State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

Author: Debbie Cook

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  • Desalination: Yesterday始s Solution (part 3)

    Desalination: Yesterday始s Solution (part 3)

    Worldwide, humans have quickly and wastefully consumed water from the cheapest sources by over-pumping aquifers and over-allocating rivers. We始ve turned to technology to eek out more but technology is not without its costs. Every remaining incremental gallon of water will come at a higher and higher price. Are we nearing a breaking point?

  • Desalination: Yesterday始s Solution (part 2)

    Desalination: Yesterday始s Solution (part 2)

    Everyone has skeletons in their closets, desalination is no exception. Burying them does a disservice to the millions of public dollars that have been invested. Let始s celebrate their weaknesses so that we may never repeat their mistakes. There may be many dozens of such projects, but here are a few that have experienced their share…

  • Desalination: Unlocking Lessons from Yesterday’s Solution (part 1)

    Desalination: Unlocking Lessons from Yesterday’s Solution (part 1)

    There is powerful information waiting to be unleashed in water data. If it were set free it would force us to re-think how we use, develop, sell, transfer, and dispose of water.

  • Desalination: Yesterday始s Solution (part 3)

    Desalination: Yesterday始s Solution (part 3)

    Worldwide, humans have quickly and wastefully consumed water from the cheapest sources by over-pumping aquifers and over-allocating rivers. We始ve turned to technology to eek out more but technology is not without its costs. Every remaining incremental gallon of water will come at a higher and higher price. Are we nearing a breaking point?

  • Desalination: Yesterday始s Solution (part 2)

    Desalination: Yesterday始s Solution (part 2)

    Everyone has skeletons in their closets, desalination is no exception. Burying them does a disservice to the millions of public dollars that have been invested. Let始s celebrate their weaknesses so that we may never repeat their mistakes. There may be many dozens of such projects, but here are a few that have experienced their share…

  • Desalination: Unlocking Lessons from Yesterday’s Solution (part 1)

    Desalination: Unlocking Lessons from Yesterday’s Solution (part 1)

    There is powerful information waiting to be unleashed in water data. If it were set free it would force us to re-think how we use, develop, sell, transfer, and dispose of water.