Disaster in Haiti: Loss of Life and Lack of Water

A catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. The 7.0 magnitude quake was centered offshore the populated capital of Port-au-Prince. One of ten deadliest in history, causalities range from 50,000 to 200,000 people. Almost three million of the country’s nine million people are affected, and many are still trapped in the rubble. Aid efforts […]

My Soon-to-be Journey to India: An Arghyam Internship

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Life has been bustling as I prepare for an internship in India. This year, I was accepted for an internship with Arghyam – an NGO that works on water and sanitation projects across India – in Bangalore. This internship is part of my master’s studies at Oregon State University (my major is Water Resources Policy […]

Kakamega Youth Talk About Water Problems in Kenya

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Youth are our future and our future depends on water. In the last Visions of Water, Visions of Life interview, students at the Kakamega School for the Deaf talked about water and life in Kenya. They were asked: What do you believe is the solution to improve the water situation in your village? They are […]

Update: 1,500 Farmers Commit Suicide in India

Recently, I drafted a post on a mass-suicide event (because of drought, dropping water levels, related crop failure, and mounting farm debt) in the state of Chhattisgarh based on news reports in the Belfast Telegraph, the Daily Times, and Alternet. Update: this event was not a mass-suicide as defined in these news reports. Rather – […]

Integrated Lake Conservation in India: Umiam Lake

Dropping water levels in Umiam (Barapani) Lake in the state of Meghalaya in northeast India are causing tension among competing water users. This lake was constructed as a reservoir for a hydroelectric project in the 1960s. It (and associated tributaries) provides water for power generation, agriculture, drinking water, and recreation. Not only does this lake […]

Tap Project Radio: Music for Water, Music for Life

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To celebrate today – World Water Day – UNICEF has released Tap Project Radio. I was going to wait to tell you this in my formal post regarding World Water Day, but it’s too terrific to wait. Tune your computer dial to Tap Project Radio to listen to chill music and make a donation that […]

5th World Water Forum and the Alternative Water Forum

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Hello, friends. This post has been on my to-do list for about five days now. My apologies in the delay providing this information to you. If you haven’t heard, the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) is underway. It is hosted every three years on behalf of the World Water Council. This year the forum is […]

OSU Israel and Palestine Trip Blog

For those of you that didn’t hear about this on Michael Campana’s great Water Wired blog: The Oregon State University Hydrophiles and GeoClub student groups are traveling to Israel and Palestine for almost two weeks. They’ll learn about water and other regional issues. Follow their adventures on their blog. The trip is led by Professor […]

Water Justice Movement Gearing up for the 5th World Water Forum

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The water justice movement is gearing up for the 5th World Water Forum to be held during World Water Week from March 16th – 22nd in Istanbul, Turkey. They will host a Counter Forum during the event to educate people about the water justice movement, the problems with privatization of water supplies, and the importance […]

Greenwashing and Water Advertisements

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Have you ever seen an advertisement for a product claiming to be sustainable?  Has an advertisement like the one below (by Nestle) ever convinced you that a product is good for the environment? Above Photo: EnviroMedia Greenwashing Index As I heard today on Think Out Loud, an advertising organization called EnviroMedia Social Marketing and the […]

13-Gallon Challenge – WRAP UP

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Well, I made it. Yesterday was the last day of my 13-Gallon Challenge. All told, this was a completely worthwhile project. I had two goals at the beginning of the challenge: 1) to better understand my daily water use habits, and 2) to understand how it feels to live on a human right allocation of […]

One Water.org

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I’m not sure if you noticed, but water journalism is becoming the next big thing. And, you know, this is really great because it will encourage more people to pay attention to world water supplies, conserve water, work on water availability technology, and, generally, just become more aware about global water issues. The University of […]

Iraq: Water and Politics in a War-Torn Country

Less than half of Iraq’s population of 29 million people have access to clean, drinkable water. According to a recent report by Oxfam, the number of civilians in Iraq without water has risen from 50 percent to 70 percent during 2003 to 2007 (the continued US occupation). Above Photo: Child cries as a woman fills […]

‘Global Water Challenge’ Competition

Ashoka’s Changemakers and Global Water Challenge have partnered to open a worldwide search for ideas and projects that, when scaled-up, have the potential to transform the provision of sanitation and water. All entries are due by Wednesday, March 26, 2008 6:00 pm EST (21:00 GMT). Currently, over 149 entries have been received from 45 countries […]

WASH-in-Schools Initiative: Campaign Launch by Water Advocates

“Wash-in-Schools” (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) is a campaign to ensure safe drinking water and sanitation facilities for schoolchildren throughout the world. This program, first introduced by UNICEF and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council at the 3rd World Water Forum in 2003, has been joined by growing list of non-profit organizations, foundations, corporations, and […]

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