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Oil spill leaves 100,000 Mexicans without water

Villahermosa - Some 100,000 people remained without drinking water in southern Mexico on Wednesday after rivers were contaminated by an oil spill triggered when thieves tapped a pipeline.

California orders 25% cut in resident, business water use

South Lake Tahoe - Faced with the worst drought since becoming a state in 1850, California announced mandatory usage reductions for the first time.

Square snowflakes? Easy with graphene

Manchester - Scientists, investigating the properties of ice, have managed to form a perfect square snowflake with the help of graphene, the carbon-based material.

Op-Ed: Water and the future of humanity and environment

Water allows for the existence of all life on Earth, without water a human cannot survive for more than three or four days. Pollution and a changing climate are threatening freshwater and thereby the existence of life as we know it.

Thousands march against Irish water charges

Dublin - Tens of thousands took to the streets of Dublin on Saturday in the latest mass protest against new water charges which have sparked widespread public anger.

Parched California set to impose more limits on water usage

San Francisco - Additional restrictions on water usage in California are expected to be imposed this week in the face of a continuing drought that has seen rivers, lakes and reservoirs drying up statewide.

Mystery of 16ft python found dead in British canal

A 16ft-long reticulated python has been found floating in a canal in Lancashire, England, leading to a police appeal for information on how the dangerous animal came to be in the water.

Octopus seen leaping out of water to catch crab - Video

A flying octopus? Well almost! This amazing video from Australia shows an octopus leaping out of the water to catch a crab for its dinner.

Gaza floods: Dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'

- Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes.

Alkaline based 'Healing Springs' said to hold curative powers

Barnwell County, SC may actually hold the "Fountain of Youth" that has been sought out for centuries, or at least the fountain of healing in its "Healing Springs."

Using UV light to purify water may not work

Using ultraviolet light to disinfect drinking water may simply drive bacteria to dormancy, rather than kill them. This means that taking such measures may be ineffective.

G-Technology takes on Lacie with super-rugged hard drives

G-Technology is hoping to seek attention in the rugged hard drive market by launching several new models capable of withstanding water to the point of floating.

Op-Ed: Water — What does the future hold for this precious resource?

We've talked about water shortages before, and for most of the industrialized world, the issue is something we only think about in passing. But the reality of the water shortage issue is far more dramatic. Think about this fact: Water is in short supply.

Op-Ed: Gadgets to make reaching healthy New Year's resolutions easier

Many over the holidays will be over indulging resulting in resolutions for the New Year to commit to getting healthy by feeding the body better options. Kitchen gadgets can make getting on a healthy track easier and habit forming for the entire household.

Maldives declare public holidays to battle water crisis

Male - The upmarket honeymoon destination of Maldives Saturday declared two days of public holidays in bid to manage fraying tempers and ration supplies following a drinking water crisis caused when a fire crippled a key desalination plant.

Maldives declares disaster as capital suffers water crisis

Male - India airlifted drinking water into Male on Friday after a fire at a desalination plant led to severe shortages that have triggered scuffles and attacks on shops in the Maldivian capital.

Dracunculiasis cases decline globally

Some rare good news on the global health front. Only 148 dracunculiasis cases were reported in 2013 (the lowest annual total ever) and only four endemic countries remain. So, what is this parasitic disease?

Water treatment chemicals can upset the gut

Guelph - Scientists have shown that nanosilver, which is often added to water purification units, can upset the human gut. The research throws up some alarms on the level of nanoparticles that people are exposed to each day.

Officials assure everyone that Ebola will not infect water

As concerns grow over the spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., more and more questions are surfacing about how to deal with a potential outbreak.

Using cigarette ash to remove arsenic from water

In a novel approach to filtering water, researchers in China and Saudi Arabia have come up with a way of using ash from cigarettes to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Majority of Canadians do not drink enough water

Toronto - Water filtration exporter Brita recently conducted a survey on beverage consumption habits of Canadians. The survey revealed some interesting facts: primarily, Canadians are not drinking enough water.

Origin of Earth’s water may be key to life on other planets

A new study suggests the origins of water on Earth may lie far outside our solar system, in interstellar space, and took place long before the formation of the sun. If so, the same chain of events that led to life on Earth could happen elsewhere.

Oil companies fracking dangerously close to water sources

According to a new study performed by researches at Stanford University, oil and gas companies are fracking much closer to underground water sources than previously thought.

