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September-October 2019

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September-October 2019

Volume: 107 Number: 5

Water transcends boundaries, cycling through land, atmosphere, rivers, and living things. This everyday substance is fundamental to biological, chemical, meteorological, and geological processes; one cannot study science without learning about its extraordinary properties. These interwoven attributes of water make the challenges it presents complicated and convoluted. The research used to problem-solve water issues is necessarily interdisciplinary. (Cover design and illustration by Barbara Aulicino.)

In This Issue

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Ethics
  • Medicine
  • Policy

Dying for a Drink

Marcus D. King

Environment Ethics Policy

Overuse, population growth, and climate change are turning water into a powerful tool for conflict in many parts of the world.

Sustaining the Last Rivers

Jeffrey J. Opperman, Sharon Baruch-Mordo, Juan Pablo Carvallo, Daniel Kammen, Joe Kiesecker, Chris Weber

Engineering Environment Policy

The renewable revolution could keep dams off the world’s remaining free-flowing rivers.

Thirsty City on a Lake

Manuel Perló Cohen, Loreta Castro-Reguera Mancera

Environment Policy

Introducing sustainability into Mexico City’s hydrological infrastructure could evade a water crisis.