Monday was World Water Day - a day recognized by the United Nations to draw attention to the growing water crisis.
When you work on water for a living, every day sort of feels like “water day.” And it is easy to forget that while we in the U.S. have serious water problems of our own, some of which have been vividly illustrated in a terrific series in the New York Times this year and last, many of these problems pale in comparison to those in other parts of the world.
I spend a lot of my working hours fighting to pass clean energy and climate legislation that will reduce America’s global warming pollution. But I also take steps in my personal life to cut down my own carbon emissions.
I stopped eating red meat and stick with vegetarian options most of the week, I installed compact florescent light bulbs, I signed up for renewable power through my utility Con Edison, and I take public transit to work.
In addition to driving directions, walking directions, and public transportation directions, everyone's favorite online mapping tool now offers bicycling directions.
I bet there are lots of great answers out there, but, according to an article in Wednesday's New York Times, the best answer might be the most counter-intuitive. The fastest way to save money and cut carbon emissions might be to slow down.
Venice. Amsterdam. Prague. Paris. These are some cities that are making "ten-most-romantic cities” lists. I just looked at three such sites, and Venice, Prague and Paris were consensus picks. Amsterdam was on two of the lists, as were Rome, Edinburgh, and New York.
What are some of the things these cities have in common?
Big like 400 meters deep. Big like more than a kilometer across. Big like housing over 2000 people. Big like totally off the grid.