2011 News


2011 News

Richard Vogel: A Conversation

A Conversation with Richard M. Vogel

"A professor of civil and environmental engineering, Richard M. Vogel has been working at Tufts University since 1984. And while his primary expertise is in the areas of water resource engineering and hydrology -- he's also the director of his school's interdisciplinary program in water systems and science -- Vogel spends a fair amount of time thinking about and calculating the likelihood of earthquakes, landslides, bird extinctions, and even near-Earth asteroid collisions."

"Here, Vogel discusses what it is that people don't understand about interdisciplinary education and research; how the idea that the environment matters as much as human needs, which was first advanced in South Africa, is having enormous repercussions in the water world; and why urbanization as a trend is having a much greater negative impact on our limited water resources than climate change."

Is Clean Water the New Oil?

"Bhaskar Chakravorti: Access to the sources of water yields immense economic and political power. I think it is not an understatement to say that the availability of clean water is at the intersection of global business demographics, geopolitics, technology trends. It is essential to survival. Worldwide demand for it is growing, many sources of water are drying up and there isn’t a clear strategy for how manage the supply. Are we getting to the point where clean water is the new oil? "

"Richard Vogel: It’s a compelling question, because there are more similarities than there are differences. There are differences, but the similarities are profound, and they predominate."

Senior Associate Dean Bhaskar Chakravorti interviews Professor Richard Vogel, Chair of WSSS, on the "water gap".

Hard to Swallow

"My suburban town’s annual report on water quality arrives each spring in a handsomely printed brochure on nice paper. The most recent report (2010) assures me that what comes out of my tap day after day is in perfect compliance with all state and federal regulations, and is in fact a source of great continuing local pride, but—rocket fuel?"

"There it is, halfway down the list of local contaminants: ammonium perchlorate, the oxidizing agent in solid rocket fuel, showing up in the test sample at 0.22 parts per billion, just enough to get me up and out of bed in the morning."

"The story of how this foreign substance invades every glass of water I drink at home opens into a wider, ever more dispiriting tale of public drinking water, and with it the public health, gone bad."

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From the Atlantic, November 24, 2011

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From the MIB Ten Questions series, October 2011

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From Tufts Now, September 27, 2011

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