Author, physicist, climate scientist. Expert on natural resource security issues. Environment executive. Legendary ocarina player - www.giulioboccaletti.com

Water is the principal expression of the climate system. Through droughts, storm, and floods, it shapes people’s lives. In fact, Earth’s climate expresses its agency on the landscape through water. …

If this year’s flooding and wildfires came as a surprise to inhabitants of rich countries, that is because the modern political compact was built on effective water management. As natural forces overwhelm these countries’ infrastructure, their political institutions will come under growing strain.

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LONDON — Swaths of Europe are flooded…

Detail of Hobbe’s “Leviathan” title page — © The Trustees of the British Museum

In January, amidst the global COVID19 pandemic, the Netherlands hosted a digital Climate Adaptation Summit. At the event, many government leaders framed post-pandemic recovery in terms of adaptation to a changing climate.

The topic seems to be widely embraced at this point. US President Biden ran his campaign promising that…

I wrote a book. It is a history of the relationship between society and water. Its scope is ambitious: a planetary story that begins when people first became sedentary, ten thousand years ago, and reaches the present. It is a story of people, a story of institutions. …

The Cleveland Dam. Photo by Christian Fischer

The world of water resources is of substantial political relevance. Ensuring that water is available where and when needed for food production, energy conversion, or urban living is foundational to modern life.

It is also a field of arresting complexity. For example, water managers need to supply enough irrigation water…

Dr Giulio Boccaletti

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