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  • Good News from EPA – No Fooling

    Recently, the Obama administration has been getting harsh reviews from some environmentalists for its decision to open several new areas of the US to offshore drilling.  Putting this admittedly odd decision aside though,  the Thursday April 1 (April Fool’s Day) decision to roll out tough new water quality standards that could severely limit some of the most destructive…

  • World Water Day – Let’s All Pull Together

    Today, Monday, March 22 is World Water Day.  It’s great to see the heightened attention to water issues, even if just for the day.  The Huffington Post is featuring numerous WWD-related articles and in a recent check, “World Water Day” was the 75th most popular Google search.   Virtually every WWD article I’ve seen cites similar statistics, which…

  • Agriculture: Big Water Use, Big Water Savings

    As in much of the world, farmers in Punjab, an agricultural state known as the “breadbasket of India,” grow rice via flood irrigation.  In this method, fields are flooded with several centimeters of water in order to kill weeds.  When the water dries, the field is flooded again – up to 40 times per season.  Clearly this uses a…

  • Is it time to water down Copenhagen?

    With the Copenhagen climate talks kicking off today, I thought it was  worth highlighting the close connection between water and climate, particularly as it pertains to energy use.  While goodness knows the delegates in Copenhagen will have enough to do to hammer out even a “framework” agreement, I hope some attention will be paid to the close…

  • The water/energy nexus

    At the Columbia Water Center we frequently refer to the water/energy nexus.  I am often asked what is meant by this term.  Broadly speaking, the water/energy nexus refers to the myriad cyclical ways in which water and energy relate to, and impact, each other. Water is necessary in the production of virtually all types of…

  • Water Reflections: Crisis of water supplies in New Delhi, India

    Written in collaboration with Meghna Bhattacharjee. Failed monsoon rains put a cloud over the Columbia Water Center’s journey to India this summer. Soaring temperatures hitting 40 degrees Celsius with 100% humidity made for a hazy sweltering experience which begged for some precipitous relief.  As we traveled around New Delhi from air-conditioned cars to air-conditioned rooms,…

  • India: the Impact of the 2009 Monsoon Failure

    This article is the second in a series inspired by the recent Columbia Water Center trip to India During our recent CWC trip to India (during the first three weeks of August) one news story dominated all others: this year’s near total failure of the monsoon.  Many of us in the West don’t really understand what…

  • India’s Water Future

    I recently returned from a CWC trip to India, where we have several projects underway.  During this trip, we had the opportunity to talk with a range of  water users – farmers, corporations, academic experts, and government officials.  One thing became very clear to me: Although India’s water situation is precarious, there is a real…

  • What is “it” about bottled water?

    Recently, in a discussion about bottled water, my colleague stated, “I’ve heard this argument before – it’s the bottle, not the water, that’s the problem.  Would these people be happier if the bottle was made from recycled glass?”   As one of “these people” who are troubled by bottled water (and in spite of the disparaging remark,…

  • Good News from EPA – No Fooling

    Recently, the Obama administration has been getting harsh reviews from some environmentalists for its decision to open several new areas of the US to offshore drilling.  Putting this admittedly odd decision aside though,  the Thursday April 1 (April Fool’s Day) decision to roll out tough new water quality standards that could severely limit some of the most destructive…

  • World Water Day – Let’s All Pull Together

    Today, Monday, March 22 is World Water Day.  It’s great to see the heightened attention to water issues, even if just for the day.  The Huffington Post is featuring numerous WWD-related articles and in a recent check, “World Water Day” was the 75th most popular Google search.   Virtually every WWD article I’ve seen cites similar statistics, which…

  • Agriculture: Big Water Use, Big Water Savings

    As in much of the world, farmers in Punjab, an agricultural state known as the “breadbasket of India,” grow rice via flood irrigation.  In this method, fields are flooded with several centimeters of water in order to kill weeds.  When the water dries, the field is flooded again – up to 40 times per season.  Clearly this uses a…

  • Is it time to water down Copenhagen?

    With the Copenhagen climate talks kicking off today, I thought it was  worth highlighting the close connection between water and climate, particularly as it pertains to energy use.  While goodness knows the delegates in Copenhagen will have enough to do to hammer out even a “framework” agreement, I hope some attention will be paid to the close…

  • The water/energy nexus

    At the Columbia Water Center we frequently refer to the water/energy nexus.  I am often asked what is meant by this term.  Broadly speaking, the water/energy nexus refers to the myriad cyclical ways in which water and energy relate to, and impact, each other. Water is necessary in the production of virtually all types of…

  • Water Reflections: Crisis of water supplies in New Delhi, India

    Written in collaboration with Meghna Bhattacharjee. Failed monsoon rains put a cloud over the Columbia Water Center’s journey to India this summer. Soaring temperatures hitting 40 degrees Celsius with 100% humidity made for a hazy sweltering experience which begged for some precipitous relief.  As we traveled around New Delhi from air-conditioned cars to air-conditioned rooms,…

  • India: the Impact of the 2009 Monsoon Failure

    This article is the second in a series inspired by the recent Columbia Water Center trip to India During our recent CWC trip to India (during the first three weeks of August) one news story dominated all others: this year’s near total failure of the monsoon.  Many of us in the West don’t really understand what…

  • India’s Water Future

    I recently returned from a CWC trip to India, where we have several projects underway.  During this trip, we had the opportunity to talk with a range of  water users – farmers, corporations, academic experts, and government officials.  One thing became very clear to me: Although India’s water situation is precarious, there is a real…

  • What is “it” about bottled water?

    Recently, in a discussion about bottled water, my colleague stated, “I’ve heard this argument before – it’s the bottle, not the water, that’s the problem.  Would these people be happier if the bottle was made from recycled glass?”   As one of “these people” who are troubled by bottled water (and in spite of the disparaging remark,…