Browsing Category: Agriculture

Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, Water & Society, Water Productivity, Water Scarcity

A Changing Climate Means Extreme Rainfall, But Not Necessarily More Water

Have you wondered whether recent flooding in Charlottesville or Japan has anything to do with climate change? I am not really wondering. I get a sinking feeling every time I hear about another instance of torrential rain with catastrophic effects. Instead of questioning whether climate change caused two drownings in…

By Deborah Lawrence-
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-