Science Can Help Define and Defend the Human Right to Clean Water

In 2010, the United Nations recognized a human right to safe, clean, accessible and affordable water in sufficient quantities for the public’s personal and domestic use.

It may be surprising it took so long to be added to the list of human rights, since it seems so obvious to most people, said Inga Winkler, a lecturer in human rights at Columbia University. But figuring out how exactly to define each aspect of that right is less obvious and will require help from social and physical scientists, she said.

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