Orbital View: Hopefully the Story of Water Has a Happy Ending

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

American astronaut Kjell continues his campaign of photographing water features from afar, under #StoryofWater:

Water carvings in Africa. The #StoryOfWater.

A photo posted by Kjell Lindgren (@astro_kjell) on

Gorgeous Africa #WaterColor. The #StoryOfWater.

A photo posted by Kjell Lindgren (@astro_kjell) on

As Sam Kean writes in our December issue, the story of water on Earth is changing. About 1.2 billion people worldwide suffer from severe water shortages, and that number is expected to increase to 1.8 billion over the next decade, in part because of climate change. Kean also covers the various ways humans can conserve water in the coming years.

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