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Rivers

Dammed, Displaced and Forgotten

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.27.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that for the World Bank and other financiers, poor people who stand in the way of their projects literally don't count. Time and again, the World Bank has demonstrated that it is not able to resettle people fairly. It should stop displacing people involuntarily in its projects.

Rainwater Harvesting Pioneer Wins International Water Prize

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.20.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

By empowering poor farmers, reviving traditional knowledge and building small rainwater ponds, Indian activist Rajendra Singh has brought five rivers and a thousand villages back to life over the past 30 years. On August 26, Sweden's King Carl Gustav will present the highly reputed Stockholm Water Prize to the rainwater pioneer.

Why We Celebrate Rivers

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Please take a moment to think about what you can do to protect the arteries of our planet. We can all avoid products that waste and pollute valuable water. We can educate our children about a way of life that respects the ecosystems of our planet.

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

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.24.2015 | 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.

Rescuers Save Swan With Frozen Beak

Rescue Idiot | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green
Rescue Idiot

The swan fell asleep on a river, which allowed the freezing temperatures to freeze its mouth shut, obviously preventing the swan from eating and also restricting its breathing. Yong Hsieh and his wife discovered the swan while feeding ducks.

La Ruta Maya -- One of the World's Toughest and Most Historic River Races

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 02.11.2015 | Travel
Kathleen Peddicord

La Ruta Maya is the biggest annual sporting event in Belize. Thousands of spectators line the banks of the Belize River to cheer on their favorite teams. The race has its origins in the 1995 Save Our Rivers Programme, a canoe race intended to promote cleaning up debris in and on the banks of the Old Belize River.

12 Dams That Changed the World

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Hoover Dam was the world's highest and most powerful dam when it was completed in 1936. It spurred the agricultural and industrial development of the US Southwest, and destroyed the Colorado River's rich downstream fisheries.

Wet and Wild: 'Downstream Toward Home', a Book of Rivers

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Lisa Kaas Boyle

As a child, I explored the glorious Namekagon River in Northern Wisconsin, now part of the US National Scenic Riverways. A bridge crossed the river right at my grandparent's big river rock home and we kids jumped from the bridge into the water below.

2014 in Review: Reflecting on California's Drought, Disappearing Water Sources

Brian Milne | Posted 02.28.2015 | Green
Brian Milne

Rather than reflect on icons we lost, this waterman would like to tip his lucky fishing cap to the bodies of water we've lost -- or are in danger of losing -- here in California as the drought was clearly the dominant story of 2014.

Browns Canyon Is a Sanctuary for Our Veterans

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 02.25.2015 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

I can't think of a better place to recover than on a stretch of the Arkansas River renowned for its prized trout fishing and incredible whitewater rafting.

Oh No, Not Again

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 02.23.2015 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I love having a man who enjoys conversing with me -- someone who actually listens and gives me feedback. But not now -- not with the price of gas so high.

Greed and Resistance in Sarawak's Rainforest

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The greed and corruption of a small clique are now turning Sarawak's rainforests into a monoculture of oil palms and hydropower reservoirs. Lukas Straumann documents the local politics, international complicity and desperate resistance in the struggle over one of the world's last paradises.

US Congress Sets Strict Limits on Global Dam Funding

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Congressional criteria reflect the lessons of past experience with large dams. If taken seriously, they will stop the worst project from going forward, and can improve the projects that still get built.

The Hidden Hand Behind 'Natural' Disasters

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Floods and droughts in many parts of the world are getting ever more frequent and intense. Scientists have long warned that a changing climate is making such weather events more extreme. What is often neglected in the public debate is that the impacts of climate change on flood and drought disasters are exacerbated by environmental destruction.

Streets for People, Freeways, and a Spectacular Solution

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Fortunately, there is a burgeoning trend here in the US to replace aging freeways with boulevards, which have been shown to move traffic just as well while creating rather than diminishing value.

Here's Why Rivers Almost Never Flow In A Straight Line

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.21.2014 | Science

This is probably something you learned in elementary school: Rivers almost never flow in a straight line. Instead, they twist and turn along serpentin...

Protecting Watersheds As We Grow Our Cities and Towns

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

We don't have to choose between a growing population and healthy economy, on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment, on the other. We really can have it both ways.

A Health Check-up for Our Environment -- Ignored at Our Own Risk

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.11.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Chinese river dolphin has disappeared before our eyes within only two generations. Will we change course before other branches on the tree of life die off? It would be foolish to assume that we can somehow maintain our prosperity and our very future without the rich biodiversity on Planet Earth.

Laughing Until the End: Inside Joan's Last Act

Charlie Ferrusi | Posted 11.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlie Ferrusi

I wish I had known Joan Rivers. Something about her always intrigued me. At 22 years old, I sit here writing this on a quiet plane back to New York, laughing hysterically to myself.

Seven Insanely Cool Tips for Fall Travel

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.15.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Fall is the artist spell, the interval to immerse in color and crisp air. It is the time to explore, without the crowds, so that vistas appear at Earth's first morning.

Simple Complexity

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

A small group composed of CEOs, conservationists, funders and advisors recently unplugged from technology and headed into the wilderness.

Government Audit Finds Hydropower Aid Doesn't Benefit the Poor

Peter Bosshard | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Norway is a leading voice in the global dams debate and is often considered a model in development and energy finance. A new audit adds to the growing evidence that large hydropower projects are not effective at reducing poverty, and that better tools for achieving this goal exist.

7 Ways Your Health Is Like a River (And Why We Should Take Care of Both)

Willow Jarosh, MS, RD | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Willow Jarosh, MS, RD

As a registered dietitian who helps teach people to keep their bodies healthy, I couldn't help but see a striking resemblance between the delicate dance of human health and that of a river. It is a perspective that I think may help others be more mindful of how we treat our bodies, as well as our precious rivers.

The Dam

John Feffer | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

It says a lot about Hungary in the 1980s that the movement that represented the biggest challenge to the Communist authorities was an environmental one.