Cape Coral, Florida says No Rainwater Collection, Solar Panels

robin speronis houseA Cape Coral, Florida woman living "off the grid" was ordered last week by a magistrate to hook up to utilities to comply with city codes or risk eviction from her home.

Special Magistrate Harold S. Eskin ruled Thursday that Robin Speronis violated city codes by refusing to connect to the Cape Coral's water system. Eskin ordered Speronis to pay for water service, adding that her sewer access would be capped until she did, The News-Press reported.

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Alberta Flooding: Cat and Owner Swim to Safety

Kevan Momo 7It has been a dramatic day in southern Alberta Thursday, June 20, 2013 with extreme weather conditions, raging rivers and damaged property. Adding to the day's drama was the swim to dry land by Kevan Yaets and his cat Momo. They managed to escape from his truck that was swept downstream in High River, Alberta after the Highwood River overflowed its banks. (Canadian Press photos by Jordan Verlage)

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Record U.S. Groundwater Depletion Since 1900

us-groundwater-depletion525Over the last century, the U.S. has depleted enough of its underground freshwater supply to fill Lake Erie twice, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey. Here's another way to understand how much water we've used. Just between 2000 and 2008, the latest period in the study and the period of fastest depletion, Americans brought enough water aboveground to contribute to 2 percent of worldwide ocean level rise in that time.

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Cat "Nurses" Ducklings Along With Her Kittens

Cat Kittens DucklingsCats and baby ducks are pretty cute on their own --- but this video of a cat trying to nurse ducklings might just exceed the Internet's viral cuteness metric.

According to Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), Ireland's public radio company, this unlikely relationship was discovered after Ronan and Emma Lally, of Clara, Co. Offaly, noticed that three of their newly hatched ducklings had gone missing.

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What is Your Water Footprint: Calculator

zimm water intro duck-cb1339703852Take a water tour with this calculator through your home, yard, diet, energy, and consumer choices! Then, pledge to cut your water footprint and help return more water to rivers, lakes, wetlands, underground aquifers, and freshwater species.

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