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Seven Insanely Cool Tips for Fall Travel

Richard Bangs | Posted 09.15.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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.

10 Things You Should Know About Dams

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Dams are not climate-neutral. Particularly in the tropics, organic matter rotting in their reservoirs emits methane, an aggressive greenhouse gas.

Life-Giving Deltas Starved by Dams

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Our deltas are literally sinking, shrinking and in grave a peril, and some may not survive in the coming years. This will impact millions of people, major food producing regions as well as valuable ecosystems.

Tax a Cola, Save the Planet

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A simple policy change like the Soda Tax can help us waste less water, lower our GHG production, and lessen the pollution of our air, water and soil. It's a win-win-win: a win for the environment, a win for our children, and a win for our communities.

China Rivers at the Brink of Collapse

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Land conflicts have become the primary cause of social unrest in China. As dam building moves upstream into mountain areas, ethnic minorities are particularly affected by displacement.

Coal Ash Ponds: How Power Companies Get a 'Bypass' on Regulations Against Pollution

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.24.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

When we think of electric power plants and pollution, we often think of air pollution and climate change, and especially when it comes to coal-fired power plants. But power plants are also huge polluters of our waterways -- our streams, rivers, and lakes.

Getting Dams Right

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

By Mark Tercek, President and CEO; and Giulio Boccaletti, Managing Director of Global Freshwater, The Nature Conservancy Over the next 20 years, m...

SXSW Film: Damnation, a Documentary That's Testing the Waters of Corporate Social Responsibility

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

I came away from this film feeling I had truly learned something and that I was not being "sold" anything, yet the fact that the film was entirely supported by a "brand," Patagonia, left me intrigued.

I'm With Stupid: River-Changing, Liberal Wolves Kidnapped My Aunt

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.14.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Every time the British guy said the word "deer," the movie showed footage of elk. If the film's director doesn't know a deer from an elk, why should I trust him to get anything else right?

Large Dams Are Uneconomic, Scientific Study Finds

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Dam builders and financiers frequently acknowledge the problems of the past, but claim that they have learned from their mistakes.

There Is No Quick-fix for California's Drought

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Despite recent rain, California is still in the midst of an historic drought. The past year has been the state's driest on record since 1895.

Obama Administration Grade on Coal Ash: Failing

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Despite being a political football [pdf] that had been tossed around Capitol Hill, the coal industry and EPA headquarters throughout the '90s and early aughts, coal ash was rarely a topic of dinner conversation around most American supper tables, I suspect.

Water Shock: Design Flaws in the American West

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

We'll have a bad water year this year, no doubt. But the fault lines to our core problems are less weather-related than the handed-down rules drawn up more than a quarter century before the first New York to San Francisco phone call.

World Bank Hands Africa's Biggest Dam Project Over to the Private Sector

Peter Bosshard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Working with a Chinese company, the Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as a public project. This is bad news for poor people and the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Problems Persist After Smithfield Sells Out to Shuanghui; Future Remains Uncertain

Marc Yaggi | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Marc Yaggi

Will Shuanghui stand up to the challenge and lead this industry into a clean future? Only time will tell - but the clock is ticking!

Congress Takes Landmark Decision for Rivers and Rights

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank is eager to re-engage in large dam projects around the world, and other financiers are following in its wake. The US Congress has now poured cold water on these plans.

Up the Creek, With a Paddle: Urban Stream Restoration and Daylighting (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

As cities work to rebuild and repair their infrastructure, one resource they are beginning to turn to is the rivers and creeks that flow through urban areas.

Up the Creek, With a Paddle: Urban Stream Restoration and Daylighting (Part I)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

Other creeks in New York City that once fed the salt marshes which defined the coastline were boxed in for commerce and turned into "canals" and polluted by local industries, dumped on and despoiled.

Protecting Rivers, Reducing Climate Vulnerability

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Climate change is water change. Learning from earlier flood disasters and preparing for climate change, governments, scientists and environmental organizations have started to remove levees and recreate floodplains on rivers such as the Rhine, the lower Yangtze and the lower Danube.

Fracking Water: It's Just So Hard to Clean

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.04.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Fracking wastewater can contain massive amounts of brine (salts), toxic metals, and radioactivity. And so the gas companies have a problem: what to do with the stuff.

LOOK: The World's Most Tranquil Rivers

Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...