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Cooling system works without electricity

Stanford University technologists have succeeded in cooling water without electricity. This is achieved by sending excess heat into space, using specialized optical surfaces.

Cheaper and faster test for E. coli in drinking water

Waterloo - Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right. In some parts of the world water is contaminated, especially from agricultural run-offs. To ensure water is free from one notorious pathogen, a low-cost rapid test method has been developed.

Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn

Paris - People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, according to a study published Wednesday based on samples from 14 countries.

Smart graphene membrane desalinates water

Scientists have devised a simple, sturdy graphene-based hybrid desalination membrane. The device can provide clean water for agriculture and one-day human consumption.

Keeping cool in combat: in Iraq the iceman cometh

Abu Maria - Fighting in 50-degree desert heat is bad enough, but add choking exhaust fumes amid the confines of armoured vehicles, and no wonder the soldiers await their daily ice deliveries.

Health risk alarm over water rationing in Rome

Rome - Plans to ration water in drought-hit Rome could have serious consequences for public health, Italy's health minister warned Wednesday.

Vatican switches off fountains as Italy battles drought

Rome - The historic fountains in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican lay empty Tuesday after the tiny city state turned them off as Italy struggles with a prolonged draught.

Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists

Paris - The Moon, long thought to be a dry, inhospitable orb, hosts surprisingly large sub-surface water reserves, which one day may quench the thirst of lunar explorers from Earth, scientists said Monday.

Trump envoy mediates water deal between Israel, Palestinians

Jerusalem - US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace envoy said Thursday Israel would supply the Palestinians with millions of cubic metres of water annually, as Washington seeks to build confidence for fresh negotiations.

The realities of scarce water resources around the globe

Water is the one resource that all life on Earth needs to survive - That's a fact. However, water has taken on a greater role, and not just in the political and economic scheme of things, but in how it is intertwined into the very fabric of our lives.

Turning air into water and CO2 into fuel — Two global challenges

The World Economic Forum's annual list of emerging technologies were selected for their potential to solve the many critical global challenges we are facing today, including techniques that convert air into water and CO2 into fuel.

Flint water scandal prompts manslaughter charge for health chief

Chicago - The chief of Michigan state's health department and four others were charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday over the Flint water contamination scandal, the most serious criminal offenses leveled so far.

As summer heat looms, post-IS Mosul faces water crisis

- In the battle against jihadists in northern Iraq, the village of Sayramun was recaptured in February but remains as isolated as ever and crucially still has no drinking water.

In Mexico City, water a rare commodity

Mexico - In a teeming, hardscrabble neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City, Virginia Solis spends a big part of her day hauling sloshing buckets to her home -- one of tens of thousands in the capital without running water.

Drought shatters Turkana's dreams of a better future

- In just a few years water, oil and money would flow. Roads, schools and hospitals would follow. Turkana's generations of poverty and neglect in Kenya's arid north would end.

Wood based water filter offers emergency solution

Stockholm - Wood extracted from the forests of Scandinavia provides a solution to not having clean water in areas where there are no clean eater sources or filters. Applications include parts of the developing world and refugee camps.

In war-scarred Gaza, water pollution behind health woes

Gaza - More and more Gazans are falling ill from their drinking water, highlighting the humanitarian issues facing the Palestinian enclave that the UN says could become uninhabitable by 2020.

In war-scarred Gaza, water pollution behind health woes

Gaza - More and more Gazans are falling ill from their drinking water, highlighting the humanitarian issues facing the Palestinian enclave that the UN says could become uninhabitable by 2020.

In war-scarred Gaza, water pollution behind health woes

Gaza - More and more Gazans are falling ill from their drinking water, highlighting the humanitarian issues facing the Palestinian enclave that the UN says could become uninhabitable by 2020.

One in four children will live with water shortages by 2040: UNICEF

New York - Approximately one in four children worldwide will live in regions with extremely scarce water resources by 2040, UNICEF said in a report Wednesday.

Syria regime bombed Damascus water source: UN

Geneva - The Syrian government intentionally bombed the Ain al-Fijeh spring in December, leaving more than five million people in Damascus without access to water, a UN probe said Tuesday, as it branded the strike a "war crime".

