Author Archives | Jay Famiglietti

H2O: The Molecule That Made Us

A 3-hour series from WGBH Boston that premiered on PBS on Earth Day. April 22, 2020. The film dramatically reveals how water underpins every aspect of our existence. Segments from across the planet, intimate documentary and natural history cinematography combine to uncover dramatic discoveries and compelling characters and deliver important stories about this mysterious molecule.  […]

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Let’s Talk About Water

How does a scientist who studies water by day sleep at night? Not well. As drought and flooding get more extreme, the head of the Global Institute for Water Security is looking for answers from around the world. Join host Jay Famiglietti as he and his colleagues meet people tackling our world’s water woes. Presented […]

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Freakonomics Radio Live: Long-Term Thinking in a Start-Up Town

Recorded live in San Francisco at the Sydney Goldstein Theater, May 16, 2019. Guests include the keeper of a 10,000-year clock, the co-founder of Lyft, a pioneer in male birth control, a specialist in water security, and a psychology professor who is also a puppy. With host Stephen J. Dubner, co-host Angela Duckworth, fact-checker Mike […]

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Trend Magazine: A Map of the Future of Water

The availability of fresh water is rapidly changing all over the world, creating a tenuous future that requires attention from policymakers and the public. Read the rest of the artrice here, and view the entire, water-themed issue here.

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LA Times Op-Ed: Earth’s Dismal Water Future, Mapped

  Satellite data and images are provocative, even disturbing. They confront us with a global view that can be at once breathtaking, like a piece of art, and yet, in this era of rapidly changing climate, they paint a picture of the demise of the environment. How and if we will respond to what we […]

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Nature: Emerging Trends in Global Freshwater Availability

Freshwater availability is changing worldwide. Here we quantify 34 trends in terrestrial water storage observed by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites during 2002–2016 and categorize their drivers as natural interannual variability, unsustainable groundwater consumption, climate change or combinations thereof.. This observation-based assessment of how the world’s water landscape is responding to human […]

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Real Time with Bill Maher: When in Drought

Bill speaks with UC Irvine professor and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Water Scientist Jay Famiglietti about the severe drought affecting the state of California. March 27, 2015 On Overtime Overseas and taking the SoCal Public Radio drought quiz at the after party with actor Zachary Quinto Plus a web exclusive NewRule: The Evaporation Proclamation […]

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Last Call at the Oasis

NY Times Review: When There Really Is Not a Drop to Drink. ‘Last Call at the Oasis,’ A Documentary About Water Supplies. By A. O. Scott. Jay Famiglietti, one of a handful of expert witnesses in Jessica Yu’s “Last Call at the Oasis,” is a thoughtful scientist with an engaging manner who specializes in water. […]

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60 Minutes: Water

Lesley Stahl reports on the depletion of crucial groundwater across the globe — with a focus on California — and our work with NASA GRACE mission that is revealing just how serious the situation is. Stream the episode here. Originally broadcast November 16, 2014, it was re-run on May 31, 2015 and updated on February […]

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