Overview shot of natural spring in Croatia

Water underground: why protecting what’s hidden matters to our health and for the planet

As much as 97 percent of the world’s water is underground – this “groundwater” originates from rain, melting ice, and snow which has soaked into the soil and is stored in the pores and cracks between sand, rocks, and soil particles. Hidden under our feet, this source of water is unfortunately often…
Himalayan glacier with lake

World Water Week at Home

This week is World Water Week, an annual event sponsored by the Stockholm International Water Institute that is being held virtually for the first time in its history because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have attended World Water Week since its earlier days over 20 years ago and for me there is no…
Children playing in river water

Don't water down the value of water: some thoughts on World Water Day 2017

Water is not a commodity and not a mere resource - it is the very foundation of life.  As poetic as it sounds, the meaning behind this simple truth nowadays provides reasons for concern. Water crises, extreme weather events, and interstate conflict with regional consequences have consistently…

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