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Several new articles address different aspects of the looming water crises facing the planet. From rising sea levels to depletion of potable water sources, humanity is staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. First off, the Smithsonian addresses how the pumping of groundwater is adding to the woes of a rising sea level: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-taking-all-water-out-ground-and-causing-sea-levels-rise-180954676/

In a similar vein, the UN is reporting that the world likely faces a huge shortfall in usable water supplies in just 15 years. Al Jazeera America has the story: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/20/un-world-faces-40-percent-water-shortfall-by-2030.html

Add to this the almost routine news that arctic ice has, again, reached a new low. The BBC reports: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31976749

Meanwhile, the Smithsonian has a haunting image by photographer Daniel Beltrá, of Iceland’s Olfusa River infused with glacial melt. It is beautiful, but chilling: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/terrible-beauty-glaciers-melting-oceans-rising-180954588/

Finally, in a small bit of good news, research at Oregon State University may lead to helping mitigate arsenic contamination in drinking water. Kuow.org in Seattle has nice coverage of the discovery: http://kuow.org/post/oregon-arsenic-discovery-could-lead-cleaner-drinking-water