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The Population Bomb Redux: Stephen Emmott’s new book “10 Billion”

Anyone paying attention to what humans do to our planet will not be surprised to hear Stephen Emmott say we need to curb population growth (see The Population Bomb Paul Ehrlich, 1968.) I plan to read 10 Billion.  An except is published by The Guardian.  Emmott reminds us that EVERYTHING we humans do uses water, air, […]

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How Much Water Does It Take to Make Electricity?

The answers are:  1)  It Depends and 2) We Don’t Have Accurate Data. Electric power generation is the biggest user of water in the US (with agriculture being a close 2nd).  How water is used is very complex and data are not very accurate.  The amount of water any given locale uses to produce electricity […]

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62 Senators Approve Keystone Pipeline in Symbolic Vote

17 Democrats and 45 Republicans approved the Keystone Pipeline in a symbolic Senate vote on Friday.  This vote on an amendment to the Senate budget, was one of many in a lengthy Senate Budget process.  Ultimately the final Senate budget was approved by a 50 to 49 vote early Saturday.  The budget amendment votes “are […]

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Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park and Beyond: From oil conservation to oil drilling?

For the last 2 years, Yasuni National Park has been in the news, especially at The Guardian.  The Guardian, the  Ecuadorian people, and many others view favorably President Correa’s proposal to stop drilling for oil in Ecuador’s Amazonian National Park in exchange for foreign investment in a trust handled by the UN.   See Guardian articles […]

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How Can Your Electric Meter Show Your Water Use?

The single biggest user of water are power plants that generate electricity.  They use 41% of fresh water in the US.  Want to lower your water use?  Lower your electric use.  Study the data below and see that lowering your “water footprint” includes MUCH more than just lowering your use of domestic water.  It MOSTLY […]

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“Water out of place is a primary agent in both cultural and ecological instability…”

“Water out of place is a primary agent in both cultural and ecological instability; therefore, our relationship with water is related to our ability to sustain a culture and the culture’s ability to sustain the living fabric of the earth. ”  — Patchett &  Wilhelm The Ecology and Culture of Water 2008, pg 17. At […]

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