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Public Helps Restore Flows to Critically Depleted Rivers

Change the Course, a water restoration movement led by National Geographic Fellow Sandra Postel, has encouraged some 70,000 people to cut their water footprint and restored 2 billion gallons of water to the Colorado River Basin. The model will be presented at this year’s Stockholm Water Symposium during World Water Week.

The Perils of Ignoring the Water-Energy Nexus

As we pump gasoline into our automobiles, we watch the register ring up dollars, but we don’t see the water cost: some 13 gallons for every gallon of fuel. It’s one of the most inconvenient truths of modern times that it takes increasing amounts of finite water to supply energy and increasing amounts of climate-disrupting…

Visualizing Water

By Brian Richter with Jason Pearson of TRUTHstudio Help Us Communicate the Water Story of our Planet! In a poll taken last year, The Nature Conservancy found that 77% of Americans have absolutely no idea where their water comes from. This lack of understanding about how water is delivered to our homes is symptomatic of broader water…

Humanity’s Growing Impact on the World’s Freshwater

  As the human population has climbed past seven billion, and the consumption per person of everything from burgers to blue jeans has risen inexorably, the finiteness of Earth’s freshwater is becoming ever more apparent. It takes water to make everything, and the explosion of demand for all manner of products is draining rivers, shrinking…

Water for Chocolate – A Valentine’s Day Quiz

It’s dark, sweet, and a Valentine’s treat. Since today’s the big day we decided to tweet On a question about chocolate… So straighten up in your seat. Which river basins grow the cocoa beans to make those scrumptious little things? I’ll offer a tiny hint, so you don’t have to cheat: One of them contains…

365 Trillion Gallons of Water Thrown Away With Our Food Every Year

Next time the person sitting across the table from me jokes about my tendency to finish every last bite, I will be able to defend my gut reaction to not waste food. (After I’m finished chewing, of course.) Recent studies now quantify the water and energy costs of discarded and spoiled produce, grains, meat, and…

American Lifestyle Costs Nearly 2000 Gallons of Water Each Day

By now, most of us probably turn off the tap while brushing our teeth. If we’ve lived through a drought maybe we’ve shaved a couple minutes off our showers, and even ripped out some thirsty turf grass and planted drought-tolerant shrubs. What more can we do to conserve water? As it turns out, quite a…