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California is in the fourth year of a severe drought and to address its very evident water shortage issues, the state started building a desalination plant in Southern California in partnership with Poseidon Water, which when complete will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere. With 13 more projects in under consideration, many are wondering if desalination is the solution to the California drought—after all, the Golden State sits on the largest body of water in the world, the Pacific Ocean.
If we could turn that salt water into freshwater for thirsty California crops and the state's 39 million residents, wouldn't that solve all of our problems? Julian Huguet from Discovery News explains why desalination isn't the panacea it appears to be.
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Malaysia Sends Plastic Waste Back to 13 Wealthy Countries, Says It Won’t Be 'the Rubbish Dump of the World'
The Southeast Asian country Malaysia has sent 150 shipping containers packed with plastic waste back to 13 wealthy countries, putting the world on notice that it will not be the world's garbage dump, as CNN reported. The countries receiving their trash back include the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Canada.
Madagascar has embarked on its most ambitious tree-planting drive yet, aiming to plant 60 million trees in the coming months. The island nation celebrates 60 years of independence this year, and the start of the planting campaign on Jan. 19 marked one year since the inauguration of President Andry Rajoelina, who has promised to restore Madagascar's lost forests.