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  • A 1,000 Year Drought is Hitting the West. Could Desalination Be a Solution?

    A 1,000 Year Drought is Hitting the West. Could Desalination Be a Solution?

    Filtering salt out of water is used in many parts of the world that deal with severe drought, but it can come with its own set of problems.

  • Studying Sustainability in Israel: It鈥檚 Complicated

    Studying Sustainability in Israel: It鈥檚 Complicated

    MPA in Environmental Science and Policy students travel to Israel to learn more about the geopolitical climate and resource management as a tool for peace.

  • How to Wrap Your Head Around Dead Sea Rehabilitation

    How to Wrap Your Head Around Dead Sea Rehabilitation

    The Dead Sea has been receding at an average rate of 1 meter per year. How can this important historic, cultural and environmental landmark be rehabilitated in one of the world鈥檚 driest regions while improving water access for Israel, Palestine and Jordan?

  • Trouble in America鈥檚 Water Paradise

    Trouble in America鈥檚 Water Paradise

    America鈥檚 strong water infrastructure has been key to its success as a nation. Yet the nation’s continual waste of water and lack of commitment to long-term water investments has halted its progress.

  • 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.

  • Seawater desalination: the solution?

    Water is an increasingly scarce commodity in many parts of the world, and it seems seawater desalination is one of very attractive solutions available to these regions. Of all the Earth鈥檚 water, 94 percent is saltwater from the oceans and only 6% is fresh. If plenty and easily accessible seawater could turn into fresh drinking…

Columbia campus skyline with text Columbia Climate School Class Day 2024 - Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our Columbia Climate School MA in Climate & Society Class of 2024! Learn about our May 10 Class Day celebration. #ColumbiaClimate2024

  • A 1,000 Year Drought is Hitting the West. Could Desalination Be a Solution?

    A 1,000 Year Drought is Hitting the West. Could Desalination Be a Solution?

    Filtering salt out of water is used in many parts of the world that deal with severe drought, but it can come with its own set of problems.

  • Studying Sustainability in Israel: It鈥檚 Complicated

    Studying Sustainability in Israel: It鈥檚 Complicated

    MPA in Environmental Science and Policy students travel to Israel to learn more about the geopolitical climate and resource management as a tool for peace.

  • How to Wrap Your Head Around Dead Sea Rehabilitation

    How to Wrap Your Head Around Dead Sea Rehabilitation

    The Dead Sea has been receding at an average rate of 1 meter per year. How can this important historic, cultural and environmental landmark be rehabilitated in one of the world鈥檚 driest regions while improving water access for Israel, Palestine and Jordan?

  • Trouble in America鈥檚 Water Paradise

    Trouble in America鈥檚 Water Paradise

    America鈥檚 strong water infrastructure has been key to its success as a nation. Yet the nation’s continual waste of water and lack of commitment to long-term water investments has halted its progress.

  • 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.

  • Seawater desalination: the solution?

    Water is an increasingly scarce commodity in many parts of the world, and it seems seawater desalination is one of very attractive solutions available to these regions. Of all the Earth鈥檚 water, 94 percent is saltwater from the oceans and only 6% is fresh. If plenty and easily accessible seawater could turn into fresh drinking…