Rivers of Dust: The Future of Water and the Middle East

August 23, 2019

It is written that “Enannatum, ruler of Lagash,” slew “60 soldiers” from Umma. The battle between the two ancient city-states took place 4,500 years ago near where the great Tigris and Euphrates rivers come together in what is today Iraq. The matter in dispute? Water. More...

Is Desalination the Answer to a Thirsty Planet?

January 10, 2017

Globally, over 300 million people rely on desalinated water for some or all of their water needs. There is perhaps no place more fitting for innovation in desalination and water treatment technology than Israel. From the modern state’s founding until today, its culture has in many ways been...

In This Country, People Are Withdrawing Water From ATMs

June 24, 2016

The Philippine government is applying new solutions to water shortages in affected regions. In the eastern Pangasinan region of the Philippines, clean and safe water is a scarce commodity. In order to alleviate water shortages, the government has set up an Automatic Tubig Machine (ATM) scheme,...

Tackling Climate Change in Armenia

May 25, 2016

A team of scientists comes up with an unusual idea to preserve the disappearing snows of Armenia. Because of climate change, the weather in the small mountainous country of Armenia is getting hotter and hotter. The mountain snows that normally serve as a source of water now melt earlier,...

Place of Sweet Waters

May 21, 2016

How do you bring a water source back to life? We have all heard the terms genocide, infanticide, regicide. But now we live in a new reality where hydrocide—water scarcity as a result of social misuse of water resources—is a term to remember. Before Cape Town was settled by Europeans, the...

The Search for Water in Gaza

March 10, 2016

The Israeli blockade and a deferral of proper joint management prevent the rehabilitation of Gaza’s failed water sector. Damaged, fragmented water infrastructure and severe contamination are pervasive norms in the Gaza Strip. Recurring violence exacerbates destruction of the main aquifer and...

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...

Water Inc.

December 10, 2014

The commodification of water supplies around the world reflects a growing trend of the privatization of natural resources. Coca-Cola’s iconic red and white logo is one of the world’s most recognizable brands. Its signature beverage, for which the company is named, is the world’s most...

Solutions to Global Scarcity in 2030: A Way Forward?

October 12, 2013

What challenges does the world face for 2030? By 2030, technology will have advanced at a rate far beyond the predictive capacity available today as technology expands in efficiency at an exponential rate. As a result, technology will meet limits in terms of physical constraints. New...

Water Wars: Is It Just a Mirage?

September 16, 2013

Water scarcity is a key threat to world peace. Within the last decade, climate change has become a hotly debated topic. Many people struggle to imagine what the effects of climate change will be and whether the danger is real. At the heart of climate change, however, there are some very real and...

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