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Rotterdam is increasingly threatened by climate change and the rising water levels. Instead of building barriers, they are choosing to work with the water and help it flow through the 'Room for the River' project and other innovations.

The New York Times

Michael Kimmelman

June 15, 2017

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Over the last seven years, Nepal's electricity use has remained under the control of the Nepal Electrical Authority (NEA), a monopoly that has been illegally supplying electricity to certain industries 24/7 leaving the public in darkness during blackout hours. Due to the ingenuity of Kul Man Ghising, the electricity has been redistributed and can be utilized for up to 20 hours per day in consistent and publicly known time blocks. It is possible that in the coming years, 24 hours of electricity a day will be available to all in Nepal.

Christian Science Monitor

Bikash Sangraula

January 16, 2017

Kathmandu, Nepal

Raton, a town once surrounded by eight coal mines, now has a main street of boarded-up buildings. There is reason for optimism as the town diversifies its local economy, betting on "a mix of small manufacturing businesses, health care and specialty services, and hospitality for travelers" to endure the sudden decline in mining revenue. Its calculated revitalization may hold lessons for other towns.

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Staci Matlock

November 24, 2016

Raton, New Mexico, United States

Even though many natural parks are in close proximity to New York City’s metropolitan hub, many of them are inaccessible and overlooked areas for recreation and sport. New conservation groups, including the Natural Areas Conservancy and the Bronx River Alliance, have worked to restore trails, tour opportunities, and protection of the natural geography. After four years, conservancy efforts have benefited millions of New Yorkers’ mental and physical health.

The New York Times

Winnie Hu

August 11, 2016

New York, New York, United States

Forty-five miles west of Flint, Lansing is nearly done replacing all of its lead pipes. Here's how the midsize state capital achieved a feat few other cities have managed.

Next City

Anna Clark

August 8, 2016

Lansing, Michigan, United States

When it comes to green infrastructure, Detroit's got plenty of parcels to work with. A look at their new plans to turn unused land into stormwater sponges.


Jessica Leigh Hester

June 4, 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

One of the many challenges for collaborations between banks, credit institutions, and environmental nonprofits is the lack of a common language or framework. New water-risk-demonstration tools, however, serve as important communication bridges.

Conservation Finance Network

Lizzie Marsters

February 8, 2016

United States

In Australia, what came to be known as the Big Dry dragged on for 13 punishing years. By the time the rains finally returned in 2010, the country had utterly changed in ways that California — with a similar landscape and economy, struggling to cope after four years of its own epic drought — could learn from.

San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

September 25, 2015

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Farmers in California increasingly face water shortages. To help solve the problem, some are looking to Australia, where a national water market has provided an economic solution. By buying and selling water rights, farmers have incentives to reduce consumption.


Dan Charles

August 19, 2015

California, United States

Two cities in California are facing increasing threat of drought. In addition to raising the basic cost of water, the heaviest users of water pay more for the water they consume.

The New York Times

Nelson Schwartz

May 7, 2015

Fresno, California, United States

Population growth, climate change, and droughts are factors that have depleted the world’s freshwater resources. Scientists around the world have experimented with desalination of salt water to increase the supply the drinking water and have achieved positive results. In 2015, more countries and cities in the world look to provide desalination, including California’s $1 billion effort to build a plant for San Diego.


Brian Bienkowski

April 13, 2015

San Diego, California, United States

LOS ANGELES is the nation’s water archvillain, according to public perception, notorious for its usurpation of water hundreds of miles away to slake the thirst of its ever-expanding population. Recently, however, Los Angeles has reduced its reliance on outside sources of water - it has become, of all things, a leader in sustainable water management, a pioneer in big-city use of cost-effective, environmentally beneficial water conservation, collection and reuse technologies.

The New York Times

Jacques Leslie

December 6, 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

After drought hit Australia in the early 2000s, city officials had to start thinking seriously about ways to conserve and creatively store their water. External tanks became the solution, storing rain runoff to create an available source of water for Melbourne residents.

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

November 16, 2014

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Learning lessons from failed past attempts, the Southwestern United States begins to plan water preservation projects.

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

November 16, 2014

Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, United States

Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

National Geographic

Peyton Fleming

August 6, 2014

Santa Cruz, California, United States

New water management technology implemented along the Columbia has significantly helped the fish population - specifically salmon - return to healthy numbers and has restored much of the community and industry that revolves around the river, including for native peoples.

The Seattle Times

Lynda V. Mapes

August 2, 2014

Brewster, Washington, United States

While California is experiencing its worst drought in history, The World Bank estimates that water systems worldwide have real losses (leakages) of 8.6 trillion gallons per year, about half of that in developing countries. A new leak detection system aims to save 10 billion gallons of water, 7 million gallons of diesel, and 33 gigawatts of electricity over 10 years.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

July 10, 2014

Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

In just the next couple of decades, the World Bank says, farmers across Africa could lose more than half their cropland to drought and heat - the issue is considered so pressing that, a few years ago, Malawi's Department of Meteorological Services added "Climate Change" to its name. A new aid group group now works with farmers in more than 60 villages — with plans to expand — helping them become more resilient to a changing climate.


Jennifer Ludden

January 1, 2014

Chikwawa, Southern Region, Malawi

Water:Charity assumed that money and celebrity exposure would be able to solve the world’s access-to-clean-water crisis. But this approach often led to more abandoned water pumps. Charities – and journalists who cover them – are now working to concentrate on making their solutions sustainable.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

August 21, 2013

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Water pumps often break and no one locally has the skill or parts to fix them. Two columns on Water Aid’s program in India to train women to be handpump mechanics.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

December 13, 2011

Oklahoma, United States

Two columns on water purification projects in Kenya and Rwanda that have found unusual ways to make a profit – and so stay in business – without charging their (very poor) customers.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

November 15, 2010


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