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Arctic Leadership

Peter Neill | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The presence of human habitation, and its right to security and survival is the essential focus of the emerging Arctic consensus. There is no question that the needs of those communities will be addressed.

The Renewable Arctic

Peter Neill | Posted 11.17.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Who is advocating for the most renewable resource of the all: the public who would directly and indirectly benefit from the enduring value of the Arctic as a global resource on the conservation of which we can depend for a sustainable future?

The Arctic Garden

Peter Neill | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

No one seemed to be asking the alternative question: Other than resource extraction, what is the true value of the Arctic?

The Climate Group

Peter Neill | Posted 10.23.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The price of oil has dropped to the point that old approaches and operations -- such as Arctic drilling and controversial pipelines -- make no sense and are obsolescent in the face to new competitive investment in alternatives.

Pope Francis and the Ocean

Peter Neill | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The Pope has been especially clear and vocal about his views of climate change as a real, pervasive, and devastating factor in today's world and that our understanding and response to the problem is essential to the future survival of all people worldwide.

Billion Oyster Project

Peter Neill | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

There was a time, not so long ago, when the oyster was poor man's subsistence food, cheap, available and plentiful, and eaten more often than not because one could not afford anything else.

Planning for Our Climate Future

Peter Neill | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

If climate is the defining issue of our time, how can we ignore or stand outside its definition? If ignorance is the rejection of meaning, then why would we choose meaningless as a certain way toward collapse and failure?

Sea Sickness (or the Story of a Sick Sea)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.08.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The world ocean is a sick sea. The symptoms are no longer deniable; the evidence mounts daily in nauseating waves of reported spills and leaks, dying reefs, depleted fisheries, and vast areas so oxygen-deprived that nothing lives. I keep looking for the good news.

Radiation in the Ocean

Peter Neill | Posted 09.01.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The warming of the ocean surely has an impact on changing growth patterns of marine plants and animals, just as the changing pH or acidity of the ocean has been shown to modify habitat and migrations. But what else?

Desalination for a Drought-Plagued California

Peter Neill | Posted 08.18.2015 | 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?

Sand Wars

Peter Neill | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The impact on the environment is enormous, with measurable destructive consequence for biodiversity, land loss, hydrological function, water supply, infrastructure, climate, landscape and extreme events.

Watermark (Pt. 5)

Peter Neill | Posted 07.21.2015 | 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.

Watermark (Pt. 4)

Peter Neill | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

If that climate and irresponsible water use and management further delimits the amount available for all uses just in the critical climate and under-supply we know today, what will the inevitable change in water valuation and consequent increase in price mean for the cost of a Volkswagen or anything else on earth?

Water Footprint Network

Peter Neill | Posted 07.07.2015 | 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.


Peter Neill | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

As we continue to consider the prospect for global water resources, we need first to make a major adjustment to how we measure the water we use, how w...

What's Next? (Pt. 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

If unregulated capitalism has failed us in the context of sustainability of natural resources and community health, are their other financial systems that might enable us to reformulate value and reward new behavior with more employment, responsible return, equity and justice?

What's Next? (Pt. 1)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

We know the ocean as a natural system. We know too that beneath that surface lies the challenge of governance. Like the land, the ocean too is a political system, equally complex and vital. But, penultimately, is not the ocean an economic system as well?

A Danger Of Dams

Peter Neill | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Yes, Nepal needs this energy for its own security, development, and financial stability. But what is really being wrought here?

Understanding Virtual Water

Peter Neill | Posted 05.05.2015 | 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 1)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

We need a new idea and system of law that will enable an alternative to collapse or chaos. As an advocate for the ocean and the global water cycle as that idea, I have been unable to establish the principle and precedent on which such a system of law might be based -- until now.

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 6)

Peter Neill | Posted 05.23.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Why do I belabor this example of a small inland city? Like São Paulo and many other cities around the world, Olomouc sits on a river somewhere in between the mountains and the sea.

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...