Syrian farmers fear IS to flood villages near Euphrates

- Syrian farmers near the Euphrates river are terrified the Islamic State group will literally open the floodgates to defend its stronghold Raqa, drowning their tiny villages in the process.

Syrian farmers fear IS to flood villages near Euphrates

- Syrian farmers near the Euphrates river are terrified the Islamic State group will literally open the floodgates to defend its stronghold Raqa, drowning their tiny villages in the process.

Syrian farmers fear IS to flood villages near Euphrates

- Syrian farmers near the Euphrates river are terrified the Islamic State group will literally open the floodgates to defend its stronghold Raqa, drowning their tiny villages in the process.

Bringing water to Kenya's drought-stricken wildlife

Voi - In a wildlife sanctuary in southern Kenya the relentless sun has bleached savannah grasses and dried up rivers, turning water holes first into muddy pits and now, dust bowls.

Bringing water to Kenya's drought-stricken wildlife

Voi - In a wildlife sanctuary in southern Kenya the relentless sun has bleached savannah grasses and dried up rivers, turning water holes first into muddy pits and now, dust bowls.

Bringing water to Kenya's drought-stricken wildlife

Voi - In a wildlife sanctuary in southern Kenya the relentless sun has bleached savannah grasses and dried up rivers, turning water holes first into muddy pits and now, dust bowls.

Water slowly restored in Chile capital after deadly floods

Santiago - The Chilean authorities worked Monday to restore water to some 4.5 million people in the capital Santiago, whose supply had to be cut after deadly floods contaminated a major river.

New urgency in fight to restore Florida Everglades

Miami - Rising seas, polluted coastlines and the specter of more frequent droughts and storms have lent new urgency to efforts to restore the ecosystem of the Florida Everglades, the largest freshwater wetland in the United States.

Four million without water in deadly Chile floods

Santiago - Rainstorms and landslides in Chile killed four and contaminated a major river, forcing authorities to cut off drinking water to four million people in the capital, authorities said.
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Map of communities most at risk for water poverty.
Map of communities most at risk for water poverty.
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Ivy Main
This photo was taken on January 1  2011 in Mundingburra  Townsville  Queensland  AU.
This photo was taken on January 1, 2011 in Mundingburra, Townsville, Queensland, AU.
By Rob and Stephanie Levy
The moon  in all of its possibly-water-containing glory.
The moon, in all of its possibly-water-containing glory.
Penguinbush
Nov 12 2011 Nova Scotia
Nov 12 2011 Nova Scotia
Floods in Queensland have soaked the region for days
Floods in Queensland have soaked the region for days
Kingbob65
A view from atop of the pavilion  gazing down at one of the many water features at Woburn.
A view from atop of the pavilion, gazing down at one of the many water features at Woburn.
My boyfriend and I (Matt)
My boyfriend and I (Matt)
Reverse osmosis water filtration unit to produce public drinking water.
Reverse osmosis water filtration unit to produce public drinking water.
Pharmaceutical factories  in India are dumping antibiotic residues into the lakes and rivers.
Pharmaceutical factories in India are dumping antibiotic residues into the lakes and rivers.
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Traveling together husband and wife  Janet and David Carle went around the world following the earth...
Traveling together husband and wife, Janet and David Carle went around the world following the earth's horizontal grid line called, The 38th Parallel to discover how many of the world's diverse cultures and regions are experiencing similar issues regarding water and its conservation and protection.
Courtesy of David and Janet Carle
The Port of Amsterdam is the 4th port in Europe  the 38th port in the world and the second port in t...
The Port of Amsterdam is the 4th port in Europe, the 38th port in the world and the second port in the Netherlands by metric tons of cargo.
A water main break.
A water main break.
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
The Bamboo Bottle  a new water bottle
The Bamboo Bottle, a new water bottle
A home in the neighbourhood of Elbow Park following heavy flooding in Calgary  Alberta.
A home in the neighbourhood of Elbow Park following heavy flooding in Calgary, Alberta.
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Orange County Water District is pleased and happy to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of their g...
Orange County Water District is pleased and happy to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of their ground water replacement system.
Courtesy of the Orange County Water District, media Dept.
Streams  creeks and rivers abound between Burgess Falls and Center Hill Lake.
Streams, creeks and rivers abound between Burgess Falls and Center Hill Lake.