If I collect rainwater straight into a clean drinking glass, is it safe to drink as is? I understand that it can pick up particulate matter from the atmosphere, but I’ve always been curious. I live in a suburban neighbourhood on the very outskirts of a small Canadian city. Air quality is great. submitted… Read More


Land subsidence caused by groundwater pumping has been a problem for decades in the San Joaquin Valley, but an increased reliance on aquifers during the last decade has resulted in subsidence rates of more than one foot per year in some parts of the region. Land subsidence not only has the potential to shrink aquifers, but… Read More


Plastic trash is littering the land and fouling rivers and oceans. But what we can see is only a small fraction of what’s out there. Since modern plastic was first mass-produced, 8 billion tons have been manufactured. And when it’s thrown away, it doesn’t just disappear. Much of it crumbles into small pieces. View Original… Read More


Jim Freese grows apples, pears and cherries on 45 acres in the north-central part of this state [Washington], on sagebrush-studded land his grandfather bought in 1910. Walking among trees laden with shiny red cherries, Mr. Freese recalled that four years ago his trees were not producing well and his farm was financially struggling. View Original… Read More


Blindly feeling along a section of fabric mat underneath the water’s surface at Lakeside Marina, a diver grabs a U-shaped piece of rebar and begins hammering away. At only a handful of feet below the water’s surface visibility drops to zero, making work difficult, but it’s an essential job in what could be a vital… Read More


In a story Aug. 15 about the Colorado River, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, reported erroneously when potential cutbacks could begin if a shortage is declared. A shortage could be declared in the latter part of 2019, and cutbacks could begin in 2020, not late 2019. A corrected… Read More


A judge on Monday ordered Michigan’s health director to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area, the highest-ranking official to face criminal charges as a result of the city’s tainted water scandal. Nick Lyon is accused of failing to issue a timely alert about the outbreak.… Read More