Seven graphics explain the state of the world’s water resources

To recognize the importance of water for everything we do, we compiled seven graphics that explain the state of the world’s vital water resources.

Every person on Earth should have access to reliable water supplies. Water is essential for sanitation, hygiene and daily survival, but in some places conflict over water is becoming more commonplace.

Human Activity is Changing Water Distribution

Half of the surface water in some countries has been depleted between 1984 and 2015, according to an analysis of satellite imagery from the European Commission Joint Research Centre. However, about twice as … [more…]

Turning conflict into collaboration on critical water challenges

Photo: Lara Fowler, turning conflict into collaboration on critical water challenges

Institutes of Energy and the Environment’s Lara Fowler uses Fulbright scholarship to research innovative solutions

UPPSALA, Sweden — When dealing with challenges such as water pollution, droughts and flooding, conflict between people can arise.

For example, a farmer in Pennsylvania may resist changing practices that are leading to agricultural runoff. These practices are impacting the Chesapeake Bay 100 miles away, but for that farmer, the cost is too high, and … [more…]