Water Governance

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Climate change having affect on coastal infrastructure

Climate change can have especially detrimental affects for coastal communities such as coastal erosion, saltwater inundation, and flooding affecting coastal infrastructure. This is especially a problem for wastewater treatment, as some communities found out after Hurricane Sandy: “The danger is that stormwater could inundate the [treatment] plants, damage electrical systems and other vital controls and […]

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30 Year Old Trial Finds Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional Agriculture

30 Year Old Trial Finds Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional Agriculture

Is organic farming more resilient, higher yielding, more energy efficient and more profitable? The Rodale Institute’s latest report of a 30 year trial says it is. Read the full report free here. To learn more about climate adaptation, biodiversity, crops and food supply, see the following ACT reports: Biodiversity Reports Crops & Food Supply  

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Today is Earth Overshoot Day - In less than 8 Months, Humanity has exhausted Earth's budget for the year

Today is Earth Overshoot Day – In less than 8 Months, Humanity has exhausted Earth’s budget for the year

In less than 8 Months, Humanity exhausts Earth’s budget for the year. Earth Overshoot Day 2015 is today, August 13. Please see the new website for Earth Overshoot Day at www.overshootday.org. Below is information from Earth Overshoot Day 2014: August 19 is Earth Overshoot Day 2014, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for […]

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The Problem with Saving the World

The Problem with Saving the World

The United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are about to replace the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), are getting a lot of hate these days.The real problem is that the SDGs are profoundly contradictory, to the point of being self-defeating. On the one hand, the preamble affirms that “planet Earth and its ecosystems […]

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We're building a movement to stop Nestlé from draining public lands dry in California and worldwide

We’re building a movement to stop Nestlé from draining public lands dry in California and worldwide

California is experiencing its most severe drought in recorded history. Lakes and rivers are drying up, cities are instituting water rationing, and no relief is in sight. California citizens are facing mandatory water restrictions, but Nestlé Waters’ bottling plants are operating at full volume. In fact, Nestle’s response to public outcry for water conservation has been anything but […]

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Deadly floods leave trail of destruction across southern Asia

Deadly floods leave trail of destruction across southern Asia

Heavy monsoon rains have continued to lash much of southern Asia, threatening further casualties and more destruction after a week of lethal floods and landslides. More than 100 people have died and up to 1 million fled their homes as land from Pakistan to Burma was deluged. Read the full article here. __ In Canada, we face similar […]

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 Canada's tar sands landscape from the air – in pictures

Canada’s tar sands landscape from the air – in pictures

A new book of aerial photographs, Beautiful Destruction, captures the awesome scale and devastating impact of Alberta’s oil sands with stunning colours, contrasts and patterns. The book also includes 15 essays by prominent individuals from environment and industry, sharing their insights, ideas and opinions. Photographs by Louis Helbig.

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In hot water: Columbia's sockeye salmon face mass die-off

In hot water: Columbia’s sockeye salmon face mass die-off

The devastation to the local sockeye salmon population is just one of climate change‘s effects on wildlife and will “likely” reoccur intermittently over the next decade, James J. Anderson, a University of Washington fisheries scientist whose research focuses on the fish of the Columbia basin, told Al Jazeera. “The larger problem is that the climate is changing […]

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