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The Planet Is Losing Groundwater at an Alarming Rate

When it comes to water scarcity, the loss of groundwater is like the silent killer: It isn’t as easy to measure or monitor as, say, a shrinking reservoir. We’ve known that many aquifers are overtaxed, but a new report shows we’re draining major aquifers faster than they’re being replenished. Not just in… » 6/26/15 9:20am 6/26/15 9:20am

Can Kenya's Hidden Aquifer Prevent a Water War?

This week's jaw-dropping news that a massive aquifer has been discovered beneath Kenya conjured up all sorts of visions of the desert instantly greening like a Chia Pet. But it's not as easy as digging a well—the aquifer opens up a whole other set of political and environmental issues that face the African nation. » 9/13/13 5:40pm 9/13/13 5:40pm

New York City Water Nightmare is an Underwater Gadget Lover's Dream

The tech we see above ground in New York City is undeniably cool » 11/23/08 1:00pm 11/23/08 1:00pm, but underground, where the wild things are, things are not going so smoothly. A giant aquifer, completed in 1944, is leaking up to 36 million gallons of water a day. For New Yorkers, who on average use 150 gallons per day, that's unacceptable. Trouble…