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Freshwater

Economy or Environment? We Need Both.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 09.11.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

I remember as a kid walking the fields with my grandfather. He said, "No man has the right to take more from the land than the land itself can withstand." That balanced approach made sense to me when I was six, and it still makes sense to me today.

Californian Innovation Tackles Salinity with Solar Desalination

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 04.30.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

California has not experienced a drought the likes of the current epic crisis since the year 1580 - as evidenced from tree ring growth. Some Calif...

IUCN Releases First Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

Inland lake habitat. © Dr. Solomon David. Guest blog by: Dr. Solomon David, Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conse...

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.

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...

These Tiny Beads Are Threatening The Great Lakes

Reuters | Lisa Maria Garza | Posted 09.29.2013 | Green

July 30 (Reuters) - Tiny plastic beads from beauty products are showing up in North America's Great Lakes, and an environmental group is calling upo...

Reaping the Whirlwind: Water War Along the California-Oregon Border

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

What events will jar us into realizing we need to shift our water management style? Our high capacity to ignore big, observable facts gives preference to how things used to be over how things ought to be--and that won't work on the road ahead.

A Tsunami of Suds

M. Sanjayan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
M. Sanjayan

The soapy surge was well over two stories high in places. It rose from the fast-flowing creek that runs below the road, whose waters were now a mounting froth spilling over the banks. A scene like this can't help but make you grateful for the Clean Water Act in the U.S.

Where Does Your Water Come From? (Hint: Nature)

M. Sanjayan | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green
M. Sanjayan

The Nature Conservancy just released a study that identifies drinking water sources for 493 cities across the globe, including the 27 most populated U.S. cities. The interactive web tool also reveals how these sources are being used, as well as their protection status.

I'm Donating My Birthday to Charity Water, Are You?

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact
Shira Lazar

I couldn't think of a non-profit that is dedicated more to this goal than Charity Water, bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Astonishingly, it gives 100 percent of public donations to fund clean water projects.

The Fate Of Fresh Water In The 21st Century?

Alex Prud'homme | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green

This is an excerpt from "The Ripple Effect," an exploration of the threats to the world's freshwater supplies, by Alex Prud'homme. The book is availab...