13 Interesting Talks About Water

by admin on May 12, 2014

The following talks provide insights into important water issues including ideas for addressing the challenges of providing freshwater for the rapidly growing global population.

rob-harmonHow the Market Can Keep Streams Flowing Rob Harmon
Rob Harman explains how streams are drying up and how incentives can effectively encourage water rights holders to conserve water. (8:46)

susan-mackayA DNA Sized Solution for the Water Crisis Susan MacKay
Dr. Susan MacKay discusses using DNA to create DNA sized holes in a ceramic filter to efficiently purify water. (7:35)

angela-morelliThe Global Water Footprint of Humanity Angela Morelli
Angela Morelli examines how to measure the water footprint of the growing global population including the water required to produce food and goods. (18:21)

anupam-mishraThe Ancient Ingenuity of Water Harvesting Anupam Mishra
In this TED talk, Anupam Mishra describes how people engineered structures to collect freshwater in the driest areas of India in ancient times. (18:40)

peter-gleickThe Real Cost of Water We Use Peter Gleick
In this talk at Stanford, Peter Gleick explains the challenges and issues the world faces with freshwater access and supply and describes the idea of peak water. (1:05:30)

peter-vikeslandNanotechnology Will Revolutionize Water Supply Sustainability Peter Vikesland
Peter Vikesland from Virginia Tech discusses the opportunity for using nanotechnology to detect and remove contaminants in water. (14:40)

robert-glennonAmerica’s Water Crisis Robert Glennon
Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, speaks on the issues facing the United States in managing freshwater supplies while the population grows. (1:09:45)

Alexander ZehnderWhere the Water Flows Alexander J.B. (Sasha) Zehnder
In this lecture at Stanford University, Dr. Alexander J.B. (Sasha) Zehnder discusses the global water demand for food production and the challenges of providing adequate water to meet the growing demand.

maude-barlowThe Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow, the chair of the board of Food & Water Watch, discusses the shrinking freshwater supplies around the world and ideas for achieving a water-secure world. (54:18)

michael-pritchardHow to Make Filthy Water Drinkable Michael Pritchard
In this TED talk Michael Pritchard explains how dirty water can be made drinkable with portable filters. (10:04)

scott-harrisonScott Harrison, Founder & CEO, Charity:Water Shares his Story
Scott Harrison explains the harsh conditions many in the world face when freshwater access is lacking and how he started Charity: Water to help address the global water crisis. (47:38)

asit-biswasFuture of the World’s Water Asit K. Biswas
Dr. Asit K. Biswas argues that there is enough water to support the world’s growing population if it is managed effectively. (1:16:07)

anders-nilssonWater: The Strangest Liquid Anders Nilsson
Professor Anders Nilsson of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory discusses some of the mysterious properties of water that are still not fully understood.

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