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2020 News


Climate Change Is Making Women's Chores Deadlier

December 10, 2020

The lack of water is a problem for many communities, but women bear the brunt of the burden. “It’s easy to forget how dangerous it is to actually just go and acquire the water,” Sera Young told Vice. Read the story on Vice.


Health Check: Measles Outbreak Threat Due to COVID

November 18, 2020
Collecting water can be a dangerous task, according to a new study, with numerous opportunities to be physically injured. Sera Young, who co-authored the study, explained to the BBC that women are more likely to be injured while collecting water. Listen to the story on the BBC.


The Coronavirus Has Exposed a Global Water Crisis. New Research Shows How to Fix It

August 24, 2020

In a new study, Sera Young and her colleagues call for improvements in water infrastructure and technologies and better ways to reuse and recycle water to address the global water crisis. Read the story on Gizmodo.


A Crisis Within a Crisis: Water Scarcity Amid COVID-19

July 17, 2020

Water insecurity has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sera Young joins the Gallup podcast to unpack the wide-ranging impacts that water scarcity has, even in first-world countries. Read the story on Gallup.


‘Wash Your Hands and Stay Home’ Is Impossible for Millions

April 27, 2020

As COVID-19 cases increase, Joshua Miller and Sera Young write in a Hill op-ed that when water is limited, as it is for many around the world and in the U.S., handwashing is compromised. Read the op-ed on The Hill.

Try Washing Hands with No Water

April 4, 2020

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof featured a write-up by Sera Young and Joshua Miller in his newsletter highlighting their data showing one in four households they examined did not have access to water to wash their hands. Read the story on the New York Times.