Water Center Events
Benchmarking Household Water Insecurity in Africa and India
The world’s growing water crisis is one of the top risks facing the planet. Current estimates put as many as 4 billion people — about two-thirds of the world’s population — without the water they need for at least one month of the year.
SOIL COMPOSITIONAL CHANGES INFLUENCE MICROBIOLOGY
Collaborative study selected as Editor’s Choice for FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Northwestern and The Nature Conservancy Renew Global Research Partnership
The partnership between Northwestern and the Nature Conservancy will help develop solutions related to ecosystem conservation and climate change
Simple test could prevent fluoride-related disease
The method uses synthetic biology to detect dangerous levels of fluoride in drinking water. Northwestern University synthetic biologists developed a simple, inexpensive new test that can detect dangerous levels of fluoride in drinking water.
Anthropologist and activist Jamila Bargach talks fog harvesting at EPL
Thanks to her innovative fog collection project, anthropologist and human rights activist Jamila Bargach and her team have provided over 15 villages with direct water access in historically drought-ridden southwest Morocco.
Buffett Institute for Global Affairs awards $150,000 in support to ‘Idea Incubation Workshop’ project
The Northwestern Buffett Idea Incubation Workshop is the first in a new effort to incubate ideas and select research projects centered on finding interdisciplinary solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems. It is specifically targeting solutions for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Northwestern Postdoctoral Researcher Developing Sustainable Large River Management Tools for the World
Colin Phillips, a postdoctoral fellow in Northwestern’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a 2018 recipient of the NatureNet Fellowship from The Nature Conservancy, is developing models that could serve as management tools for river networks around the world.
Northwestern University Researchers Offer Innovative Solutions for Chicago's Growing Climate Challenge
Recently Northwestern’s Climate Change Research Group leader Daniel Horton and Irene Crisologo presented SAVEUR’s climate action plan to Evanston area residents. An audience of more than 75 people learned about their plan and why it’s critically urgent.
What Can we Learn from the Desert?
A group of Northwestern University first-year and sophomore students discovered answers to this question themselves, as they traveled to Israel with the Global Engineering Trek (GET) program.
Precision Agriculture is the only way to Sustainable Farming
Read Naty Barak’s insights about the challenges facing our food and agriculture systems and how future food security depends on “precision” and “water smart” farming
How will Chicago Weather a Changing Climate?
Join environmental scientists Daniel Horton and Aaron Packman for a lay-friendly exploration of how large cities are responding to extreme weather
Aaron Packman's written statement for House Select Committee on Climate Crisis
Read Dr. Packman’s full written statement for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
Could a Rusty Bridge Generate Electricity?
New research shows that water flowing over thin layers of rust can generate power
Urgent call for climate adaptation in the Great Lakes region
Climate Changes’s Effects pose a significant threat to the Midwest
Depth Exhibit premieres at the Michigan Science Center
This exhibit showcases vignettes (stories, images, video) of the everyday realities of water insecurity and its consequences from Bolivia, Kenya, Uganda, Brazil, and Ghana, from the perspectives of children, women, and young adults.
From materials to market
The entrepreneurs behind NanoGraf Corporation reveal how they built an international company around a Northwestern battery technology
Argonne-led Center Receives Award for Pivotal Discovery in Battery Technology
Northwestern’s partnership with Center for Electrochemical Energy Science at Argonne National Laboratory wins Ten at Ten award from Department of Energy
Researchers produce electricity by flowing water over extremely thin layers of metal
These films represent an entirely new way of generating electricity and could be used to develop new forms of sustainable power production.
Our Daily Water Footprint
Did you know that the average person uses 5,500 liters of water a day?
Solutions for Troubled Waters
A new report by Midwestern and Canadian scientists and experts details how climate change could affect the Great Lakes and threaten public health, fish and wildlife, water quality, and the regional economy.
Finding Solutions to Drought and Water Insecurity in the Middle East
Solutions to water scarcity often involve an interplay of science, engineering, anthropology, and economics, not to mention politics. That’s why Northwestern University convened scholars for the Fourth Annual Symposium on Water in Israel and the Middle East: Drought, Insecurity, and Conflict.
Northwestern to host fourth annual Symposium on Water in Israel and the Middle East
The Symposium on Water in Israel and the Middle East is returning to Northwestern University for its fourth year on May 6. The symposium will focus on water-scarce areas that impact up to 4 billion people each year.
Predicting the Flow of Microplastics Through Waterways
Taking a multidisciplinary approach to plastics, the program focuses on three intersecting research areas: materials and product innovation; air, land and water ecosystem dynamics; and public health impacts. Packman’s research centers primarily around plastics in water ecosystems.
New report warns of dangers to Great Lakes health and economy from climate change
A new report provides an updated and detailed picture for how climate change is affecting this crucial source of freshwater and, therefore, threatening public health, infrastructure, fish and wildlife, and the regional economy.
Argonne addresses obstacles to clean water for all
Dozens of Argonne researchers are helping to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems — the availability of clean water.
A Toxic Crisis in America’s Coal Country
In the shadow of some of America’s most controversial coal mines, where companies use huge amounts of explosives to blow the tops off mountains, isolated communities say their water has been poisoned. Now, they must decide if they will fight back against an industry they have relied upon for generations.
Northwestern’s Center for Water Research Supports New Collaborations with the University of Chicago, Ben-Gurion University in Israel
Seven proposals for innovative water research will collectively receive more than $700,000 in new funding from the three institutions.
A World Without Water
How insecure is the world’s water supply? Faculty in the NU Center for Water Research want to know.
Northwestern Students Explore Water Technology in Israel
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Global Engineering Trek (GET) to Germany, the GET Water Israel trip gave 12 students the opportunity to travel across the desert country studying ancient and modern water technology, infrastructure, and innovation.
Systems Approaches for Vulnerable Evaluation and Urban Resilience (SAVEUR)
SAVEUR will combine natural science, social science, data science and engineering to not only more accurately predict weather events such as heat waves, air quality and flooding, but also assess vulnerabilities within neighborhoods and cities and propose sustainable, adaptive infrastructure changes.
‘Flint water was not an anomaly’
Water insecurity is a reality for vulnerable households everywhere, from Flint, Michigan, to São Paulo, Brazil — and from the Texas-Mexico border colonias to Cape Town, South Africa.
Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world
Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers. Is it too late?
‘A World Without’: Global Freshwater Shortage and Cape Town’s “Day Zero” – with Dr. Aaron Packman
A harsh drought may force South Africa’s showcase city of Cape Town to turn off most of its taps, as the day that the city runs out of water, ominously known as “Day Zero”, moves ever closer for the nearly 4 million residents.
Laos dam collapse: Many feared dead as floods hit villages
At least 20 people have been killed and more than 100 are missing in flooding following the collapse of an under-construction dam in south-east Laos.