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How Covid-19 could change international food trade and impact water resources

How Covid-19 could change international food trade and impact water resources

By Carole Dalin The coronavirus outbreak is a global shock that has affected labour supply, productivity and aggregate demand around the world. However, less is known about what impact this shock will have on global water resources.         Disruptions of global food systems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are, at least for now, more linked with the supply chain than with food production or food s ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Geoethics – from an ethics of exhaustion to one of abundance

Geoethics – from an ethics of exhaustion to one of abundance

As this year’s pandemic spreads through Brazil, our own Bárbara Zambelli notices a positive shift in the natural environment. In this article, she wonders, what if we shift from an ethics of exhaustion, to one of abundance? This, she argues, is what geoethics is about. [Editor’s note: This post reflects Bárbara’s personal opinions. These opinions may not reflect official policy positions of Geolog ...[Read More]

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Calling on hydrologists to help each other with emergency remote teaching

Calling on hydrologists to help each other with emergency remote teaching

By Tom Gleeson, Adam Ward, Anne Jefferson, and Skuyler Herzog Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are in the same situation: all of a sudden ‘pivoting’ to online teaching, which is probably better called ‘emergency remote teaching’ since few of us have the background, training, and resources to purposefully develop online courses. Fortunately, this response has also catalyzed the open sharing ...[Read More]

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Should the pandemic change what we ‘do’ as sustainability scientists?

Should the pandemic change what we ‘do’ as sustainability scientists?

By: Viviana Re and Tom Gleeson he world will likely never be the same again after the covid-19 pandemic – too much has changed for us personally, socially and culturally. The pandemic is a terrible tragedy that continues to devastate lives and economies while ironically also bearing the possibility of being a much needed global sustainability reset. So as applied scientists focused on sustai ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Environmental Symphonies

Environmental Symphonies

Unlike the more typical content, this blog post does not consider our earth’s environment as a challenge to overcome, or a risk, but guides us in using its landscape as a mental resource. Join Cecilia in her reflections on the landscape of Mount Fuji and let her help you to access the wonders of nature indoors. Take a moment to think about a piece of artwork that speaks to you. A piece that ...[Read More]

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Groundwater and climate change revisited: informing adaptation in a warming world

Groundwater and climate change revisited: informing adaptation in a warming world

Recent research has identified the natural resilience of groundwater to climate change and our tendency to deplete this invaluable resource. It’s time we understood, valued, and governed groundwater as the vital adaptation to climate change that it is. roundwater flowing within the geology beneath our feet is the world’s largest liquid store of freshwater. Its volume in most countries in Afr ...[Read More]

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Re-thinking watersheds from the bottom up

Re-thinking watersheds from the bottom up

n a recent commentary published in Water Resources Research, a group of us asked the question: “Where is the bottom of a watershed?” Discussions around the role of deeper groundwater in the hydrologic cycle within this group were triggered by a lecture that Jennifer McIntosh delivered at the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security in 2018. The discussions around this lectu ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Building trust through effective science communication

Building trust through effective science communication

Barbara shares ideas on effective science communication. She explains why we should be interested, based on her own observations of emerging movements such as Flat Earthers and climate change deniers in the US and Brazil. How can we build trust in science? I would like to make an invitation to all my fellow scientists. Let’s make our research accessible! Use social media, Instagram, YouTube, Twitt ...[Read More]

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underground social solidarity: our #PandemicPlaylist

underground social solidarity: our #PandemicPlaylist

In our last post, the WaterUnderground community shared our roses, buds, and thorns of our current situations amid the coronavirus pandemic and a picture of our #StayAtHomeAndStaySafe view. As promised, in this post we’re sharing the next installment of this solidarity-building exercise of ours: our ‘pandemic playlist’. Each of the contributors from last post have provided a song ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

How can we emerge into a better world? How Geology can ease your mind. That and more in Jesse Zondervan’s start-of-2020 #GfGDpicks #SciComm

How can we emerge into a better world? How Geology can ease your mind. That and more in Jesse Zondervan’s start-of-2020 #GfGDpicks #SciComm

Each month, Jesse Zondervan picks his favourite posts from geoscience and development blogs/news which cover the geology for global development interest. Here’s a round-up of Jesse’s favourite selections for the first three months of 2020: [Editor’s note: This post reflects Jesse’s personal opinions. These opinions may not reflect official policy positions of Geology for Global Development.] For m ...[Read More]