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Benchmarking Household Water Insecurity in Africa and India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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 statement for House Select Committee on Climate Crisis

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Daily Water Footprint

Did you know that the average person uses 5,500 liters of water a day?

Solutions for Troubled Waters

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

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

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

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

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.

ANL and NU investigate obstacles preventing clean water for all

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

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.

NCWR Supports new Collaborations with UC and BGU in ISL

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

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

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.

SAVEUR

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’

‘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, 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 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

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.