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  • Great Lakes Are Warming Up For a Record

    The Great Lakes have their shores full with issues around the invasive Asian carp, but that’s not the only danger facing the region. With 20% of the world’s freshwater, the health of the Great Lakes is critical- and this summer all of the lakes are registering temperatures far above what’s normal for the end of […] More

  • Envisioning Chicago’s Waterway System for the 21st Century

    There is finally a concerted effort in the Great Lakes region to deal with the problem of Asian carp and other invasive threats to the ecosystem. After a series of unsuccessful lawsuits by Michigan and others to get the state of Illinois to close the Chicago River lock system and the subsequent confirmation of large […] More

  • Canada Takes Water Awareness Lead

    Say what you will about Canada being up on the latest trends in fashion or music, but our neighbor to the North may be on the verge of setting the course in national water management policy. Recently ministers from across the country met to talk about how best to protect and preserve Canada’s water from […] More

  • Sulabh Toilets Flush With Possibility

    In 1970, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak designed the sulabh sauchalaya (latrines-pour-flush toilet with twin leach pit) and founded what is now the Sulabh Movement. The movement is based on a simple idea that proper sanitation and wastewater management is good for public health and climate change. He announced to the World Environment and Water Resources Congress […] More

  • The Other Coastal Problem: Rising Seas

    Rising sea levels will have an effect on coastal cities, and while the BP Gulf oil leak is getting the press these days, sea level rise from climate change will have an even more long-term and potentially dramatic effect. With the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicting a 7 – 23 inch rise by […] More

  • 5 Blue Living iPhone Apps

    More and more, people are connected to their online lives all day. With smartphones we can carry computers in our pockets, it’s easy enough to listen to music while checking email on the bus. But how aware are we of the water we use everyday? Can smartphones actually keep us more connected to our water […] More

  • Does Climate Change Cause Crime?

    Here’s the theory: climate change contributes to rising temperatures and dropping water levels, which in turn leads to lower catch volume and smaller fish, which pushes some Lake Naivasha fishermen in Nairobi’s Rift Valley to cast their nets into the world of crime. Naivasha police say that most of their recent arrests for kidnapping, rape, […] More

  • Should We Give a Dam About Hydro Power?

    The International Commission for Large Dams held its 78th annual meeting recently in Ha Noi, attracting 800 delegates from 90 countries. Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai made a speech emphasizing dams and hydro-electricity as a way of dealing with water deterioration and climate change. As Indian Council of Power Utilities President C.V.J Varma […] More

  • Australia’s Integrated Marine Information System Makes a Splash

    There is literally an ocean of information floating around out there about almost anything you can think of, but seldom is that information brought together in an integrated, meaningful and useful way- especially when there are multiple governmental and scientific groups involved. But a new high-technology marine information system in the waters off of South […] More

  • WaterAlert: Customized, Real-Time Water Conditions

    For anyone who spends a lot of their time dealing with water, having up-to-the-minute information on water conditions is a tough proposition. Whether it’s a boater who wants current river level information, a groundwater manager who needs to know what pumps to keep working, or crisis management officials dealing with flood or drought conditions, having […] More

  • EPA Regulating Coal Ash

    This week the EPA proposed national regulations to govern the safe management and disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. In 2008, an impoundment full of waste coal ash from the Tennessee Valley Authority ruptured. The resulting 1.1 billion gallon spill caused major environmental damage to the surrounding land and water, displaced residents and […] More

  • Drinking Water Week 2010

    Drinking Water Week just ended- it was May 2 – 8, but you can still take part in the spirit of the week with their resources and activities, especially if you have children. Drinking Water Week is an annual awareness project of the American Water Works Association that encourages everyone to get to know their […] More

  • Once Again, the Supreme Court Supports Asian Carp

    The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the third attempt this year by Michigan to battle the possibility of Asian Carp getting into Lake Michigan and decimating both the fishing industry and the native ecosystem. Earlier this year Michigan’s suits against Illinois with the backing of Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota also failed. In a nutshell, […] More

  • The Politics of Rainwater Harvesting

    There is a more than two-decade-old law in the Philippines requiring the construction of rainwater catchments around the country, but it is seldom enforced. In Cebu City, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country currently dealing with extended dry weather caused by the El Niño effect, that is changing. Lawyers and University students […] More

  • EPA Vs. Citrus Farmers: Cleaning up Florida's Water

    A new set of EPA proposals to clean up Florida’s water is up for debate this month, and Florida’s citrus growers say the goals are economically devastating and logistically unattainable. The new restrictions limit the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen released into Florida’s lakes and waterways. Citrus growers point to a report issued this week […] More

  • Is Climate Change Genocide?

