NWNL has compiled a list of new and old favorite books about water issues and our case-study watersheds for your reference for gifts and for the New Year. Many of the authors and publishers are personal friends of NWNL. All of them are worth reading. The links provided below go to Amazon Smile, where a portion of all purchases go to an organization of the buyers choice. Please help support NWNL by selecting the International League of Conservation Photographers to donate to.
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.
USA: Missouri, Middle Mississippi River Basin, West Alton, tornado skies
Africa: Kenya; Lodwar, Turkwel River tributary, almost dry due to upstream irrigation extraction and climate change
USA: California, San Joaquin River Valley, empty irrigation canal for pistachio orchard
USA: Texas, Palo Duro River in 2012 drought
Canada: British Columbia, Columbia River flooding from melting snow pack and storms
Africa: Kenya, Mara River Basin, Maasai in 2009 drought with dying cattle after walking 1000 km for 7 days seeking food and water
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.
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.
“Every year, thousands of people around the world lift their voices to celebrate the world’s rivers and those who struggle to protect them. The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day to celebrate victories such as dam removal and river restoration. It is a day to take to the streets, demonstrate and demand improvements in the policies and practices of decision makers. It is a day to educate one another about the threats facing our rivers, and learn about better water and energy solutions.”
And so, today NWNL honors International Rivers, all those out on the streets raising voices for rivers, and our colleagues in all 6 of our case-study watersheds who raise their voices daily.