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Welcome to the week.

Anyone see/going to see the solar eclipse today? If you want more space stuff, check out Friday’s guest essay by space reporter Swapna Krishna!

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This week:

  • 🌴Slowing deforestation in the Amazon

  • 🩺Palliative care

  • 🌊Water levels in the Panama Canal

  • 🌐 Net neutrality

  • And more

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John Green is the Ultimate TB Fighter

New Shit Giver Alastair wants to help solve “the loneliness epidemic - both for adults and for the youth, while we can.“

Community is everything. Check out the resources below to take action on mental health. Let’s go

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What have we learned from millennia of water insecurity, of climate changes and disasters, of building along freshwater ways and the ocean, that we can apply today?

That's today's big question, and my guest is Dr. Amber Wutich.

Dr. Wutich is an ASU President's Professor, Director of the Center for Global Health, and 2023 MacArthur Fellow.

She's an expert on water insecurity and directs the Global Ethnohydrology Study, a cross-cultural study of water knowledge and management in over 20 countries.

Dr. Wutich’s two decades of community-based field work explore how people respond individually and collectively to extremely water-scarce conditions. She leads the NSF Action for Water Equity, a participatory convergence study that develops collaborative water solutions with water-insecure U.S. communities. Her teaching has been recognized with many awards, including the Carnegie Case Arizona Professor of the Year.

As maybe the most important thing that neither you nor I can live without, water is both becoming more scarce in Central America, Northern India, Syria, and other places, and more prevalent through sea level rise, flooding and storms where we're not ready for it.

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