Kai Olson-Sawyer is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst in the GRACE Water and Energy Programs. Prior to joining GRACE, Kai was employed at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon and conducted research for NYC Apollo Alliance. Kai received a Masters in sociology with an environmental focus from The New School for Social Research, and a B.A. from Earlham College. He holds the Water Footprint Network Certificate of the Global Water Footprint Standard. His body is composed of 60 percent water.
The long-awaited Clean Water Act draft rules were released in a document known as the "Waters of the United States," marking one of the most substantial steps towards improved US water quality in years. One problem though: Some industries think it is governmental overreach.
We here at Ecocentric love water. (How could you not?) We also love energy. On World Water Day 2014, when the theme of water and energy come together, it's double love.
While forecasting future rainfall is a shaky business, a turn towards California's hydrological history might be useful to understand the possible climate and water availability scenarios the state might encounter.
The industrial chemical spill that fouled Charleston, West Virginia's waterways is serious, and Ecocentric provides a rundown of the developing story, a collection of peoples' experiences as shared via social media and other ways to follow its aftermath.
Requiring about 5 million gallons of fluid (mostly water) per well, it's clear that the water intensity of Marcellus Shale gas is more significant than first thought and likely compels more oversight of the oil and gas industry and its water use.
Every holiday season presents an overwhelming array of decisions, conundrums and opportunities for fun. Here are some good ones (we think) you might find interesting as we embark on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. If nothing else, they're great conversation fodder!
This year, a "late" US Thanksgiving coincides merrily with an early Hanukkah for the first time since 1888. Here are some sustainable travel tips from the Ecocentric team to help you enjoy traveling to spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest.
Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!
Around the globe populations are growing, prosperity is rising and people are increasingly hungry for meat. Does the planet have enough resources to go around? The final of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.
There are a whole lot of resources that go into the meat you eat, many of which are not obvious or accounted for. Find out why meat production is so resource-intensive. The second of three posts about possible limits to global meat production.
It turns out the monumental merger between two giant pork producers, Smithfield and Shaunghui, was a foregone conclusion. One big question lingers: Was the deal a trade of water for waste? The first of three posts about the possible limits to global meat production.
A Duke University study detected high levels of radioactive elements in a Pennsylvania stream where fracking wastewater is released from a treatment facility, while another shows 280 billion gallons of wastewater produced in 2012. The question: With all this fracking, what do we do with its toxic wastewater?
What is the 21st century outlook for the world's freshwater future? Some expect a dystopian future of drought, pollution, water and food shortages and, ultimately, "water wars" among nations. But World Water Week reminds us that cooperation might be more likely.
When athletes and their teams champion the environment, we all win. The 2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit - highlighting the sustainability efforts of over 170 teams in seven leagues - takes place in Brooklyn next week.
Using NASA satellite data, a new paper by Dr. Jay Famiglietti and team identifies six US water hotspots that face water problems today and in the future. President Obama expresses concerns, but good policy, needs strong data.
To get the scoop on the anti-fracking documentary sequel, Gasland Part II, listen to Ecocentric blog perspectives in this roundtable EcoChat podcast. Topics include the highly anticipated film's position in the fracking debate and its potential impact on the anti-fracking movement.