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The US is making plans to replace all of its lead water pipes from...

The Biden administration has released a plan to accelerate removal of lead water pipes and lead paint from U.S. homes.

California’s water supplies are in trouble as climate change worsens natural dry spells, especially...

The outlook for rain and snow this winter, when most of the state’s yearly precipitation arrives, isn’t promising.
Sign at a boat ramp on Lake Mead, near Boulder City, Nevada, Aug. 13, 2021. The lake currently is roughly two-thirds empty. AP Photo/John Locher

As climate change parches the Southwest, here’s a better way to share water from...

With users facing severe water shortages, the 1922 Colorado Compact is inadequate to deal with scarcity, and a better approach is needed.
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Ancient groundwater: Why the water you’re drinking may be thousands of years old

As wells run dry due to development, population growth and climate change, old groundwater is becoming increasingly important.
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Avoiding water bankruptcy in the drought-troubled Southwest: What the US and Iran can learn...

Past mistakes offer important lessons for future plans in the Southwest and other regions increasingly experiencing drought and water shortages.
Lightning during a monsoon storm photo

Monsoons make deserts bloom in the US Southwest, but climate change is making these...

Understanding monsoons is critical for educating communities about their benefits and risks, and about how to stay safe from flash flooding.
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Is climate change to blame for extreme weather events? Attribution science says yes, for...

There has always been extreme weather, but human-caused global warming can increase extreme weather’s frequency and severity.
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The water cycle is intensifying as the climate warms, IPCC report warns – that...

Water-related hazards can be exceptionally destructive, and the impact of climate change on water-related disasters is increasingly evident.

As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it’s time to focus on reducing...

Increasing water supply is no longer a viable option, so states must turn to reducing demand. Conservation remains the low-hanging fruit.

Snow can disappear straight into the atmosphere in hot, dry weather

Scientists are exploring how droughts can lead to chronically dry soil that sucks up more water than normal in the American West.