Scalloped depressions on the surface of Utopia Planitia hint of the presence of underground ice. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech?University of Arizona

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Discovers Lake Superior Sized Buried Ice Mass on Mars

November 25, 2016 – The biggest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Superior. Its surface area is 82,100 square kilometers (31,700 square miles). That’s larger in area ... Continue Reading →
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The Mars Rover Spirit May Have Traveled Over a Hydrothermal Vent and Discovered Evidence of Past Life

November 24, 2016 – Published on November 17, 2016, in Nature Communications, researchers describe features in Gusev Crater on Mars that have a remarkable resemblance to hot spring ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: A Chlorine Maker for 1.8 Billion Who Have Unreliable Contaminated Drinking Water

November 1, 2016 – MSR Global Health is a division Mountain Safety Research, an outdoor equipment manufacturer. The company prides itself on creating solutions built on a sustainable ... Continue Reading →
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What Happens When Seawater Invades Freshwater Aquifers?

October 17, 2016 – In a paper published in Geophysical Research Letters last month, researchers at University of South Florida, Michigan Technological University, University of ... Continue Reading →
Reservoir on Snake River. Credit: Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services

Dams Have an Unintended Consequence: Methane Emissions

October 1, 2016 – Hydroelectric projects exploit the power of rivers by damming them up and creating an artificial drop to exploit the energy generated from the descending flow. ... Continue Reading →
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Interplanetary Mining Just Around the Corner

August 10, 2016 – We are less than a year away from seeing the first commercial mining operator launch a test mission into near-earth orbit with plans to follow up before the ... Continue Reading →
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David Suzuki Talks About The Future of Hydroelectric Power in a Warming World

July 18, 2016 –In an email I received from the David Suzuki Foundation he talks about how global warming will impact a most important renewable energy source, hydroelectric power. ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: Low Tech Irrigation Pump Developed by Delft University Engineers

May 27, 2016 -Water wheels have been around for more than 2,500 years. The Greeks are credited with the invention although the water wheel shows up in ancient China as well. Another ... Continue Reading →
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An Update to Why 1.5 is a Better Number Than 2.0 When it Comes to Climate Change

April 30, 2016 – A little over a week ago I wrote a piece entitled, Why 1.5 is a Better Number Than 2.0. At the time I had not yet seen the latest research appearing in a new ... Continue Reading →
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Freshwater Isn’t Just About Climate Change

April 5, 2016 – The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is a symptom of a much wider problem – a lack of freshwater in many parts of the United States and in other countries, ... Continue Reading →