    Climate change and rising temperatures are widely believed to be causing the retreat of glaciers and lower river flows. According to researchers, that is what’s happening to the Andean glaciers. Evo Morales, President of Boliva, believes there should be an international court of environmental justice- and many Bolivians agree with him. In fact, Boliva’s UN […] More

  • Rivers in the Desert: Solar-Powered Desalination

    Water crises and water shortages are increasing around the world- at this point there are 1.2 billion people in 40 countries without reliable access to clean water. But what if there were a way to use the sun to turn oceans into drinking water? IBM and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), the […] More

  • Endangered Ocean Species Won't Get International Trade Protection

    U.N. delegates from around the world gathered at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) in Qatar this week- their mission? To vote on international regulations governing the trade in endangered species. For the urban layman, their decisions affect how much tuna we can have for sushi or […] More

  • U.S. Drinking Water: Contaminated and Safe

    Ladies and gentlemen- your drinking water is contaminated, yes, and it’s also safe to drink. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) just published a report on the state of drinking water wells and aquifer systems in California, Nebraska, Connecticut and Florida. Overall, they found that some wells were contaminated but not contaminated enough to be […] More

  • Are Federal Limits on State Water Use Scientifically Justified?

    The National Academy of Sciences published a report this week supporting federal limits on California farmers’ water use and saying they are scientifically justified. It’s the latest chapter in the state’s long battle that pits environmentalists against agriculturalists. It is often said that as California goes, so goes the nation… If that holds true, water […] More

  • Imagine H2O Water Innovation Prize Winners

    Imagine H20 is a national non-profit whose mission is to inspire and empower people to solve water problems. I wrote about their water innovation competition for startups last October, and this week they awarded prizes to some of the most groundbreaking, watershed inventions and business plans in the water world. Top Projects include Fruition Sciences […] More

  • Water Footprint Network Releases The Water Footprint Manual

    The Water Footprint Network (WFN) is a Netherlands-based international organization that helps individuals and corporations better understand how and where water is used. Their mission is to promote the transition towards sustainable, fair and efficient use of fresh water resources worldwide. Sponsoring partners are as diverse as the Coca Cola Company and the World Wildlife […] More

  • Lower Danube Exceeds Green Corridor Targets

    It’s great to hear a green success story when so much of the news around the world is grim about the health of Earth’s water and wetlands. An ambitious wetland protection and restoration program for Europe’s Lower Danube River is just such good news- the project to create a “green corridor” along the entire length […] More

  • California Water: Mavericks, Sacramento and Diane Feinstein

    My housemates left before dawn on Saturday morning for the Mavericks Surf Contest, an annual big-wave surfing competition of the coast of Half Moon Bay, California. The waves can reach 50 feet, and because of the variability of weather and water, contest organizers and surfers alike must wait for the perfect storm to appear on […] More

  • Lake Chad Recognized as a Wetland of International Importance

    In a world where governments, borders and legislation have everything to do with how our natural resources are treated, it’s cause for celebration when an important body of water in a dry area shared by four countries is recognized as worth protecting. On World Wetlands Day (February 2) 2010, the Cameroon Republic declared its portion […] More

  • Himalayan Glacial Error Leaves Himalayan Water Truth in Doubt

    The backlash over the recent revelation that the 2007 IPCC report included an erroneous alarm that the Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035 has been well-documented. Much of the concern flowed from the fact that the glaciers feed several major rivers in South Asia and Southeast Asia where millions of people live. General opinion now […] More

  • Maldives Pledges 100% Emissions Cut by 2020

    Before Copenhagen, the Maldives went scuba-diving to hold an underwater cabinet meeting, emphasizing the threat of rising sea levels to their nation. Years ago they pledged to become a carbon-neutral country, utilizing clean energy and offsetting all airline flights to their tourist resorts. And now, as countries around the world send their emissions cuts to […] More

  • CalWater Project to Study the Impact of Climate Change on California Water

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has called California’s water troubles a “holy water war… north versus south, California versus the feds, rural versus urban….” As divisive as the state’s water issues are, they are just as poorly understood. Population growth, inconsistent weather and the threat of drought are well known factors that make water planning difficult, […] More

  • Research Recommends Diversified Water Portfolios for Urban Water Planning

    Cities need water. And as they grow, so does their need for water. Unlike most other goods that can be manufactured or shipped in, you can’t make more water. Cities are facing the reality that they have to learn to efficiently use the water they have and prevent waste at all points of the process, […] More

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