Saving Water Saving Energy Blog

Travis Leipzig
Feb 23 2011 - 6:10pm

This month Stockholm Environment Institute released two brand new reports: Water-Energy Nexus in the Western States: Projections to 2100; and California Water Supply and Demand: Technical Report. Check them out here!

Travis Leipzig
Feb 23 2011 - 1:33pm

New reports published this week in Nature Journal find that climate warming and increased occurrences of extreme precipitation cannot have been caused by natural atmospheric variability. Such catastrophic floods as seen across the globe in recent years affecting Australia, China, Pakistan, and parts of the US therefore are not only attributable to unfortunate weather but at least in part by such human activity as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation--and all the while the House of Representative aims to block all regulation of carbon emissions and climate change.

Travis Leipzig
Feb 17 2011 - 6:22pm

Well, it's official. China has recently completed the construction of enough wind turbines to have jumped ahead of the US as the new world leader in capacity of wind powered electricity. But not by much. And! We have MASSIVE potential for the expansion of our wind energy industry!

Travis Leipzig
Feb 17 2011 - 4:07pm

It has been a couple weeks now since Duke University has posted a new Climate Post, but the wait is over! Read this weeks re-posting of the Climate Post to learn: How much Obama's proposed budget could increase for renewable energies and the electric transportation economy in fiscal year 2012; How climate change has spurred massive agriculture price spikes; and why Stephen Baldwin is suing Kevin Kostner...

Travis Leipzig
Feb 14 2011 - 1:26pm

In the spirit of Valentines Day, I am reposting a series of love letters between the historic love-trio; Energy, Food and Water that is featured on the Ecocentric blog. Subtly embedded within each letter are links to some great, informative pages that describe in greater detail the triangle of relationships, and the difficulties of their codependencies. To view the whole post, click here or the hyper linked title above. Happy Valentines Day!

Travis Leipzig
Feb 11 2011 - 12:31pm

carbon emissions This Wednesday, House appropriation's leader proposed to gouge a massive $1.6 billion from President Obama's $10 billion proposed EPA budget. To top it off, former House speaker and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is proposing to abolish the EPA entirely and replace it with an "Environmental Solutions Agency," an organization with an undoubtedly limited agenda, one might assume. Click here or the hyper-linked title to read the whole post.

Travis Leipzig
Feb 4 2011 - 4:28pm

world carbon footprintCheck out this great image by Stanford Kay Studios depicting the breakdown of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions by country in both total emissions and emissions per capita. The differences are interesting. Viewing carbon emissions per capita allows large countries such as China and the US, with the highest overall emissions to look relatively carbon-innocent compared to smaller, less developed countries that rely on the import of most manufactured goods rather than domestic production--a highly carbon intensive process. Click here to view the full sized image.

Travis Leipzig
Feb 4 2011 - 2:01pm

Yesterday Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions released another edition of The Climate Post, so as always, I am passing the content along to all of you. Read this weeks Climate Post to learn: How the EPA is currently being jammed up; What we need to do to achieve 95% renewable energy worldwide by 2050; and what industry China has leap-frogged past the US in.

Travis Leipzig
Jan 31 2011 - 7:34pm

Western Resource Advocates has recently released a brilliant report, 'Every Drop Counts: Valuing the Water Used to Generate Electricity.' Analyzing the water use for electrical power generation, in competition with growing agricultural and domestic water demand, this report offers some great conclusions for truly internalizing the marginal costs of water use through water management policy.

Travis Leipzig
Jan 31 2011 - 6:43pm

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed new rules to allow the reuse of graywater in homes and commercial facilities. Oregon DEQ is seeking public comment on the newly proposed rules through Friday, March 11. Folks who have seen similar graywater reuse laws passed in other states, please leave comments at the bottom of this blog post in regard to which strategies and mechanisms have worked to pass the laws in your state! We need to do everything we can to get this new ruling passed in Oregon!

Travis Leipzig
Jan 26 2011 - 7:55pm

With River Rally 2011 - taking place in North Charleston, SC from June 3-6 - just a few months around the corner, here's a sneak-peak look at some of what's in store for those of you who plan to attend the Water-Energy-Climate related workshops. There will certainly be some exciting things to share at this year's gathering.

Travis Leipzig
Jan 26 2011 - 6:11pm

How much fresh water does the US coal industry withdraw each year? How many folks are connected to electricity provided by the Hoover Dam? Think you know everything about the connections between national water supply and energy production, or know someone who thinks they do? Put your knowledge to the test with Circle of Blue's quick and easy Chokepoint U.S. Quiz.

Travis Leipzig
Jan 20 2011 - 6:34pm

As the week comes close to the end, we are graced by another edition of The Climate Post! Continue reading this weeks edition to learn what China is willing to do to secure energy efficiency, why the US Justice Department is looking to fight with the state of Texas, and eight new reasons why global warming will hurt.

Travis Leipzig
Jan 19 2011 - 7:04pm

Today I stumbled across a fantastic article outlining the deep connections between various energy sectors and water - also known as the water-energy nexus. The article, Thirsty Energy, Scarce Water: Interdependent Security Challenges, was written by Steven Solomon, the author of “WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization.” If you work in or around or are simply intrigued by the water-energy nexus, this is a must-read-article.

Travis Leipzig
Jan 19 2011 - 12:12pm

On July 31, 2011 through August 3, 2011, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will be holding an exciting conference, Energy and Water 2011: Efficiency, Generation, Management, and Climate Impacts.

Travis Leipzig
Jan 14 2011 - 5:28pm

In these next few months, three great water-events will be taking place across the country: California Irrigation Institute Conference; Xeriscae Council Conference; and AWWA Water Conservation Symposium. Don't miss out on these great events!

Travis Leipzig
Jan 14 2011 - 1:38pm

It's been a while since my last reposting of The Climate Post, but here is another great edition. continue reading to learn how the economic recession may have contributed to reduced carbon emissions, why photovoltaic solar power may soon threaten the concentrated solar thermal industry, and why climate change punched the coal industry in the gut (in Australia).

Travis Leipzig
Dec 29 2010 - 3:34pm

To some, the extent to our massive individual daily water usage is unknown or simply misunderstood. As a means to help educate the public on this issue, National Geographic has designed an interactive Water Footprint Calculator, examining the water we use in our home appliances, dietary habits, transportation energy, and everyday stuff.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 28 2010 - 1:51pm

During our Warming Watersheds; Water & Energy track at this year’s Winter Training, we invited Beth Stewart from Cahaba River Society and Eleanor DelBene from Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama to come out and talk to us about the success environmental and faith-based groups have had working together. Their inspiring presentations reminded me of an essay I wrote a few years back and have reposted below called What Would Jesus, Buddha, Vishnu or Muhammad Do? How Religious Communities Can Help Save the World from Environmental Disaster.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 28 2010 - 12:33pm

In a new, remarkably readable article published in the special Fiftieth Anniversary edition of the Natural Resources Journal, law professors Robert H. Abrams and Noah D. Hall from Florida A&M University and Wayne State University, respectively, explore the world of water policy in a future affected by climate change.