In a few months, Arizona will lose about a fifth of its Colorado River water as new use restrictions begin, and farms and cities are scrambling to find new sources.

If the region isn’t careful, the U.S. Southwest could be headed for water bankruptcy, a situation Iran is already facing, writes a team of engineers and scientists, including a former Iranian deputy environment minister. Iran’s increased well drilling and water transfers in recent decades offer a warning for other regions facing severe drought and water shortages, they write.

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Stacy Morford

Environment + Climate Editor

In some drought-stricken parts of the Southwest, water arrives by truck. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Avoiding water bankruptcy in the drought-troubled Southwest: What the US and Iran can learn from each other

Mojtaba Sadegh, Boise State University; Ali Mirchi, Oklahoma State University; Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine; Kaveh Madani, Yale University

Cities and farmers in the Southwest are resorting to unsustainable strategies to pull in more water. Iran has tried many of these strategies and shows how they can go wrong.

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    Lindsey Darvin, State University of New York College at Cortland

    Women college athletes face far more limited career prospects than men. The NCAA’s new endorsement rules may help level the playing field when it comes to making money from their athletic ability.

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