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The Most Water-Consuming States Are The Ones In Drought

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green

As the drought in the western United States drags on, communities have considered rules for residents' water use, and California imposed statewide re...

PHOTOS: Lake Mead Drops To Lowest Levels Ever As Drought Plagues Southwest

Posted 07.25.2014 | Green

Last week, Lake Mead dropped to the lowest levels since the reservoir was filled upon the completion of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s. The Southwest has...

Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.

Squeezing Water From a Rock

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

I recently returned from a place that comes just short of this ultimate alchemy -- Israel, a small strip of desert with no water or oil. Not an ideal place to build an agricultural oasis. But that is exactly what the Israeli water conservationists have accomplished.

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.

You Won't Believe How Much Water It Takes To Grow Your Favorite Foods

Mother Jones | Alex Park and Julia Lurie | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. California, supplier of nearly hal...

Waste Without Borders: Fracking's Dirty Dilemma

Kyle Rabin | Posted 08.23.2013 | Green
Kyle Rabin

I have a love-hate relationship with hydraulic fracturing, but my affection for the drilling method has nothing to do with its so-called benefits.

$11,000 Water Bill!?

Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 06.28.2013 | Business

Do you trust utility service companies to charge you the right amounts for heat, water and electricity each month? Well, this story will make you thi...

Building Global Competency and Helping to Reach Education for All Through Games and Apps

Ed Gragert | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Ed Gragert

Although educational interactive games are not new, I am encouraged that there may be an exciting trend developing to enable young people to learn about and take action to impact the world and its issues.

World Over-Using Underground Water Reserves, Scientists Say

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2012 | Green

By Chris Wickham LONDON (Reuters) - The world is depleting underground water reserves faster than they can be replenished due to over-e...

Top 8 Tips for Saving Water Outdoors

Maria Rodale | Posted 09.18.2012 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest bloggers from the EPA's WaterSense program This summer's heat wave is expected to result in a serious spike in the amount of water being us...

Mining Groundwater for Profit: The Cadiz Project

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 03.25.2012 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

If there were no adverse consequences of this kind of water mining, and if all that mattered was money, then perhaps using up this stock of water and turning it into a private good would make sense -- at least to the project owners.

NY Times vs. Organic Farmers -- It's the Golf Courses Stupid!

Ann Gentry | Posted 03.06.2012 | Food
Ann Gentry

NY Times vs. Organic Farmers - It's the Golf Courses Stupid! I'm always amused by PR efforts to demonize organic farmers. When I started Real Food Da...

What Do You Know? Water Conservation and Efficiency Actually Work

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 08.28.2011 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

The Colorado River basin still faces a seriously difficult future as long as population continues to grow, and as climatic changes become more evident, altering streamflow volumes, timing, and quality.

Has the U.S. Passed the Point of Peak Water?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

There is strong evidence that the United States may have already passed the points of peak water, including peak renewable, nonrenewable, and ecological water, in many watersheds, especially (but not exclusively) in the more arid West.

Colorado River Water Consumption Now Exceeds Annual Supply

The Denver Post | Bruce Finley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado River water consumed yearly for agriculture and by the 30 million Westerners who rely on it now exceeds the total annual flow. A growing a...

Carbon Disclosure Project Asks Companies To Come Clean On Water Use

Mother Nature Network | E.B. Solomont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Hoping to capitalize on the success of its carbon-reporting program, a leading nonprofit is asking major corporations to disclose water consumption....

Water Bills Go Up In Down Economy As Usage Drops

AP | CLARKE CANFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

PORTLAND, Maine — The grim economy is hitting some consumers in the wallet in yet another way: their water bills. Many water utilities are rais...

Colorado Water Use Explodes On The Western Slope

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado Front Range residents are using less water, but some parts of the Western Slope have seen per capita water use explode in the past decade, ac...

Single LA fire Consumes One Year's Worth Of Water

news.xinhuanet.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Firefighting aircraft have dropped about 1.7 million gallons of water and nearly 700,000 gallons of fire-retardant chemicals in an effort to put out t...

Can The Dutch Help Us Avoid Another Katrina?

AP | TOBY STERLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

AMSTERDAM — The U.S.' chief environmental official said Tuesday that America can learn much from the way the Dutch manage water _ focusing more ...

Reuse Water From Cooking Veggies

recyclethis.co.uk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Like with the freshly boiled water from Wednesday, it seems a waste of power to just power it down the drain when we're done. With pasta or potatoes,...

River Reversal: Chicago's Special Anniversary

Debra Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Debra Shore

For Chicago and our region to have a robust economy - and a healthy ecology - for the 21st century, we will be asked to embrace a new paradigm, that of stewardship.

Solar Water Heater Connects Owners To The Changing Seasons

Treehugger | Sami Grover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Solar Connects You to the Seasons Earlier this week I shared my experiences of installing solar water heating, and included a quote from Transition To...

Air Tanker Drops On Wildfires: Just For Show?

Los Angeles Times | Julie Cart and Bettina Boxall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Fire commanders say they are often pressured to order planes and helicopters into action on major fires even when the aircraft won't do any good. Such...