In the next 40 years, the world’s farmers need to produce more food than they managed to produce in the previous 10,000. Efforts to feed a growing and increasingly affluent global population will inevitably result in increasing demand for water and energy - at a time when worsening climate change...
ASH WITHIN REACH 50 YEARS AND BILLIONS SPENT: NEW REPORTING SHOWS UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO WATER, SANITATION, AND HYGIENE DRAWS CLOSER TO EPIC GOAL DESPITE GLOBAL PANDEMIC
Join a special session with Ambassador Mark Green featuring groundbreaking reporting on one of the most stubborn challenges in human history—universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
Over the last half century a global galaxy of projects, programs, banks, philanthropies, government departments, idea centers, utilities, service companies, research groups, and consultancies devoted itself to one objective—providing every person on Earth clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. In 2020, many of the sector’s leaders worried that the COVID-19 pandemic would sidetrack investment and slow progress. But while the signs of a potential catastrophe were apparent, the actual effects of the pandemic in delivering water and sanitation to people who needed it were not nearly as dire as anticipated.
Decades of frontline experience provided the WASH sector keen understanding of the various components of their ecosystem—finance, governance, installation, management, operations, oversight—and how each influenced the other. In essence, the WASH community developed a set of approaches that simplified the complexity of what they were after. Achieving universal access to clean water and hygiene is reachable by 2030. Universal access to sanitation could come by mid-century.
These are some of the salient findings of WASH Within Reach, a project undertaken by the Wilson Center and Circle of Blue to investigate WASH services, financing, and resiliency. In interviews with over 40 authorities on five continents, and months of research, the Wilson Center and Circle of Blue unraveled the complexity of a global sector that now spends over $20 billion a year and is on its way to achieving one of the great breakthroughs in human well-being.
Worries About Water Strongest in the South Seriousness of Water Shortages, “Very Serious,” by Country, 2020
Although people in all 27 markets surveyed tend to be at least somewhat concerned about fresh water shortages, these concerns are much more intense among those living in Southern Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. In contrast, Asian respondents tend to be the least worried about a lack of fresh water. Strong concern about water cuts across all demographic groups, with people of all ages and socio-economic status similarly worried about the issue.
Question wording: For each of the following possible global problems, please indicate if you see it as a very serious, somewhat serious, not very serious or not at all serious problem: Shortages of fresh water.
Data source: GlobeScan Radar, our 27-country, 27,000-person public opinion study on views of business, government and NGOs, issues tracking, and shifting societal expectations.
Today is World Water Day, and we have some ways for you to celebrate:
1. Read about Susan Murcott, an MIT lecturer who has dedicated her life to providing safe drinking water for all. 2. Attend J-WAFS Research for a Water Secure Future today at 12pm EST, where you can learn about all water-related research at MIT. 3. Register for upcoming MIT Water Club Events listed below!
MIT Water Club Upcoming Events:
The Working Water policy workshop series is underway! Join us this Thursday, March 25 at 6pm to learn about water and environmental justice from Caleb Rogers, City Councilman in Williamsburg, VA, and Ibrahim López-Hernández, Climate Justice Organizer at GreenRoots.
Save the date for MIT Water Night on April 22, 2021. We've now released the schedule including an interactive workshop with Artist Cindy Pease Roe and underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen will share his work and stories of photographing the deep ocean. Check out our website for more details.
In the news New research finds that climate change may not necessarily expand drylands "For years, researchers projected that drylands -- including deserts, savannas and shrublands -- will expand as the planet warms, but new research from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) challenges those prevailing views. Previous studies used atmospheric information, including rainfall and temperature, to make projections about future land conditions. The real picture is more complicated than that, said Kaighin McColl, Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and of Environmental Science and Engineering at SEAS and senior author of the paper. ... "If you want to know if the land is going to get drier, if crops are going to fail or if a forest is going to dry out, you have look at the land itself," said Alexis Berg, a research associate in McColl's lab and first author of the paper. "How much vegetation is there? Are the plants water stressed?"... "
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