Tasha Eichenseher

World Water Week—an annual conference in Stockholm dedicated to discussing the management of global water resources—opened Monday with a message about cleaning your plate. Food waste, according to experts at the conference, accounts for significant water waste. A third to a half of all food grown globally either sits untouched on our plates or rots...

Reports of bizarre Wizard of Oz-like weather over Lake Michigan are touching down all over the Internet. This past weekend, up to nine twisters were sighted over the lake. But they weren’t traditional tornadoes; they were waterspouts. (See more photos of waterspouts and other types of extreme weather.) Waterspouts are most common in warm tropical...

UPDATE: On Monday, August 27, a Brazilian Supreme Court judge lifted a suspension on Belo Monte construction, according to Reuters.  Earlier this month, a district court put development of the multi-billion-dollar hydroelectric project on hold, saying government approval of the project violated the constitution and other agreements. Belo Monte advocates had expressed concern over finishing...

By Tasha Eichenseher Only if you are a young coho salmon, or similar aquatic species. A new study published in the latest edition of Ecological Applications reports that small amounts of copper in water can deaden a salmon’s sense of smell, which normally alerts the fish to the presence of predators. When olfactory systems are...

We asked Boulder-based author and journalist Michael Kodas to tell us what it’s like on the ground during this horrific fire season. Kodas, who has toiled as a firefighter and is currently working on a book for Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt about global wildfire management, recently wrote an investigative story for non-profit reporting agency I-News Network...

If you’ve read about World Water Day in today’s headlines and on your favorite blogs, and are thirsty for more stories and data on the planet’s H20 problems, check out the following books, all published within the last year or so: The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water By Charles Fishman...

This post is part of a National Geographic website and news series on global water issues. When temperatures dropped to one degree Fahrenheit and my pipes froze this week, I was reminded of how lucky we are, under most circumstances, to be able to turn a valve and watch copious amounts of clean water flow...

  Shannon Switzer—a savvy surfer, diver, sailor, writer, photographer, and conservationist based in San Diego—goes to adventurous extremes to help people make the often-ignored environmental and public health connections between inland surface waters and her beloved ocean. For a recent photography project, Switzer trekked and documented large segments of the four biggest rivers in San...

By William Wheeler This post is part of a special National Geographic News series on global water issues. The orderlies’ urgent shuffling broke the grim quiet of the cholera treatment center in Mirebelais, near the origin of the outbreak, as they rushed seventy-year-old Clercius Vileus in on a stretcher. A subsistence farmer, Vileus draws his...

This blog post is part of a special National Geographic News series on global water issues. The recent capture of what could be North America’s largest recorded blue catfish–in Virgina in late June–has us thinking about this oversized species and its relatives. The Virginia blue caught last month weighed in at 143 pounds and measured...

This post is part of a special National Geographic News series on global water issues. By Lorenzo Morales, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Fox News Cogua is a small farming town surrounded by native forest in the middle of the Colombian Andes. Most of the people here make a good living growing potatoes and...

This post is part of a special National Geographic News series on global water issues. By Sean Gallagher, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting When I discovered in my research that China had its own crocodilian, I was excited to try to find an opportunity to photograph it. What I was not prepared for was to...

Worldwatch Institute released its annual State of the World report this week, with a clear message that the state of agriculture–both small- and large-scale, domestic and local–is a mirror from which we can gauge the health of the planet and the fate of our species. Traditional views toward hunger alleviation, for the more than 1...