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Future cities to harness power and resources from wastewater

Innovative technologies are transforming wastewater into drinking water, compost, and energy, revolutionizing urban resource management.

Matt Simon reports for Wired.

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Wisconsin judge affirms regulators can force factory farms to get preemptive pollution permits

A Wisconsin judge has affirmed that regulators can force factory farms to obtain permits before they discharge pollutants into state waters.
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The winners and losers of a changing Potomac River

If we want to understand how a changing climate is impacting the Potomac River, researchers think we should look to the people, the drinking water supply — and the fish.
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Still concerned about the Dakota Access pipeline? The feds are asking for comment, 7 years later

The controversial pipeline near Standing Rock united the climate movement. Now regulators want the public to weigh in on the project’s environmental impact.
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Storms, rising seas and salty drinking water threaten lower Louisiana

Where the Mississippi River ends, the compounding threats of drought and climate change put pressure on communities that feel forgotten.
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Cleaner snowpack could help slow climate change and provide more drinking water, scientist says

Researchers in the Northwest are studying dirty snow – and how cleaner snow could someday help with water resources around the world.
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Oil or water? Midland says disposal wells could threaten water supply

As oil and gas companies struggle to dispose of their wastewater in the Permian Basin, the city of Midland is challenging applications for disposal wells near one of its drinking water sources.