New York Is Lagging as Seas and Risks Rise, Critics Warn

Published: 
Mon, 09/10/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Water

With a 520-mile-long coast lined largely by teeming roads and fragile infrastructure, New York City is gingerly facing up to the intertwined threats posed by rising seas and ever-more-severe storm flooding.

So far, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has commissioned exhaustive research on the challenge of climate change. His administration is expanding wetlands to accommodate surging tides, installing green roofs to absorb rainwater and prodding property owners to move boilers out of flood-prone basements.

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Don't Waste the Drought

Published: 
Thu, 08/16/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Water

WE’RE in the worst drought in the United States since the 1950s, and we’re wasting it. 

Though the drought has devastated corn crops and disrupted commerce on the Mississippi River, it also represents an opportunity to tackle long-ignored water problems and to reimagine how we manage, use and even think about water.