Water & Society

Q&A With Marama Muru-Lanning About the Wakaito River

Dr. Marama Muru-Lanning from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is the first Māori Anthropologist to be awarded a PhD in anthropology since Māori Studies separated from Anthropology in 1991. Marama Muru-Lanning heads the James Henare Research Center at the University of Auckland. She is the…

By Peter Debaere-
Agriculture, Environment, Water Quality

How Old Is Your Nutrient Pollution?

When a stream is polluted, people often ask “Where did the pollution come from?” After a clean-up plan is implemented, people will ask “Is the stream cleaner now?” We rarely ask “When was that pollution emitted?” or “When will the stream be cleaner?” The time scales of hydrologic systems…

By Teresa Culver-
Agriculture, Environment, Water Productivity, Water Scarcity

The Food-Water-Energy Nexus: Saving Water by Choosing the “Right Crop for the Right Place”

Is there enough water to feed humanity? In recent years there have been new concerns about water scarcity and its expected impacts on humankind’s ability to meet its increasing food needs. Because water is also crucial to energy production and power generation, competition for water may emerge between the…

By Paolo D'Odorico-
Agriculture, Water Quality

Groundwater Access, Poverty and Conflict in India

Groundwater is a vital resource around the world. Groundwater irrigation has ensured food security in many parts of the world, and some estimates suggest groundwater irrigation sustains as much as half of world food production. Hence, promoting sustainable use of groundwater should be at the center of water policy discussions…

By Sheetal Sekhri-
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