A Promising Solution To Clean Water Problem Fails To Win Support

ZURICH — When Martin Wegelin worked in Tanzania his three-year-old daughter’s playmate fell ill one morning. By afternoon the playmate, a boy who lived next door, was dead.
The boy routinely had been drinking water loaded with bacteria. He was stricken with diarrhea, became dehydrated and was gone before his parents realized how sick he [...]

Hurricane Flood Danger Real, But Hard to Grasp Along Serene Gulf Coast

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – Driving along the main drag here, lined with condos and hotels, souvenir shops, restaurants and bars, you catch glimpses of the dark blue Gulf of Mexico lapping gently at the sandy beach less than 100 yards away.  The beach is so close and the main road, Estero Boulevard, is [...]

On A Visit to See Fish, Lessons about Water

ATLANTA – You’re in a see-through tunnel looking up into an enormous tank of crystal-clear salt water. Whale sharks the size of buses and lots of other sharks are cruising around. A big manta ray rolls over in a slow-motion somersault. The water is thick with smaller tropical fish. A creature that looks something like a [...]

Florida Wildlife Refuge Struggles With Pollution But Still Beguiles

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla.–Just a few yards inside the gate, my wife spotted an Ibis—pure white with long pink spindly legs, curved beak—poking around in the mangrove for a meal. A little further along in the  J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge we saw a great blue heron and four egrets out on a sandbar with [...]

The World’s Cities, Growing Like Mad, Are Sitting Ducks For Floods, Hurricanes

MIAMI - The overpowering and seemingly irreversible trend in the world’s cities has been toward ever greater concentrations of people.  Last year, for the first time, cities had swollen to hold more than half the world’s 6.7 billion people.  The increased density creates bigger, more deadly and more costly targets for floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.
Everywhere [...]