18 February 2016

This Week in Water

Yes, it's that time again. Let's get to it, shall we?

The on-going crisis in Flint, MI, is...well...on going. Follow it here.

Members of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Native Americans have become the first community of official climate refugees in the U.S.

Greenland's melting ice sheets, besides adding huge amounts of water to the world's oceans, may be releasing 400,000 metric tons of phosphorous every year.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's yacht destroyed 80% of a protected coral reef in the Cayman Islands.

The growing risk of worldwide water shortages may be worse than scientists originally estimated, affecting upwards of 4 billion people for at least one month of the year.

Hedge fund managers are not simply investing in water assets but are buying up water rights in the Western U.S. Is Wall Street the answer to the water crisis in the West? (Gives a new meaning to the term 'liquid assets', no?)

New Jersey Governor and failed U.S. GOP Presidential Candidate Chris Christie has privatized his state's water supply.

Better water management techniques could halve the world's food gap by 2050 and buffer some of the harmful effects of global warming on crop yields.

It looks like this year's El Niño, one of the most potent on record, may be winding down.

A giant iceberg stranded and killed up to 150,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica.

The Atlantic Ocean is absorbing 50% more carbon than it was a decade ago.

Microscopic, mixotrophic organisms may have an impact larger than previously known on the ocean's food web and the global carbon cycle.

After six years of planning, NOAA has had to scrap its proposal to expand the size and focus of Hawaii's Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

How much water is there on Planet Earth? It's shockingly less than you might imagine. Here's a visualization.

Scientists have discovered a legendary boiling river in the Peruvian Amazon.

There's a massive underworld of lava tube caves with permanent ice inside 14,000ft. Mauna Loa, one of the Big Island of Hawaii's volcanos.

New Horizons Spacecraft discovers even more water ice on Pluto than previously thought.