water matters Archives - State of the Planet

Water Matters, the blog of the Columbia Water Center, focuses on the assessment, understanding and resolution of the potentially global crisis of freshwater scarcity.

New Study Shows Promise for Long-Term Weather Forecasts in South America

The Paraguay River is an essential lifeblood for the landlocked country that shares it name, but it can also be the source of deadly and costly floods. Now scientists are one step closer to predicting the likelihood for heavy rain weeks ahead of time.

by |August 6, 2018
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America’s Water Infrastructure is Failing—But Here’s How We Could Start to Fix It

A recent event hosted by the Columbia Water Center highlights the challenges and opportunities that nation’s beleaguered water system presents.

by |May 8, 2018

How We Can All Make Waves: Earth Day Reflections from Columbia Water Center

Members of Columbia Water Center share what Earth Day means to them, and offer ways – large and small – that we can all advocate for water and a healthier planet.

by |April 20, 2018
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Predicting Hurricane Flooding Risks to the East Coast

Columbia University researchers to help translate hurricane science into projections for planning for climate and weather risks.

by |April 9, 2018

Researchers Map High Levels of Drugs in the Hudson River

In a new study, researchers have mapped out a large variety of discarded pharmaceuticals dissolved throughout the Hudson River. They say that in some places, levels may be high enough to potentially affect aquatic life.

by |February 19, 2018
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Cape Town Water Crisis Highlights a Worldwide Problem

Upmanu Lall, director of the Columbia Water Center, explains South Africa’s water shortage and why places in the U.S. could be at risk, too.

by |February 9, 2018

Global Environment Report Card Sees Dirty Air, Failing Fisheries

Many countries are making progress on improving water sanitation and protecting marine ecosystems. But air pollution continues as a leading health problem in many nations, and fisheries are deteriorating almost everywhere.

by |January 23, 2018
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Columbia Water Center Year in Review

The Columbia Water Center (CWC) is a leader in applying the science of water and climate to solve real world problems. With current events in mind, we worked with our partners to make progress on several key projects.

by |December 29, 2017
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Upmanu Lall Recognized as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

The director of the Columbia Water Center and 60 other honorees were commemorated in a ceremony and reception on Wednesday.

by |December 19, 2017

What the U.S. Military is Doing About Climate Change

The White House may deny that climate change is happening, but the Department of Defense has been taking action for years to avoid and adapt to climate-related disasters.

by |September 20, 2017