Irrigation keeps things cool in extreme heat

"...while global warming increases the likelihood of hot extremes almost globally, in some regions, irrigation expansion cancels or even reverses this effect.”

ETH Zurich | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change heat irrigation southeast-asia water

‘Perfect droughts’ hit California water sources 6 times a century

Widespread "perfect droughts" affect southern California water sources about six times a century, according to a study of tree rings going back to 1126.

Mari Jensen-Arizona | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment california droughts tree-rings water

How aquifer recharge water can get contaminated with arsenic

When natural methods don't get the job done, many municipalities have to use reclaimed water to recharge aquifers.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL | Jan. 10, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine arsenic water

2 ways sewage plants can remove more medicine from water

Wastewater treatment plants have a mixed record of removing medicines like antibiotics and antidepressants, research shows, but there are ways to do better.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine antibiotics antidepressants drug-resistance medications wastewater-treatment water

Mineral-coated sand soaks up water pollution

A new kind of mineral-coated sand can suck up pollution in water, which could pave the way for cities using stormwater during dry seasons.

UC Berkeley | Jan. 3, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment cities pollution sand water

Team solves mystery of how 2D ice grows

How water vapor can transform directly into solid ice may one day lead to the design of materials that make ice removal more simple and less costly.

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn | Jan. 2, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology chemistry ice molecules water

Platinum is great at splitting water for a surprise reason

Understanding why platinum is the best catalyst for splitting water could lead to cheaper ways to make hydrogen fuel.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Jan. 2, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology catalysts chemistry hydrogen metals platinum renewable-fuels water

Did life on Earth start in ‘soda lakes’?

"For 50 years, what's called 'the phosphate problem,' has plagued studies on the origin of life." New research may solve it.

Hannah Hickey-UW | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology early-earth lakes life phosphorous water

2 ways to deal with invasive species without toxic stuff

New strategies for controlling invasive species, including quagga and zebra mussels, aren't toxic and take local ecosystems into consideration.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment invasive-species mussels sustainability water

How deep roots help conifers survive drought

When conditions remain dry, do trees grow new roots to tap water sources or rely on established roots that already go deep? A new study has the answer.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change droughts roots trees water

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