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United States Water Use Drops to Lowest Level in 40 Years

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

The assumption that demand for water must inevitably grow is false. Let's start planning for the reality that a healthy economy and population can mean more sustainable, efficient, and equitable water use.

It's Official: California Just Entered 4th Year Of Severe Drought

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.03.2014 | Green

In California, the start of October brings an anniversary with little cause for celebration. The state ended its third driest year on record and en...

Lava Flow Could Reach Homes Within Days, Emergency Declared In Hawaii

AP | Posted 09.05.2014 | Green

HONOLULU (AP) — Residents in a rural, isolated region of Hawaii's Big Island still reeling from a recent tropical storm turned their attention to a ...

As Hawaii Lava Flow Threatens Homes, One Family Tells How They've Been Spared 3 Times

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 09.04.2014 | Green

It's been a rough month for Hawaii's Big Island. One month after Hurricane Iselle tore through the island's Puna district, there's now another force o...

Earthquake Injures 60 In Iran

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2014 | World

DUBAI, Aug 18 (Reuters) - A major earthquake struck the western Iranian city of Abdanan on Monday, leaving 60 people injured, state news agency IRNA...

Lee Speigel

The Truth Behind The Malibu Underwater 'Alien Base'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lee Speigel | Posted 06.19.2014 | Weird News

A little more than 6 miles off the coast of Point Dume in Malibu, California, an unusual-looking structure sits on the sea bed floor. Based on images ...

Threats to the Southern Hills Aquifer System Grow in Louisiana

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Fracking companies claim that drilling, when done properly, is no threat to drinking water. But in late 2011, the EPA said fluids used to drill for natural gas most likely polluted an aquifer near Pavillion, Wyoming.

Strong Earthquake Strikes Off Guam

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2014 | World

(Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck off Guam on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of casual...

Strong Earthquake Strikes Western China

AP | Posted 04.13.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck a sparsely populated area of China's far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, damaging some houses, ...

Strong Earthquake Rattles Puerto Rico

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 03.14.2014 | World

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A strong earthquake out to sea that shook Puerto Rico early Monday is one of the largest to hit the U.S. territory in r...

Water Clarity Improvements Yield Dangerous Unexpected Side-Effect

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

More than a century after regulations put a stop to California Gold Rush practices clouding the San Francisco Bay waters with silt, tidal movements ha...

Sacred And Special Lake Mysteriously Disappearing

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 11.21.2013 | Green

What once was a full, albeit small, glassy lake on Mauna Kea’s summit on Hawaii's Big Island, now looks more like a drying puddle. Since 2010, La...

Enemy at the Gates: Asian Carp Breeding in Great Lakes Watershed

OnEarth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
OnEarth

By Jason Bittel, OnEarthFifty years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service imported a species of Asian carp to Arkansas as part of an initiative to c...

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Geological Survey Office Braces For Potential Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

Jeff Kershner remembers the last time the government shut down. Back in the mid-1990s, Kershner was with the Forest Service at their Logan, Idaho, off...

Public opposition to Plaquemines Parish coal terminals grows

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Aug. 19, 2013 edition.) Louisiana, a major exporter of coal from other states, could shi...

China Temblor Leaves Devastation In Its Wake

AP | Posted 07.23.2013 | World

BEIJING -- Rescuers with shovels and sniffer dogs chipped away at collapsed hillsides Tuesday as the death toll rose to 94 from a strong earthquake in...

Deadly Earthquake Hits China

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 09.20.2013 | Green

BEIJING — Rescuers with shovels and sniffer dogs combed through collapsed hillsides Tuesday as the death toll rose to 89 from a strong earthquak...

Indonesia Earthquake Kills 29

AP | FAKHRURRADZIE GADE | Posted 09.01.2013 | World

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Soldiers, police and volunteers fanned out across an earthquake-damaged region of western Indonesia on Wednesday, scouri...

Powerful Earthquake Hits Russia's Far East

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 07.23.2013 | World

MOSCOW — A powerful earthquake on Friday hit Russia's Far East with tremors felt as far away as Moscow, about 7,000 kilometers (4,400 miles) wes...

Oklahoma Earthquakes Rattle Residents

Posted 04.16.2013 | Green

A series of earthquakes shook parts of central Oklahoma early Tuesday, The Oklahoman reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest...

North Korea Defies World, Conducts Nuclear Test

Reuters | David Chance and Jack Kim | Posted 04.14.2013 | World

SEOUL, Feb 12 (Reuters) - North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, angering the United Stat...

USGS: Magnitude 4.9 Earthquake Detected In North Korea

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 04.13.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea apparently conducted a widely anticipated nuclear test Tuesday, strongly indicated by an "explosion-like" earth...

Recommendations for a Prosperous Post-2014 Afghanistan

Anne Stevenson | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Anne Stevenson

This week, Mustafa Yasa, director of foreign relations for the Municipality of Kabul, has joined me in writing this column. We plan to share with read...

Earthquake Rattles Guatemala's Coast

AP | ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA | Posted 11.12.2012 | World

GUATEMALA CITY -- A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala's Pacific coastline on Sunday, just four days after a major quake killed dozens and left ...

7.1-Magnitude Quake Reported In Colombia

AP | Posted 11.30.2012 | World

BOGOTA, Colombia — A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake centered nearly 100 miles underground rattled southwestern Colombia on Sunday but no dama...