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Fighting the global water scarcity issue

According to the World Water Management Institute, over one-third of the human population is affected by water scarcity. If nothing is done to prevent it, an estimated 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions ...

dateOct 30, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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What do wildfires have to do with climate change?

As the western U.S. faces its third year of severe drought, firefighters are still battling two large fires in California. The state, which is experiencing its worst drought since record keeping began in 1895, has already ...

dateOct 14, 2014 in Environment
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Sculpting tropical peaks

Tropical mountain ranges erode quickly, as heavy year-round rains feed raging rivers and trigger huge, fast-moving landslides. Rapid erosion produces rugged terrain, with steep rivers running through deep valleys. However, ...

dateOct 01, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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Polarization in New York state over fracking

On Sept. 18, The Earth Institute hosted Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible of the University of Colorado Denver for a seminar on "The Political Landscape of Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing in New York." The seminar ...

dateSep 29, 2014 in Environment
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