USA Government Releases First Global Water Strategy

U.S. Government Releases First Global Water Strategy

Report identifies water priorities in foreign policy.

Photo: A girl fills jars with water in Rajasthan, India. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue

By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue

To coordinate its response to floods, droughts, disease, and other water challenges whose political and economic consequences leap borders the Trump administration submitted the federal government’s first global water strategy. Ordered by Congress in 2014, the strategy lays


Water warriors worldwide putting privatised water back in people’s hands

Water warriors worldwide putting water back in people's hands

Around the world, people are waking up to the threat of privatised water and are taking it back from the corporations to be recognised as a human right, not a privilege. In the UK, an overwhelming 80 percent of people now want British water back in public hands, too.

There has been a push to privatise water over recent decades. While big business considers it theirs to waste through intensive … [more…]

Hawaiians have more than 200 words for rain

Hawaiians have more than 200 words for rain

Like the Islands themselves, ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian language) is a living, breathing part of the native culture. This reflection of the two, the symbiotic relationship between land and language, is displayed in details such as how many words and terms exist in Hawaiian for rain alone: more than 200. This breadth of rain names are specific, descriptive and highly nuanced—a reminder of how keenly and thoughtfully ancient Hawaiians observed


Water World: Sea Level Rise, Coastal Floods and Storm Surges

Water World: Sea Level Rise, Coastal Floods and Storm Surges

The salt marshes of Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Mississippi are very vulnerable to sea level rise. Using an integrated “system of systems” approach represents a paradigm shift in modeling and understanding the dynamics of the coastal land margin. Credit: Matthew V. Bilskie, Louisiana State University

The coastal land margin of the United States has seen numerous extreme events of historical proportions in just the first two decades


How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World

photo: Spam can pollution deep in the Marianas Trench, global pollution

Deep in the Mariana Trench, at depths lower than the Rockies are high, rests a tin of reduced-sodium Spam. NOAA scientists caught sight of it last year near the mouth of the Mariana’s Sirena Deep. It isn’t an isolated incursion, but it was nevertheless startling, the sight of those timeless golden letters bright against the deep ocean bottom.

Shortly after came news from another team of scientists who had found … [more…]