Op-Ed: Why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is absolutely ridiculous

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become nothing more than another ridiculous Internet meme and has done very little to raise awareness about the disease.

Brita recalls children’s water bottles due to risk

Taunusstein - Four varieties of children’s water bottles produced by Brita have been recalled throughout the U.S. after it was discovered that the lids can break into sharp pieces, posing a potential laceration hazard.

Donetsk queues for water as fighting shuts off supply

Donetsk - Anastasiya clutches two empty five-litre bottles as she joins a queue of Donetsk residents buying water in the rebel-held east Ukrainian city where supplies were abruptly cut off by shelling damage.

New 'killer' jellyfish found in Australian Waters

A newly discovered species of Irukandji jellyfish has been found off the Australian coast. Analysis suggests that the jellyfish can cause stroke and heart failure if a human was to be stung.

Scientists create water-based tractor beam

Canberra - Researchers with the Australian National University (ANU) have created a water-powered beam which can move objects with the flow.

Wastewater turned into tap water thanks to man-made wetlands

Technology keeps healthy water continuously flowing between Dallas and Houston in Texas with the help of nature and human ingenuity.

Tunisian 'mystery lake' baffles, concerns officials

Gafsa - A lake which has mysteriously appeared in the middle of a Tunisian desert has authorities concerned and searching for an explanation.
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The view from Marine One en route to Firebaugh  Calif.  February 14  2014. (Official White House Pho...
The view from Marine One en route to Firebaugh, Calif., February 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Pete Souza
Bob McDonald demonstrates how little water is actually available for drinking to Catherine Jefferson...
Bob McDonald demonstrates how little water is actually available for drinking to Catherine Jefferson, executive director of the Water Environment Association of Ontario. If the full tumbler of water represents all the world's water, only a drop of that water is available for drinking.
Even the Rain_ Lifting the Cross
Even the Rain_ Lifting the Cross
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Green MEP s and anti-fracking activists pose with fracking flavored water outside European parliamen...
Green MEP's and anti-fracking activists pose with fracking flavored water outside European parliament, Sept 18, 2012
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Cups of water from the Fountain of Youth in the  Fountain of Youth Spring House at the Fountain of Y...
Cups of water from the Fountain of Youth in the Fountain of Youth Spring House at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. St. Augustine, Fla. 9/9/13
Seen here with Tuolumne River Trust  chair-leader Susan Stern  Eric Wesselman knows that he has a ve...
Seen here with Tuolumne River Trust, chair-leader Susan Stern, Eric Wesselman knows that he has a very challenging tenure as Exec. Director for Friends of The River.
Courtesy of Friends of The River and Tuolumne River Trust
Flood water over bridge in Warwick Queensland.
Flood water over bridge in Warwick Queensland.
By David Marsh
The planet may be blue from space but only .01 percent of all the water sloshing about the planet is...
The planet may be blue from space but only .01 percent of all the water sloshing about the planet is available to drink.
There are several areas that create mini waterfalls along Little Hurricane Creek and Burgess Falls.
There are several areas that create mini waterfalls along Little Hurricane Creek and Burgess Falls.
A variety of bottles waters
A variety of bottles waters
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NASA s Curiosity rover finds evidence of flowing stream on Mars at this rock outcrop  named  Hottah ...
NASA's Curiosity rover finds evidence of flowing stream on Mars at this rock outcrop named "Hottah" after Hottah Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Nov 12 2011 Nova Scotia
Nov 12 2011 Nova Scotia
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
Via Reinshtein.com
Last day of the Keepers of the Water Athabasca conference
Last day of the Keepers of the Water Athabasca conference
On December 30  2012  people of the grassroots movement Idle No More met for a peaceful protest outs...
On December 30, 2012, people of the grassroots movement Idle No More met for a peaceful protest outside of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s constituency office urging him to meet with First Nations leaders to discuss urgent issues.
http://www.unep.org/dewa/vitalwater/article192.html
http://www.unep.org/dewa/vitalwater/article192.html
http://www.unep.org/dewa/vitalwater/article192.html
The moon  in all of its possibly-water-containing glory.
The moon, in all of its possibly-water-containing glory.
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Not images of some deep space galaxy but pictures I captured while taking shots of water drops in my...
Not images of some deep space galaxy but pictures I captured while taking shots of water drops in my kitchen sink.
Harrison Lake during the daytime  BC.
Harrison Lake during the daytime, BC.