One Map Showing Where the Water Shortages Will Hit

When we talk about a future of drought and water shortages, we're not just talking about the amount of water. We're also talking about how it's distributed — a feature that this world map of the per capita renewable water resources in each country illustrates nicely. » 4/04/14 11:20am 4/04/14 11:20am

Why California's Drought Is Good News for Gold Prospectors

Having found a gold lining to the West's otherwise devastating drought, prospectors are flocking to the record-low rivers of the Sierra Nevada foothills. A mini gold rush has kicked off in previously inaccessible riverbeds, not far from the site of California's original gold rush. » 3/30/14 1:21pm 3/30/14 1:21pm

Water On Earth: Floods, Droughts And Prediction

Today is World Water Day, a time to think about how water interacts with the environment. Too much water leads to floods and landslides; too little water results in droughts. Better predictions of when either situation is going to occur will reduce risk through better disaster preparation, in turn making everyone safer … » 3/22/14 7:19pm 3/22/14 7:19pm

Drought-stricken Kenya is sitting on 250-trillion liters of groundwater

With the world as thoroughly mapped and monitored as it is, it's easy to forget the Earth still harbors its fair share of secrets. Case in point: yesterday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced that Kenya's drought-striken Turkana County sits, rather ironically, atop a… » 9/11/13 1:42pm 9/11/13 1:42pm

New clues about what caused the collapse of Mayan civilization

The abandoned cities and giant monuments of the Maya, found throughout the Yucatán, are one of the greatest mysteries in human history. Why did this great empire collapse suddenly in 950 AD, leaving its massive urban centers to be consumed by jungle? New evidence suggests that the Mayans may have created such vast… » 12/06/11 9:02am 12/06/11 9:02am

"Human Pump" Uses Dancing to Power a Waterfall System

Click to view » 10/20/08 12:00pm 10/20/08 12:00pmIn the future, drought-ridden regions could have their thirst quenched when people take daily walks and children play. Gunwook Nam’s Human Pump uses the kinetic energy that people create when they move to bring water to areas that have underground sources, but lack the power to easily bring that water to…