News articles classified as Water

Stanford study predicts new limit of life at high salinity

Stanford study on microbes in extremely salty water suggests life may survive conditions previously thought to be uninhabitable. The research widens the possibilities for where life may be found throughout our solar system and shows how changes in salinity may affect life in aquatic habitats on Earth.

Stanford Law School —

Liquid asset

Fresh water markets under the eye of a public watchdog could ensure the best distribution of a dwindling resource, according to a new book by Buzz Thompson.

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability —

Jordan’s illegal market for drinking water

New research reveals a massive and accelerating transfer of water from dwindling rural groundwater sources to Jordan’s cities through an unlicensed market.

Western droughts drive emissions and costs

Switching from hydropower to fossil fuels during droughts has led to higher carbon emissions and cost 11 Western states tens of billions of dollars over the past two decades, Stanford research finds.

Stanford Engineering —

The future of wastewater

Engineer Bill Mitch explains why purifying wastewater could be the answer to the world’s freshwater shortage on this episode of The Future of Everything.

A fix for snowpack’s influence on groundwater readings

Scientists have long suspected that the weight of snow and ice in nearby mountains could throw off groundwater assessments tied to elevation changes in California’s Central Valley, but they lacked a way to quantify the effect. A new study demonstrates a solution.

A better, faster tool for saving water on farms

A new tool for designing and managing irrigation for farms advances the implementation of smart agriculture, an approach that leverages data and modern technologies to boost crop yields while conserving natural resources.

Stanford Program on Water, Health & Development —

The fresh water we take for granted

Jenna Davis on water and sanitation challenges: “A lot of the obstacles have nothing to do with technology and very little to do with money or knowledge.”

Stanford Medicine magazine —


A chat with thirsty middle schoolers inspired Anisha Patel’s decade-long quest to get kids easy access to clean water at school.