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Headlines for the Week Ending December 18, 2016
Why the Chinese are so concerned about that underwater drone.

A drying lake in Southern California is holding up a Colorado River agreement.

NOAA released its annual Arctic Report Card last week, and, as you would probably guess, the grades are not good.

Meanwhile, a man jumped into the icy waters off Antarctica—on purpose.

There's no water on the surface of Mars, but it does snow—sort of.

[ keywords: Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, marine protected areas, Mars ]

Headlines for the Week Ending December 11, 2016
Last-minute changes to this water bill confound an outgoing senator and environmentalists.

Trump's EPA pick sued the very agency he could soon lead.

Is Trump's transition team gathering a "hit list" of climate scientists at a federal agency?

There was an oil pipeline spill in North Dakota.

Want to earn some extra cash this holiday season? Just net this ugly fish.

[ keywords: California, Clean Water Act, Department of Energy, Wyoming, sharks ]

Headlines for the Week Ending December 4, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: Army Corps Denies Permit for Current Dakota Access Pipeline Route

Other News:
California proposes permanent conservation rules while wealthy residents sue their own town over its tiered water rate structure.

Did climate change cause the wildfire that devastated Gatlinburg, Tennessee?

Demonstrators protested construction of a gigantic canal from the Caribbean to the Pacific

This cruise line was caught dumping thousands of gallons of oily waste into the ocean.

"The water will drown me. I must escape for my life.”

[ keywords: drought, Nicaragua, canal, Titanic ]

Headlines for the Week Ending November 27, 2016
The heat is on to get water agreements done before January 20th.

A new report warns about 19 tipping points that could be catastrophic.

What questions would you ask your broker if you were buying real estate along the coast?

Residents of this capital city get water for only three hours every three days.

When life gives you lemons...make whisky.

[ keywords: Colorado River, climate change, global warming, Arctic, Bolivia, Fort McMurray ]

Headlines for the Week Ending November 20, 2016
Unprecedented warming is occurring at the North Pole.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is fighting a court order to deliver water to Flint residents.

Someone you might not have heard of, but should appreciate, died last week.

A "canary in a coal mine" is one way of sounding the alarm, but it might be more appropriate to warn with an "octopus in a parking garage."

There are over 7 billion people on the planet and 2.4 billion of them lack this basic necessity.

[ keywords: climate change, global warming, Arctic, King Tides ]

Headlines for the Week Ending November 13, 2016
A new study says we've underestimated warming projections as a result of climate change. It may get a whole lot warmer than we thought.

Appalachia is experiencing West-like wildfires while much of the area is in extreme drought.

La Niña has arrived.

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues. Last week a federal judge got involved and ordered home delivery of bottled water.

A railroad is being accused of violating the Clean Water Act.

Which is better? Showering in the morning or in the evening?

[ keywords: Paris treaty, EPA, BNSF, coal, Columbia River, iPhone 7 ]

Headlines for the Week Ending October 30, 2016
The Air Force knew for decades that firefighting foam found in Colorado Springs area water systems was toxic.

There may be some thawing in the icy relationship between the United States and Russia.

Physicians in this heavily fracked state voted for a moratorium on the controversial drilling technique. A Yale University study supports their position.

A spirit of cooperation leads Colorado River Indian Tribes to make more water available in Lake Mead.

Hackers broke into a water treatment plant and no one worried. In fact, people were positively giddy.

[ keywords: PFOA, PFCs, fracking, Marine Protected Areas, Antarctica, Pennsylvania ]

Headlines for the Week Ending October 23, 2016
Coloradoans are reaching for a lot of lip balm and skin lotion lately.

Did California relax its goals too soon?

Things are heating up on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation over water—and that could have national implications.

The situation may be escalating in North Dakota—police arrested more than eighty protesters.

Scotch on the rocks in Reykjavik? Guess where the "rocks" come from.

[ keywords: drought, groundwater, Dakota Access Pipeline, Iceland, conservation ]

Headlines for the Week Ending October 16, 2016
President Obama praised it and Secretary of State John Kerry said it was monumental.

How Hurricane Matthew has affected the food supply.

Singer Neil Young and actor Mark Ruffalo have called for conspiracy charges to be dropped against this award-winning filmmaker.

Conserving water has a surprising impact on global warming.

After you hear this story, you'll book a trip to Italy.

