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Ethiopia is facing a killer drought. But it’s going almost unnoticed.

By Paul Schemm<p>Paul Schemm<p>Overnight foreign editor based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia<p>Email Bio Follow<p>ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The announcement by the United Nations in March that 20 million people in four countries were teetering on the edge of famine stunned the world and rammed home the breadth of the …

Horn of Africa

The Navajo Are Fighting to Get Their Water Back

Shirley Peaches hails from Tall Mountain in the Navajo Nation, 25 miles from the nearest paved road and functioning water faucet. “My family still …

Global water shortages to deliver 'severe hit' to economies, World Bank warns

The Middle East, north Africa, central Asia and south Asia due to suffer biggest economic hit from water scarcity as climate change takes hold, report finds<p>Water shortages will deliver a “severe hit” to the economies of the Middle East, central Asia, and Africa by the middle of the century, taking …

These families are being forced to spend hundreds on bottled water to cook, clean and drink

BAKERSFIELD, CA— For Cristobal Chavez, getting clean water used to be as easy as dipping a bucket into a well at his home in Poplar-Cotton Center, a …

More than 60 pct of China's underground water rated unfit for human contact

Rest either completely unusable, or suitable only for use in industry or irrigation<p>BEIJING, June 4 (Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds of China's …

Crisis on high

At the top of the world a climate disaster is unfolding that will impact the lives of more than 1 billion people.<p>Deep in the Himalayas sits a remote …

Global Warming

Where are the world’s most water-stressed cities?

More than 2.5 billion people don’t have access to basic levels of fresh water for at least one month each year – a situation growing ever more critical as urban populations expand rapidly<p>In the southern reaches of Egypt, the city of Aswan is one of the hottest and sunniest in the world. …

Water Quality Issues By State

• <b>Aging Infrastructure:</b> The U.S. received a "D" in the drinking-water category in the American Society for Civil Engineers' 2013 Report Card for …

Pollution

More than half of south Asia's groundwater too contaminated to use – study

Salinity and arsenic affect 60% of underground supply across vast Indo-Gangetic Basin, according to research published in Nature Geoscience<p>Sixty per cent of the groundwater in a river basin supporting more than 750 million people in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh is not drinkable or usable …

Geoscience

Gaza's water shortage worsening, no easy solutions seen

GAZA (Reuters) - Marwan An-Najar, a Palestinian from the south of the Gaza Strip, says he has not tasted sweet tap water in 10 years. Every day, he travels four kilometers (2.5 miles) to fill a 20-litre plastic jerrycan at a local desalination station.<p>A Palestinian girl drinks water from a public …

Two billion drinking contaminated water: WHO

<b>Dramatic improvements are needed in ensuring access to clean water and sanitation worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday,</b> …

Brazil Olympics: Super-bacteria found in Rio sea waters

<b>Researchers in Brazil have discovered drug-resistant bacteria in the sea waters where sailing and windsurfing events will be held during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.</b><p>The "super-bacteria" are usually found in hospital waste and produce an enzyme, KPC, resistant to antibiotics.<p>Researchers …

Marine plastic pollution: the threat pervading Australia's waters

The waters around Australia are riddled with more than 4,000 tiny pieces of plastic per square kilometre, posing a threat to marine life and humans, new research has found.<p>The study, conducted by the University of Western Australia and CSIRO, found the vast majority of plastic particles were …

A Watershed Moment: Floating LilyPads use nanotechnology to fight water pollution

(Courtesy Puralytics)<p>While architects often dream of floating houses and cities of the future, a new floating technology is promising to clean up our …