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Fresh Water

Tick-Tock: Healthy Water and the SDGs

Karin Krchnak | Posted 09.21.2016 | Green
Karin Krchnak

One major way we can help meet all 17 goals is to invest early in water security.

Where Does Water Come From?

Peter Neill | Posted 09.01.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

Where does water come from? It seems such a simple question, and the answer is known from our earliest science lessons when we are introduced to the w...

World Ocean Day

Peter Neill | Posted 06.07.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

What does it take for the will of the people to coalesce around a single issue, to be informed and changed into a voice for change? On June 8, we cel...

Water for Farmers, Even During a Drought

Larry Kopald | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Larry Kopald

If you're looking to increase California's water supply and help our agriculture industry at the same time, look down. You might just be standing on a puddle. A big, state-wide, permanent puddle.

The Next Big Short

Michelle Howard | Posted 02.29.2016 | Green
Michelle Howard

If the man who saw the housing market crash and ensuing financial market meltdown is focusing his investments on fresh water, might that be one more reason for us to shift our thinking about the nature, socioeconomic, political and environmental, of water?

The Flint Water Crisis

Peter Neill | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Peter Neill

A city of some 100,000 residents, Flint, Michigan has dominated the news in the United States as a tragic story of mismanagement and health consequences centered on a political decision to save funds by changing the city's water supply to a polluted source.

Let's Talk More About Water

Peter Neill | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

It may seem a long way by any scale from an African village or a Jordanian refugee camp to the ocean. The distance can be measured geographically, of course, but it can also be measured economically and socially by separation between our understanding of the problem and its solution.

Forget Paris, forget Basel-Miami Beach. To Experience Art and Climate Change, Visit Hialeah!

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2015 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Forget the Champs Elysees. If you really want to experience climate change this week, travel west along the banks of the C-6 canal and through the clo...

Desalination for a Drought-Plagued California

Peter Neill | Posted 08.18.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

The present drought in California is a highly visible realization of our lack of water awareness and its destructive undermining of the financial structure and social organization we have built. If we fail in California, how can we succeed anywhere else?

Watermark (Pt. 5)

Peter Neill | Posted 07.21.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

To solve the freshwater problem that is now evident around the globe, we must first understand how much water is actually available, how much we use, to what purpose, using what system, in what condition, and with what realistic capacity given rapid climate change and its visible and continuing catastrophic effect.

Water Footprint Network

Peter Neill | Posted 07.07.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

As we consider water as the new paradigm, we probably should begin not at the top of the user pyramid, but at the bottom, with a better calculation of our own water footprint, a measure of the amount used to produce each of the goods and services we use, directly and indirectly.

How Business Leaders Can Help Save the Planet -- and Lead a Joyous Life

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

Your businesses have clout. I encourage you to be bolder -- use your clout to push decision-makers and build coalitions that result in win-win strategies that strengthen both business and environmental outcomes.

Understanding Virtual Water

Peter Neill | Posted 05.05.2016 | Green
Peter Neill

As we continue to work toward a fuller understanding of the presence of water, what we may not know so well is called "virtual water" -- the water that is used to produce almost everything we incorporate into our daily routines but is not listed on the label or calculated into the price.

Nature's Trust (Part 4)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

If you accept that the principles on which American environmental law was based in the 1970s has been compromised and excepted subsequently to dilute protections, regulations, and enforcement to an unacceptable circumstance, then we have but one tactic to fall back on.

Nature's Trust (Part 3)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

As we consider how we will be able to change our behavior and somehow recoup the loss to our environment on land and sea, we come down to a basic conflict over ownership and control of our natural resources.

NRDC: We Can Create 274,000 jobs, Save $37B a Year on Utilities, with Improved Efficiency

Rhea Suh | Posted 06.21.2015 | Green
Rhea Suh

Under President Obama's Clean Power Plan, we can cut power-plant carbon pollution 26 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030, when compared with 2005 levels. We can do even better than that, but what matters most is that we get started now.

Southeast Alaska Business Says It Will Begin Exporting Water in Bulk to Parched California This Summer

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

Decades ago, Gov. Wally Hickel was ridiculed for his idea of an ocean pipeline carrying fresh Alaska water to parched California. Now entrepreneurs are hoping that they can make good on his general concept by selling clear water from Southeast Alaska's rainforest to users in the dry south.

Water, Water Everywhere, but Not a Drop to Drink

Peter Neill | Posted 05.31.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Why and how did my water source run dry? What could I do about it? Would I too need to import water? Melt snow? Go without? Move away? Like São Paulo, I considered myself "water-rich" with a seemingly inexhaustible supply. Suddenly, it was not so. What to do?

Planning with Water (Part 5)

Peter Neill | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

What will it take to meet the challenges of our global environmental disconnection and natural resource abuse? Will we wait until it's too late, for the loss of what nature provides, for the crisis in health and welfare, for war and anarchy to make it better?

Planning With Water (Part 4)

Peter Neill | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Our multi-part series on planning with water continues this week with what hydraulic engineers call "non-revenue water," produced by collection but not valued because of the utility lost to leakage and other forms of waste.

Planning with Water (Part 3)

Peter Neill | Posted 05.02.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

In the past few editions I have been addressing the recognition of the global water crisis, its relationship to the effects of climate change, and its...

Planning With Water (Part 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The collapse of oil could be seen as a unique opportunity to shift our value system to an alternative based on water, priced by its utilitarian necessities and distributed equitably. Is it possible to construct a new system on the true value of water? What decisions must be made? Do we need new technologies and more money?

Changing the Way We Think About Water: Q&A With Peter Gleick

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

I recently spoke with Dr. Gleick on the occasion of the new PBS series EARTH: A New Wild. Wednesday's episode -- the final in the series -- explores people's relationship with water in some of the planet's most spectacular places.

Protecting Water: The Pulse Of Our Civilization

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.24.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Just as investing in nature can help cities secure clean and flowing water, it can also help with the problem of too much water.

Why One Photographer Is Devoted To Capturing America's Disappearing Rivers

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.14.2015 | Arts

"We stand at a precipice in the history of water," photographer Ansley West Rivers writes in her artist statement. "How we approach the health and use...