Water in the World

By Ferdinand Quinones | Articles on water topics

20-year water plan tipped for approval

The 20-year master plan for the country's water management system is expected to win approval by the national committee on water resources on Dec 19 …

Water

Groundwater Scarcity, Pollution Set India on Perilous Course

Groundwater Scarcity, Pollution Set India on Perilous CourseDrained and contaminated aquifers contribute to India’s “worst water crisis.”• Delhi Waits …

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Getting clean drinking water into remote Indigenous communities means overcoming city thinking

One Indigenous custodian from Katherine, NT, told us that the levels of PFAS from fire-extinguisher foam were high in their soil and water. Worried …

Nitrates

'Water from air' quenches threatened girls' thirst in arid Kenya

LOOSUK, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this arid part of northern Kenya, water can be hard to find, particularly in the dry season.<p>But a center run by the Samburu Girls Foundation - which rescues girls facing early marriage and female genital mutilation - has a new high-tech source of …

Female Genital Mutilation

South Africa’s Invasive Species Guzzle Water and Hurt the Economy

South Africa is losing its battle against biological invaders, according to the first attempt by the government to comprehensively assess the status …

Peru's natives say Amazon Waterway Project threatens food sources

Multi-million dollar project is set to span territory home to 424 native communities belonging to 14 native groups.<p><b>Pucallpa, Peru</b> - Sailing upriver in pitch dark, the Eduardo II reaches a dangerous impasse. The ship's massive propellers thrust in reverse as it nearly runs aground. A hail of jungle …

HotSpots H2O, October 29: Amazon River Development Imperils Indigenous Communities

The RundownFlowing more than 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers) through Peru, Colombia, and Brazil, the Amazon River is a storehouse of natural riches — …

Earth Day, At 47, Proves Value of Water and More - Circle of Blue

<i>Ecological principles guide economic strategies to fit 21st-century conditions.</i><p>Mekong River floodwaters force Vietnamese farmers to erect barricades …

A water fight in Chile's Atacama raises questions over lithium mining

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (Reuters) - Earlier this year, the world’s two biggest lithium producers publicly celebrated new deals with Chile’s government that will allow them to vastly increase output of the ultralight battery metal from the Atacama, the world’s driest desert.<p>U.S.-based Albemarle Corp …

Infographic: The Drier, Wetter, Warming U.S.

<i>Despite warm and cold extremes in 2014, precipitation and temperature trends over the past century show a drier Southwest and Southeast, a wetter</i> …

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 …

Infographic: Household Wells in the United States

<b>By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue</b>Thirteen percent of Americans, some 42 million people, use a household well for their water supply.The largest …

As Bangkok sinks, could this anti-flood park be the answer?

Bangkok is sinking – fast. As urban development continues unabated, this city of more than 10 million people is getting lower by 2cm a year, according to Greenpeace estimates. Meanwhile, the surface of the Gulf of Thailand is rising by 4mm a year – above the global average.<p>With the Thai capital …

How Dutch stormwater management could have mitigated damage from Hurricane Florence

Parts of the country ravaged by Hurricane Florence will slowly dry out and begin to clean up in the coming weeks. Many communities in the Carolinas …

Sea Level

India’s parched earth: Too late to solve the worst water crisis in its history?

INDIA: It was once known as the city of a thousand lakes. But it is now the city of burning lakes.Bengaluru, or Bangalore – India’s Silicon Valley, …

Liquid metal discovery to make toxic water safe and drinkable

Researchers have discovered a revolutionary and cheap way to make filters that can turn water contaminated with heavy metals into safe drinking water …

Campaigners fear creeping privatisation of El Salvador's water

When a local government ruling in the Salvadoran town of Nejapa stopped Coca-Cola from drilling wells in the community, residents thought their campaign against the drinks giant had ensured their continued access to clean water.<p>But that 2015 success now seems under threat after the Salvadoran …

Nasa launches satellite to precisely track how Earth's ice is melting

The world will soon have a much clearer picture of how quickly humans are melting Earth’s ice and expanding the seas, with data collected by a sophisticated satellite launched by Nasa.<p>Every 91 days, the $1bn, decade-in-the-making creation will orbit over more than 1,000 paths. The satellite, about …

Study tracks Hurricane Harvey stormwater with GPS

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water on southeast Texas in late August 2017, making it the wettest recorded hurricane in …

Drought affected about 90% of German territory in 2018

Also other regions of Europe suffered from the extreme drought and heat. In Southwest Spain and South Portugal, the highest daily temperatures often …

In Pakistan, government attempts to crowdfund $12bn for dams

Government launches donation drive analysts say is unlikely to succeed, raising questions of how funds will be used.<p><b>Islamabad, Pakistan</b> - Pakistan's government has launched an ambitious $12.4bn crowdfunding drive to build two major hydroelectric dams, a move analysts say is unlikely to succeed and …

Iraq close to running out of water

Government says about 90 percent of land is now desert and remaining farmland is shrinking by five percent each year.<p>Iraq is running out of water.<p>Its planning ministry says about 90 percent of land is now desert and the small amount of remaining farmland is shrinking by five percent each year.<p>Now …

Too much seawater, too little drinking water: Fiji’s fight to withstand climate change

<b>On the map, bird-shaped Vorovoro Island</b> can be found flying just a little north of Vanua Levu, one of Fiji’s two mainland islands. It can also be found inked on the pale skin just below my 21-year-old daughter’s rib cage. Debates are ongoing as to how long the 200-acre island will remain above …

Asia's rising appetite for meat, seafood will 'strain environment'

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Asia’s growing appetite for meat and seafood over the next three decades will cause huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotics used in foods, researchers said on Tuesday.<p>Rising population, incomes and urbanisation will drive a 78 …

Over $2 billion pledged to drought-stricken Lake Chad region

BERLIN (Reuters) - Donor countries pledged $2.17 billion to the drought-stricken area around Lake Chad on Monday, after a United Nations official warned that many millions in the African region still urgently needed help.<p>At a conference in Berlin attended by more than 70 states, international …

Water Management in Fragile Systems: Building Resilience to Shocks and Protracted Crises in the Middle East and North Africa

<b>Key Findings</b><p><i>THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF WATER AND FRAGILITY</i><p>· <b>The Middle East and North Africa water challenges are intensifying.</b> Rising demands,<p>climate …

VW 'hail cannons' anger drought-hit Mexican farmers

A practice employed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) to protect its new vehicles from hailstorms has led to a dispute with local farmers in …

Farming

Lake Mead Record Low Reflects Changing American West

<i>In drier conditions, the desire to use more water confronts the need to use less.</i><p>Mineral deposits on the canyon walls show where Lake Mead water …

Brazil's mega hydro plan foreshadows China's growing impact on the Amazon | World news | The Guardian

The government wants to open up the Tapajós basin – an area the size of France – for trade with China. But the indigenous Munduruku won’t let it happen without a fight<p>Crashing upstream through the São Luiz rapids, the churning river throws the speedboat around like a child’s toy. There is first a …