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A spider has made this dry faucet home.

California’s record-breaking drought has created a new generation of greenwashed products that claim they can help ease the water crisis. Meanwhile, these products distract us from enacting real solutions to use water more efficiently and to sustainably manage this precious resource.

Here are my three favorite drought-washed products. Leave a comment below to tell us about products you’ve seen.

A deer in a meadow at Yosemite National Forest.

When I was younger, my family would take month-long vacations to the Midwest, up to Washington state and down to Mexico. My parents are salt of the earth types who never went to resorts or beaches to relax. Vacations were more like “strenuous holidays,” as John Burroughs would say. One vacation was a road trip from Los Angeles, California to Seattle, Washington with a stop at every major national park along the way.

Raid is a popular pesticide that is widely distributed throughout the U.S.

Whether it’s our favorite foods, body care products, clothing, cleaning supplies or even weed or pest control products, we all rely on product labels to give us the information we need to make the choices we want. But what happens when some of the most toxic products on the market have labels that lead us to believe they’re safer than they really are? And what happens when our choice as consumers is undermined because we don’t have the basic facts needed to make an informed decision about what we buy or how we use our products?

Seen on the side of the road near Murdo,South Dakota.

Imagine the premise of the new movie “Jurassic World,” but with a little twist. Instead of dinosaurs that have been genetically engineered and recreated for the world to see, it’s butterflies, frogs, sea lions, polar bears and…humans? That’s right; scientists believe humans are having a huge impact on what is now being called the Sixth Extinction, and to our own detriment.

Sunset on the Apalachicola River in Florida

And now for something completely different: I bring you some actual, positive news from Florida!

For the past year, we've been in a legal battle to protect the Apalachicola River, a magnificent waterway in the state's northern reaches that the U.S. Interior Department called "one of the nation's richest hotspots of biodiversity."

Kumik is a high altitude village located in India's northern Ladakh region. High above the village this melting glacier provides the people who live here with their only water source.

In Fire & Ice: Soot, Solidarity and Survival on the Roof of the World, author Jonathan Mingle tells a powerful story about the village of Kumik in northern India, whose inhabitants are forced to relocate and rebuild their homes and lives as their only water sourcea stream fed by disappearing glacier and snowfieldsdries up.

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