Water Archives - State of the Planet

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Study Zeros In on Source of Arsenic in Bengal Basin’s Deep Wells

Typically only shallow wells have arsenic problems, but in an area of India and Bangladesh, deep wells are highly contaminated. Scientists are starting to learn why.

by |November 26, 2019

Trip to the Catskills Teaches Students About NYC’s Water Supply

The visit revealed how collaborative efforts help to ensure the city receives high quality water with low treatment costs, while providing local jobs.

by Charlotte Munson, Stephanie Main and Lauren Ritchie |November 22, 2019

As Climate Warms, Plants May Demand More Water, Cutting Supplies for People

New study challenges many climate scientists’ expectations that plants will make much of the world wetter in the future.

by |November 4, 2019
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Journalists and Geochemists Team Up to Test for Lead in Newark’s Water

With help from local tv station Univision 41, Earth Institute scientists tested how well Newark’s lead filters are working. The results support new findings from city officials.

by |September 25, 2019
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How Climate Change Impacts Our Water

Climate change disrupts the water cycle in ways that could profoundly alter how we live our lives.

by |September 23, 2019

You Asked: Can the Great Green Wall Stop the Sahara From Expanding?

A climate scientist answers readers’ questions about an initiative that would plant a vast wall of trees to combat the effects of climate change.

by |September 18, 2019

A Dwindling, Dying Dead Sea: A Call for Restorative Action

Saving the Dead Sea will require political will, changes in industry best practices, and coordinated restoration efforts in a region that is notorious for its lack of cooperation.

by |August 30, 2019

Longer Summer Stretches of Drought, Extreme Heat and Flooding Expected in a Warming World, Study Says

The changes could affect health, agriculture and ecosystems, the study suggests.

by |August 19, 2019

Education Brings Sectors Together to Address Fluorosis in Alirajpur

A new project from the Center for Sustainable Development and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will use education interventions to try to curb fluorosis, caused by high fluoride levels in drinking water, in Alirajpur, India.

by |August 12, 2019

Khulna to Barishal and Kuakata

We replaced the GPS at Khulna University, then met some colleagues in Barisal. We continued to Khepupara and the beach at Kuakata for more installations. The beach on the Bay of Bengal is fresh water in the summer due to the enormous water discharge at the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta.

by |August 2, 2019