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Op-Ed: Advocates claim a secret pact has occurred with California water Special

Sacramento - As the drought in California continues, water advocates from non-profit organization Friends of The River claim two very important Federal agencies have been in a secret pact over access to portions of California's precious water resources.

Warning over swimming related drowning deaths

In the U.S. there has been a spate of avoidable deaths by drowning. This is due to “underwater breath-holding behaviors,” which has become a popular dare among young people.

San Diego posts huge cuts in water consumption

Latest figures released by the State Water Resources Control Board Wednesday show the City of San Diego reduced water consumption by 26 percent in May.

Study warns against dangers of drinking too much water

Experts writing in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine are advising endurance athletes to drink water only when they are thirsty.

New software tracks fecal contamination

Madrid - New software allows medics to track fecal contamination throughout all types of water, from seas to rivers. The software makes use of biological changes to water and then uses this to make predictions of the direction that contamination may spread.

Latest FARC attack leaves Colombia town without water

Estanzuela - FARC rebels blew up a water plant in southwestern Colombia, military officials said, in the latest alleged attack by the guerrilla movement on the nation's infrastructure.

Gaza engineer seeks solution to water woes

Gaza - With Gaza's supply of drinking water expected to dry up by 2020, a Palestinian engineer is pioneering a machine to make seawater potable for residents of the coastal territory.

Water on white dwarf raises prospects of H2O-rich planets

Paris - Large amounts of water may exist on numerous deep space bodies, said a study Thursday that raises the theoretical odds of another planet like Earth sporting the life-giving resource.

California's drought resulting in water-related innovation

California's severe drought is forcing state officials to levy big fines against heavy users of water in the Golden State.

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.
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Lake Constance: Approximately 1,000 tonnes of fish are caught in the lake each year.
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Intense flooding in the Greater Manchester area in the UK
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Protect our land our water our rights
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Les voyageurs VI / The Travelers VI
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California's agriculture is dependent on water. Most large farms have sprinkler systems like those in the photo, to insure crops growth.
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Reverse osmosis water filtration unit to produce public drinking water.
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A home in the neighbourhood of Elbow Park following heavy flooding in Calgary, Alberta.
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Mauritius beach near the Indian Ocean
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The view into a valley from the side of Interstate I40 near Crossville, TN.
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The health coach in a demonstration at a workshop in Lagos
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Athabasca River near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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