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A tabular iceberg floats in the ocean near Antarctica.

A pirate-fighting sailor wants to lasso and tow a 125-million-ton iceberg from Antarctica to solve South Africa’s water crisis

South Africa's capital is emerging from a water crisis. One man wants to tow an Antarctic iceberg north and convert it into drinking water.
The main recharge Dyke for the Coachella Valley, which helps protect the area from subsidence.

7 places that are sinking faster than anywhere else in the US

Multiple cities and towns in the US have seen their land dip lower, which could damage their infrastructure and make them more vulnerable to flooding.
Hurricane Michael sweeps the beachfront properties of Shell Point, Florida, on Wednesday.

We asked insurance workers where they’d live in the US to avoid future natural disasters — here’s what they said

Actuaries weighed in on where they'd live to avoid devastating natural disasters such as hurricanes and extreme heat.
A vineyard belonging to Harvard-owned Brodiaea in Shandon, California.

Harvard has quietly bought $305 million worth of California vineyards. The water rights could be even more valuable.

Harvard University has purchased thousands of acres of California vineyards worth an estimated $305 million.
The athletes' village received a 3,500 litre delivery of non-alcoholic beer.

Extreme weather could trigger a global beer shortage that causes prices to skyrocket worldwide

Rising temperatures and severe drought could hinder the production of barley, creating a global beer shortage and a 16% decline in worldwide beer consumption.

British royals reign over drought-stricken Australian town

They arrived with the gift of much-needed rain at Dubbo, where farmers are struggling with a prolonged drought.

California’s mega-farms have a dark side that could put our supply of fruits, vegetables, and nuts at risk

In the wake of a six-year drought, the region's mega-farms have begun to sink, and pumping groundwater has released toxic levels of arsenic into the water supply.
South Africa fans react after the 2010 World Cup Group A soccer match between France and South Africa at Free State stadium in Bloemfontein.

South Africa stumbles into a recession

South Africa's economic growth slowed unexpectedly in the second quarter, pushing the country into a recession for the first time since 2009.
Women carry jerry cans of water from shallow wells dug from the sand along the Shabelle River bed, which is dry due to drought in Somalia's Shabelle region.

Scientists are working on a device that could one day harvest up to 10 gallons of drinking water per hour from thin air

A team of researchers at the University of Akron is developing a device that can harvest drinking water from thin air. The device uses nanoscale polymers to capture condensation and it could be battery-powered.