FAIR WATER? The Inequality Below the Surface, 21 November 2023–1 September 2024
Listing image: Water Life Series, Burden of the Day, 2018, by Aïda Muluneh.
© Aïda Muluneh. Commissioned by WaterAid and supported by the H&M Foundation
Leading image: Lodwar dry river bed
Extreme water events like floods and droughts threaten lives and livelihoods of people, livestock and wildlife. Lodwar, Kenya, exists on a knife edge between too much water, and too little. Researchers and the Kenyan government are working to improve weather forecasting and monitoring in the region, create flood maps along the river, and improve communication of flood risk with the residents of Lodwar. Photo: © REACH
Image in feature: Shushuk, Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica), skull
Dolphins are at the top of the river food chain in Bangladesh, and pollutants that kill the fish that they rely on for food also build up in the dolphins’ tissues causing long term health problems like infertility, and death. Although these dolphins are considered indicator species and a measure of the health of the river ecosystem, their declining numbers tell us that the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna ecosystems are in trouble. Photo: © Oxford University Museum of Natural History