Before fight over water quality, Gov. Mark Dayton touts his signature initiative

In advance of fight over water quality, Gov. Mark Dayton touts his signature initiative

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

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Saluting Women Water Warriors

Saluting Women Water Warriors

Kayapó women bathe their children in the waters of the Xingu. Photo by Glenn Switkes.

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 Secret of the Crazy-Tough Water Bear, Finally Revealed

The Secret of the Crazy-Tough Water Bear, Finally Revealed

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?”

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The “Biography” of a Bold Idea

The “biography” of a bold idea

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…]

Brilliant Deep-water Siphonophore

photo: a siphonophore, caught on camera in the deep ocean by Okeanos

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…]