Agriculture / Climate Change / Low-end Technologies / Sustainable Development

A new study: Potential of Rainwater Harvesting in a Thirsty World: A Survey of Ancient and Traditional Rainwater Harvesting Applications

Dear Readers, My co-author Fatima Cecunjanin and I recently published a new study on the potential of rainwater harvesting. We surveyed past-to-present rainwater harvesting methods and documented the cultures that practiced them from climatically vulnerable dry-wet, semi-arid and arid regions.  Please see one of the tables that can be found in the publication below: To … Continue reading

Climate Change / Sustainable Development

Our Research on Hurricane Sandy, Early Warning Assessment and Coastal Resilience in Connecticut Featured in New Haven Register

Dear Readers, Interdisciplinary research on adaptation to changing environment of Connecticut and early warning and assessment we did with our school’s oceanographer has been featured in the New Haven Register. Please see the below article by Mark Zaretsky to read more about it: http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20131026/1-year-after-superstorm-sandy-recovery-moves-slowly-on-connecticut-shore Continue reading

Agriculture / Climate Change / Low-end Technologies / Sustainable Development / Water Management

Our Research Featured in INESAD’s Global South Development Magazine

Dear Readers, I and my research team’s project on ancient Maya water management systems in Central America was ranked at # 7 by INESAD in a news story covering 12 initiatives making a difference in food and agriculture. We want to thank INESAD staff very much for their consideration. I should also mention the names … Continue reading

Agriculture / Climate Change / Sustainable Development / Water Management

Water and Food Secuity Threatened in Himalayan River Basins By: Janak Pathak

A serious lack of reliable and consistent data severely hampers scientific knowledge about the state of Himalayan glaciers. As a result, the contribution of glacial melt to the Himalayan river basins remains uncertain. This is of grave importance because  declining water availability could threaten the food security of more than 70 million  people. There is … Continue reading

Climate Change / Forestry / Sustainable Development / Sustainable Development Research

Lessons of Deforestation & Microclimate Change: Past and Present

Climate and vegetation change in the ancient Maya landscapes is a known phenomena to scholars and scientists that have studied this civilization. Besides the non-anthropogenic regional climatic aridification that the ancient Maya went through during Late Preclassic (125-210 A.D.) and Late to Terminal Classic (800-1000 A.D.) periods, a significant change in climate and landscape change took place as a result of human-induced environmental impact in the … Continue reading