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Grades Matter: Changing The Way We See Healthy Rivers

Karin Krchnak | Posted 09.02.2016 | Green
Karin Krchnak

In most of the world, the impacts of actions that increase growth and development and the role of climate change on river basins are rarely measured and little understood by key stakeholders, from the general public to government decision-makers.

In light of all the lead: Let's take care of the basics.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 06.06.2016 | Science
Joe S. Whitworth

In a time-honored, headline-killing move, late Friday afternoon before a long weekend, Portland, Oregon's Public School Superintendent slipped in an a...

New beginnings during this new moon, along the river banks in New Zealand!

Candace Loy | Posted 05.10.2016 | Green
Candace Loy

Beautiful, tiny (about 1mm) opalescent whitebait eggs cosy up in amongst fibrous mats, which keep them safe and hydrated. Whitebait consists ...

1,000 percent improvements for the planet

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 04.25.2016 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

Earth Day is not a day to celebrate the wonder of this unique planet. It's an opportunity to recognize what needs to change to secure a better futur...

Coal Isn’t Just Bad For The Air. It’s A Huge Water Waster.

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business

Burning coal doesn’t just pollute the environment and harm people’s health -- it’s a huge drain on the world’s increasingly strained supply of...

Perishing Of Thirst In A Pacific Paradise

The Huffington Post | Peter Mellgard | Posted 06.23.2016 | World

MAJURO, Marshall Islands -- A few yards from the crashing waves of the Pacific, on a precariously narrow strip of land, precious rainwater pools on th...

5 Steps Toward a Brighter Water Future for California

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.25.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

While Californians hope for rain, it remains crucial for the state to improve its long-term water management. Here are some steps to take right now.

The New UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Fresh Water

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 08.12.2016 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

While the major overarching objective is the eradication of poverty, the SDGs cover a lot of ground, including changing unsustainable (and promoting sustainable) patterns of consumption and production, and protecting and managing the natural resource base.

Laudato Si' And Water: The Vatican's Encyclical Letter And Global Water Challenges

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 06.18.2016 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

The world's water challenges are technical, economic, political, and social issues, but the Vatican Encyclical reminds us that ultimately they are ethical and moral issues as well.

Far Flung, But Never Far Afield

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

Fixing our rivers requires that we reintroduce complexity and function through restoration -- effectively reshaping the relationship between the economy and the environment.

Melting Glaciers Mean More Freshwater Flows Into the Gulf of Alaska Than the Output of the Mississippi River

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.25.2015 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

Satellite data has confirmed that the amount of freshwater released into the Gulf of Alaska from streams and rivers in Alaska and northern Canada is about 1.5 times what the Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico each year.

Economy or Environment? We Need Both.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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 Conser...

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...