[ keywords: HFCs, climate change, Haiti, hogs, Dakota Access Pipeline, tar sands, red wine ]

Headlines for the Week Ending October 2, 2016
A study coming out this week says reservoirs are leaking—but not water.

Nearly half a million households in the United States are lacking this basic necessity.

This amazing land creature can survive underwater for 17 days.

Farmers say, "Drill, baby, drill," as they pump more water out of the San Joaquin Valley.

Here's how you can use your noodle to save water.

[ keywords: methane, climate change, toilets, pseudoscorpion, aquifer, groundwater, pasta ]

Headlines for the Week Ending September 25, 2016
Water is being used as a weapon in the conflict raging in Syria.

This cancer-causing chemical has been found at risky levels in almost 1,400 water systems across the U.S.

Why some are calling for more research into the safety of our water infrastructure.

Something most of us use every day could purify drinking water.

Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, says we should just chill about global warming.

[ keywords: Aleppo, Chromium-6, drug–resistant bacteria, lead, mercury, coffee, climate change ]

Headlines for the Week Ending September 18, 2016
Besides producing oil and gas, fracking may be fostering a new creature.

A leak was discovered in a gasoline pipeline running through Alabama, spilling as much as 335 thousand gallons.

A 45-foot wide sinkhole contaminated this state's aquifer with slightly radioactive material.

Is there a connection between full moons and earthquakes? One study says yes, but only if it's huge.

Busted. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was caught watering artificial turf.

[ keywords: microbes, Cahaba River, tides ]

Headlines for the Week Ending September 11, 2016
In a dramatic reversal, the Dakota Access Pipeline is on hold—for now. The EPA had earlier tried to put the brakes on the project, telling the Army Corps of Engineers there were problems.

When people think drought, they think California. But other areas of the U.S. are suffering too—big time.

In a rapid-response study, scientists link the devastating flood in Louisiana last month to climate change.

There may be a dangerous chemical in your toothpaste. And the FDA knows all about it.

Can you guess the age of the world's youngest water-skier?

[ keywords: Standing Rock Sioux, climate change, Baton Rouge, Zambia, Triclosan ]

Headlines for the Week Ending August 28, 2016
This is YUGE—both figuratively and literally.

Hundreds of people protest this possible threat to drinking water.

A Southwest tribe is struggling with water contamination.

The most aggressive legislation to fight greenhouse gas emissions in the country almost didn't happen.

Scientists might have found a “Goldilocks” planet. But is it "just right"?

[ keywords: California, Hawaii, marine, oceans, Standing Rock Sioux, climate change, arsenic ]

Headlines for the Week Ending August 21, 2016
Residents of this rural town relied on large water barrels on their front lawns, portable showers reminiscent of military camps, and cases of water delivered by volunteers—until now.

EPAs fracking study has been dissed by its own scientific board.

There's good news—and bad news about Lake Mead.

Over 180 miles of the Yellowstone River in Montana, have been closed because of a fish-killing parasite. High water temperatures and near-historic low river flows have only made matters worse.

Got a lot of time on your hands? We have a DIY project for you.

[ keywords: California, Colorado River, runoff, nitrates ]

Headlines for the Week Ending August 14, 2016
Thousands were rescued from cars, trees, and rooftops in this 500-year storm.

This state epidemiologist resigned saying that her state government is misleading the public about drinking water contamination.

Even if the Arctic sea ice melts, ocean shipping companies have lost interest in the Northwest Passage.

Sure, records were shattered at the Olympics, but this slowpoke "swimmer" made its own astonishing mark.

Speaking of the Olympics—we finally found out why the pool water turned green.

[ keywords: climate change, Louisiana, Duke Energy, Greenland Shark, Rio ]

Headlines for the Week Ending July 24, 2016
Is your air conditioner killing the planet? Thanks to the Montreal Protocol it is—but an amendment to the landmark treaty could be the very thing that saves us.

The Australian team is refusing to stay at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro. You would too if you saw these appalling conditions.

Twenty years from now you might not be able to fly into Philadelphia. Will the Democrats take notice at their convention?

An appellate court ruled that a proposed nuclear power plant can take nearly 55,000 acre feet of water from this Colorado River tributary.

The Charles River in Boston no longer has dead bodies and rusted cars—so would you drink beer made from it?

