Welcome to the 1st edition of Mission: Water, a magazine featuring the world’s most current water issues and how people, like you, are tackling these ever-important challenges. Our goal is to share these inspirational stories of determination, curiosity and discovery and how great advancements are being made to better understand and protect our vital water resources.
This inaugural edition covers:
Rio’s Olympic Hopeful
Visions of Copacabana beach along the Atlantic Ocean, with suntanned natives and an active night life, are typical visuals that come to mind when you think of Rio. These images are much different than the stark reality that awaits the Olympians as they travel to Brazil this summer. See what is being done to address water quality issues as the city prepares to host this summer’s Olympic Games.
Examining Coral Bleaching Events
In 2005, the U.S. lost half of its coral reefs to a massive bleaching event. Scientists are determined to keep it from happening again. Find out more about current research on coral bleaching and how scientists are gaining a better understanding of why this phenomenon is occurring.
Research on Fish Diversity in Africa
Lake Tanganyika is the second deepest lake in the world, reaching a maximum depth of 1,470 m (4.820 feet). Due to the volume and depth of this lake, low oxygen and nutrient poor conditions exist, yet the lake is able to support one of the most diverse freshwater fish communities in the world. How is this possible?
Monitoring Nepal’s Sacred Rivers
The Bagmati River is both a sacred river and a city sewer, running through Napal’s capital city of Kathmandu before heading into the mountains and over the Indian border. See how a 10-day, 100 mile research expedition along the Bagmati River proves to be a touching experience for all involved.
Citizen Scientists in the Arctic
Inuits have front row seats to a massive ecological disturbance, which is having a direct impact on their main food source. Find out how citizens are monitoring the Hudson Bay to help determine hunting routes and gain a better understanding of changes in water quality.