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Fresh Water

Chinese Water Management: Supply, Demand, and a Changing Climate

Peter Neill | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

If you accept that water is the most valuable commodity on earth, then there is no financial argument against its production at whatever cost. Hopefully the world, regardless of national aspiration, political ideology, and systems of governance, will come to that conclusion in time to assuage our thirst for survival.

War and Water: Middle East Conflicts in the Watershed

Peter Neill | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

The location of these cities and the caravan or highway routes between them are all testimony to the fact that for all time water has enabled the true security of the region. Take away the slogans and guns, let the people live there, and the water will sustain them.

Global Water Contract, Part 2

Peter Neill | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Fresh water and the ocean are a single, irreplaceable natural asset that supports the well being of human endeavor in its every form. It, like the land, is finite. When we destroy it, when we waste it, we are acting so obviously against our true interest and survival.

The Global Water Contract, Part I

Peter Neill | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. That familiar quotation approaches the reality of the world situation, to a point now when an estimated three billion people may not have access to clean fresh water to drink, for hygiene, for cooking, or for basic survival.

Water: Cycles and Circles

Peter Neill | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Change can evolve, slowly over time, or it can happen suddenly, without warning, at some moment when all the gravity of circumstance forces history to turn unexpectedly, sometimes explosively. If we are so smart, why is it that we seem incapable of planning such a turn?

Water Efficiency in a Global Crisis

Peter Neill | Posted 10.11.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Only 3 percent of the water on earth is fresh, and of that some 2 percent is locked in the polar ice caps, thus leaving us with the astonishing conclusion that the entire population on earth is reliant on 1 percent of the available water worldwide to sustain its fundamental need.

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?"

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.

Water Is The New Oil

Steven Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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.