[ keywords: climate change, sea level rise, Brazil, CFCs, HFCs, Utah ]

Headlines for the Week Ending July 10, 2016
The grounds at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort could be under at least a foot of water for 210 days a year.

Which is likely more sustainable—farmed fish or wild caught?

The Chinese government announced new dietary guidelines calling for its citizens to reduce their meat consumption by one-half.

What vegetables grow best in a submarine? Not cucumbers.

Lonely crab offers distraction for Brits tired of Brexit.

[ keywords: climate change, sea level rise, Florida, oceans, greenhouse gas, aquaponics, GoPro ]

Headlines for the Week Ending June 26, 2016
Despite a severe lack of water, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered the state's water board
to relax strict conservation targets.

There's a massive die-off of trees in the Sierra Nevada.

Study: People who live near gas drilling have dangerous chemicals in their blood.

That sinking feeling? Realizing we're polluting the deepest parts of our oceans with toxic chemicals.

Jesus walked on water—and so can you!

[ keywords: drought, California, fracking, Mariana Trench, PCBs, Christo ]

Headlines for the Week Ending June 12, 2016
Antibiotic-resistant super bugs have been found at some of the most popular beaches in Rio just months before the Olympics.

El Niño: They're sticking a fork in it—and calling it done.

Last week it was hotter in this Arctic capital than in New York City.

It's happened before and it's happening again. The first time it was by the San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese.

When these aquatic creatures recognize a person—they spit on 'em.

[ keywords: El Niño, Brazil, Olympics, climate change, homelessness, science ]

Headlines for the Week Ending June 5, 2016
100,000 people have been warned not to drink their tap water.

Officials in at least thirty-three U.S. cities may be underestimating how they determine lead levels in drinking water.

Because of this accident, residents in the town of Mosier were told not to shower, use the toilet, or let any water go down their drains.

Another European country wants to give fracking the boot.

Beer for life? Not a pipe dream.

[ keywords: PFOA, PFOS, Alabama, EPA, chemicals, fracking, beer ]

Headlines for the Week Ending May 22, 2016
Last week the water level in Lake Mead sunk to its lowest since the reservoir was built in the 1930s. And if that weren't bad enough, there's another ripple.

Meanwhile, one of the driest cities in the U.S. is allowing Nestlé to bottle water there.

The EPA has issued new stricter guidelines for two perfluorinated chemicals: PFOA and PFOS. Three water providers in Colorado have the compounds in their systems.

According to the CDC, this may be one of your most risky summer activities.

In a while, crocodile. Florida immigration problem puzzles scientists.

[ keywords: PFOA, PFOS, EPA, Colorado River, swimming pools ]

Headlines for the Week Ending May 15, 2016
Islands in the South Pacific have vanished. Five, to be exact.

Yet another oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico—this one leaking almost 90,000 gallons of crude.

Some Coloradoans can breathe a sigh of relief because soon they won't be considered "water criminals."

There were more negative findings last week about fracking’s impact on water.

Caught on video: Golfer strips to score a birdie.

[ keywords: Solomon Islands, Shell, rain barrels, Colorado, fracking ]

Headlines for the Week Ending May 8, 2016
The 'Beast' continues to rage in Alberta, Canada. And it may take months to contain it.

A report by the Forest Service last year concluded that the fire season is now about eighty days longer than it was in 1970—with twice as many acres burned each year. How does it look for the Rocky Mountain west in 2016?

There's good news about the Colorado snowpack—and not just that there's a lot of it.

Some strange disappearing acts have been taking place on the EPA’s website lately.

An oil tanker washed ashore in Liberia last week. No crew aboard. No lifeboats. No explanation.

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade, right? That is, of course, unless you’re Beyoncé.

[ keywords: Fort McMurray, global warming, Colorado, snowpack, glyphosate, ghost ships, Beyoncé ]

Headlines for the Week Ending May 1, 2016
Even if we comply with the historic Paris climate change accords, global warming is occurring so rapidly that entire villages will need to be relocated.

The best way to combat climate change? Two senators are suggesting war bonds.

The Japanese government has a new way to contain continuing leaks of radioactive water at the damaged Fukushima nuclear facility—an ice wall.

The oceans are suffocating because of global warming.

Drink water in this popular tourist town—pay a hefty fine.

Headlines for the Week Ending April 24, 2016
Houston, we have a problem—too much pavement.

