2015: The Year Recycled Water Became Cool

Dozens of California water agencies in 2015 opened recycled water “fill stations,” allowing customers to collect treated wastewater in jugs and tanks for free. It helped drought-weary residents maintain parched landscaping, and it also eased recycled water’s ill-deserved “yuck factor”

California’s current drought may well be remembered as the crisis that introduced people to recycled water.
All over the state, water agencies in 2015 began offering customers free recycled water at designated “fill stations.” Bring a container – even a big tank in a pickup bed – and take all you want at no charge.
It’s a whole new kind of water product that bloomed because of the drought. And in some communities, it has been embraced by residents eager to keep treasured landscaping alive.
Looking back decades from now, we may remember 2015 as the year recycled water became cool.
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Furry Celebs in the Spotlight for National Campaign to Promote Pet Adoption


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You’ve probably gotten at least a glimpse of these Internet celebrities in viral videos or social media feeds: Toast Meets World, a toothless King Charles puppy mill rescue who has 342,000 Instagram followers; Bento the Keyboard Cat, who plays that electronic instrument not quite as well as Elton John; and Hamilton Pug, who went from a shelter in Ohio to a posh new environment in a high-end New York City zip code.
This morning, The Shelter Pet Project — a partnership between The HSUS, Maddie’s Fund and the Ad Council — launched a new series of public service announcements featuring animals who never intended to become Internet stars but whose stories and personalities have been a big hit with so many people. They are serving as ambassadors for us in our quest to connect people with homeless animals and to save millions of lives.
My own dog Lily was about to be euthanized at a rural county shelter before a[……]

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Arctic Communities Turn Challenges Brought On By Climate Changes Into Advantages

Arctic communities are highly vulnerable but can adapt to climate change, because they are used to experiencing cha


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Arctic communities are highly vulnerable but can adapt to climate change, because they are used to experiencing change and understand their surroundings are unpredictable.

The impact of climate change on Arctic communities is so great that it limits their ability to adapt, or at least that’s what has long been assumed. But according to a recent study in Nature Climate Change, it’s non-climatic factors that obstruct adaptation.

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – When the Wellness Centre in Arviat, Nunavut took a look at what children in the town were eating, the results came as a surprise. Their diets contained almost no local foods – such as caribou and berries. And they couldn’t explain why.
As community members in Arviat looked more closely, they found a range of factors had contributed to the shift – from a decline in traditional hunting practices to the thawing of food cellars dug deep into the permafrost[……]

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Is California Ready To Build Its Next Big Dam?

California passed a bond in 2014 to funnel $7.5 billion to water projects, including $2.7 billion for water storage projects.


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The state hasn’t had a new large dam since 1979, but that may change with the pressures of the drought and the passage of the 2014 water bond dedicating money to new water storage projects. Five options for new or enlarged reservoirs are being considered, but one may have a better chance than others. 
Historically speaking, when the going gets tough, California builds more dams. “If you look at the history of California since the 1930s, every time there has been a drought people have been interested in expanding surface storage,” said Jay R. Lund, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis.
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U.S. East Lashed By Severe Storms That Kills 3 In Gulf Coast States

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(Reuters) – Violent thunderstorms and damaging winds in the Carolinas were expected to intensify as they moved eastward on Wednesday, with the risk for tornadoes expanding into the mid-Atlantic states.
The National Weather Service (NWS) warned of potential tornadoes through early evening from Raleigh, North Carolina, north to parts of Virginia, Maryland and the Washington area. The threat comes a day after twisters killed at least three people and left a path of destruction in Gulf Coast states.
“The risk is still ongoing,” said Nick Petro, a NWS meteorologist in Raleigh. “Folks need to be very aware of their surroundings.”
The storm destroyed a mobile home in Wayne County in central North Carolina[……]

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Deforestation, Disease and Biodiversity in Cameroon

