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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A Visit To Utah

My recent visits to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and the drive to get to Moab, UT along the Colorado River on UT-128, provided plenty of opportunities to see how the power of water can shape landscapes, even those that are currently deserts.   The geology of the region was shaped, at its basis, by […]

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Why Water?

As I have worked with students in college classrooms over the past several years, I have come to believe that the insights they have gained, and everything they have taught me while I tried to teach them, are important for a larger audience. Water is shaping up to be one of the most critical challenges […]

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