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On September 18, 2017, Dr. Aaron Wolf was a featured guest speaker for Texas A&M University’s Water Security Initiative. Dr. Wolf, a renowned water expert, also serves as department chair and professor within the University of Oregon’s Department of Geosciences.   Dr.W...

In a speech at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. yesterday, the presumptive front runner in the Mexican Presidential election (slated for July 2018), Andrés Manuel López Obrador, laid out his plans for Mexico if he is elected. While many of the goals are noble--fig...

Although states suing each other over cross-boundary water pollution is nothing new, it is somewhat more novel to have a city sue an international body. This may soon be the case, as Imperial Beach, CA has threatened to sue the International Boundary and Water Commissi...

It has been nearly a year and a half since President Obama declared a state of
emergency in Flint, Michigan. The water crisis made global headlines, and brought much needed attention to water security issues. Flint highlighted how devastating failing infrastructure and...

Two recently published studies independently conducted concluded that the Earth's temperature will rise by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in the next century, even with a rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and the adoption of mitigation strategies....

As Flint’s water crisis seems to be finally dwindling down with lead levels below the federal safety standard for the past year, five of its water resource sites will be closing next month. Residents may soon be able to turn on their taps and receive drinkable water wi...

Water shortages are often considered a common challenge for developing countries.  But this past week has been an example of just how critical global water security is becoming for all nations around the world.

In Italy, Rome is in a desperate situation, facing extreme...

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on July 18th that it will increase its monitoring of state drinking water programs to ensure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act . Last year, nineteen percent of public water systems (PWSs) were reported by th...

Over a third of Earth’s largest aquifers are “stressed,” or being utilized unsustainably based on a 2015 study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites. An aquifer is...

Sometimes human impacts on our environment and natural resources manifest
themselves in strange ways. For years, we have been warned of the dangers associated with consuming certain species of fish and shellfish, especially those fish sourced from contaminated waters....

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Thoughts on Aaron Wolf’s, Professor of Geosciences at Oregon State University Remarks at Texas A&M

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