Textures of the Natural World

If alphabets represent the sounds of language, can texture articulate the harmonies of nature?

ARG Valdes Peninsula, Argentina:  Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia, Chubut Province, Punta Norte, beach on Atlantic Ocean, white seaweed on pebbles

View more textures of nature in our Flickr album!

Posted in response to “Alphabet” – Word a Week Photo Challenge.

Posted by Jasmine Graf, Associate Director of No Water No Life.

Happy World Environment Day!

ONE-EARTH

Blue and Green – finding balance

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Our 20th Expedition!

Please Help Fund the NWNL
Lower Mississippi River Expedition

September 2 – 30, 2014

Baton Rouge Industry on the Mississippi River
Baton Rouge Industry on the Mississippi River

Expedition Route

NWNL will visit the Lower Mississippi River Basin including: New Orleans, The Delta, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Vicksburg, Clarksdale, Memphis and small river towns en route.

Expedition Focus

• Urban and Rural Resiliency to Climate Change.

• Coastal Erosion and Changes in Sediment Loads.

• The Value of Mississippi River Transportation.

• Pollution from Industrial, Agricultural and Urban Runoff.

• Protection of Migratory Birds and Watershed Biodiversity.

• Loss of Cypress, Hardwood Forests and Wetlands.

• Effectiveness of Levees, Locks and Dams, and Floodways.

• Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Resource Management.

Why support a No Water No Life expedition?

NWNL expeditions help raise global awareness of freshwater availability, quality and usage. For eight years, NWNL has returned with interviews, still photos and video imagery from our six case-study watersheds in North America and Africa. This documentation informs and inspires actions that will help insure…
fresh water, for everyone, forever.

Donations to NWNL

Cotton plantation tractor
Cotton plantation tractor

Donations can be made via Pay Pal,
or checks made out to
“No Water No Life”

(to be sent to:

Alison Jones
No Water No Life
330 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075)

Your support and contributions would be greatly appreciated!

National Climate Assessment is required reading for all

Today’s New York Times front page –

U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods

NWNL has witnessed the effects of climate change over 8 years of expeditions to document watersheds in North America and Africa. From wading through flooded towns, running from hurricanes, interviewing farmers tackling long-term drought, trekking with pastoralists with thirsty cattle and many things in between. Click on images below for captions and links for related articles.

The interactive digital version of the new 840-page National Climate Assessment report is at www.globalchange.gov.  It’s complex, so NWNL recommends two articles that summarize the issues as outlined.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/climate-change-projected-worsen-across-u-s-federal-study-finds/

Seth Borenstein’s account emphasizes that the report’s value lies in that it is written in less scientific language than others and that it underlines how climate change is already affecting our pocketbooks in areas ranging from our health to our homes.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nowhere-run-climate-change-will-affect-every-region-u-s-n98396

An NBC News account delineates climate change impacts, region by region. Reading these reports today, NWNL has noted the current and expected climate disruptions in the Pacific NW region for its one month Snake River Basin expedition which starts tomorrow.  We are looking forward to hearing local stakeholders’ solutions for mitigation and resilience in the face of continued extreme climate events.

Earth Day Symposium on Awareness of Water Usage

Water Symposium panelists L-R: Karl Weber, Alison Jones, Alex Prud'homme, Nicholas Robinson, John Cronin
Water Symposium panelists L-R: Karl Weber, Alison Jones, Alex Prud’homme, Nicholas Robinson, John Cronin, Photo by Sang Bae

“No resource on earth is more precious—or more endangered—than water.”  – Last Call at the Oasis

“It’s too late for pessimism.”  – Alison M. Jones

Yesterday, Alison M. Jones (Director of No Water No Life and Conservation Photographer) was one of the panelists at Earth Day’s “Water Symposium” at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Other panelists included John Cronin (author of The Riverkeepers and Beacon Institute Fellow at Clarkson University); Alex Prud’homme (author of The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century and Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know); Karl Weber (editor of companion book to the film, Last Call at the Oasis: The Global Water Crisis and Where We Go From Here) and Nicholas A. Robinson (Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at Pace University).

Earth-POWER!

USA: California, San Francisco
USA: California, San Francisco

Give Mother Nature a break!
Shut OFF your lights on Saturday, March 30th from 8:30-9:30pm local time for Earth Hour.

The use of water and of energy are intricately intertwined.
–Saving Energy Saves Water: The production of energy — hydroelectric, industrial steam-power generation, fracking, etc— requires a lot of water.
–Saving Water Saves Energy: The extraction, treatment, distribution, and use of water – which is then followed by the collection and treatment of wastewater – requires a lot of energy.
–Saving Water and Energy Saves Greenhouse Gas Emissions! It’s up to state, tribal, and local governments – as well as us! – to implement actions that address energy-water-climate change challenges.

See also EPA on the Water-Energy Nexus

DID YOU KNOW?

— Running the hot water faucet for 5 minutes uses about the same amount of energy as burning a 60-watt bulb for 14 hours –U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

–In 2000, thermoelectric facilities (industrial steam-power generation) used 195,000 million gallons of water a day. This represents almost half of all of the water withdrawn in the United States. – United States Geological Survey

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director