The dirty business of greywater

One of simplest answers to reducing water consumption is the use of greywater for landscape irrigation, flushing toilets and other non-potable needs. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), over half of our indoor water use can be considered greywater. It’s what households and commercial buildings generate from sinks, baths and showers, washing machines…

Environmental justice on the Ganges

There’s a classic pattern of environmental injustice in which the more powerful overuse or divert natural resources to the detriment of less influential neighbors. The Ganges River could be the poster child for this phenomena. The third largest river in the world, this slow moving behemoth meanders more than 1500 miles from the western Himalayas…

Drought may exacerbate the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses

This week the World Health Organization declared the spread of Zika virus the world’s fourth international public health emergency. Ever. Just one of several mosquito-borne illnesses with severe health impacts on humans, including death, the media has been quick to connect the expected spread of Zika to the global changing climate. Mosquitos thrive in wet, hot conditions and, as the world warms,…