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Tree Rings Are Evidence of the Megadrought—and Our Doom

Stephen E. Nash , June 2nd, 2022

I love trees. I also love dendrochronology—literally, “the study of tree time.” This science, which uses data derived from tree growth rings, provides scientists with a wealth of…


Hard Water

Jason Vasser-Elong , March 21st, 2022

I. That cloud hovering looks like it came all the way from Ukraine, sadness has darkened our skyline. The rain is hail shattering the landscape into pieces of…


Surfing in Color

Traben Pleasant , November 12th, 2021

“Surfing in Color” is part of the collection Lead Me to Life: Voices of the African Diaspora. Read the introduction to the collection here. Floating, my gaze and…


Adapt or Abandon? Hard Choices in the Himalayas

T.V. Padma , October 27th, 2021

The Loba tribespeople living in the village of Dhe in Nepal are increasingly abandoning their homes as climate change transforms the landscape. Taylor Weidman/LightRocket/Getty Images On …


Making the Invisible Seen: The Infrastructure of Modern Groundwater Governmentality in Taiwan

Ho Chun-Yi , September 7th, 2021

In 2009, the Taiwan High Speed Railway Company (THSR) claimed that severe land subsidence in Changhua and Yunlin counties was compromising and damaging the structural integrity of the…


What Do Goats and Wars Have to Do With Glacier Loss?

Karine Gagné , August 3rd, 2021

A local guide stands near Shali Kangri glacier in the Ladakh region of the Indian Himalayas. Hélène Lapierre-Messier For scientists, the layers of ice that make up glaciers…


And You Watch as We Make Woodwater Again

Justin D. Wright , June 3rd, 2021

[no-caption] Arterra/Universal Images Group/Getty Images and you wonder how we remember our culture of traumatization our body beings tied to a land we were told was not ours…


How to Survive Climate Change in the India-Bangladesh Borderlands

Yasaswini Sampathkumar , May 27th, 2021

Homes along a river in the Sundarbans face a concrete embankment that protects land on the opposite side from rising waters. Megnaa Mehtta The Sundarbans is a region…


Ripple effects of global warming and climate change on American public health disparities

Soham Govande , May 3rd, 2021

Climate change is one of humanity’s most pressing obstacles this century. With longer summers and shortening coastlines, environmental changes are well-documented by scientists. However, environmenta…

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Indigenous Water Ontologies, Plurilegal Encounters and Interlegal Translation

Lieselotte Viaene , April 19th, 2021

Lieselotte Viaene (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) will talk about “Indigenous water ontologies, plurilegal encounters and interlegal translation: some reflections from the field”. Andrea Ballestero…


The Struggles of a “River People” in Assam

Nimisha Thakur , April 14th, 2021

A member of the Mising, a tribal, Indigenous community in Assam, India, explains how erosion displaced people along the banks of the Brahmaputra River. Nimisha Thakur One night…


Arrival Waters

Nathaniel Tarn , March 18th, 2021

[no-caption] Traumlichtfabrik/Getty Images I am about 70 years away from the experience that led to this poem and about 50 years away from anthropology. Some 20 years ago…


How Plants Become Bits: The Politics of Harmful Algal Bloom Mitigation in Lake Erie

Gebby Keny , February 23rd, 2021

The Power of One While seated at my kitchen table in my apartment in Columbus, OH, the site of my dissertation fieldwork, I attended an Ohio Agribusiness conference…


A Future History of Water: An Interview with Andrea Ballestero

colinhoag , October 13th, 2020

A Future History of Water By Andrea Ballestero, Rice University 248pp. Durham, NC: Duke University Press § Colin Hoag spoke with Prof. Andrea Ballestero about her recent book…


Atmospheric Failure

Chakad Ojani , September 28th, 2020

Fog catchers (atrapanieblas) are fairly simple constructions. They consist of large plastic or nylon nets stretched between two vertically positioned poles, perpendicular to the direction of the incom…


Gifting Water in a Climate-Impacted Megacity

Nazli Ozkan , July 27th, 2020

One hot summer afternoon in Ezbet Khariallah in June of 2018, I take a long slow drink out of an olla-style charitable water fountain, or sabil. The water…

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A Nepalese Region Reclaims Its Holy Water

Madison Wrobley , July 14th, 2020

The Budhi Gandaki River, shown here downstream from Nubri Valley, rushes with icy turquoise water. Madison Wrobley “I’ve been told this is the longest suspended water system in…


Searching for the Sources of Water Scarcity

Yasaswini Sampathkumar , May 13th, 2020

Residents in Mumbai collect water at a community tank. Kuni Takahashi/Getty Images Nikhil Anand, an environmental and urban anthropologist, grew up in Mumbai, India. In 2007, after studyi…


Crisis Redux, Viral Uncertainty, and Militarized Care: Coronavirus in the Aftermath of Bolivia’s Uncertain Coup

Caitlyn Dye , April 23rd, 2020

Este contenido está disponible en español aquí. Editor’s note: This post is the second in our five-part series “COVID-19: Views from the Field.” Click here to read an…


Bangkok’s New City of Walls

Chelsea Horton , November 15th, 2019

In a city famous for its relaxed attitude to living with water, climatic disjuncture has prompted citizenship demands for ecological security. In October 2011, a massive pulse of…

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The Knot of Ecological Time: An Outlet, an Election, and an Irrigation Office

colinhoag , November 12th, 2019

By Maira Hayat, Stanford University § In 2015, local elections were held in Pakistan, ten years after the previous ones in 2005 during General Pervez Musharraf’s military rule….


Book Review: A Future History of Water by Andrea Ballestero

Rose Deller , November 6th, 2019

In A Future History of Water, Andrea Ballestero explores the conflict between water as a human right and water as an economic good through ethnographic fieldwork undertaken in Costa Rica…

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Amazing triple set of resources on Indigenous waters: from Standing Rock to Australia (book + 2 special issues)

jeremy schmidt , September 20th, 2019

There are three recent (and really good) resources that have come out on Indigenous waters in the past several weeks: a book and two special issues, each below…

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anthropology of environments: what I learned from the horseshoe crabs

zoetodd , September 6th, 2019

Long Island sunset (winter 2019) “Would you believe me now If I told you I got caught up in a wave? Almost gave it away Would you hear…