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Wine to Water
  • Wine to Water
  • Chris Collins
  • WaterBytes
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WaterByte #9: Wine to Water
Length: 4 minutes, 46 seconds
Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script & references 

Wine To Water is a non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. Their goal is to give the fortunate population an opportunity to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Doc Hendley is the founder and president of Wine To Water.

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Photo credit: “TEDx28 Doc Hendley talks about water” by zen at flickr’s creative commons

Supplemental Material:

  1. Follow @wine_to_water on twitter
  2. Wine to Water’s website

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s WaterByte on Ethos Water! After tomorrow, we will be posting podcasts once a week for the next 10-12 weeks.

Water for Food, Irrigation, and Fisheries
  • Water for Food, Irrigation, and Fisheries
  • Joe Pilling
  • WaterBytes
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WaterByte #3: Water for Food, Irrigation, and Fisheries

Length: 4 minutes, 49 seconds
Script: Click
here to download a PDF of the script & references

This podcast examines the role of water in food production, irrigation for agriculture, and the new industry of aquaculture. The research has shown  that enormous quantities of water are used in the production of food, particularly animal products. Irrigation depends on freshwater sources greatly, especially groundwater. Also, aquaculture can pollute water with chemicals and waste. Nevertheless, there are policies that have been taken and that can be taken in the future to preserve water and use it wisely.

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Photo credit:PivotIrrigationOnCotton” by United States Geological Society via Wikimedia Commons (in the public domain)

Supplemental Material

  1. The Water We Eat: A video from UCTelevision
  2. Top 10 Problems with Ocean Fish Farming: Food & Water Watch
  3. United States Geological Society (USGS): Water Use in the United States, 2005
  4. Water for Food: A video from FAOWater
  5. Water, forgotten in the food crisis,” an article from Science Alert

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  • Industrialization, Urbanization, and The Role of Water
  • Christopher Collins
  • WaterBytes
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WaterByte #12 - Industrialization, Urbanization, and The Role of Water

Length: 5 minutes, 47 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

The destruction of wildlife habitats, the loss of water for evaporation and hence a reduction in rainfall, and other unforseen environmental fall-outs have proved devastating. Urbanization, altered flows and draining wetlands all contribute to the growing problems. 

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Photo: Urbanization in Asia, from United Nations Photo on flickr.

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I’ve lived in a lot of places with starkly different cultures: Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Indonesia, the Philippines, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Virginia, New York City and Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound. Surprise! Look beneath the colorful differences in cultural expression and you find at the core everyone wants to breathe clean air and drink clean water. They want tasty, nutritious food uncontaminated with toxins. They want meaningful work, a living wage, success and happiness for their children and security in their old age. They want a say in the decisions their governments make and to live in peace. These are all forms of real wealth that are not available for purchase or sale and have no monetary equivalent. These are our primary sources of true happiness.
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CSRwire Talkback: “The leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability press releases, reports, and information.”

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  • The Shortage, Rising Demand, and Dwindling Supply of World-Wide Water
  • Abbey Dufoe
  • WaterBytes
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WaterByte #14 - The Shortage, Rising Demand, and Dwindling Supply of World-Wide Water

There are many water problems in the world, but a lot of countries face the issue of actually running out.  The rising demand of water strains the small amount of water we have, causing the world-wide supply to dwindle.  All three of these water problems are caused by agricultural, domestic, and industrial use throughout the world, and can only be fixed through conservation and smart water usage.


Length: 5 minutes, 58 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

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End Water Poverty
  • End Water Poverty
  • Jonathan Hartline
  • WaterBytes
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WaterByte #7: End Water Poverty

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references.

End Water Poverty is an organization setting out to place political pressure on governments to do more to combat the water crisis. The organization has conducted various events to this end, including their most recent “The World Walks for Water” campaign.

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Walking to the well by Lars Plougmann at flickr’s creative commons

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  • Water Competition and Conflict Podcast
  • Sean Whitehead
  • WaterBytes
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WaterByte #18 - Water Competition and Conflict

This is a podcast that talks about competition and conflict involving water between various regions.  It touches on places throughout the world, such as Africa, the Middle East, and the United States.  Water competition and conflict is a worldwide problem that affects millions and millions of people.

Length: 6 minutes, 11 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

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(Image from Julien Harneis in flickr)

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foodandwaterwatch.org
Food and Water Watch

Food and Water Watch: Their Mission

“Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control” (About Food & Water Watch, n.d.).

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The “Water” page on foodandwaterwatch.org is dedicated to the following topics:

Learn more about the World Water Crisis and help us over on twitter, @WeArePSUwater, to get the tag #worldwatercrisis trending in time for Earth Day!

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  • Our Water Footprint
  • Jen Santangelo
  • WaterBytes Album
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WaterByte #19 - Our Water Footprint

This podcast is a skit where a teacher introduces the concept of the water footprint to her students.

Length: 5 minutes, 38 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

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(image from mag3737 on flickr)

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  • waterintro
  • Laura Guertin
  • Laura Guertin's Album
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WaterByte #10: Ethos Water
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Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script & references

Ethos Water is a bottled water brand whose aim is to help children get clean water. Partnered up with Starbucks, Ethos helps water organizations all over the world by aiding poor areas in efforts to get clean water and proper sanitation.

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Photo credit: “ethos water” by Ben Terrett at flickr’s creative commons

Supplemental Material:

  1. Ethos Water
  2. Ethos at Starbucks

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  • My Song
  • Sara Neville
  • Sara Neville's Album
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WaterByte #16 - Water and the Shale

This podcast focuses on the issue of water quality in relation to drilling in the Marcellus Shale. The drilling, also known as natural gas extraction, is done through a process called hydraulic fracturing. Fracturing involves dangerous chemicals that often find their way to local water supplies, harming the environment and public health.

