The Atlantic has a short piece about the rise and fall of the American whaling industry in the nineteenth century.
Astronomers have found a planet that is mostly water, rather than mostly rock (like Earth) with some water on it.
MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, one of the companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has settled with the U.S. government for $90 million for violations of the Clean Water Act. $20 million of that money will go to environmental restoration projects along the Gulf coast. $45 million will replenish the federal fund that pays for oil spill cleanup and the rest will go to five states. MOEX isn’t admitting wrongdoing, just settling.
The Water Tank Project in New York City is putting art on the water towers to draw attention to water conservation. The art is pretty nifty.
If the earth continues to warm, rainfall will increase, reducing atmospheric circulation.
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