Mountaintop mining is making the Appalachians smaller. Duke University recently led a study on this and the effects on water quality in the Central Appalachians.
Climate change, land use and population growth are threatening the availability of water sources in the Himalaya Mountain basins.
When too much rain drowns an area, dams and watersheds are at risk of overflowing. This poses serious threats to local areas. Researchers suggest ways that land use developers can mitigate flooding damages by using something as simple as porous concrete.
Summer is upon us, and that means one frightening truth for those living around the Great Lakes; soon, their water will start turning disturbing greens, browns, and reds. Soon, signs will start appearing at your favorite watering holes that advise against swimming. And for Lake Erie, the worst harmful algae bloom (HAB) ever measured might be right around the corner.
You may have heard that regardless of what is causing climate change (be it natural, man-driven, or both) humanity must act now if there is any hope of preventing the problems that it will cause for society and the natural world alike in the future. However, some researchers are now making the argument that even adapting to our warming world will bring new and unconsidered problems.
Farmers and private land owners are getting pretty nervous about maps recently released to the public by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Critics of the Clean Water Act are concerned that the EPA will use the existence of intermittent waterways to expand its influence and control across states. EPA officials flatly deny this, saying that the public is being misled.
A recent study shows for the first time that toxic chemicals pose ecological risks to European waters, as levels are much worse than previously thought.