VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
World Water Week—an annual conference in Stockholm dedicated to discussing the management of global water resources—opened Monday with a message about cleaning your plate.
Food waste, according to experts at the conference, accounts for significant water waste.
A third to a half of all food grown globally either sits untouched on our plates or rots before it even gets there. A new report from the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) states that 40 percent of food purchased in the U.S. is thrown away. And a new documentary called Taste the Waste highlights the problem. Watch the trailer.
Reports of bizarre Wizard of Oz-like weather over Lake Michigan are touching down all over the Internet.
This past weekend, up to nine twisters were sighted over the lake. But they weren’t traditional tornadoes; they were waterspouts.
The funnels form when large, cool, and moist air masses move in over warmer surface water and winds abruptly change directions. The warming trend that researchers and locals are seeing around the Great Lakes could mean more waterspouts.
If built, the Belo Monte dam in northern Brazil will be the third largest in the world.
But that is a big “if.” The Brazilian courts have suspended the $17-billion project once again, saying indigenous people whose lives would be affected by the enormous hydroelectric operation were not properly consulted.
Only if you are a young coho salmon, or similar aquatic species.
A new study published in the latest edition of Ecological Applications reports that small amounts of copper in water can deaden a salmon’s sense of smell, which normally alerts the fish to the presence of predators.
We asked Boulder-based author and journalist Michael Kodas to tell us what it’s like on the ground during this horrific fire season. Kodas, who has toiled as a firefighter and is currently working on a book for Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt about global wildfire management, recently wrote an investigative story for non-profit reporting agency I-News Network…
If you’ve read about World Water Day in today’s headlines and on your favorite blogs, and are thirsty for more stories and data on the planet’s H20 problems, check out the following books, all published within the last year or so: The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water By Charles Fishman…
Your celebration this season is, in part, brought to you by southern Florida, where almost 50 percent of the nation’s sugarcane crop comes from.
When temperatures dropped to 1 degree Fahrenheit and my pipes froze this week, I was reminded of how lucky we are, under most circumstances, to be able to turn a valve and watch copious amounts of clean water flow into our sinks, showers, toilets, and washing machines.
National Geographic Young Explorer, photographer, and surfer Shannon Switzer goes to adventurous extremes to help people make the often-ignored connection between rivers and the ocean.
Haiti’s cholera epidemic is much bigger and likely to be much longer lasting than initially expected.
The recent capture of North America’s largest recorded Blue catfish–in Virgina in late June–has us thinking about this oversized species and its relatives (like the bagrid catfish seen here). We asked fish expert and National Geographic Fellow Zeb Hogan to put this giant discovery into perspective.
A unique highland ecosystem of the Andes, páramos are considered “water factories,” storing rain and runoff for dry spells later in the year. Many of Colombia’s remaining páramos are under siege. The recent mining boom is threatening ecosystems that are critical for the well-being of hundreds of small towns and even a few big cities. Páramos represent only two percent of Colombia’s land, but provide water to 70 percent of its people.
Pulitzer Center Photographer Sean Gallagher comes face to face with a toothy species on the brink extinction–the Chinese alligator.
Today the smiling Irish and those who imbibe with them will drink about 1 percent of the total amount of beer consumed annually, according to Consumer Reports and market research. How much beer is that exactly? Marketing firm Canadean has said that global beer consumption will top 2 billion hectoliters (52.8 billion gallons) by 2013.…
Worldwatch Institute released its annual State of the World report this week, with a clear message that the state of agriculture–both small- and large-scale, domestic and local–is a mirror from which we can gauge the health of the planet and the fate of our species. Traditional views toward hunger alleviation, for the more than 1…