While we enjoyed some light rain last week, the drought hasn't let up by any measure. We've been hit by droughts before, but climate change will make "critically dry" years occur more frequently. It also will threaten the water we need for our homes, farms, and businesses.
If there is a conflict between preserving a supply of fresh water and allowing the water-intensive extraction of fossil fuel, which side gets the nod?
The problem with California is that it's just so beautiful. And sunny. All the time. Of course, that's why it's known as "sunny California." Apparen...
As Congressman George Miller, who has led the Northern California team at water negotiating tables for decades, commented, Boehner's proposal "has little or nothing to do with water policy in the state" and everything to do with the politics of the Republican caucus.
This marriage of mindfulness and aid might not seem the most natural at first glance, but anyone who has practiced yoga or taken the time to meditate can appreciate just how valuable that hour of stretching, finding calm, and reconnecting with yourself can truly be.
Part of the problem is education. Another is coming up with solutions at the local level. Americans have a poor view and understanding of water issues here, while governments all over the world fail to regulate bottled drinking water.
Late Wednesday we saw a victory for clean water and public health: The Sierra Club is pleased to be a part of a legal agreement with 11 organizations ...
by guest blogger, Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper My son went to the faucet for a glass of water to drink. It came out clean, clear, a...
Dear Mr. President: I am writing you as a dutiful, concerned, and stressed-out husband and expectant father from Charleston, West Virginia. My first child is due in just three weeks. I don't know how I am going to safely care for my son after he is born when I can't trust my water supply.
When you look past the numbers to see how it benefits every aspect of society, water becomes so much more than water. It becomes opportunities for women, it becomes an education and it becomes a gateway to a career.
Earlier this week West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision. ... I'm not a scientist." For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring.
Just as with the rather ridiculous and exaggerated claims about the calamities that would befall all of us if we removed lead from gasoline, we hear similar refrains about the catastrophic consequences of eliminating incandescent bulbs. And yet, just as with lead removal, the economy did not collapse as the bulb phaseout was implemented.
For thousands of Americans left reeling under the ban on tap water in West Virginia, these past weeks have been just short of a nightmare. In the blink of an eye, access to the safe water we take for granted in the United States became a serious challenge.
Will Shuanghui stand up to the challenge and lead this industry into a clean future? Only time will tell - but the clock is ticking!
All our key challenges in the next decade are interlinked. In order to meet them, we need to fully understand how they are related.
The drought proclamation formally recognizes that "extremely dry conditions ... may continue beyond this year and more regularly into the future." This calls for permanent and fundamental changes in our behavior. Here are five ways to get started.