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Taylor/Blakeslee Fellow reports on water crisis in Jordan

In the summer of 2018, Elizabeth Whitman travelled to the Middle East to explore Jordan’s water crisis and to learn how the government is responding. Her story, “A land without water: the scramble to stop Jordan from running dry,” was recently published in Nature.

“The plundering of Jordan’s groundwater alarms scientists who are studying the country’s current resources and forecasting future changes. Jordan gets nearly two-thirds of its water from aquifers, and the supply is not sustainable, they say.”

Whitman, a 2017-2018 Talyor/Blakeslee Graduate Fellow, is the third Fellow to win a project fellowship, which supported her journey to the Middle East. Earlier this year, she wrote "Oil and Water," a story published in the Harper's Magazine blog about how olive farmers in the West Bank are facing climate change. Taylor/Blakeslee project fellowships are made possible by The Brinson Foundation.

Kudos, Elizabeth!