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Will Tar Sands Pipeline Threaten Groundwater?

Proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry diluted bitumen, or “dilbit”

Defying gravity

Covering five thousand years of humanity’s history of managing water, Brian Fagan’s book “Elixir” is a fascinating and frightening read

The Climate Post: Obama’s Popularity and the Next Election May Be Tied to Gas Prices

In other news, White House staff called oil industry subsidies “crazy and unsustainable,” and sales of more efficient cars are fast outpacing SUV sales

“Mining” Groundwater in India Reaches New Lows

Small-scale rainwater harvesting and new crops could fill the gap

80 percent of global water supplies at risk

A new report gives the most comprehensive river assessment yet

Resilience links: Waste water, water storage, and cooperatives

Water storage could help during droughts and floods, and ….

Bottled water for a few people uses more energy than tap water for everyone else

Making plastic bottles, and transporting the filled bottles around, is a huge energy hog, according to a recent study

Asian water shortages may not be as bad as previously thought

New research suggests that Asian rivers won’t run dry as the planet heats up—but tens of millions will still suffer severe shortages

Settling the science on Himalayan glaciers

The remote glaciers of the Himalayan mountains have been the subject of much controversy, yet little research

The New Security Beat

a blog by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Mason's favorite books »