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  • Did You Know: More Oysters Means Better Water?

    Oysters are filter-feeders. That means they suck in the water around them, filtering out the plankton and bits of dead animals and waste that they eat, then spit the water back out, free of that waste. The process feeds the oysters, produces food for humans, and cleans the water around them. Exactly how much these […] More

  • Sustainablog Takes the 4 Liter Challenge (w/ Video)

    Hi, gang! It’s been a while since our last post, and since then this “4 liter challenge” thing has surged in popularity and then kinda died down. A few weeks ago, however, our good friend Jeff McIntire-Strasburg took on the challenge and documented his day in words and YouTube videos which he was kind enough […] More

  • Will Dissolving Rock in the Ocean Stop Climate Change?

    As the earth keeps warming, many geoengineering solutions are being put forward, such as dropping iron in the ocean or desalinating massive quantities of seawater. A recent study looked at one idea – grinding up olivine and dumping it into the sea – and found it would be extremely inefficient. More

  • Hurricane Sandy Aftermath – Photo and Video

    Hurricane Sandy was a thousand miles wide when it made landfall in New Jersey Monday evening. The storm wreaked havoc on several states, combining with two other weather systems to produce flooding, storm surges, wind damage, and blizzards. More

  • Worldwide Drought as of August 2012

    The above image from the Global Drought Monitor shows the extent of the drought worldwide as of August 2012. More than 152 million people are living in areas experiencing exceptional drought (the dark red areas), which is defined as “exceptional and widespread crop and pasture losses; exceptional fire risk; shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells creating water emergencies.” More

  • Glacier Retreat Affects Salmon Fisheries

    As global temperatures rise, glaciers retreat, affecting the landscape and wildlife around them. Salmon depend on the glaciers to maintain their habitat. Without it, salmon and the people who depend on them for their livelihood may be in trouble. More

  • Ocean Acidification: Some Simple Things You Can Do About It

    June 8th is World Oceans Day, the UN-designated day for the global community to celebrate and take action for our shared ocean. This year, take a moment to make change on two little-known but all-important issues: global warming and ocean acidification. More

  • Alberta Tar Sands Project

    The Alberta Tar Sands Project is in the U.S. news a lot these days. As a U.S. citizen, I’m usually focused on the potential effects of the Keystone XL pipeline contaminating aquifers and soil. This TEDx video shows the effects on Canada. The Alberta Tar Sands is basically just a huge strip mine that goes on as far as the eye can see. More

  • Does Irrigation Mask Climate Change?

    We know irrigation works- meaning, we know that we can turn a desert into farmland. But how much do we know about the side effects? A new report from two New York researchers entitled Irrigation and 20th Century Climate suggests that the worldwide increase in irrigation over the 20th century is actually changing weather patterns […] More

  • 90 Degree River Shuts Down Southern Nuclear Plant

    As a result of the record high temperatures engulfing the South (and much of the planet) the Tennessee Valley Authority has had to shut down its largest nuclear power plant for the 40th day since  July 8th, the TimesFreePress reports. The Tennessee River in Alabama is just much too hot. The river water rose to […] More

  • Sea Level Rise Threatens Drinking Water of 15 Million Americans

    Fresh water that now is flowing to the sea in the Delaware estuary is threatened by future sea-level rise resulting from rising temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds. As sea levels rise, salt water will move inland up the estuary. Drinking water for over 15 million people will be endangered. The […] 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

  • 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

  • Man Swims Across Everest Lake (1Km) for Climate Change Action

    There are a lot of ways to try to increase awareness of climate change and action to stop it, but I imagine not many are as noteworthy as this one. A man given the title “human polar bear” recently swam one kilometer across a lake on Mount Everest for this purpose. More

  • Gray Whale Found on Wrong Side of World

    This is one of those crazy stories that you can hardly believe when you read it. However, it is one that might become more and more common as climate change steams ahead. The title is no joke and no exaggeration. Apparently, a gray whale was spotted off the coast of Israel last month, despite there […] More

  • New York City Preparing for 3 Foot Sea Level Rise

    Starting from a baseline of a sea level that will be two to three feet higher by the 2080s, the flood level highs produced by today’s 100-year storm would be more likely to recur, on average, as often as once in 60 to once in every 4 years by the end of the century. A  […] More

  • Whales and Climate Change: How Are They Linked?

    Two issues close to the hearts of many environmentalists (or even the average person now) — addressing climate change and protecting  endangered whales — are now being seen as linked issues. Whales are huge! Blue whales are the largest creatures on Earth. An elephant, the largest animal that lives on land, could stand on a […] More

  • A Future Business Created by Sea Level Rise

    Here’s a business concept poised for takeoff in centuries to come, with our rising sea levels. The floating island business. The Dutch (wouldn’t you know it!) company Dutch Docklands has come up with the concept of The Floating Beach®. Now 22nd century tourists needn’t ever worry about their favorite island getaway being underwater. Floating beaches […] More

  • The First Nation to Run out of Water? Yemen

    War-torn Yemen is set to be the first country in the world to completely run out of water. War and strife are caused by shortages, and Yemen has been no exception to that rule. As the nation has succumbed to desertification, war has followed. As the world warms, desertification (in some regions in parts of […] 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

  • Climate Change Alters Gray Whale Migration

    It’s the peak of gray whale southern migration off the central and southern coast of California. Between 20 to 30 whales an hour are being spotted in Monterey, but gray whales are also being spotted up north in Washington state months ahead of their typical migration schedule. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, these Washington […] 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

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