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Easy Answers for Complex Problems

Once people have access to a well and a toilet their lives improve drastically, especially so for women. In Malawi women and girls are typically responsible for bringing water to the household, a task that can sometimes take an hour per trip, for as many as 10 trips each day. Many women make these trips in the dark and are subject to sexual harassment and rape. They typically spend so much time finding water that many women are unable to spend much time with their families and as they grow older, many girls no longer have time to go to school.

Water - A New Normal?

There may always be water flowing in California, but "normal" is definitely in flux and we can't control the weather. Before we construct massive new water delivery systems that encourage waste and consume large amounts of energy, perhaps we should consider adjusting our expectations about what can realistically be grown, when and where.

Frack or Fiction: A Gasland Review

Filmmaker Josh Fox interviewed families whose drinking water wells had gone bad after fracking began on or near their land. Their water is now discolored, foul-smelling and in many cases flammable. For the most part, the drilling companies claim no responsibility, although many have settled claims with victims.

Pro vs. Con: What the Frack?

Did you think "Drill, baby, drill," would go away? Not quite. "Drill, baby, drill" continues to sweep the nation, but in this case it's for a smaller profile fossil fuel - natural gas.

Our Heroes: Kristine Uhlman of the University of Arizona

Kristine Uhlman is a nationally recognized hydrogeologist specializing in aquifer characterization, environmental site remediation, water resource management and protection, compliance and groundwater modeling. Kristine also does water outreach and education. Once upon a time, she wanted to be a Lutheran pastor until a geology course changed her life - and her life story.

Our Heroes: Michael E. ''Aquadoc'' Campana

Michael E. "Aquadoc" Campana's story is a testament to the fact that at times something can be found unexpectedly--like a career in hydrogeology. Dr. Campana is a Professor of Geosciences at Oregon State Univ., the president of a professional water resources association and a prolific blogger.

Are We Fracking With the Water-Energy Nexus?

What will it take to convince the federal government that water and energy are tightly intertwined...and therefore their respective planning and policy must be closely linked?

Farming and Fracking Don’t Mix: A Farmer Speaks Out

The debate raging around fracking is very familiar to Greg Swartz: Fracking offers a potential economic boost for landowners, but carries with it potential health and safety hazards and risk of severe environmental degradation.

NY Times Readers React to Fracking Series

The NYTimes' Drilling Down series has garnered great interest and praise. In response to their series, the Times recently published several letters-to-the-editor including a letter from one of our bloggers.

A Fracking First: Texas Leads the Way on Disclosure

This month, a funny thing happened in Texas, a state better known for its high profile, politically-charged feuds with the EPA. Texas's state legislature was the first in the U.S. to pass comprehensive chemical disclosure law for fracking.

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