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

Sandra Postel Mar 11, 2014   

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   

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   

  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   

  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   

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   

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   

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

Colorado River, Meet the Sea

Sandra Postel Apr 18, 2013   

If a river is born with a destiny, it is to reach the sea.  It carries sweet water, sediment, and nutrients to the coastal zone, where fisheries and marine life depend on it for sustenance and habitat. ... >>

The Accidental Wetland in the Colorado Delta

Sandra Postel Apr 4, 2013   

Wellton-Mohawk Canal Seen here at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Wellton-Mohawk Canal carries drainage water from an Arizona irrigation district sixty miles into the Colorado River Delta in Mexico. … >>

Energy literacy through an astonishing coffee table book

Kurt Cobb Jan 29, 2013   

It is hard to imagine a more unlikely vehicle for advancing energy literacy than a finely crafted large format picture book. Energy, after all, is invisible. We see its effects, but never the … >>