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Coral Loss, Water Supplies, Increased Temperatures Top Hawai'i and Pacific Region Concerns in 3rd U.S. National Climate Assessment

East-West Center | Posted 07.07.2014 | Hawaii
East-West Center

"Climate change is here, climate change is happening, and we have to do something about it," William Aila Jr., Chair of the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources, repeatedly emphasized during his opening remarks at a recent briefing.

The Great Portland Pee: The Psychological Power of Disgust That Discourages Water Recycling

David Ropeik | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
David Ropeik

If you're running a little short on potable water, you might want to take some empty jugs up to Portland, Oregon, where for the next few days, they will be throwing away 38 million gallons of water

Beyond Denial

Peter Neill | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Denial is just the front for something far worse. Denial asserts that there is no problem, and therefore there is no need for solution. There is no need for research.

Sea Sickness

Peter Neill | Posted 04.19.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Every human need for the future -- fresh water, food, energy, medicine, security, and psychological renewal -- is dependent on a healthy, sustainable world ocean. The ocean is our cure. Why would we destroy it?

Providing Safe Water, One Photo at a Time

Karin Krchnak | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Karin Krchnak

Of all the water on Earth, just 3 percent of it is fresh--and most of it is frozen in glaciers or as permanent snow. Just 1 percent of the world's water provides all drinking water, is used for sanitation and health, delivers food through fishing and crop irrigation, and provides energy.

Circle of Blue

Peter Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Water is the most valuable commodity on earth. And it circulates for our benefit, from ocean to atmosphere to land and down to the sea again. What will it take to sustain for all our benefit this essential and miraculous "circle of blue?"

Climate Change Causing Caribbean 'National Security Issue'

AP | By DANICA COTO | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Experts are sounding a new alarm about the effects of climate change for parts of the Caribbean — the depletion of al...

Is This The World's Most Underused Resource?

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green

OSLO, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The world is set to use far more treated wastewater to help irrigate crops and feed a rising population as fresh water supp...

Water, Water Everywhere

Peter Neill | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

If there is a single issue for the international community to agree on as an incontrovertible requirement for world peace, it may be this one: equitable and sustainable water practice and distribution regardless of other necessities and needs.

Celebrating the Clean Water Act, and Moving Toward Improving and Strengthening It

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 12.18.2012 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

This law has given the nation the tools needed to begin cleaning up the nation's increasingly contaminated waters, and it has proven to be one of the most important, effective, and highly regarded environment laws in the world.

World Faces 40 Percent Freshwater Shortfall By 2030: Report

Andy Wales | Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact
Andy Wales

The world faces a projected 40 percent shortfall in freshwater by 2030. So it's no surprise that the central theme of the annual World Water Week conference held last week in Stockholm is how to produce more food while using less water in the process.

Oil in Water

Rachel Havrelock | Posted 09.12.2012 | Green
Rachel Havrelock

This seems the perfect moment to address one of the more wasteful American pastimes --burning gasoline in fresh water.

Libya: Oil and Water Mix?

Peter Neill | Posted 05.27.2011 | World
Peter Neill

One of the less well known projects undertaken by Gaddafi is "The Great Man-Made River Scheme," a huge technological plan to shift fresh water from ancient underground aquifers.

Thirsty in Tanzania: Africa's Infrastructure Challenge of Climate Change and Development

Linda Constant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Linda Constant

Tanzania's issue with fresh water access is an increasingly dangerous problem for the local population.

Cancun Climate Negotiators Anticipate Scant Progress

J. Carl Ganter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
J. Carl Ganter

Climate negotiators are getting tangled-up in national distrust and diplomatic nuance while their governments are busier than ever drilling, mining, processing, and producing dirty power.

An epic struggle between water and energy is unfolding across the nation -- Choke Point: U.S.

J. Carl Ganter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
J. Carl Ganter

Without sharp changes in investment and direction, the current U.S. strategy to produce sufficient energy -- including energy generated from clean sou...

Climate Change and Australia's Living Pinosaur

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

The discovery of Wollemia was likened to finding a small dinosaur alive on Earth. How had the pine, which was thought to have perished more than 35 million years ago, managed to survive?

Electric Shock Drowning: A Hidden Danger In Fresh Water

Terry Gardner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Gardner

Electric Shock is an invisible killer in fresh water that most frequently strikes near boat marinas where a boat or a nearby electrical appliance may be leaking current into the water.

The Human Right to Water (and Sanitation)

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter H. Gleick

The United States, which has been a world leader on protecting and enhancing political human rights, has always had a flawed position on "economic and social" rights, including the human right to water.

Recognizing Water for What It's Worth

Dr. Allan Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dr. Allan Hoffman

Steve Solomon's new book "Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization" is an exhaustively researched and well written contribution to the world's increasing awareness of water issues.

Water Is The New Oil

Steven Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven Solomon

With the impending freshwater scarcity crisis, world politics and human civilization is undergoing another turbulent sea change. Alarmingly societies are bifurcating into those with enough water and those without.

Row For Water: Katie Spotz, Row, Row Our Boat

Steven Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven Solomon

As the throngs at Copenhagen pack their bags and disperse from the historic summit back to all corners of the globe, a lone young Ohio woman, Katie Spotz, 24, is getting set to start out on a solitary, sea level voyage.

Water Power

Jonathan M. Winer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jonathan M. Winer

In covering personalities and events, Solomon suggests that societies that know how to take advantage of new ways of using water dominate their time, while those that fail to address water crises disintegrate.

Fog Nets Deliver Fresh Water In Peru

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A Lima, Peru neighborhood was struggling to get water without plumbing until the German nonprofit, Alimon, came up with an innovative way to provide t...

Obama, Palin, Copenhagen: The End Of Drinkable Water?

Steven Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven Solomon

Those committed to doing the planet's serious business should stay focused on one, often overlooked but trackable key factor of climate change--the pivotal role of water.