Water, water, not everywhere: Former NASA hydrologist says water security issues worsening

photo: executive director of the Global Institute for Water Security, Jay Famiglietti speaking about water security and scarcity.

Photo: University of Saskatchewan hydrologist and executive director of the Global Institute for Water Security Jay Famiglietti gives a lecture at the University of Saskatchewan on Sept. 22, 2018.

A former NASA scientist has come to work at the University of Saskatchewan to address issues of water security and scarcity around the world.

Considered one of the leading hydrologists in the world, Jay Famiglietti was recruited to be the executive … [more…]

Three newspapers confront one challenge: Sea-level rise is real

photo: woman walking on flooded sidewalk in Florida. Three newspapers confront one challenge: Sea-level rise is real, South Florida needs all hands on deck — now

In August, 2017, a woman walks along a flooded sidewalk along Alton Road near Michigan Avenue in Miami Beach. New research from NOAA suggests this kind of flooding could happen every day by 2070 under most climate models. Emily Michot MIAMI HERALD

South Florida needs all hands on deck — now

No graver threat faces the future of South Florida than the accelerating pace of sea-level rise. In the past … [more…]

The cataclysmic cost of Trump’s ‘war on oceans’

Photo illustration: The cataclysmic cost of Trump’s ‘war on oceans’

Photo illustration by Lesley Becker/Globe Staff/Adobe Stock

This summer, 60 million Americans will head to the seaside to enjoy majestic waves and salty breezes. It all seems reassuringly familiar. But the oceans, which cover 70 percent of the earth and control the climate, the water cycle, and 50 percent of the oxygen we breathe, are approaching a dangerous tipping point. The Arctic is melting faster than at any time in … [more…]

Every drop counts

Photo: Every drop counts: agri-aquaculture

Aquaponics is the practice of fish farming combined with the cultivation of plants in water without soil. Some integrated agri-aquaculture farms using aquaponics technology can reduce water consumption by 90% compared to purely traditional agricultural farms. Photo: © FAO/Khaled Desouki

How aquaponics and integrated agri-aquaculture farms are making smart use of water

Aquaponics has become all the trend. The combination of aquaculture, the practice of fish farming, and hydroponics, the … [more…]

World Water Week: Water, ecosystems and human development | IUCN

photo: World Water Week 2018: water, ecosystems and human development’

Water, ecosystems and human development is the leading theme of this year’s World Water Week. The annual conference on water is held in Stockholm, Sweden from 26 to 31 August and gathers scientists, business leaders, policy makers and water managers to convene and discuss challenges and solutions for our planet’s most precious resource.

“The theme ‘water, ecosystems and human development’ recognises an inseparable trio. Development does not exist without water. … [more…]