Water in the World

By Ferdinand Quinones | Articles on water topics

North Korea drought: Children at risk in 'worst crisis since 2001'

<b>North Korea is facing severe food shortages after being hit by its worst drought since 2001, a report from the United Nations says.</b><p>Crop production in the country has been hampered by a prolonged dry period and food imports are now urgently required to fill the gap, the UN has warned.<p>The most …

North Korea

Hanoi Sinks As It Grows

<i>Unsustainable groundwater use is unsettling Vietnam’s capital.</i><p><b>HANOI, Vietnam</b> — Like most burgeoning cities in Southeast Asia, Vietnam’s capital is …

Water

Vietnam’s Tourism and Fishing Industries Drown in Waste

<i>Plastic pollution, largely from Asia, chokes the world’s oceans.</i><p>Clouds darken the sky off of Vietnam’s southern coast, in the Mekong delta. Photo © …

Recycling

Water A Key Factor in Zika Virus Spread

<i>Zika is carried by mosquitoes that reproduce in standing water, but in some cities that water can be hard to eliminate.</i><p>The <i>Aedes aegypti</i>, or yellow …

Water

China desalinates nearly 1.2 mln tonnes of seawater daily: report - Xinhua

BEIJING, July 19 (Xinhua) -- The daily output of China's 131 seawater desalination projects reached more than 1.18 million tonnes by the end of 2016, …

News (China)

A River Runs Dry in Tanzania

The Great Ruaha River is completely dry for three months at a stretch. Credit: Thomas Kruchem/IPS<p>DAR ES SALAAM, Jan 8 2013 (IPS) - Avelina Elias …

Water

Farmers pushed off their land to save Tanzania's Great Ruaha River

KILOLO, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gazing at the exposed, rocky bottom of the Great Ruaha River, known as the jewel of Tanzania, Rosemary Kasenza ponders what the future holds for her family now that there is no longer enough water for her crops.<p>"I am worried because it's the dry …

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Palestinians and settlers running out of water in the West Bank

Palestinians and Israeli settlers are running out of water in their West Bank communities as Israel’s Water Authority is unable to keep pace with …

Israel

Israel’s Mediterranean Desalination Plants Shift Regional Water Balance

<i>Desalination could remake the region’s politics and ecology. It hasn’t yet.</i>A half century ago, Israel built canals to move water from the Jordan …

Water

Global hotspots for potential water conflict identified

More than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction, fueling the potential for increased water conflict …

Water

SDG Report: Billions Lack Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation at Home

<i>Report is first to track higher standards set by the UN’s sustainable development goals.</i><p>Women in Delhi wait for water at a tap that runs for two …

India’s capital is running out of water, and it’s not due to a lack of resources

As summer temperatures soar above 40°C in New Delhi, acute water shortages are gripping parts of India’s capital. Signs of water stress are now everywhere, and residents in southern and western parts of the city have not received a regular, reliable water supply for months.<p>Water shortages are …

Water

Israel and Jordan Agree to Share Water, But Fall Short of Saving Dead Sea

<i>The $US 900 million deal on scaled-back scheme neglects Palestine.</i><p>The Dead Sea, which draws millions of visitors and supports a unique ecosystem, is …

Water

Wastewater crop irrigation risks health of nearly a billion people

Clean water supplies are dwindling around the globe. To grow their crops, farmers resort to using untreated wastewater, which could make them sick - …

Water

Raw waste water use on farms is '50% higher' than estimated

Environment correspondent<p><b>The global use of untreated waste water from cities to irrigate crops is much more widespread than previously estimated, says a new report.</b><p>According to this updated assessment, nearly 30 million hectares are now using untreated water within 40km of an urban centre<p>Some 800 …

Water

In drastic move, China's top hydropower plants slash capacity

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Three Gorges and Gezhouba, two of China's top hydropower plants, have closed capacity by as much as two-thirds, state media said on Tuesday, as torrential rains across the south triggered drastic steps to ease pressure on the Yangtze River.<p>Days of heavy rainfall have pushed …

China

North Korean children 'forced to water drought-stricken fields at 5am' before shortened school day

As North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un steps up the rate of his hi-tech missile tests, schoolchildren in the hermit kingdom are reportedly being forced to cut class to water crops that are dying in a severe drought.<p>According to a report on Radio Free Asia’s Korean service, high school and college …

Kim Jong-un

Antarctica's ice-free areas to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, study says

If greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced, ice-free areas are expected to surge by as much as 17,000 square kilometres<p>Climate change will cause ice-free areas on Antarctica to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, threatening the diversity of the unique terrestrial plant and animal life that exists …

Climate Change

In Pakistan, scorching Ramadan month highlights chronic water, power shortages

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — On May 27, in the date-growing ­desert town of Turbat in Baluchistan province, the temperature reached 128.3 degrees — the hottest ever reported in Pakistan.<p>What followed was a month of intense heat and humidity nationwide coinciding with Ramadan, the Muslim period of fasting …

Nawaz Sharif

The Right to Life and Water: Drought and Turmoil for Coke and Pepsi in Tamil Nadu

The Right to Life and Water: Drought and Turmoil for Coke and Pepsi in Tamil Nadu<b>By Keith Schneider,</b> <b>Circle of Blue – May 24, 2017</b> <br>TIRUNELVELI, India …

Water

In City Prone to Drought, Chennai’s Water Packagers Rush In

In City Prone to Drought, Chennai’s Water Packagers Rush In<i> Millions of residents rely on immense bottled water sector.</i><b>By Keith Schneider, Circle of</b> …

Water

Cotton grower Tandou to sell water entitlements, convert NSW farm to lamb business

Far west cotton grower Tandou will decommission its irrigation system at Menindee and convert the property into a dorper lamb business, its owner …

Australia

India’s Toxic Trail of Tears

<b>India’s Toxic Trail of Tears</b> <i>An unending legacy of poisoning, pollution, and chemical pain.</i><b>By Keith Schneider</b><b>Circle of Blue – June 6, 2017</b>KODAIKANAL, …

India

Nepali villagers make voices heard on Tanahu hydropower project

We walk along unpaved and dusty roads. Women cut rice crops in paddy fields while men, wearing traditional Nepali “topis”, smash stalks against …

Chiang Mai

Glacier loss overestimated

Changes in the cryosphere – those parts of the Earth’s surface where water is solid – are regarded as one of the quickest and clearest indicators of …

Climate Change

Sustainable sediment management in reservoirs and regulated rivers: Experiences from five continents

Abstract<p>By trapping sediment in reservoirs, dams interrupt the continuity of sediment transport through rivers, resulting in loss of reservoir …

Why the World’s Rivers Are Losing Sediment and Why It Matters

Vast amounts of river-borne sediment are trapped behind the world’s large dams, depriving areas downstream of material that is badly needed to build …

Water

Uganda: Lack of Food and Water for South Sudanese Refugees as International Aid Falls Short

<b>KAMPALA, UGANDA/NEW YORK, JUNE 20, 2017</b>—Nearly one million South Sudanese refugees have fled to Uganda to escape the violence in their country, yet …

Africa

A government of death is plundering our ancient Munduruku lands. Help us stop it

As the UN forum on indigenous issues meets in New York, we, the Munduruku people of Brazil, demand an end to the destruction of our territory<p>We, the Munduruku people, send our thoughts and words to you who live far away. We echo the cry for help from our mother, the forest, and from all the …

Environment