Even after January’s storms, California faces a water-scarce future. A USC Dornsife economist and USC Viterbi engineer propose a way to test higher water prices as a conservation strategy without hurting low-income users.
From the communal baths of ancient Rome to the Great Stink of London and the fortuitously named Victorian sanitary engineer Thomas Crapper, we explore the strangely fascinating history of plumbing through the ages.
Water has inspired famed literary tales such as Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’ and the Bible’s great flood and launched the revolutionary art movement called Impressionism, making it as essential to art is it is to life on Earth.
L.A.’s early 20th-century “Water Wars” over access to the precious H2O needed to fuel the city’s growth included a web of corruption and lies that inspired one of the most celebrated noir movies of all time: ‘Chinatown.’
USC Dornsife scholars work around the globe to understand and solve a range of issues involving our oceans and freshwater resources.
The formula is simple, but H2O is one of the most remarkable substances in the universe.
A new, USC Dornsife-led study of more than 1,000 years of North American droughts and global conditions found that forecasting a lack of precipitation is rarely straightforward. [2½ min read]
As water supplies decline in major agricultural states, Sarah Feakins of Earth sciences explores how to generate more drought-resistant food crops.