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"What About Water" connects water science with the stories that bring about solutions, adaptations & actions for the world's water realities. Hosted by Jay Famiglietti and presented by the Global Institute for Water Security and The Walrus Lab. Formerly known as "Let's Talk About Water".

What About Water? with Jay Famiglietti Global Institute for Water Security

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    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings

"What About Water" connects water science with the stories that bring about solutions, adaptations & actions for the world's water realities. Hosted by Jay Famiglietti and presented by the Global Institute for Water Security and The Walrus Lab. Formerly known as "Let's Talk About Water".

    Water Affects Your Pension: Cate Lamb at World Water Week

    Water Affects Your Pension: Cate Lamb at World Water Week

    Can water risk disclosure move the needle on corporate water stewardship?
    And what does that risk mean for our own retirement funds?
    In this very special episode of What About Water? - recorded on location at World Water Week - Jay sits down with Cate Lamb in Stockholm, Sweden to discuss valuing water.
    We hear how companies with high water-related risks affect our own bottom line, and how pensions hang in the balance when the value of those companies erodes in the face of climate change. 
    Cate Lamb is the Global Director of Water Security for CDP, a non-profit organization once dubbed “the most powerful Green NGO you’ve never heard of” by the Harvard Business Review.
    CDP urges large businesses to disclose their environmental risks and reduce their water footprint, using the influence of investors to catalyze change.
    In a report released just last year, the NGO found the cost of ignoring water risks to businesses could be over five times greater than paying now to address those risks.
    CDP currently has around 3,500 companies that voluntarily disclose water risks, and a group of 680 investors with $130 trillion dollars in assets pushing for that information.

    • 28 min
    Don't Mess With the Data: Virginia Burkett on Louisiana's Vanishing Coastline

    Don't Mess With the Data: Virginia Burkett on Louisiana's Vanishing Coastline

    In the first episode of our fourth season, Jay sits down with renowned scientist and IPCC author, Virginia Burkett, to talk about technology, its pitfalls and its promises for a water-secure future.
     
    Burkett is the Chief Scientist for Climate and Land Use Change at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), where she’s worked for over three decades. She is based in Louisiana and is an expert in global change and low-lying coastal zones.

    We also get an update from Jay after a busy summer and a sneak peak at the season ahead. Here is The Deutsche Welle German Documentary, which now has nearly 4 million views in English alone, and the "Water" episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that Jay mentions.
     
    If you have any ideas, questions or comments for our new ‘Ask Jay’ segment, email us at ideas@whataboutwater.org and you may well hear Jay answer your question in an upcoming episode.

    • 29 min
    Season 4 Trailer

    Season 4 Trailer

    Our planet is in crisis. When it comes to water, there are many promising solutions. But in a world full of new technologies, what innovations should we pay attention to? And will they be enough?
     
    On Season 4 of What About Water? we're diving into New Technologies, Water Realities. Host Jay Famiglietti will sit down with the experts, innovators and big-picture thinkers who are helping preserve and protect our freshwater.
     
    Each new episode, we'll look at how human-made solutions can both help and hurt us as we tackle our biggest water challenges. And we'll explore everything from ideas found in nature to digital media, data and shiny new tech. 

    • 1 min
    Can Peace and Prosperity Flow from Water?

    Can Peace and Prosperity Flow from Water?

    What happens when tensions over water reach their boiling point? In our final bonus episode of the summer season, we explore the causes of water conflicts and what we can do to stop them. We start with the Middle East, a water-scarce region where conflict brews over shared water resources. We then turn to Latin America, where migrants are spurred by climate change, and the lack of water rights in Chilé has created conflict between the government and its people.
    We revisit conversations with four renowned guests from our past episodes: EcoPeace Middle East Director Gidon Bromberg, economist Jeffrey Sachs, journalist Abrahm Lustgarten and activist Carolina Vilches. You can find their full episodes from our previous seasons here:

    S1E3 & S1E4: Water, peace and the Middle East: Part 1 & Part 2: Water, Peace and the Middle East featuring Gidon Bromberg

     
    S2E13 Towards a Better, Greener World with Jeffrey Sachs https://www.whataboutwater.org/s02e13/
     
    S2E4 The Great Climate Migration with Abrahm Lustgarten https://www.whataboutwater.org/s02e04/
     
    S3E11 Water Pipes to Water Rights: Protecting Water with Newsha Ajami and Carolina Vilches https://www.whataboutwater.org/s03e11/
     
    We’d love to hear your thoughts about our show in our What About Water Listener Survey. As a thank you, we will plant a tree through One Tree Planted for each survey our podcast listeners complete.

