Built Environment

Q&A With Tim Beatley About Ocean Cities

Tim Beatley’s new documentary, Ocean Cities, explores the environmental challenges and opportunities facing coastal communities. As part of this year’s World Water Events, the documentary will be screened on March 22 at 5:30 p.m. in Clark 107 at the University of Virginia. Beatley teaches urban and…

By Peter Debaere-
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-
Water Productivity

The Challenge of Raising Water Productivity

The world faces significant water challenges. There is a finite volume of fresh water that is accessible for human use, and we live in a world that has been steadily growing. The global economy is 7 times larger than it was in 1960, and the world population is more than…

By Peter Debaere-