Kaye is both a scientist and a journalist, helping to drive Circle of Blue’s reporting with data and research. She holds an MS in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University. She does the GIS work for the team, supports stories with data, and creates visualizations and infographics. She has worked on policy issues for multiple environmental nonprofits, […]
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Circle of Blue data reporter Kaye LaFond describes her experience as a fellow at the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources’ Lake Superior Institute.
Reporter Kaye LaFond breaks down the newest IPCC report, and IPCC reports in general.
The drinking water industry says aging infrastructure is its top challenge. Can AI help?
Better technology is helping U.S. households conserve water. It is a conservation success story. Indoor water use in U.S. households dropped by 22 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to a study from Aquacraft, a consultancy. Three-quarters of the decline is attributable to the wider adoption of efficient toilets and clothes washers. Toilets represent the […]
America’s households are using less water. By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue Indoor household water use in the United States decreased 22 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to the most rigorous analysis to date of how water is used in U.S. homes. Even more encouraging for conservationists is that indoor water use could drop […]
Winter rainfall in the Fertile Crescent has declined 13 percent since 1931. By Kaye LaFond, Circle of Blue In March 2015, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences laid out an argument for a climate-conflict link in Syria in three parts: First, a severe drought occurred that was made more likely […]
Climate change is here, but will we fight over it?
Water main ages reflect the nation’s growth By Brett Walton Circle of Blue The American Water Works Association calls it the Replacement Era. An estimated 1.9 million kilometers (1.2 million miles) of distribution pipes supply Americans with drinking water. Many of them are nearing or have past retirement age. A big investment — perhaps as […]
Expert panel will assess safety of eating food grown with treated wastewater Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue Kern County is the center of California’s oil industry. The practice of treating and reusing oilfield wastewater for irrigation is coming under greater scrutiny. By Brett Walton Circle of Blue On January 12, in […]
Less salty than the sea, brackish water is poised for wider use in Texas Forty-six desalination plants in Texas turn salty water drinkable. None, however, is located on the coast. All are inland and use brackish water. As fresh water grows scarcer, the hunt for new supplies is expanding outward, to sources formerly on the […]