Source: Forbes, NOAA

Water is the biggest thermal sink on Earth, and we better be able to stand the heat.

In this article, environmental scientist James Conca points out that water holds 90% of the heat from global warming. This means that rising water temperatures are even more important for the future of our planet than rising air temperatures. Hotter waters can mean problems for fish which need specific climates to live in, as well as lower snowpack levels leading to more droughts. Read more of the article here. 

ACT has worked with decision makers across the country on strategies for water governance. Our findings include the need for a new water ethic, whereby we will value and respect water as a fundamental building block of life on this planet. We also have work forthcoming on water management recommendations for coastal communities who will see more freshwater and saltwater interactions as climate change progresses. Read more of our work on water governance here.