The week that was, February 28-March 5, 2016

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Berta Cáceres. Source: Goldman Environmental Foundation

Berta Cáceres. Source: Goldman Environmental Foundation. Click on the image for an appreciation from Goldman.

“Giving our life … for the protection of rivers is giving our life for the well being of humanity and our planet.” — Berta Cáceres, The Goldman Environmental Foundation, 3/3/16

“…part of a global wave of such attacks.” — Naomi Klein on the murder of anti-dam environmental activist Berta Cáceres,  Honduran human rights and environment activist murdered, The Guardian, 3/4/16

… the bullet that killed Tomás Garcia came from an army officer, and was intended for killing the people who oppose construction of the Agua Zarca Dam in Honduras. — International Rivers, 7/19/2013 * Read more

The week that was, February 21-27, 2016

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Forest Lawn Lift Station

Calgary’s Utilities and Environmental Protection Public Art Plan “Watershed+” used lights to track the rate of sewage treatment on the side of the city’s Forest Lawn wastewater lift system. Click on the rendering to hear engineers, artists and city planners discuss their desire to spark awareness of normally hidden infrastructure.

Oh, sh*t. — Calgary’s ‘poop palace’ wins wasteful spending award, Calgary Herald, 2/24/16

“We have the artists in the canal visit early on so they can understand the canal, and move with the canal, because the installations on water are technically very challenging.” — Donna Isaac, director of Scottsdale Public Art, A celebration of light, water and art, Arizona Republic, 2/23/16

“I listened very carefully and politely while you misstated the facts,” San Francisco Bay area Democratic congressman Jared Huffman to Tom Birmingham, general manager of the Central Valley’s Westlands Water District, Old tensions boil over once more in House hearings on California water, McClatchyDC, 2/24/16.  Read more

The week that was, February 14-20, 2016

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Gavin Younge's sculptures, such as this rendering of De Hoop Vlei, a nature reserve and wetland, represent water bodies impacted by climate change in South Africa.

Gavin Younge’s folded metal sculptures, such as this rendering of De Hoop Vlei, a nature reserve and wetland, study water bodies impacted by climate change in South Africa. They are part of the show “Water Matters” at IS Art Gallery at 11 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, South Africa, until February 29. Click on the image to be taken to the catalogue.

These outlines, delineated by topographic contour lines, have been removed from the plate steel and exist as absences – metonyms for desire, as in most cases these dams are never full. — Sculptures highlight drought and ‘Water Matters,’ Cape Times,  2/17/16

Watch the video all you like. But if you live in Boston please don’t try it yourself — it could prove dangerous (and we’ve had enough snow already). — What happens when boiling water meets freezing cold air?, Boston Globe, 2/17/16

Oily black liquid is coming out of residential faucets in the rural Texas town of Crystal City, and no one is sure who to alert … — ‘Black sludge’ pours out of Texas town’s faucet days after FBI arrests nearly every city official, Think Progress, 2/19/16

“It’s the wave of the future.” — Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles on nutrient trading in which polluters pay other polluters to stop polluting instead of stopping polluting themselves, Midday, WYPR, 2/17/16

“At a very basic level this is an urban sprawl issue masquerading as a drinking water problem …” –Cory Mason, Racine representative on the Great Lakes Regional Body, Public hearing on historic application to tap Lake Michigan’s Drinking Water, CBS 58, 2/18/16

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The week that was, February 7-13, 2016

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“How do you get a farmer’s attention? Humbly, and with a thick wad of money.” — Hedge fund manager Disque Deane Jr, Can Wall Street solve the water crisis in the West?, ProPublica/Atlantic, 2/9/16

Individual farmers selling water away will crash their whole district. — A close look at water markets in practiceOn the Public Record, 2/9/16

La Aquadora by Francisco de Goya was carrying brandy according to the Times of London

La Aguadora (above), painted between 1808 and 1812, was wrongly interpreted as a decorative picture of a woman carrying a jug of water until researchers discovered that she was a folk heroine who helped Spanish troops attempting to repel French forces. She has been identified as Maria Agustin, who was carrying not water but brandy, which she distributed to Spanish troops to raise morale on the battlefield. — Goya’s water carrier was a war heroine, The Times, 2/11/16

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The week that was, Jan 31-Feb 6, 2016

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Charles Hatfield, rainmaker and sham.

Charles Hatfield, drought doctor. Photo: Wikipedia.

“I do not make it rain,” Hatfield would demur. “That would be an absurd claim. I simply attract clouds, and they do the rest.” — The Magic of Squeezing Water Out of the SkyA Hundred Years Ago, Charles Hatfield Cashed in on America’s Weakness for Quick Fixes—Even if They Seem Too Good to Be True by Cynthia Barnett, author of “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History,” Zocalo Public Square, 2/2/16

Cloudspotters across the UK and Ireland have witnessed fantastic displays of rare ‘nacreous’ clouds over the first few days of February. The formations are also known as ‘mother of pearl clouds’ due to their beautiful bands of colour, which appear as the cloud’s ice crystals diffract the sunlight, separating it into its different wavelengths. — Nacreous clouds over Britain, The Cloud Appreciation Society, 2/2/15 

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