Movie Review: Aquarela (2018)

Viktor Kossakovsky’s new film, Aquarela, is billed as a documentary that “takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water.”  If you hear “documentary about water” and think you’ll be hearing the soothing whispers of David Attenborough, think again. I’d characterize it instead as:  a high-resolution photographic painting […]

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The Problem With Drinking Water (Part II)

Tap water is a revolutionary invention, involving both the coordinated distribution of clean water and the treatment of wastewater.  The ability of most US city dwellers to have a reliable source of clean, safe tap water always at hand has been with us for only about the past two centuries. The need for a water […]

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Water Safety In Developing Countries

My friends at Knowable Magazine have published a fascinating review of the challenges of providing clean water in places that have no municipal water system. Technology can take the process only so far. The success or failure of a particular system relies heavily on human behavior, including education, training, reinforcement, and empowerment. There are lessons […]

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The Problem With Drinking Water (Part I)

Recently the San Francisco Airport (SFO) announced that it would soon prohibit the sale of bottled water in plastic bottles.  Plastics are a major problem in landfills and in our oceans, and the market for recycling plastics has collapsed in recent months.  Some bottled water companies are considering switching to packaging their product in aluminum […]

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Southwestern States Are Thirsty — Las Vegas, Nevada Not So Much

The recently-released report from the World Resources Institute (WRI) made headlines in all the major news outlets yesterday, with headlines such as “A Quarter of Humanity Faces Looming Water Crises, Study Says (New York Times)” and “India’s Chennai rapid growth threatened by water shortages (Washington Post).” Why is this happening? Some of the crisis is […]

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Ocean Life Revealed By eDNA

So much of the world’s life occurs in oceans. We are quickly realizing that human by-products, such as macro- and microplastics, pollution from manufacturing, and fertilizer runoff from farming or your front lawn, are affecting life in the oceans. Why do all of these substances accumulate so easily? For substances like fertilizers, the answer lies […]

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Water In — Water Out

Water that humans use is not always found on the surface of our planet. Digging for water is an ancient practice that in modern times involves drilling deep into the rock to find large fields of water known as aquifers. (My own water supply here on Long Island comes from one of three aquifers — […]

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