Length: 6 minutes, 2 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

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(Image from Marcellus Protest in flickr)

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Book Recommendation - Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

Steven Solomon (2010), Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

Far more than oil, the control of water wealth throughout history has been pivotal to the rise and fall of great powers, the achievements of civilization, the transformations of society’s vital habitats, and the quality of ordinary daily lives. In Water, Steven Solomon offers the first-ever narrative portrait of the power struggles, personalities, and breakthroughs that have shaped humanity from antiquity’s earliest civilizations, the Roman Empire, medieval China, and Islam’s golden age to Europe’s rise, the steam-powered Industrial Revolution, and America’s century. Today, freshwater scarcity is one of the twenty-first century’s decisive, looming challenges and is driving the new political, economic, and environmental realities across the globe.

As modern society runs short of its most indispensable resource and the planet’s renewable water ecosystems grow depleted, an explosive new fault line is dividing humanity into water Haves and Have-nots. Genocides, epidemic diseases, failed states, and civil warfare increasingly emanate from water-starved, overpopulated parts of Africa and Asia. Water famines threaten to ignite new wars in the bone-dry Middle East. Faltering clean water supplies menace the sustainable growth and ability of China and India to feed themselves. Water scarcity is inseparably interrelated to the global crises of energy, food, and climate change. For Western democracies, water represents no less than the new oil—demanding a major rethink of basic domestic and foreign policies—but also offering a momentous opportunity to relaunch wealth and global leadership through exploiting a comparative advantage in freshwater reserves. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Steven Solomon’s Water is a groundbreaking account of man’s most critical resource in shaping human destinies, from ancient times to our dawning age of water scarcity.

View more on the HarperCoillins website.

Book Recommendation - Running Dry

Jon Waterman (2010), Running Dry - A Journey From Source to Sea Down the Colorado River

In 1869, John Wesley Powell led a small party down the Green and Colorado Rivers in a bold attempt to explore the Grand Canyon for the first time. After their monumental expedition, they told of raging rapids, constant danger, and breathtaking natural beauty of the American landscape at its most pristine.

Jon Waterman combines sheer adventure and environmental calamity in this trailblazing cautionary account of his 2008 trip down the overtaxed, drying Colorado. Dammed and tunneled, forced into countless canals, trapped in reservoirs and harnessed for electricity, what once was untamed and free is now humbled, parched, and so yoked to human purposes that in most years it trickles away 100 miles from its oceanic destination.

Waterman writes with informal immediacy in this eye-witness account of the many demands on the Colorado, from irrigating 3.5 million acres of farmland to watering the lawns of Los Angeles. He shows how our profligacy and inexorable climate change spark political conflict, and how we can avert this onrushing ecological crisis. As he follows Powell afloat and afoot, Waterman reaches out both to adventure travelers and to scientists, conservationists, environmentalists, and anyone interested in the fragile interplay between nature and humans.

You can purchase the book from the National Geographic Store.

Take time to reflect about the beauty of this planet we call home this week during Earth Day! Ask yourself this question, “Am I making a difference to enhance, protect and invest in the quality of life for future generations of this planet we named Earth?” If not, then begin this week by applying actions to a few green ideas and investments to this Planet.
—  From Elam Stoltzfus, Florida State University, Earth Day 2011 website
  • Water Pollution
  • JONATHAN DAVID HARTLINE
  • WaterBytes
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WaterByte #15 - Water Pollution


This podcast discusses various water pollutants and why they are harmful to the environment. Organic pollutants and inorganic pollutants are defined, and examples are given as to what causes these problems in the United States and abroad.

Length: 6 minutes, 38 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

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  • Water and Water Borne Diseases
  • Sarah DeMartino
  • WaterBytes
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WaterByte #13 - The World of Water and Water Borne Diseases

Summary: Where do water borne diseases come from? What in the man made and natural environment gets into water and makes people sick? This podcast looks at some of the different causes of diseases in water and why that is.

Length: 4 minutes, 50 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script and references

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Female Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis, from a sufferer. Image from flickr.

Links:
http://news.myjoyonline.com/health/201103/63069.asp
http://www.modernghana.com/lifestyle/32/16/cholera-control-in-ghana.html
http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/west_nile_virus/
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1707059_1524049,00.html
http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/malaria/overview.html

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  • The Organization Water Without Borders
  • JOSEPH WILLIAM PILLING III
  • WaterBytes
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WaterByte #11 - The Organization Water Without Borders

Length:  5 minutes, 11 seconds

Script: Click here to download a PDF of the script & references

Water Without Borders is a charitable organization that helps people all throughout the world gain access to clean drinking water. Water Without Borders is involved in many different regions, including Kenya, Haiti, Honduras, and South Dakota. This podcast also contains an interview with the organization’s founder, Mr. Franklin Evert. Overall, it will be shown that Water Without Borders is a positive force in the struggle to attain safe, clean water for all humans. 


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 (Picture of Jacmel, Haiti, one of the cities in which Water Without Borders is involved) (Photo source)


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radiolab.org
"Cities" and the water crisis here at home

I was listening to an old episode of WNYC’s Radiolab, and was pleasantly surprised to hear about the effect WATER had on the development of New York City in the 1800s.

Yet another wonderfully eye-opening sound byte from Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich… and a good listen for Earth Day!

(They have a tumblr, too!)