Water News

Oakland’s Web of Waters Shapes New Economy, Civic Energy

Jul 15, 2015
In March 1999, not long after he was sworn in as the 47th mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown called Lesley Estes, the supervisor of the city’s watershed protection program. Brown, who is now California’s governor, wanted the city staffer he called “Creek Lady” to describe the most formidable ideas she had to conserve natural areas, make parks more beautiful, and clean up the city’s waters.

Oakland’s Water Treatment Plant Generates Its Own Energy and Then Some

Jul 15, 2015
Here in Oakland, the 64-year-old regional wastewater treatment plant has elevated an essential urban service to a new level of innovation and civic importance. The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) treatment plant, a formidable assembly of mixing tanks, pumps, and pipes on the city’s north side, has 11 megawatts of biogas-fueled electrical generating capacity, more than the plant’s power demand. The excess power is sold to the Port of Oakland, and EBMUD saves about $3 million in electric expenses a year.

Christian Science Monitor Reported CEF Panel on Combatting Environmental Degradation and Poverty in Western China

Jul 10, 2015
In Western China, abundant but fragile natural resources are juxtaposed against lagging economic development. Citizens now can apply for micro-loans to get started in farming, provided they operate in ways that are not damaging to the environment. These new sustainable models are quickly catching on, NGO leaders said at a panel hosted Monday by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

Infographic: Water Scarcity and Energy Development in Northern Mexico

Jun 30, 2015
Northern Mexico is becoming a hot spot in Mexican energy development. This infographic is drawn from our publication “Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers from Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico."

Nightmare Scenarios

Jun 28, 2015
"Groundwater is water security’s last resort — it is what we tap into when surface supplies run dry. And yet in Pakistan, this safety net is fraying. The country’s water security blanket is in danger of being yanked away," writes Michael Kugelman.

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, was interviewed by CCTV America on China’s water solution

Jun 11, 2015
Water shortages are giving rise to the transformation of Chinese cities into what’s called ‘sponge cities’ where rain water is collected rather than allowed to run off. CEF Director, Jennifer Turner was interviewed by CCTV America on water solutions in China.

Grupo de congresistas demócratas apoyan suspensión de glifosato en el país

May 15, 2015
Cynthia Arnson is interviewed in this piece about the suspension of aerial spraying in Colombia. The video and article are in Spanish.

The Hans India Reported CEF Director Jennifer Turner's Visit and the Global 'Choke Point' Project

May 14, 2015
Dr. Jennifer Turner, Director of China Environment Forum, said that flaws in Indian government policies hindered the country's development of renewable energy and improvement of water quality at a Global "Choke Point" discussion in India.

The Statesmen Reported CEF Director, Jennifer Turner's Seminar with the Indian Chamber of Commerce

May 14, 2015
India and China need to strike up a dialogue on common problems such as air and water pollution, CEF Director, Jennifer Turner said at an a seminar on 'Global Choke Point: Water-Energy-Food Confrontations in China, US and India' organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the neighboring country.

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