By now, most of us have sat through trainings about all the remarkable ways Google Earth can be incorporated into our river protection efforts. The Center for Justice stumbled across a new use -- documenting protests -- quite by accident.
Canada is at it again, ahead of the curve and hopefully setting trends with their water and energy efficiency and conservation programs. A new pilot project in Guelph, Ontario is targeting the 250 most water and energy consumptive homes, and offering free water and energy use audits as well free efficient fixture retrofits. Click the title, image or here to read the full post.
The Friday Fun idea this week was easy to come up with -- what could be more fun for river lovers than a dam removal? A webcam view that let's us all feel like we're right there for the dam removal, that's what.
This Morning, one of my Google alerts pointed me to a nifty article by the Miami Herald offering these 10 easy steps to reduce your electricity consumption in the home. Since saving energy does indeed save the water that is used to produce that electricity, I thought these tips were very well worth sharing. Click the title, image, or here to read the entire post.
U.S. EPA has made it clear this week that they are in fact moving forward with their most important regulatory development action of the decade (at least in my opinion) -- regulations to clarify the question of which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act.
Despite the 2009 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) adoption of the Declaration on Green Growth, and commitments by both the G-20 and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that artificially lower fuel prices and encourage wasteful consumption, fossil fuel subsidies continued to increase by almost 25% from 2009 rates reaching nearly half a Trillion dollars 2010 - and is expected to continue to rise drastically without significant reform. Click the title, image or here to read the full post.
Have you submitted a workshop proposal about the awesome work you're doing on the water-energy-climate nexus for River Rally 2012 (taking place May 4-7 in Portland, Oregon) yet? The deadline for workshop proposals is October 13, so if you'd like to share your work with potentially hundreds of other wonks working in similar issues, you only have about a week and a half to get your proposals in! Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.
When rivers form a boundary between states, interesting policy debates seem sure to follow. The on-going discussion about dredging the Savannah River to make room for huge ocean-going ships is no exception.
It might not seem like it, but May 2012 is just around the corner...which means the annual River Rally is coming at you fast. So fast that NOW is the time to submit your proposal to do a presentation at Rally.
Read this week's re-post of Duke university's The Climate Post to learn: How Obama's new job creation plan may subtly include a call for more green jobs; Which National Wildlife Refuges, coasts and federal lands would need to allow drilling for the oil and gas industries to be able to create more jobs than green stimulus spending has already created; and, how many of the world's 500 largest companies now include climate change strategies in their business plans. Click the title, image or here to view the entire post.
Watershed groups are already on the front lines of climate change. Floods, water shortages and energy development issues are capturing national headlines. Communities need help coping with these changes and sustaining both water and energy resources. Starting in October, 2011, selected staff members and volunteers of water protection organizations will come together for 8 months of professional support towards becoming more effective leaders on climate issues as a part of River Network's Peer Learning Network on Community Climate Response. Click the title, image or here to view the full post.