The U.S. is buying water from Iran—and it's pretty heavy stuff.

China wants to build floating nuclear power plants. What could possibly go wrong?

The EPA has called on water providers across the country to post information about locations of risky lead pipes—and some states are balking.

When oceanographer Patricia Yager went to study the Amazon River in Brazil she got more than she expected.

Here's why the water on your nightstand tastes funky in the morning.

Headlines for the Week Ending April 17, 2016
What was worse than the 2008 financial crisis? Ask Nestlé.

Is it hot on this massive island, or is it just me? Climatologists were so shocked they checked their instruments.

The UN called it the "largest mass poisoning of a population in history," yet few are doing anything about it.

Busted. An oil company uses coffee filters—but not in its break room.

No note. No goodbye. Just gone.

Headlines for the Week Ending April 10, 2016
The Keystone Pipeline spilled about 17,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. Who found the leak?

The North Pole typically does a little zigging and zagging. This last zig, however, caught scientists by surprise.

We're wasting up to 40 percent of our food—and it's heating up the planet.

We've got good news about one group of green sea turtles.

Moby Dick: A whopper of a fish tale or plausible science?

Headlines for the Week Ending April 3, 2016
Stanford University has concluded that fracking operations near Pavillion, Wyoming, impacted drinking water.

Report: Man-made earthquakes from injection wells put millions at risk in the U.S.

A study in Canada says some quakes there are from fracking.

A Canadian woman staged a hunger strike to stop a dam in British Columbia from going forward.

The FDA tested 76 samples of infant rice cereal and only about half met its proposed limit of 100 parts per billion of arsenic.

Going to be in London this May? Bring your Super Soaker.

Headlines for the Week Ending March 27, 2016
The White House wants to address our "new normal" around water.

The Bureau of Reclamation predicts a troubling future in the west because of climate change.

Like pinot noir and merlot? You might want to start hoarding. Same goes for beer as brewers are feeling a little un-hoppy.

Put it on your list to check out the new "Water Bar" in Minnesota. But don't expect varietals and a sommelier—this water is free.

Trending. Why you don't ask the Internet to name things.

Headlines for the Week Ending March 20, 2016
Obama made a historic visit to Cuba—the first sitting U.S. president to do so in 88 years. Now that relations between the two countries are improving, will this cool idea be the future of Guantánamo?

Lead continues to be in the news. A new analysis reveals that 2,000 water systems across the country have been tainted.

This world-class city wants to give water bottles the boot. Mais oui!

Is Obama trying to solidify his environmental legacy? These latest moves might clinch it.

Dolphins: Cute, smart, smiling cetaceans—or trained assassins?

Special Report | March 13, 2016
Unregulated Chemicals Found in Drinking Water Trigger Nationwide Testing

The EPA doesn't regulate many of the potentially harmful chemicals found in our drinking water, but now a different federal agency is hunting for some of them in groundwater near military bases. Some state governors are demanding immediate action at the same time some researchers insist that any regulations EPA would set wouldn't be stringent enough. H2O Radio reports on the latest developments.

[ keywords: PFOA, PFOS, AFFF, EPA, chemicals, PFCs ]

Headlines for the Week Ending March 6, 2016
Lead found in some school buildings around the country may be the tip of the iceberg.

Have you noticed that it's been a warm winter? Alarm bells are sounding, but should we panic?

One million people may be at risk if something isn't done quickly to shore up this failing dam.

Some are calling it the "March Miracle," but will it be enough to end California's drought?

What? The latest trend in designer water comes from...the desert!

Headlines for the Week Ending February 28, 2016
Once again, there is breaking news that children and pregnant women in an American community have been told to stop drinking tap water contaminated with lead.

Eighteen elephants are being airlifted from this small African country to American zoos because of drought.

Virtually all forests in the U.S. are now vulnerable to decline due to climate change.

Climate change has physical impacts, but according to the latest research it has emotional ones, too—from bumming us out—to causing serious depression.

The Oscars were criticized for lacking diversity, but there was another Oscar award ceremony that had no such problem.

Headlines for the Week Ending February 21, 2016
Olympians in Rio might end up medaling in waste management this summer.

So much for El Niño. February in California, has been a bit of a bust.

“Gathering lines” are pipelines that collect oil or natural gas from wells and bring it to processing facilities. But perhaps they should be gathering something else—like more attention.

