Cape Town "Day Zero" drought risk lurking around the corner

The human-caused climate change made the ‘Day Zero’ drought in southwestern South Africa — named after the day when Cape Town’s municipal water supply would need to be shut off — five to six times more likely.

Water and green energy produced by a single device

The scientists adapted a solar panel that not only generated power, but used some of the heat energy to distill and purify sea water. The idea could make a major difference in sunny climates with limited water supplies.

India heat wave triggers clashes over water

Temperatures in India reached 50.3 degrees Celsius (122.54 Fahrenheit) last week, nearing the record high of 51 degrees Celsius set in 2016. The scarcity of water has prompted fights and stabbings at relief points.

Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

The raw materials are not limitless; we are running out of sand and fresh water. We have to rethink our need for more concrete roads and more underground parking garages and more tall concrete buildings.

The circular economy - a solution to the world's water crises

Changing people's perspectives to see waste as a resource will take some time, but trial initiatives are already underway in places like Costa Brava, Sweden, Romania and a variety of sites across Europe.

Water harvester delivers water from air

The successful field test of the next-generation harvester proved that it can extract drinkable water every day at very low humidity and at low cost, making it ideal for people living in water-starved areas of the world.

Major shifts in global freshwater

A new global, satellite-based study of Earth's freshwater found that Earth's wet areas are getting wetter, while dry areas are getting drier.

Atmospheric harvesters will enable drinking from thin air

A newly developed sorbent-based technology has recently shown that it can harvest atmospheric moisture even when the relative humidity drops to around 10 percent.

South Africa declares national disaster amid water crisis

Although Cape Town has pushed back day zero – the day that the city runs out of water – until June 4, the country re-assessed the magnitude of the drought and determined that it has reached disaster proportions.

Facts about the bottled water industry

The bottled water industry creates 2 million tons of plastic bottle waste every year.

Cape Town at risk of becoming first major city in the world to run out of water

The drought-stricken city announced that it will begin marking 200 collection points where its 3.7 million residents will be required to queue for a rationed supply of water on ‘Day Zero’ – currently forecast to be April 21, 2018.

Rooftop solar hydropanels harvest energy and drinking water

SOURCE panels can be installed atop any building just like a standard photovoltaic, but harvests drinking water in addition to solar energy.

Scientists in 184 countries warn about negative global environmental trends

The viewpoint article -- "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice" - was signed by more than 15,000 scientists in 184 countries.

Water conservation turned around sinking in California, US

Silicon Valley rose as water use restrictions kicked in.

A potential climate change consequence: Not enough cool water for power plants

Without planning and cooperation, EU countries could be up against a water problem.