Energy / Water Management

Hydraulic fracturing and U.S. water policy By: J.W. Burnett

Article Published by Global Water Forum Fracking on the Haynesville Shale, Louisiana. Photo by flickr user danielfoster437. The recent boom in the development of natural gas from shale is a game changer for U.S. domestic energy. Large domestic reserves of shale gas reduce dependency on foreign producers, as is currently the case for crude oil. … Continue reading

Low-end Technologies / Sustainable Development / Water Management

Water-hungry Indian villagers find new reservoirs of solidarity By:Mark Tran

Article published by: The Guardian Villagers on the bank of a body of water that feeds the surrounding fields, near Dungarpur, Rajasthan, February 2013. Photograph: Mark Tran for the Guardian The villages around Dungarpur town in India‘s north-western state of Rajasthan have a beguiling beauty. The hills are beginning to turn brown but the landscape … 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

Agriculture / Forestry / Sustainable Development / Water Management

The Man Who Stopped the Desert By: Janeen Madan

When Mark Dodd, an award-winning filmmaker visited Burkina Faso’s Yatenga province, he met Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer, whose life story Dodd felt compelled to share through film. Yacouba Sawadogo, a farmer in Burkina Faso, has developed an innovative planting technique that is restoring degraded land across Africa’s Sahel region. (Photo credit: Center for International … Continue reading

Agriculture / Forestry / Sustainable Development / Sustainable Development Research / Water Management

Ambani’s Mango Orchard Success in an Arid Part of India

We’ll continue to look into the reasons for success of mango orchards in an arid landscape with a BSh climatic Koppen classification. For those unfamiliar, BSh climates are characterized by very low, unreliable precipitation (<300 mm total annual precipitation), practically taking place in two to three months. Other areas around the world that have Bsh classification include western Venezuela, the northernmost peninsulas in South America, parts of Lesser … Continue reading

Low-end Technologies / Sustainable Development / Sustainable Development Research / Water Management

Ancient Maya solutions to water and food insecurity: Low technology lessons for contemporary development

Ancient Maya solutions to water and food insecurity: Low technology lessons for contemporary development. This was an article I wrote with Dr. Vernon Scarborough of University of Cincinnati. The article was recently published at UNESCO and ANU’s Global Water Forum website. The article discusses the value of rainwater collection in natural or human-made depressions in … Continue reading