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Groundwater Depletion in Colorado River Basin Poses Big Risk to Water Security

Sandra Postel    Aug 5, 2014  &/bsp;

Let’s step back for a minute and consider the implications of the study released last week on the depletion of groundwater in the Colorado River Basin. ... >>

Recent Loss of Freshwater Wetlands Worldwide Valued at $2.7 Trillion per Year

Sandra Postel    Jun 25, 2014  &/bsp;

The question of whether to drain a wetland to make way for a shopping mall or a cornfield, or to instead leave the wetland intact, often seems like a no-brainer: the “development” options have a clear dollar value, but the wetlands themselves do not. ... >>

Gila River Diversion Would Be a Costly Failure

Sandra Postel    May 15, 2014  &/bsp;

As the December deadline approaches for New Mexico to decide whether or not it will proceed with a controversial diversion of the Gila River, a former director of the state’s Interstate … >>

A Favorite Massachusetts Stream Loses a Dam – and Gains Aquatic Habitat

Sandra Postel    Mar 11, 2014  &/bsp;

In early January, on a visit back to my old stomping grounds in western Massachusetts, I trekked along the snowy banks of Amethyst Brook, a beautiful headwater tributary in the Connecticut River watershed. ... >>

West Virginia’s Elk River Chemical Spill and How We Measure Progress

Sandra Postel    Jan 29, 2014  &/bsp;

It’s a cruel irony for the 300,000 West Virginians forced to turn off their taps for five to ten days earlier this month after a chemical spill contaminated their drinking water … >>

Ecological Artist Basia Irland and Her “Ice Books” Engage Communities and Restore Rivers

Sandra Postel    Jan 17, 2014  &/bsp;

  Engrossed: A young girl “reads” ice-book text comprised of Fremont cottonwood seed (Populus fremontii) beside the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   Basia … >>

Scientists Plan for Grand Experiment in the Colorado River Delta

Sandra Postel    Dec 19, 2013  &/bsp;

  The dry Colorado River Delta against the Cucapá Mountains. Photo by Erik Rochner/National Geographic   Once written off as dying of thirst and beyond revival, … >>

A Red List for Ecosystems: Will it Aid Conservation?

Sandra Postel    Jul 12, 2013  &/bsp;

The Aral Sea in Central Asia, in 1989 (L) and 2008 (R). Images courtesy of NASA.   The most devastated ecosystem I’ve ever seen is the Aral Sea in Central Asia.   … >>

Water – and Us – in the “Anthropocene”

Sandra Postel    Jun 7, 2013  &/bsp;

In late May, 500 scientists from around the world gathered in Bonn, Germany, to converse about the global dimensions of water in the so-called Anthropocene ... >>

Tar Sands Is Worse Than You Can Imagine: Incredible Images You Have to See

Leslie Moyer    Apr 19, 2013  &/bsp;

The mining of the Alberta tar sands is the biggest industrial project on earth and quite possibly the world's most environmentally destructive. ... >>