Water in the World

By Ferdinand Quinones | Articles on water topics

Deep in cattle country, graziers go against the flow to help the Great Barrier Reef

Strathalbyn station is cattle country, about 34,000 hectares of north Queensland grazing land, and the site of a pilot program that has demonstrated the potential to drastically improve water quality flowing towards the Great Barrier Reef.<p>At Strathalbyn, which is more than 200km from the coast, …

Great Barrier Reef

Kashmir: Melting glaciers threaten Ladakh's nature

Rise in temperature melts Himalayan glaciers in Kashmir's Ladakh region, threatening the lives of thousands of people.<p><b>Leh, Ladakh -</b> Tsering Jorgay, a 40-year-old from the village of Kuri in Indian-administered Kashmir's Ladakh region, was deep in conversation with Jigmet Norphel, a young engineer …

India

Nigeria's Ogoniland: Desperate for clean water

Residents of Ogoniland are getting sick because of the severe contamination of their food and water sources.<p>In the Ogoni region, 90 percent of the underground water is not fit for human use because of oil pollution.<p>A big clean-up is under way in Ogoniland, but local communities say they have …

Snorkeling

Should You Be Worried About Your Water Supply?

Cape Town was in danger this year of becoming the first big city to run out of water, which forced the South African metropolis to impose severe …

Water

Drought, Pollution, and Expansion Imperil Istanbul’s Best-Laid Water Plans

<i>Long-term, a variety of problems threaten Istanbul’s water supply, including climate change, water pollution, and industrialization.</i> Panorama of …

Water

The fog catchers conjuring water out of Moroccan mist | Reuters

SIDI IFNI, Morocco (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing up on Mount Boutmezguida in southwest Morocco on the edge of the Sahara desert, Khadija Ghouate never imagined that the fog enveloping the nearby peaks would change her life.<p>For hours every day and often before sunrise, Ghouate and other …

Africa

Chilean villagers claim British appetite for avocados is draining region dry

British supermarkets are selling thousands of tonnes of avocados produced in a Chilean region where villagers claim vast amounts of water are being diverted, resulting in a drought.<p>Major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl source avocados from Chile’s largest …

Plantations

Leaked report warns Cambodia's biggest dam could 'literally kill' Mekong river

A Chinese-backed plan to build Cambodia’s biggest dam could “literally kill” the Mekong river, according to a confidential assessment seen by the Guardian which says that the proposed site at Sambor is the “worst possible place” for hydropower.<p>The report, which was commissioned by the government in …

Vietnam

In Kabul, Residents Chase Receding Groundwater

<i>The number and depth of wells is constantly increasing in Afghanistan’s capital city.</i> Kabul Houses on Mountain side. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia …

Snorkeling

U.S. Hydropower Grows By Going Small

<i>Hydropower expansion relies on improving existing dams.</i>Olmsted Locks and Dam, on the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois, has the highest …

Hydroelectric Power

2017 Hydropower Market Report

The <i>2017 Hydropower Market Report</i> provides industry, policy makers, and other interested stakeholders with important data and information on the …

Hydroelectric Power

Spring Has Sprung in the Arctic Ocean : Earth Matters : Blogs

With springtime comes sunlight and warmth that advance the melting and breakup of Arctic sea ice. Varied patterns and textures appear across the …

Global Warming

NASA's IMERG Shows Devastating Rainfall Over East Africa

Source: National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationCountry: Kenya<br>Heavy seasonal rainfall has recently caused flooding in Kenya and NASA analyzed …

East Africa

East Africa’s deadly floods are a stark reminder of the region’s poor disaster preparedness

Torrential rains have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people across East Africa in recent weeks, offsetting a humanitarian disaster that is threatening the lives of entire communities.<p>In Kenya, floods have displaced over 260,000 people and killed 100 others in at least 15 of the country’s 47 …

Africa

Indonesia's Most Polluted River | Pollution

For generations, Indonesia's Citarum River has provided fish to eat, irrigation for rice fields, and fresh water for drinking, washing and cooking for the millions who live along its banks.<p>But today, it's known as the most polluted river in the world.<p>The river supplies water to textile factories …

Pollution

Amman Faces Water Squeeze as Refugees Rush into Jordan

<i>Water shortages abound in Amman, home to more than 40 percent of Jordan’s people.</i> A view of Amman, Jordan from the Citadel atop Jabal al-Qal’a. Photo …

Water

Navigating drought: The app saving Kenya's herders

How pastoralists in southern Kenya are using satellite mapping technology to make informed migration decisions.<p>In drought-stricken Kenya, life for all residents and particularly the herding community, has been nothing less than devastating. Erratic weather patterns and the increasing effects of …

Africa

Everglades under threat as Florida's mangroves face death by rising sea level

Florida’s mangroves have been forced into a hasty retreat by sea level rise and now face being drowned, imperiling coastal communities and the prized Everglades wetlands, researchers have found.<p>From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders<p>Read more<p>Mangroves in …

Climate Change

The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary.

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>More than a thousand low-lying tropical islands risk becoming “uninhabitable” by the middle of the century — or possibly sooner — because of rising sea levels, upending the populations of some island nations and endangering key U.S. military assets, according to new …

Climate Change

As water shortages grow, 'Day Zero' becomes everyday in India | Reuters

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Parched Cape Town, in South Africa, has managed to push back its “Day Zero” - an estimate of when taps in the city could run dry - to 2019 after successful water-saving efforts.<p>But in India, “Day Zero” has come and gone for residents in many parts of the …

Water

'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security

<b>The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa.</b><p>Growing demand for groundwater is putting pressure on the resource while researchers struggle to accurately estimate the future supply.<p>But a team from Oxford University says …

University of Oxford

What’s Up With Water – April 23, 2018

<b>Transcripts</b>What’s Up With Water for April 23, 2018I’m Eileen Wray-McCann, for Circle of Blue, and here’s What’s up with Water, a condensation of the …

Water

Israel’s Water Resource Ethic: More With Less

<i>Desert life nurtures respect for water.</i><p>In 1980, Israel’s parliament passed a law requiring all residential buildings less than nine stories tall to …

Egypt's rice farmers see rough times downstream of new Nile mega-dam

KAFR ZIADA, Egypt/DUBAI (Reuters) - Rice farmers in Kafr Ziada village in the Nile River Delta have ignored planting restrictions aimed at conserving water for years, continuing to grow a medium-grain variety of the crop that is prized around the Arab world.<p>A decision thousands of kilometers to the …

Nile

A shark-shaped, climate-shifting blob of warm water — as wide as the Pacific Ocean — is rising from the depths

The 'shark' will soon gobble up La Niña's cool surface waters. What might this mean for the climate later this year? It's not every day that you see …

Global Warming

Pollutants and Heavy Metals Taint Moscow’s Water Supply

<i>Studies show that both surface water and groundwater in Moscow are polluted.</i> Moskva River. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.Russia is rich in …

Pollution

Recurring Dry Spells Fuel Water Worries in Tokyo

<i>The Japanese megacity now experiences a dry spell every decade or so.</i> Blue Hour over Tokyo. Photo courtesy Balint Földesi/FlickrThe RundownAlthough …

Water

11 spectacular waterfalls in the US you need to see in your lifetime

1/<p>Palouse Falls, Washington<p>Palouse Falls has been dubbed the "official waterfall of Washington State" for good reason. It clocks in at 198 feet tall …

5 billion people could be affected by water shortages by 2050: UN report

BARCELONA — The world should look to nature for better ways to maintain supplies of water, keep it clean, and protect people from droughts and …