Gov. Mark Dayton touted his signature effort to improve Minnesota water quality Thursday even as Republicans in the Legislature move to delay and change the law. Dayton’s plan to surround state waterways with buffer strips of vegetation to protect them from farm runoff passed with bipartisan support in 2015 but has faced ongoing resistance
In many parts of the world, women and girls bear a large burden of the domestic work providing water to their families and communities – collecting and carting it from wells and tanks to do the washing, cooking, cleaning, watering of animals, and growing fruits and vegetables.
Yet when it comes to decision-making around water … [more…]
The world knows no toughness like that of the water bear, which looks like a cannon wearing a pair of wrinkled khakis. This microscopic critter can survive boiling water (and alcohol too, just to be safe), some of the lowest temperatures in the universe, and blasts of radiation that would kill a human. In the slightly edited but still immortal words of Austin Powers: “Why won’t the water bear die?”
Agricultural water productivity for sustainable development Adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has added new impetus to the far-reaching concept of agricultural water productivity. This is the idea that raising farm outputs or their value relative to the amount of water used in agriculture, by far the world’s biggest water consumer, is critical to address water scarcity.
SDG 6 (“ensure availability and sustainable management of water and … [more…]
Okeanos at Winslow Reef, north of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Compliments of NOAA, from their work, “Exploring Remote Pacific MPAs.” MPA, you ask? They’re the Marine Protected Areas, and many serve as hatcheries that keep the seas populated at healthier levels than would otherwise be likely.
This video is narrated by NOAA explorers as they watched the scene unfold in front of their camera:… [more…]