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New York City Installs Real Time Water Monitoring

Before anyone can do anything about how much water we use (and waste) every day, we need to know how much we are actually using. And when you look around at how many of your daily activities include water, you get a sense of just how difficult a task that is. In spite of the […]

July 28th

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.

July 27th

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 […]

July 5th

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 […]

June 22nd

Atlantic States Move to Develop Their 330 GW Off-Shore Wind Potential

Interior Secretary Salazar has joined with the governors of ten states to develop the staggering potential for offshore wind on the US Outer Continental Shelf, through a new Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium. Last year, thorough polling of residents in five Atlantic states revealed a tremendous groundswell of support for clean offshore wind energy development […]

June 18th

Raise the Price of Water, Experts Say

Water is a finite resource. It may seem abundant when you look at a globe, but the amount of water in the world that can be used for human purposes is not so large. With a real water crisis looming, one solution the World Bank and the OECD, representing major economies of the world, are […]

May 5th

El Zapotillo Dam Slotted to Flood Three Mexican Towns

As the world’s demand for water grows, dam projects are proposed that negatively affect human rights and the environment.  The El Zapotill0 Dam in Mexico is no exception, and protests have even resulted in death threats.  The towns of Temacapulín, Acasico, and Palmarejo will be flooded with a grave loss to central Mexican culture and […]

April 21st

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 […]

March 23rd

Smart Water for Green Schools Program Launches in Ghana

Green Cross International’s (GCI) mission is “to respond to the combined challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation to ensure a sustainable and secure future.” Founded in 1993 as a merger between former U.S.S.R. President Mikhail Gorbacev’s idea for an organization that would apply the medical emergency response model of the International Committee of the […]

March 20th

Daylighting to Improve the City and the Environment

Streams and rivers can be central attractions of a city. They can be beautiful, vibrant public places where people can enjoy the company of others while also enjoying the peace and calm of nature. They can also provide peaceful and aesthetically pleasing transportation corridors for bicyclists, roller-bladers, skateboarders, pedestrians and others. For these reasons, daylighting […]

March 18th