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Ancient Inca Technology Could Save Sacred Lake Titicaca

“Now we are pilgrims,” joked Will Niceto, my guide, as we joined a cobbled island path that led to the crumbling Inca temple perched on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Beyond the ruin, the still lake gleamed silver under the snowcaps of the towering Andes mountains. “There is a strong energy here,” said Will, a…

Storytelling in a Slum’s Silicon Valley

“We have a different kind of Silicon Valley here,” Nawneet Ranjan explains. Founder of the Dharavi Diary: Slum and Rural Innovation Project, Ranjan tells how his students use storytelling, technology, and the power of their diversity to raise awareness and develop solutions for issues facing the Dharavi slum community in Mumbai, India.

A Harmonious Resistance Creates Global Solidarity for Standing Rock

For more than a year, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been at war with natural gas’s close comrade, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), over the development of the controversial $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which has frequently been referred to as “DAPL.” (Many resistance members call it “the Black Snake.”) The approved project designs developed by…

Around the World in 30 Days: The Wonder of Water

Today I begin a journey around the Earth in quest of our planet’s water.

Old Water and New Knowledge at Cienega Creek

“How old is your water?” That’s not a common question among water users, or even in water education, yet it’s high on the list for Dr. Jennifer McIntosh. She’s an Associate Professor in Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona whose focus is the elemental and isotopic chemistry of water. For her, estimating the age of water can be a key tool in understanding the structure and functioning of aquifers.

Help Me Define (Bio)Diversity

What does diversity mean to you? Is it important?

The “Goldilocks” Sparrow That’s Shielding the Everglades

How did the little-known Cape Sable seaside sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis), a somewhat drab bird found in the wild only at the southern tip of the Everglades National Park, become the pivot in a raging debate about the role of Endangered Species in the protection of wild land?

Species Introductions Accelerating

A study released this month has illustrated that the rate of species introductions to locations outside their native range is increasing faster than ever.

On #worldwetlandsday, Stakeholders Form Alliance to Conserve Wetland Forests of the U.S. South

On World Wetlands Day (February 2, 2017), a diverse group of stakeholders have joined together to announce a major multi-state effort to conserve one of America’s most precious natural resources, wetland forests of the South.

WHAT THE RIVER KNOWS: Narmadā River, India

I was born from the sweat of the Hindu Lord Shiva while he was dancing. Or perhaps he was meditating so hard sweat flowed down his body to become my body. Or another legend says that I was formed from the tears of Lord Brahma. From whomever I was birthed, I am sacred, second in sanctity only to the River Ganges. I am like a mother, and am called Narmadā Mai.

1Frame4Nature | Art Wolfe

I strongly encourage people to join and support local and international environmental-protection organizations. We only have one planet after all.

How Was the Okavango Delta Formed?

The formation of the Okavango Delta is stranger than fiction.

Putting D.C.’s Wastewater Treatment to the Microplastics Test

Three Georgetown University students collect water samples we wanted to see how well the largest advanced wastewater treatment plant in the world filters out microplastics.

It’s Time to Give Nature the Credit It Deserves

By Andrea Erickson, Managing Director, Water Security, The Nature Conservancy Nature is often admired for its beauty, but rarely for the critical role it plays in moving, storing and filtering water before it comes out of our taps. Rivers, lakes, soil, plants and trees serve as our most basic water infrastructure. While investments in gray…

WHAT THE RIVER KNOWS: French Broad River, Asheville, North Carolina

According to geologists, I am the third oldest river in the world, with the first and second places going to the River Nile and the New River (Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina). As an old-timer my gradient is low with slow erosion, whereas younger cousins flow more quickly, tumbling down to the sea carrying lots of sediment. My waters flow south to north for 218 miles (351 kilometers), and they helped to shape the Appalachian Mountains. I am the French Broad River, named by French settlers in the region centuries ago at a time when I was one of the two broad rivers in western North Carolina.