Can you guess which city in the U.S. had the highest water rates last year?

We’re told we should stay hydrated when flying—especially on long flights to avoid getting jetlag or catching a cold. But what to drink?

Headlines for the Week Ending February 14, 2016
While attention has been focused on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, protesters recently went to Washington, D.C., in an attempt to highlight another drinking water problem.

The Obama Administration released its proposed budget for next year, and which do you think was allocated more money—driverless car research or water funds?

Between 1953 and 1987, nearly 1 million people in this North Carolina locale were exposed to what has been called "one of the worst examples of water contamination this country has ever seen."

About 150,000 penguins have died in eastern Antarctica, because they have been landlocked by a giant iceberg.

Sure whales sing, but did you know that ones that swim in this particular sea have an accent?

Headlines for the Week Ending February 7, 2016
Sailors and staff are being required to drink bottled water at a Navy airfield in Virginia, after a contaminant was discovered in the water. That same toxin is likely circulating in your bloodstream right now.

More damning news about Michigan's response to the Flint water crisis. Officials knew about another problem but didn't tell the public.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered an investigation into radioactive water about 35 miles away from Manhattan.

Ahoy. A brand new mega-freighter ran aground. Do we need to contain container ships?

Does she...or doesn’t she? Conserve water, that is. Only her hairdresser knows for sure.

Headlines for the Week Ending January 31, 2016
There was more disturbing news about the water crisis in Flint. Some were protected from the contaminated water—but most were not.

People in a small town in New York are struggling with a water pollution problem of a different kind—an issue so serious it brought activist Erin Brockovich to the area.

There's good news about mercury pollution. There's also bad news. Whether you're affected depends on where you live.

As if ocean acidification weren't damaging enough, a new study projects more consequences from dumping CO2 into the atmosphere—drunk fish. Can the Paris agreement prevent our marine life from being "lost at sea"?

At loggerheads over loggerheads. Can we give turtles a little privacy?

Headlines for the Week Ending January 24, 2016
The Zika virus is scary. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning pregnant women to postpone travel to areas where they could be at risk of exposure.

The Flint, Michigan, water crisis took another twist—now involving a "rogue" EPA water expert—and a heroic homeowner.

The massive snowstorm that pounded the East Coast this weekend is officially named "Jonas," but Joe Romm of ThinkProgress has a better name.

Shrinking ice in the Arctic is allowing ships to pass between the Atlantic and Pacific, but that's not the only thing migrating.

Stop what you're doing and consider this: According to a new study, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.

Need in-flight entertainment on your way to Mars? Astronaut Scott Kelly's got your back.

Headlines for the Week Ending January 17, 2016
Humans are affecting the planet so much that we may not see another ice age for 100,000 years. That might make us feel warm and cozy, but if you like things like rivers and lakes, not to mention fertile soil, it's not good news.

Howdy, neighbor. The state of New Mexico informed the state of Colorado that it might sue them, along with the EPA, over the Animas River spill. But why come after Colorado?

Hurricanes are showing up in January, earlier than almost ever in both the Atlantic and Pacific. Do we blame climate change, El Niño—or both?

Many communities will suffer from global warming, and scientists say it could devastate Canada's First Nations as the fish they depend on move to cooler waters.

In other climate news, December was the wettest month in the UK since they started keeping records in 1910.

Justin Yelen met friends last weekend at a restaurant on the shoreline of Lake Erie just south of Buffalo, New York. The next day he was an Internet meme—all for his poor choice of parking places.

Headlines for the Week Ending January 10, 2016
The federal government is investigating whether there has been illegal conduct in Flint, Michigan. Thousands of residents, including children and pregnant women, were exposed to lead in their water—contamination that can cause a host of neurological and physical problems.

Experts are predicting that this year's El Niño could get as intense as the most destructive one ever in 1997. We're talking “Darth Niño” or “Godzilla Niño.”

In the past week the state of Oklahoma has been rattled by more than 70 earthquakes, and while their size was on the lower end of the Richter scale, people are worried that a bigger one is coming.

TransCanada isn’t taking no for an answer. The company is suing the U.S. government for blocking the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In a separate claim it wants $15 billion in damages. Yes, that's a "b" as in billion.

How bored are we? Over 20,000 people watched online as Brits figured out how to cross a puddle.

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