The Ganges is Too Toxic to be Holy Anymore

September 05, 2016

The holy river washing Indians from their sins is itself in dire need of being cleansed from the sins of the people to whom it gives life. The Ganges, India’s river of life, is in imminent danger. One-tenth of the world’s population relies heavily on the Ganges and its tributaries. Yet the...

Finding New Ways to Access Clean Water

July 05, 2016

A 19-year-old woman uses scrap metal for innovation. In Sierra Leone, just over 50% of the population has access to safe drinking water. It is a rare and expensive commodity. Nineteen-year-old Khadija is an innovator. Watch her create solutions to help her community make access to water...

Do You Know Where Water Comes From?

May 08, 2016

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vivian Zhong talks to Renee Robins, the executive director of J-WAFS. From contaminated drinking water in India to urban food deserts in the United States, the challenges to providing clean water and food for the people of this world are numerous and...

Time Takes Its Toll on American Infrastructure



Water is the Essence of Life

March 10, 2016

The planet is suffering from an unprecedented water crisis, and solving it requires concerted action by institutions and citizens. Background Water enables life on Earth. Human beings can survive three weeks without food, but only three days without water. According to H.H. Mitchell, water forms...

America Needs $1 Trillion in Water System Upgrades

June 23, 2015

Municipal water systems have been systematically underfunded, in part because raising rates is unpopular politically. Clean, safe drinking water has been available for so long in the US that no one thinks twice about filling a glass of water at the kitchen sink or flushing a toilet. Indeed, for...

Water Scarcity Risks Being a Source of Conflict

March 04, 2015

The depletion of freshwater resources will inevitably lead to tension, conflict and migration among large swathes of the world’s population.  Yemen, an impoverished desert country racked by years of conflict, instability and...

The Food-Water-Energy Nexus: Smarter Environmental Policies

March 16, 2014

Who will benefit from investments in Africa's underused arable land resources? Experts agree that Africa has the capacity to feed itself and become a major global exporter of food, on the basis of coherent and integrated policies that incorporate impacts of the food-water-energy...

Collective Wisdom and Action for Better Water Management

May 31, 2013

Awareness about the overuse and abuse of water is a must in India. The country cannot afford to incur further external debts for big projects which have comparatively little benefit for society. It is unfortunate that in India, metropolitans like Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, and Mumbai face water...

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