Tag: Groundwater

US Groundwater Declines More Widespread Than Commonly Thought

by | 3.17.2014 at 9:00pm | 1 Comment

Groundwater levels are dropping across a much wider swath of the United States than is generally discussed, according to a new report, suggesting that the nation’s long-term pattern of groundwater use is broadly unsustainable.

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2014 and Beyond

by | 2.25.2014 at 12:50pm
fieldguide feature pic crop3

Earth Institute field researchers study the planet on every continent and ocean. Projects are aimed at understanding the fundamental dynamics of climate, geology, ecology, human history and more. Here is a partial list of upcoming expeditions.

The End of Cheap Water?

by | 10.15.2013 at 11:34am | 4 Comments

Americans are paying more for water than they did a decade ago, even as water utilities fall into debt and water infrastructure deteriorates, according to a Columbia Water Center report.

The Boom of Hydraulic Fracturing

by | 5.22.2013 at 10:51am

Experts discuss the rise and boom of unconventional hydrocarbon extraction in the final Sustainable Development Seminar Series of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Water Risk in Unexpected Places

by | 5.20.2013 at 6:54pm | 2 Comments
An infographic by Veolia water based on the Columbia Water Center report shows areas in the United States with the greatest water risk.

A new report by the Columbia Water Center, produced with Veolia Water and Growing Blue, could help expose the real nature of water risk–even in places that most people think of as having plenty of water.

Water Security: Finding Solutions for a World at Risk

by | 3.28.2013 at 6:24pm | 1 Comment
Groundwater pumping accounts for as much as one-fifth of India's electricity consumption.

“This is a mess, and it is a mess that we have not attended to yet,” Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs said at a conference on water security held today at Columbia University. “Humanity is the driver, but we don’t have our hands on the steering wheel very much.”

Extreme Weather Adds Up to Troubling Future

by | 2.15.2013 at 11:32pm | 2 Comments
Richard Seager, AAAS 2013

Extreme weather and climate-related events already have cost the United States billions of dollars. A recent symposium focused on what we know about the causes and how changing climate affects agriculture, water supplies, wildlife and our economy.

Putting the Focus on ‘A Thirsty World’

by | 11.9.2012 at 4:12pm
"A Thirsty World"

The water documentary “A Thirsty World” combines French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s aerial photography with down-to-earth messages, a mélange that calls attention to problems of water security on a global scale.

Watering the World’s Crops, Drop by Drop

by | 10.18.2012 at 2:35pm | 3 Comments

Dr. Daniel Hillel was recently honored with the World Food Prize for his pioneering work in sustainable agriculture.

To Comilla and Back

by | 10.18.2012 at 12:35am
Drilling through the roof to install the antenna monument at COML

I’ve just arrived back in Bangladesh with an engineer to install 6 new GPS stations to add to our studies of earthquake hazards and land subsidence. Our first stop was Comilla University, the westernmost exposed fold of the collision between the Ganges-Bramaputra Delta and the Sumatra-Andaman-Burma plat boundary.