    • 17 min
    Engineering a New Water World

    Engineering a New Water World

    In our third bonus episode of the summer season, we look back at the innovative ways people are sourcing their freshwater, from building home water systems on the Navajo Nation to engineering a state of the art wastewater treatment facility in Orange County. We hear what improvements need to be made to America's aging water infrastructure. And we look at the damage that over-engineering has done through dams and diversions, turning our attention to nature-based solutions to help restore the broken water cycle.  

    This mini-episode features the voices of Emma Robbins, Peter Gleick, Mike Markus and Sandra Postel. You can find their full episodes from our previous seasons here:
     
    S2E1 (COVID-19 & our Water Supply) featuring Emma Robbins: https://www.whataboutwater.org/s02e01/
    S2E6 (Bide(n) Time for America’s Water Resources) featuring Peter Gleick: https://www.whataboutwater.org/s02e06/
    S3E4 (Replenishing a Broken Water Cycle) featuring Sandra Postel: https://www.whataboutwater.org/s03e04/
    S3E7 (Debunking ‘Toilet to Tap’) featuring Mike Markus: https://www.whataboutwater.org/s03e07/
    We’d love to hear your thoughts about our show in our What About Water Listener Survey. As a thank you, we will plant a tree through One Tree Planted for each survey our podcast listeners complete.

    • 16 min
    Going to Extremes: Heat, Water Scarcity and Food

    Going to Extremes: Heat, Water Scarcity and Food

    From farmer’s fields to the high arctic, from your morning cup of coffee to a glass of wine – everything we eat and drink depends on water. In the second episode of our summer mini season, we draw from our past interviews about water scarcity and its effect on our food supply.
     
    We take a look at last year’s drought and withered crops on the Canadian prairies, and how melting permafrost in the arctic threatens traditional knowledge about food from the land for the Inuit of Iqaluit. We hear how coffee farmers in Sierra Leone are cultivating the climate-resilient "Stenophylla" species to bring it to market, and how crops like coffee beans and wine grapes are sensitive indicators of climate change -- and changes coming to these industries.
    This mini-episode features the voices of Merle Massie, Reg Lowe, Aaron Davis, Daniel Sarmu, Micah Hewer and Janet Pitsiulaaq Brewster. You can find their full episodes from our previous seasons here:
     
    S3E3 (Growing Food in Dry Times: Drought in the West) featuring Merle Massie and Reg Lowe: https://www.whataboutwater.org/s03e03/
    S3E10 (Good to the Last Drop? Coffee and Climate with Aaron Davis) featuring Aaron Davis and Daniel Sarmu: https://www.whataboutwater.org/s03e10/
    S2E8 (Slippery Slopes: Canadian Recreation Meets Climate Change) featuring Micah Hewer: https://www.whataboutwater.org/s02e08/
    S3E2 (On Thin Ice: Iqaluit's Water Crisis) featuring Janet Pitsiulaaq Brewster: https://www.whataboutwater.org/s03e02/
    We’d like to hear your thoughts about our show in our What About Water Listener Survey. As a thank you, we will plant a tree through One Tree Planted for each survey our podcast listeners complete.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

findmeajobplz ,

talk about edutainment

okay, firstly i MUST shout out that opening music track. i never thought i would be getting so PUMPED to be talking about water, but that track really pulls me in.

seriously though — this podcast is a great example of edu-tainment; i’m learning so much about the current situation with our world’s water supply, but also just genuinely enjoy listening because of the host! he’s got such a welcoming, down to the earth energy and it makes me it feel like i’m just listening to a friend talk.

definitely gonna tell my friends about this, it really is such an important topic that i don’t think a lot of people think about..but i’m glad someone is leading the conversation. cheers!

ian f wren ,

Making water fun again

The ‘delightfully glum’ Jay Famiglietti and his team do a great job interviewing a diverse set of water experts - bringing optimism to otherwise dreary topics. Also has decent theme music!

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