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  • Earth Hour

    Tonight is Earth Hour, the annual event where millions of people turn the lights off for one hour. More

  • Ilisu Dam – Sinking History

    The Ilisu Dam is a dam under construction in Turkey at the headwaters of the Tigris River. It has generated controversy because 55,000-65,000 people will be forcibly relocated and a city with a 10,000-year history will be flooded. More

  • Save River Herring

    The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided the status of the river herring merits review. However, the tiny fish that is a basis of the Atlantic ecosystem is not out of danger yet. More

  • Apps for Water – Dec 20

    On December 20, several app developers are donating all their sales to Charity: Water through the Apps for Water Campaign. More

  • Help Save the Frogs Win $250,000

    Save the Frogs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to amphibian conservation, is competing for $250,000 in the Chase Community Giving Contest. Save the Frogs is involved in many projects to improve water quality around the world. More

  • Artists for Sea Shepherd

    We talk a lot about water conservation and keeping our waterways healthy and clean around here, but I don’t think we focus as much on the why’s. Of course, we need clean drinking water to live and we want to protect our world’s ecosystems, but it’s always refreshing to hear from folks who are out there on the ground (or, in this case, in the oceans) talk about why this is so important.

    In this inspiring talk, Arjen Weijers from Sea Shepherds talked about what they do and why it’s critical to our future. More

  • Private vs. Public Water: A Tale of Felton, CA

    Do you know who owns your water?  Many communities have moved from public water works to privatization of this important utility.  Corporations raise rates, and citizens are left with no local control.  In many towns, grassroots movements have successfully fought corporate water acquisition.  Felton, California is a model of such citizen action. More

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    Japanese Whalers Making Big Money on Illegal Whale Meat

    The BP oil spill may have killed a baby whale, but there are much bigger problems for endangered whales around the world. Japanese, Norwegian, and Icelandic whalers have been whaling unsustainably and illegally for years despite an international moratorium on whaling. Rather than address this problem with stronger laws and enforcement, the International Whaling Commission […] More

  • Key West Ocean’s Day Rally Turns to BP Protest

    June 8, 2010 was World Oceans Day.  Declared officially by the United Nations last year, this day celebrates how our oceans: Generates most of the oxygen we breathe Helps feed us Regulates our climate Cleans the water we drink Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines Provides limitless inspiration! More

  • Mt. Shasta Voters May Outlaw Cloud Seeding and Bottled Water Plants

    Despite the fall in popularity of bottled water, there is still large consumer demand. Major corporations are looking for new sources, and in many cases, communities are fighting back. In Mt. Shasta, California, not only are residents concerned about the “large water draws” of bottled water plants, they are also worried about the health effects […] More

  • Marine Conservation Team Blue Seals Barred from Gulf Oil Spill Areas

    During one of the worst oil spill disasters in our history, a rapid response team of marine conservation experts, the Blue Seals, has been barred from documenting the effects of the deepwater oil spill by BP and US government officials. According to the Blue Seals, their efforts have been hampered by a “virtual oil curtain” […] More

  • Turkish Farmers Learn to Cut Water Use Up to 50%

    About 72% of total water use in Turkey is for agriculture. This 72% is important when the country’s largest city, Istanbul, can be out of running water for days at a time in the summer. “We have to change our perception of water and water use practices considerably,” WWF-Turkey CEO Dr. Filiz Demirayak told the […] More

  • Endangered Whale Massacre on the Horizon?

    Here is some very surprising and disappointing news. The Chair of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) announced a proposal this week that would endorse the killing of whales, including some endangered species. The proposal would also allow the killing of whales in their number one feeding ground — the Southern Ocean. This would reverse a […] 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

  • Proctor and Gamble's 2 Billion Liters of Safe Drinking Water

    This week Proctor & Gamble Company announced that their P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (P&G CSDW) has distributed 2 billion liters of clean drinking water. P&G CSDW is a not-for-profit founded by P&G with the goal of improving life for children in need by providing clean drinking water in the developing world. It’s a […] More

  • Summit On The Summit Group Climbs Kilimanjaro for Clean Water

    More than one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water- that’s more than 1 out of every 7 people on Earth. And the consequences of drinking contaminated water are no mystery- more children die from diarrheal diseases than from HIV/AIDS and malaria combined- every day 4,000 children in developing countries die from […] More

  • project BLUE: It’s Not a Charity, It’s a Plan of Action

    The health of our oceans is not only important for environmental reasons, it’s essential for recreational reasons as well. And what sport will be impacted the most by the state of the oceans? Surfing, most likely. What can the average ocean sports lover do to work toward a healthy ocean environment? Probably the best way […] More

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Clean Water: Summit on the Summit

    Every day, 4,000 children in developing countries die from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water. Clean water for all is an extremely important mission in our world, and a variety of organizations are actively working toward that goal. One event that may help to grab the attention of people in developed countries is […] More

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    World Water Forum Publishes Global Water Framework

    Last March leaders and concerned citizens came from around the world to the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. The city, which spans the great Bosphorus, existing in both Europe and Asia, has served as capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire and is the European Capital of Culture […] More

  • 2009 Stockholm Water Prize Awarded to Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak

    The 2009 Stockholm Water Prize, the water world’s equivalent of the Nobel, was awarded to Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of the Sulabh Sanitation Movement in India and whose work is known worldwide for advancement and focus in the areas of public health, social progress and human rights. He has done extensive work since founding […] More

  • Bottled Water Giant Nestle Wins Approval for Colorado Spring

    In recent years, Nestle has been hard fought by communities across the country over bottled water plants, as citizens are concerned that local aquifers will be depleted. From Washington to California, towns have been divided and long battles fought as the maker of Perrier, Poland Spring, S. Pellegrino, and Arrowhead bottled waters plans to expand. […] More

  • Celebrating Water through Art – H20: Film on Water

    How do you celebrate your relationship to the natural world? The Great River Arts organization has asked close to 100 artists to interpret and question their relationship to Water and the results are slated for exhibition in early August. H2O: Film on Water is a video art show meant to prompt artists and audiences alike […] More

  • Traitor Joe’s: Greenpeace Rates Trader Joe’s Unsustainable Seafood Policies

    The environmental watchdog Greenpeace has gone after Trader Joe’s with a snarky campaign called Traitor Joe’s, complete with a website, a Traitor Joe’s Twitter account, and a singing fish telegram for consumers to let the company know how they feel about the store’s unsustainable seafood policies. According to the latest Sustainable Seafood Scorecard from Greenpeace, […] More

  • Go for a Skinny Dip and Save a River

    New Belgium Brewery, best known for brewing great beer, like Fat Tire and Sunshine Wheat, and for the massive traveling bike carnival Tour de Fat, is also a leader in corporate water sustainability and donating to water advocacy groups. The company’s Skinny Dip campaign helps to promote and provide financial support for groups working to […] More

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