Water


essential for life

Freshwater is essential for human life. Affordable and ample freshwater is also essential for our modern world — not just for 6+ billion people to drink, but for the industrial agriculture system that feeds us and the increasingly high-tech manufacturing system that employs and sustains us. Unfortunately, climate change threatens both to reduce available freshwater for expanding cities and agricultural lands that desperately need it. Declining fossil fuels supplies get a lot of attention, but our declining freshwater supplies may well be a bigger and more dangerous challenge.

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Bill Rees - Why Degrowth?

length: 35:43   credit: The Extraenvironmentalist

Post Carbon Fellow Bill Rees recorded in April at the Vancouver Degrowth Event on why degrowth is the only realistic path to sustainability.

Watch the Q&A for this event

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West-Slope Colorado Towns Restore Local Flows, Even as Thirsty Front-Range Lawns Drink From their Rivers

Sandra Postel and Todd Reeve    Jul 15, 2014   

The Roaring Fork River, a headwater tributary in the Colorado Basin, adds to the beauty and economic vitality of Aspen, Colorado. Photo credit: Grand River Consulting for the Colorado Water … >>

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A Sacred Reunion: The Colorado River Returns to the Sea

Sandra Postel    May 29, 2014   

 Completing a 53-day journey through its Delta, the Colorado River reaches the tidal zone of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California). Photo credit: Francisco Zamora, Sonoran Institute, with … >>

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WATER: Adapting to a New Normal

Sandra Postel

EXCERPT: Water, like energy, is essential to virtually every human endeavor. It is needed to grow food and fiber, to make clothes and computers, and, of course, to drink. The growing number … >>

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