History is full of lessons for how water crises could have been avoided or better managed. On World Water Day, this March 22, I urge governments to act now so that history will show that we took resolute action when needed, rather than leave us with costly regrets.
Although 2 degrees Celsius of warming is widely considered to be the upper safe limit, such a temperature rise will usher in changes not seen for some 115,000 years.
There are a billion people around the world who lack access to potable water, but the issue has never gained much traction on Main Street, Wall Street or the Capitol -- largely because the crisis is happening over there, rather than over here. But in the first few months of 2014, water has become a front-page story in America.
Modern irrigation practices can help improve crop productivity and yields. Unfortunately, irrigation is also the source of excessive water depletion from aquifers, erosion and soil degradation.
The problem in California isn't environmental safeguards. It isn't a dearth of storage capacity. It's a lack of rain. Sacrificing the Bay-Delta ecosystem and building more canals and reservoirs won't usher in the rain clouds or create more water.
How often are we inspired by the pureness of children and reminded about the essence of being alive? 13-year-old native Sliammon youth, Ta'Kaiya Blaney will knock your socks off in this short inspirational video for World Water Day.
What's that one measly can of soda a day -- your afternoon treat -- really going to do? Quite a bit, according to many leading health organizations.
Opponents to President Obama's efforts to put millions of dollars in the pockets of people who've been working overtime for no pay want you to worry about business again. Conservative business groups have responded with all-too-familiar claims of the harm Obama's plan will bring to their members. House Speaker John Boehner had this to say: "The president's policies are making it difficult for employers to expand employment. And until the president's policies get out of the way, employers are going to continue to sit on their hands." It's time to stop listening to endless repetition of the narrow-minded view that rules and laws should not be changed if they pose even a whiff of difficulty for business. More often than not, it's a bogus argument and a selfish one at that.
People who care about clean water are telling EPA and the Obama administration that it's high time to let the long-awaited proposal to affirm Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands go out for public comment.
Water is my favorite natural resource. I find it endlessly fascinating from a scientific and historical perspective. Having lived through the California drought of 1976-77, I can say without hesitation the best way to appreciate easy access to safe, clean water is to have the supply become so scarce that you're forced to put strict limits on daily use.
The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2014 version of its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) Tuesday, declaring the threat of climate change impacts a very serious national security vulnerability.
Let's not get overwhelmed -- the best change happens when we are coming from a place of joy. Grab a glass of water to drink while you read. Feel it swish in your mouth and know that it is nourishing your cells, helping your body to remove toxins, and allowing your mind to think clearly.
We spend a lot of time monitoring our own success and comparing ourselves to others. We're constantly proving ourselves to be the best entrepreneurs, philanthropists, lawyers or doctors, and yet climbing to the top can be a lonely journey.
Privatization, small-scale water distribution, and community-managed water projects have failed to affordably bring clean water to underserved communities.
Mega-droughts in California and other Southwest regions of the United States have been getting worse, and locals are determined to do something about ...
California has not experienced a drought the likes of the current epic crisis since the year 1580 - as evidenced from tree ring growth. ...