Water dispute on the Nile River could destabilize the region

A NASA image shows the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam along the Blue Nile, one of the Nile’s two major tributaries, near the Ethiopia-Sudan border. (Photo/NASA-JPL) The rapid filling of a giant dam at the headwaters of the Nile River — the world’s biggest waterway, supporting millions of people — could reduce water […]

L.A. could be powered entirely by renewable energy in 25 years

Powering Los Angeles entirely with renewable energy can be accomplished without significant disruption to the economy or lifestyles over the next 25 years, if not sooner, according to new research conducted by USC experts for the city and federal government. The new “LA100: The Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study” was released Wednesday by the […]

Biologists devise new way to track carbon buildup in the ocean

A new USC study puts ocean microbes in a new light with important implications for global warming. The study, published Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides a universal accounting method to measure how carbon-based matter accumulates and cycles in the ocean. While competing theories have often been debated, the new computational […]