Monday, March 22, 2021

 

GlobeScan Insight of the Week
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Worries About Water Strongest in the South
Seriousness of Water Shortages, “Very Serious,” by Country, 2020

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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.

Notes:
  • 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.
 
   
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Sunday, March 14, 2021

 

IT Water Newsletter - March 22, 2021

Happy World Water Day!
What's going on in the world of water? 

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 L├│pez-Hern├índez, 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.

Save the date for the MIT Water Innovation Prize final pitch night, which will take place on May 6, 2020.


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.
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"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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MIT WATER EVENTS
2020 MIT Water Innovation Prize
2021 MIT Water Night updated!
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WATER EVENTS

1. SCECon 21: Our World, Our Time, Our Voices 
2. WaterNow Alliance Virtual Summit

OPPORTUNITIES

1. Job opportunity with UGO
2. Future Frogmen
3. Apply for the GSC Sustainability Fund
4. Texas Water Trade Future of Water Intern
5. Environmental Peacebuilding - Mentorship Opportunity

6. Masters of Science in Sustainable Water Management at Tufts University
7. ESI Rapid Response Group - Open Opportunities

8. Navajo Water Project - Water is Life Fund
9. Call for Nominations for J-WAFS Fellowships for Water Solutions 2021-2022
10. Xylem Global Student Innovation Challenge 2021
11. Open position: Research Scientist to work on Constituents of Emerging Concern at the CA State Water Board
12. MIT 100K LAUNCH Competition 
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