International Water Association

The compelling case for drought action

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s special report on drought contributes on several levels – perhaps not all entirely intended. The water sector knows...

A wake-up call on biodiversity

The latest edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) should provide a wake-up call about our alarming trajectory. One is certainly needed. The past 10...

The price of water is eternal vigilance

What is water worth? In one form or another, that question runs through this entire issue. The answer depends on who gets asked – including...

Embracing water’s all-too-human Legacy

I grew up fascinated by water as a powerful force of nature. It felt magic, beyond the reach of my family, country, or species. Drought or flood, water...

Learning the lessons of COVID-19

The Editorial in the previous issue focused on how the message of the importance of handwashing in helping check COVID-19 was resonating around the...

The problem with experts

The International Water Association (IWA) hosts forty-nine ‘specialist groups’ through which exceptional researchers and practitioners generate cutting edge solutions. The organisation -as demonstrated throughout this magazine – seeks out...

Why water insecurity is changing our profession

A new viral online application lets you calculate the odds that your career will be automated. It’s an unnervingly existential tool: type in ‘occupation’...

Re-plumbing the water system

With the COP25 meeting in Madrid done, the world needs as much as ever action on how to deliver real progress on climate change....

How cities translate water’s language

By James Workman ''Well-designed ancient Incan water systems may help modern Lima cope with climate change'' Buenos Aires, Lima, São Paulo, Bogotá, Caracas. Latin America is...

Why rights unlock resilience

Water security owes less to any chosen technology than to the forces behind it. Substitute ‘dams’ with ‘desalination plants,’ ‘groundwater banks,’ ‘rainwater harvesting,’ ‘water...

FEATURED STORY

A global repository for SARS-CoV-2 wastewater data

To progress the contribution of wastewater surveillance of the COVID-19 virus SARS-CoV-2, a group of international partners have established a global collaborative repository for...

NEWS

DNA test to support global atlas of freshwater life

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and NatureMetrics are to work in partnership to create a global atlas assessing the state of...