Opponents of a proposed NestlÃ© Waters North America bottling plant in Cascade Locks launched their campaign today, handing fish and wildlife officials petitions with 3,700 signatures from Oregonians against the project. NestlÃ©'s first Pacific Northwest plant would tap a nearby spring that supplies an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery. The agency is evaluating whether replacing the s ... Read More
If words were water, the drought problems so lengthily discussed in the new play by Kia Corthron, â€œA Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick,â€ would evaporate pretty quickly. The title alone would suffice for a sponge bath. The subject of water actually consumes a large portion of the dialogue in this venturesome but disjointed drama about a young African man studying theology and ecology, and the A ... Read More
NAS Report - Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences - WaterWired
Geography and water are intimately related. Colleague Dawn Wright brought this recent NAS publication to my attention: 'Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences.' She served on the committee that authored the report. Here is the blurb: From the oceans to continental heartlands, human activities have altered the physical characteristics of Earth's surfa ... Read More
Everyone is talking about saving water and reducing personal consumption. In Australia and around the world water is becoming a scarce resource and more needs to be done to ensure that our water supplies are secured for the future. You can do your bit right now by setting yourself a usage target and keeping track of it using the Water Buddy app.
Water Buddy keeps a history of your water meter ... Read More
The European Space Agency produces another series of compelling photographs of Earthâ€™s water bodies as seen from space, including the Ganges River in the Himalayas as well as the Fox Basin in the Canadian Arctic. They chart the history and flow of water on the blue planet, in many cases highlighting the intersection of climate change and water scarcity. ... Read More
Inclusion of the effects of vegetation feedback in a global climate change simulation suggests that the vegetationâ€“climate feedback works to alleviate partially the summer surface warming and the associated heat waves over Europe induced by the increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations. The projected warming of 4Â°C over most of Europe with static vegetation has been reduced by 1Â°C as the dynamic ... Read More
You can download the entire paper; here is the abstract.
Each year, about 2.8 million people die due to problems with poor water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Over three-quarters of the dead are children. Some argue that a *human right* to clean water would improve this situation. This paper shows that human rights have not improved access to clean water and argues that it would be more produ ... Read More
The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demandâ€”how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industrys attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed a ... Read More
Close to 80 campaigners, community water activists, public water operators and unionists from 30 countries came together February 1st to the 3rd 2010, when the Reclaiming Public Water (RPW) Network held its global strategy seminar in Brussels, Belgium. The event was the first global RPW assembly since the network was launched in autumn 2005. The seminar was a space for sharing knowledge and exper ... Read More
New discoveries have a way of messing with old definitions. Take, for example, the concept of a habitable world.
The standard definition of a "habitable world" is a world with liquid water at its surface; the "habitable zone" around a star is defined as that Goldilocks region â€” not too hot, not too cold â€” where a watery planet or moon can exist.
And then there's Titan. Saturn's giant moon T ... Read More
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