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As Water Supplies Wane, What's Next?

By Kara Miller   |   Saturday, June 23, 2012
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An irrigation canal is seen in Arizona's Salt River Valley. Some experts are concerned that parts of the American southwest are at risk for water shortages. (gem 66 via flickr)

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A girl drinks from a tap in Rwanda. (jon gos/flickr)

We look at the increasing scarcity of water.

As the world’s population explodes, from 7 billion to 10 billion, will violence erupt over water the way it has over other natural resources, like gold, oil and diamonds?

Who will control water? And how much will it cost to access?


  • William Moomaw, director, Center for International Environmental and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

  • Shafiqul Islam, director of the Water Diplomacy Initiative; professor, Tufts School of Engineering

  • Lisa Sorgini Marchewka, vice president, Oasys Water

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By WGBH News   |   Friday, May 25, 2012
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MIT Aerospace Center Could Save Hanscom Jobs

By Sarah Birnbaum   |   Sunday, April 22, 2012
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April 22, 2012

BOSTON — Hanscom Air Force base is fighting for its survival. Deep budget cuts announced earlier this year could mean the loss of hundreds of jobs there. And now the Pentagon has announced plans to close some of its bases around the country — and Hanscom could be on the list.
But salvation could be coming from Cambridge. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced plans to build a $450 million research laboratory at Hanscom. It would design small electronic parts for use in emerging aerospace, communication and missile technologies.
Marty Jones of the agency Mass Development is a part of a state task force that’s trying to position the Massachusetts bases in a positive light to prevent closures. She said that MIT's planned project will protect Hanscom from additional cuts.
"I think everyone understands technology is important today," she said. "And having a facility that is really cutting-edge and innovative should be something that's important when they're looking at which installations to close."
MIT already does a lot of business at Hanscom. According to the Boston Globe, about 3,200 MIT employees and 500 private contractors work at Hanscom — and the university is among the base’s biggest tenants. The research facility is expected to win approval in Washington.

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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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