Clues hint at how asteroid Ryugu lost its water

Data from a NASA mission is shedding light on the "rubble pile" asteroid Ryugu and how it might've lost a lot of its water.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Jan. 25, 2021 ~7 min

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Extreme droughts may hit 2X as many people by century’s end

Global land area and the number of people suffering from the effects of extreme drought could more than double by the late 21st century, experts warn.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 12, 2021 ~4 min

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Lake Poopó: why Bolivia's second largest lake disappeared – and how to bring it back

It's an ecological disaster, but my research shows we should not lose hope.

Belen Marti-Cardona, Lecturer in Earth Observation and Hydrology, University of Surrey • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

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Two-thirds of Earth's land is on pace to lose water as the climate warms – that's a problem for people, crops and forests

The projected loss of water storage on land as global temperatures rise is especially alarming in the Southern Hemisphere – and in parts of the US.

Yadu Pokhrel, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

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How city roads trap migrating fish

A recent US study found tyre chemicals were polluting rivers and poisoning migratory salmon.

Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, Sêr Cymru Research Fellow in Environmental Sciences, Swansea University • conversation
Jan. 8, 2021 ~5 min

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This geyser woke up, but no Yellowstone blast

Steamboat Geyser reawakened in 2018 after three and a half years of dormancy. Does that foretell an eruption in Yellowstone National Park?

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Jan. 6, 2021 ~10 min

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Solving desalination mystery paves way for cheaper clean water

A breakthrough in understanding desalination membranes could boost efficiency and make it cheaper to get clean water from salty water.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
Jan. 6, 2021 ~5 min

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Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires - it's a risk in urban fires, too

A new study shows how toxic chemicals like benzene are leaching into water systems after nearby fires. The pipes don't have to burn – they just have to heat up.

Kristofer P. Isaacson, Ph.D. Student, Purdue University • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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Taking fish out of fish feed can make aquaculture a more sustainable food source

Fish farms feed millions of people around the world, but they also consume a lot of fish that are dried or ground up to make aquafeed. Researchers are developing more sustainable alternatives.

Pallab Sarker, Associate Research Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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