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As desalination technology advances, oceans may hold the answer to the world’s water crisis

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The sea with waves and ripples and the shore with rocks. This image was photographed from above with a drone. (Credit: Getty/gaiamoments)

Global water usage is growing twice as fast as the population. Could we turn salt water potable on a mass level

January 21, 2017 — Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. That’s (almost) the reality of a planet whose H2O — or at least 97 percent of it — is nonpotable ocean. Much of the remainder is trapped in glaciers, ice caps and soil. In other words, accessible freshwater is scarce — and getting scarcer. But some scientists say this may be changing. As desalination technology advances, the sea may hold the answer to the world’s water crisis. But at what cost? Continue reading As desalination technology advances, oceans may hold the answer to the world’s water crisis

Stormy weather shuts UAE schools, disrupts flights

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FLOODED DESERT. People drive their cars through a flooded street in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 9, 2016. Ali Haider/EPA
The weather agency in the UAE, which ranks among the world’s 10 driest countries, said more rain is expected on Thursday

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Mar. 10, 2016) — Schools were ordered shut, flights suspended and the stock market was closed down in the United Arab Emirates as rare heavy rain hit the desert Gulf state on Wednesday, March 9.

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Gulf states declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah ‘terrorist’ group

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HEZBOLLAH. Militia members listen to a speech of their leader Hassan Nasrallah via a giant screen on August 14, 2015. File photo by EPA
They cite ‘terrorist acts and incitement’ in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq as basis for the declaration

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Mar. 2, 2016) — Gulf monarchies on Wednesday, March 2, declared Lebanon’s Hezbollah a “terrorist” group, escalating tensions with the Shiite militant organization that is fighting in support of Syria’s regime.

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