Browsing Category: Environment

Built Environment, Environment, Infrastructure, Uncategorized, Water & Society, Water Policy

Green Infrastructure: Ecosystems in the City and the City as Ecosystem

What is Green Infrastructure and why is it all the rage?Green Infrastructure (GI) has emerged as a rapidly growing paradigm to improve the management of urban environments and quality of life. When impervious surfaces (streets, parking lots, sidewalks, buildings) replace vegetation, much more rain and snowmelt will run off…

By Larry Band-
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-
Environment, Water Quality

Q&A With Lex Van Geen on Arsenic Contamination

Lex Van Geen is a world-renowned arsenic specialist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He has been working on arsenic contamination for 20 years, especially (but not only) in Bangladesh. The World Health Organization has called Bangladesh’s arsenic problem “the largest poisoning of a population in history.” On…

By Peter Debaere-
Environment, Water Quality

The Hard and Soft of Freshwater

Legend for map: Changes in salinity of U.S. inland waters where warmer colors indicate increasing salinity and cooler colors decreasing salinity. Dots are USGS sampling sites (Map by Ryan Utz, Chatham University).I remember when my parents bought a water softener after a family move. We had never had…

By Mike Pace-
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