Posts Tagged ‘earth’

Textures of the Natural World

January 20, 2016

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!

June 5, 2015


Blue and Green – finding balance

October 6, 2014

– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director

Our 20th Expedition!

August 26, 2014

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

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National Climate Assessment is required reading for all

May 7, 2014

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  It’s complex, so NWNL recommends two articles that summarize the issues as outlined.

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.

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

April 23, 2014
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).


March 28, 2014
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


— 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

Alarm Bells are Ringing – Let’s Wake Up

February 14, 2014


Ten days ago 82,000 tons of coal ash slurry began to spill into North Carolina’s Dan River due to a 48” broken pipe owned by Duke Energy. This is what a similar 2008 coal ash spill in Kingston TN looks like today – 6 years into a still-ongoing cleanup!

This past October, NWNL documented the cleanup site of the 2008 dike collapse at a TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) coal-ash impoundment. The storage was for a Kingston TN Fossil Plant that provides electricity for Oak Ridge National Labs. One billion gallons of slushy coal ash spilled into the Emory River (a tributary to the Tennessee River), and onto 300 acres, covering farms, homes and waterways with up to 6 feet of sludge. Tennessee fined TVA $11.5 million for violating state clean water and solid waste disposal laws.

Such disasters typically stem from lack of comprehensive Federal Regulations on handling and disposal of coal ash, non-compliance of existing regulations, and little or no compliance supervision. To learn more about coal ash spills, and follow the Dan River cleanup and legal actions underway in North Carolina, go to

Cleaning up TVA's coal fly ash spill

Cleaning up TVA’s coal fly ash spill

For 6 years, the TVA clean up has been repairing the soil, a washed out road, a ruptured major gas line, an obstructed railroad line, a water main and power lines. TVA’s cleanup extends 6 miles upstream and 1.5 miles downstream to “bring the area back to the way it was before and even better.” TVA told NWNL in October that the covered storage of this spill is earthquake-proof down to bedrock (a unique feature for cleanups thus far) and that the river’s fish and fresh-water mussels that were affected have been recolonized.

A similar cleanup is now needed for NC’s Dan River spill.  In an effort to prevent further spills, TVA is spending $1.5 to $2 billion to convert all other TVA coal plants to dry ash storage in a ten-year plan. North Carolina’s Duke Energy now states it has been planning ash basin closures.

This month’s North Carolina spill comes on the heels of West Virginia’s chemical spill into its Elk River, which left 300,000 people with non-potable water for days. The continuance of such spills damaging our rivers, ecosystems and fresh water supplies is one more wake-up call that we need to become more responsible with our waste. Our polluting waste includes coal slurry – and nuclear waste, desalinization’s briny residue, toxic chemicals and pharmaceuticals. These pollutants dirty our rivers, kill our fish and damage our crops.

Emory River in TN, upstream of the 2008 spill

Emory River in TN, upstream of the 2008 spill

As conservation author Wallace Stegner wrote,
Something will have gone out of us as a people if we let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clear air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence . . .” 

“GLOOP” threatening global watersheds

February 11, 2014

GLOOP by Gaby Bastyra, 2010 (3:48).

A documentary short told as a nursery-school chant by a young girl tracing the discovery and impacts of plastic on our oceans, rivers and environment in general. Putting this message in the mouth of today’s youngest generation adds a gutsy impact to the now-familiar story of the forever-here debris of non-biodegradable plastics that seem to be in every corner our life.

“…Plastic doesn’t go away, all plastic things are here to stay…”

Make a New Years Resolution about how you will reduce your water consumption.

January 7, 2014

reduce water consumption

Make a #NewYearsResolution about how you will reduce your water consumption. For more ideas go to # .

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