Do You Have a Clue How Much Water You Really Use?

Most Americans don't. Take our quiz to see how you measure up.


California Faces a Catastrophic Drought in 2014

It could lead to spikes in food prices and more devastating wildfires. 

BMW Guggenheim Lab/Flickr

This Brilliant Rain-Collecting 'Sofa' Can Help Address Scarce Water Supplies

A super useful piece of furniture for the outdoor urban living room.


Next Up: Water-Biking to Work?

A radically new way to commute, if you’re up for it.


China's Disappearing Rivers: Is Climate Change to Blame?

The government says global warming dried up its rivers. But they've ignored the impact of their giant dams and diversion channels.


Why Is There So Little Innovation in Water Infrastructure?

For one thing, consumers have no tolerance for risk. 

Steven Reitz

Don't Worry, Philadelphia Isn't Actually Bubbling With Radioactive Waste

At least, that's not what's going on in this widely circulated photo of a sinkhole filled with bright green ooze.

Sophie Quinton

How Milwaukee Could Transform Itself Into the 'Silicon Valley' of Fresh Water

Inside the city's ambitious plans to become a hub of water-related technology and innovation.

Jenny Price

An App to Help You Prove the Beach You're Standing On Is Public

In L.A., private homeowners often erroneously believe the beach belongs to them.

Maya Lin's Newest Work Is a 'Last Memorial' to the Vanishing Natural World

"I am going to try to wake you up to things that are missing that you are not even aware are disappearing."


With Portland's Latest Rejection of Fluoride, Science Loses Out to History's Weirdest Alliance of Paranoiacs

How has one of America's biggest cities resisted the medical establishment on fluoridation?


We're Constructing Dams at a Terrifying Rate

According to a new report, there are now 48,000 "large" dams around the planet.


One Climate Change Era Growth Industry: Giant Sewer Balloons

In a race to meet EPA guidelines, U.S. cities have installed dozens of these devices over the past decade.

How to Save Water-Starved Cities

The key, according to a new report, is forming partnerships with farmers.


China's Lost Rivers

20 years ago, there were 50,000 rivers in China. Now, more than 28,000 of these rivers are missing. Why?


The Problem With Calling Cities 'Post-Industrial'

It's time to come up with a new way of thinking and talking about places like Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

Sustainable Raritan River

How to Protect an Urban River From Pollution

A million people live in the Raritan River watershed, so any environmental action requires an impressive level of regional cooperation.

Sprawl Could Kill Off 34 Million Acres of American Forest by 2060

According to a new study, urban and developed land areas will increase 41 percent.