Every evening at dusk, the fireflies come out and display their green flashing light show. At night the turacos and occasional tree hyrax call with their haunting voices. Then there is a gunshot, and the poachers have possibly killed another monkey or duiker to bring to market and sell the bushmeat. During the day, we hear chainsaws, killing in minutes trees that took hundreds of years to grow. This is the present state of the rainforests in Cameroon. I am here working with a team of scientists in a race against time, to catalogue the mosquitoes and bird diseases before the rainforest is gone. We know when and where the logging will happen, so we are taking advantage of a situation we can not stop: to learn as much as possible about the pristine rainforest before it is gone.
I arrived in Douala, and witnessed the terrible traffic that people encounter every day. People use all kinds of vehicles to move around, often 3-4 on one motorcycle. The bridge ou[……]

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If Farm-To-Table Eating Is Cool, What About Toilet-To-Tap Drinking?

Water reuse could be a promising drought solution -- if more Americans continue to warm up to it.


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Water reuse could be a promising drought solution — if more Americans continue to warm up to it.

When any given water supply grows scarce, there are only so many ways to adapt our day-to-day, water-reliant lives: Use less water or somehow recycle it.
In the case of the serious drought conditions that continue to grip much of the state of California and areas in other states, many of the short-term solutions have focused on the former. But increasingly, water recycling — the treatment and purification of wastewater — is on the table. 
Critics have derided the trend — which comes as food sustainability, encapsulated in the farm-to-table philosophy, gains popularity — as “toilet-to-tap” drinking. But a new survey released this week finds a surprising number of Californians are on board with the concept.
The online survey of 3,000 California voters, conducted by Edelman Intelligence and commissioned by Xy[……]

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The Only Alternative to Water Is Water: Blue Peace for the 21st Century


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Until a year ago, serious tensions were mounting in northeastern Africa. Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia were confronted over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the border of Ethiopia and Sudan. Ethiopia had started building the dam, claiming its rights to use waters of the Nile River within its territory. Egypt, “the gift of the Nile” objected, fearing that the dam would obstruct the flow of the river to its fields.
Suddenly, a miracle happened. Seizing the occasion of the World Water Day on 22 March 2015, the presidents of the three countries met in Khartoum and decided to coordinate the construction of the dam in a way that would cause no harm and would allow an equitable outcome. Implementing their agreement is not easy. But the hostile rhetoric has toned down and a spirit of cooperation is gradually surfacing in the region.
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Young Girls Learn About Gender Justice and Environmental Stewardship

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends” — Mary McLeod Bethune
A powerful civil rights activist and educator, Mary McLeod Bethune devoted her career to improving the lives of African Americans. She founded a school, Bethune-Cookman College, and served as president of the National Council of Negro Women and as a top black administrator in the Roosevelt administration. The first headquarters of the council and her last home, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House was declared a National Historic Site 上海千花网论坛 千花网官网under the National Park Service in 1982.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Sierra Club partnered with the National Park Trust to host an Every Kid in a Park event with the terrific fourth grade class from Washington School for Girls in southwest D.C. The Washington School for Girls in Anacostia is a tuition-free Catholic[……]

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Amazon Cuisine Can Spark a New "Rainforest to Table" Movement

By Will Tucker. Photos by Xandra and Tomás Uribe.
This post also appears on Forest Trends’ Viewpoints blog.
What do rainforests, local village traditions, and high cuisine have in common?
Chefs and other creative thinkers are planting the seeds of a “Rainforest to Table” movement that combines food production and forest protection – saving the Amazon’s forests and nourishing its people.
Latin American chefs and non-profit organizations, including Forest Trends and Canopy Bridge, are exploring new ways to bring the Amazon’s vast pantry of healthy ingredients and traditional cuisines to tables in indigenous villages and big cities, alike. Their objective? Empower local communities – particularly indigenous peoples living in remote areas – by expanding opportunities for them to earn income through sustainable agriculture and forest conservation.

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Chefs at standout Latin American restaurants – several, like ámaZ, ranked as among the best in the world – a[……]

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