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Cape Town water crisis offers lessons for other cities

February 21, 2018

The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa offer three main lessons for water planners, writes David Feldman, professor of planning, policy and design: governments must plan ahead of time, solutions cost money and public trust is crucial.

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Professor identifies ‘hot spots’ of water quality violations

Problems more frequent in low-income, rural areas of the nation

While serious violations like those in the Flint, Michigan, crisis are rare, ensuring reliable access to safe drinking water poses challenges for communities across the country, according to a recent study led by a School of Social Ecology professor.

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The kids are all right: parenting in the digital age

Candice Odgers, professor of psychology and social behavior, explains the science.

The worries are pervasive: kids spend so many hours on their phones, and that must be having an impact on their mental health. But is this constant connection harmful?

Odgers reviewed the science and answered that question for 80 people at the second Daybreak Dialogues breakfast lecture series in January.

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