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-
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-