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Government-Subsidised Cotton Farms Are Sucking The Colorado River Dry

Not too many drought stories have focused on cotton. As one of the thirstiest crops, it was long abandoned by many farmers in the regions hardest hit by unprecedented water scarcity. Except for one part of Arizona, where cotton blooms defiantly, even today. Because here, the more cotton fails, the more the US pays farmers to keep growing it.


What Happens When You Pour Water On An Oil Fire In Slow-Motion

Video: Really bad things happen. Although everyone should know this, here’s a lovely slow-motion video reminder on what happens when you pour water onto an oil fire in an attempt to put it out: the fire gets even crazier, because the water vaporises into steam, which expands causing it to spit out the oil, which makes the flames even bigger.


Why The World Needs To Stop Drinking Bottled Water

There are few things on this planet I hate more than bottled water. Just the crinkling sound of someone wrapping their mouth around one of those squeaky garbage accordions fills me with rage. I stopped drinking it a long time ago — and you should stop drinking it, too.


California's Wealthiest Are Being Drought Shamed On Social Media

The US state of California is currently in the throes of one of the biggest droughts in history. While the hard data on the state’s biggest water hogs may not be publicly available, people sick of witnessing egregious water waste in their backyard are taking to social media to vent about it. The drought shaming wars have begun.


What The US Can Learn From Australia To Avoid A Mad Max Future

The drought is no longer a California problem. The Colorado River, which supplies water to one-eighth of the population of the United States, is now reporting record low water levels. The US needs a little perspective when it comes to how bad this is going to get. Luckily it has one: Australia.


UV Water Purifiers Are Bullshit

To achieve its claimed ability to remove pathogens, water going into CamelBak’s new UV purifier must first be cleaned by a filter from a rival manufacturer. And that rival product is cheaper. That’s according to CamelBak’s own lab testing. And its not the only water treatment technology that’s incapable of performing as claimed.


Moby Also Has A Plan To Fix California's Water Woes

While most celebs are making headlines in California’s drought for their unnaturally green and fragrant lawns, a few public figures have stepped up to offer real solutions for the state. William Shatner explained his enthusiastic if somewhat unrealistic plot to siphon water from Seattle. Now Moby’s issued his own idea to save California.


How Technology Can Help Cities Make Better Use Of Storm Water

More than half the world’s population lives in metropolitan centres. The built environment of a city is very different from that of rural and natural areas. When it rains over a rural landscape, much of the rainwater sinks into the ground or is evaporated or transpirated by trees, crops and other plants.


Starbucks No Longer Sucking California Dry To Make Its Bottled Water

It’s refreshing when justice is served. About as refreshing as the water that Starbucks will now have to source elsewhere to fill the plastic bottles of its “humanitarian” brand. Yesterday, they announced they will no longer bottle water from California’s cracked soil.


Trying To Buy Water Rights Shows How Backwards US Water Policy Is

Amidst all the dire drought news, you’ve probably been hearing about “water rights”, which are as weirdly abstract as they sound. So what’s the deal with water rights? Can you buy some yourself? When reporter Ryan Bradley sets out to get $US500 of water rights in The Adaptors podcast, it gets pretty hairy.