water resources

Hidden Water: 8 Ways We Use Water That Might Surprise You

Drought remains an all-too-common news story in the US but the silver lining is that a growing number of people are curious about how they can cut back on their water waste, and in many cases are willing to think outside the box to do it. Enter the water footprint.

Water Leak? Fix It and Forget It

According to the EPA, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each spring they ask everyone to take a week and hunt down the drips and streams of wasted water. Fix-a-Leak Week is March 16-22, and it's a great time to find and fix your leaks so you can save valuable water and money all year long.

Be Mine, Sustainable Valentine!

We know Valentine's Day isn't everyone's cup of tea. But who doesn't like love - for yourself, your partner, your friends and yes, the Earth? Here are 8 great ways to celebrate that don't involve lots of cash, plastic junk or greeting card companies.

Have a Super Green Big Game Party!

It's Super Bowl time again, sports fans! This year, we have a new goal: make our Super Bowl parties the greenest they've ever been. Here are a few ideas to mull as the big day approaches - whether you're a diehard Seattle Seahawks OR New England Patriots fan.

How to Green Your Workout

Did you make a new year's resolution to work out more? Here are some easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of your new exercise routine!

Get to Work! Jobs in Water Protection

Love water? Hunting for a new job? You might be able to make a splash with a career in water protection. Our need for water and wastewater management is only going to grow. Whether you're a scientist, an advocate, a writer or an accountant, you'll be needed!

Our Heroes: Judi Shils and Erin Schrode, Teens Turning Green

Judi Shils and Erin Schrode are the mother-daughter dynamos behind Teens Turning Green, which has helped thousands of high school and college/university students around the world organize around sustainability issues. TTG's marquis project is the "Project Green Challenge", a 30-day event each October that inspires participants and spreads the word about eco-consciousness.

Our Heroes: Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist whom we first came to know after she appeared in the Emmy-winning climate doc Years of Living Dangerously. Her scientific know-how and engaging demeanor make for a winning combo as she reaches out to faith-based communities who haven't always been a part of the environmental movement.

Your Water Footprint: An Interview with Author Stephen Leahy

Journalist Stephen Leahy's new book about water footprints is a great introduction to the mysterious world of virtual water. We recently asked him about how he became interested in water footprints, his suggestions for what readers can do and how his own water footprint measures up.

Fossil Fuel Export Folly

The Obama Administration's ramp-up of fossil fuel exports is at odds with its push for a global climate deal. It also presents a real threat to our already strained water resources. Here's a sustainable solution: Integrated energy-water-climate policies that drive low-carbon, low-water technologies and initiatives.

Naomi Klein's Call to Climate Action: This Changes Everything

"What is wrong with us? What is really preventing us from putting out the fire that is threatening to burn down our collective house?" asks Naomi Klein early in This Changes Everything. Her new book on the relationship between climate change and capitalism is a must-read, smart and feisty call to action.

What is Long Island Sound Worth?

Dubbed the "Urban Sea," Long Island Sound is one of the nation's most economically important estuaries. Generating $17 billion to $36.6 billion in economic value every year, the Sound is a crucial economic driver of the New York metropolitan region.

Our Heroes: Joel Bach and Years of Living Dangerously

Joel Bach, co-creator of Emmy-winning series Years of Living Dangerously, fills us in on how he and David Gelber came up with the series concept, how Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ian Somerhalder's fans starting talking climate change and what's next for the #YEARSProject and season two.

USDA to Farmers: Plant Your Way to a Cleaner Lake Erie

The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that forced Toledo, Ohio authorities to cut drinking water to 400,000 people has subsided, but a major cause of pollution - agricultural runoff - has not. The USDA has taken note and is providing funding and technical support to help farmers reduce pollution.

Precious Water Bottled and Shipped Out of Drought-Ridden California

As California suffers through a record drought, water is being rationed and its usually fertile agriculture industry is suffering. Yet Mother Jones reported this week that at least four major companies--Aquafina, Dasani, Crystal Geyser and Arrowhead--use precious water from California for their bottled water.

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