Cordillera Blanca, Alpamayo plateau, Caraz, Peru

Tracing the white water: how vulnerable are water resources to melting glaciers?

On World Water Day 2018, a group of UK and Peruvian scientists will be visiting the glaciers of the Cordillera Blanca in Peru to build research links that will help assess the vulnerability of water resources to melting glaciers, and design adequate adaptation strategies. In this blog, Grantham Affiliate Wouter Buytaert explains why this is such a complex task.    The Nazca lines are one of Peru’s … Continue reading Tracing the white water: how vulnerable are water resources to melting glaciers?

High blood pressure: can it be caused by drinking water?

Dr Pauline Scheelbeek, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, explores the link between salty drinking water and high blood pressure. It’s a well-established fact that high salt consumption (over 5 grams a day) can lead to increased blood pressure. In western countries such as the UK, most of the salt we consume comes from (mostly processed) foods that you may eat on a daily basis, such as bread, … Continue reading High blood pressure: can it be caused by drinking water?

Sustainability with a pinch of salt

As part of our ongoing sustainability series, SSCP-DTP student Malcolm Graham explains how new research is protecting coastal groundwater from contamination. “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink” Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) The right of all humans to safe drinking water is a key focus of the Sustainable Development Goals to be agreed at COP21 in Paris this year. Groundwater currently provides the main source for … Continue reading Sustainability with a pinch of salt

Meeting global water needs: More than a pipe dream

 by Dr Karl Smith, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Every waking hour, I ingest water. Not always in its purest form, but near enough. Energy is important and right now (and rightly so), carbon is capturing headlines.  But water is fundamental to our livelihoods. The UN has designated 22 March World Water Day: “a day to celebrate water”.  And why not? Never mind that it’s essential … Continue reading Meeting global water needs: More than a pipe dream