Water in the World

By Ferdinand Quinones | Articles on water topics

La presa de Asuán, primera parte: una infraestructura faraónica

Pocas presas han tenido la repercusión mundial de la presa de Asuán. Por razones políticas, técnicas y culturales, es una obra que ha quedado escrita …

How failing infrastructure and climate change leave many South Africans without water

It's been 25 years since the nation of South Africa dismantled apartheid.<p>While there has been political progress since, the young democracy has also …

Israel gets three bidders for huge desalination plant

FILE PHOTO: Flamingos stand in a water reservoir on the Israeli side of the border fence between Israel and Jordan, north to Eilat, June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen<p>JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has received bids from three groups interested in building and operating a desalination plant that will …

Report: Water Contamination Widespread Across U.S.

Millions of Americans may be exposed to contaminated drinking water systems that are dangerous for their health, an updated interactive map shows.<p>The …

Only a third of world’s great rivers remain free flowing, analysis finds

Only a third of the world’s great rivers remain free flowing, due to the impact of dams that are drastically reducing the benefits healthy rivers provide people and nature, according to a global analysis.<p>Billions of people rely on rivers for water, food and irrigation, but from the Danube to the …

Social and environmental impacts of a mangrove restoration project in Senegal

But, 10 years later, what about the villagers who participated in these replantings? Have they seen an improvement in their living conditions with …

When desalination is the most effective solution

This is the case in Saudi Arabia and Kenya, where Almar Water Solutions has been recently awarded projects to develop two desalination plants that …

U.S. Hydropower Grows By Going Small

Olmsted Locks and Dam, on the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois, has the highest hydropower potential of any dam without the current capacity …

New ‘OceanReports’ Tool Brings Ocean Data to Your Fingertips | Industry

View Comments<p>Provides analyses of “ocean neighborhoods” to support ocean commerce, energy development and conservation<p>A new, web-based interactive …

Deforestation Wipes Out an Area the Size of Belgium

The world’s old-growth rainforests are shrinking at an alarming rate, with enough trees lost last year to cover all of Belgium or two Connecticuts, a …

How do cow herders spot water in the Sahara? With satellites, of course.

Climate change makes it even harder to find water on the edge of the Sahara. Now herders in Mali rely on images from space to direct them to the …

China aims marked cut in water usage by 2020

BEIJING - China aims to substantially reduce water consumption by 2020 to tackle a supply bottleneck that could undermine the environment and …

UN Helps Thousands of Displaced Malawi Flood Victims Return Home

The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, is helping thousands of people displaced by Cyclone Idai’s floods in Malawi return home and restart their lives.<p>In …

Record-early Alaska river thaw follows high winter temperatures

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Key Alaska rivers that are usually frozen at this time of year are now free-flowing, with record-early thaws following record-high winter and spring temperatures.<p>FILE PHOTO: The Yukon River is seen in Alaska in this undated handout photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and …

Singapore's National Water Agency takes first steps towards installing smart water meters

PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, is rolling out the first phase of Smart Water Meter Programme in Singapore. <b>This will see the installation of</b> …

Rapid urbanization increasing pressure on rural water supplies globally

An international team of researchers has carried out the first systematic global review of water reallocation from rural to urban regions—the …

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Permian Oil Boom Uncorks Multibillion-Dollar Water Play

<i>Producing oil produces even more water. Getting rid of it is a large and expanding business.</i>Water lines snake across the Permian basin. Photo © Keith …

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Researchers warn for limited water resources for food, feed, fiber, timber, and bioenergy

Posted on 27 February 2019<p>Worldwide there's less rainwater available for nature and for the production of food, wood and plants for bioenergy. This …

The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use

Out West, the future is dry.<p>Amid an unprecedented 19-year drought in the expansive Colorado River Basin — which supplies water to 40 million Americans — seven Western states have acknowledged that the 21st century will only grow drier as temperatures continue to rise. And that means less water in …

Africa’s Booming Cities Are Running Out of Water

As water supplies in Ghana’s capital grew increasingly erratic, Beatrice Kabuki stopped customers from using her grocery store’s bathrooms and …

England could run short of water within 25 years

England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned.<p>The country is facing the ‘‘jaws of death”, Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from the country’s rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate …

“I just want to lay it on the line": GOP senator will use Senate floor to slam Trump on McCain

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) has plans to speak on Wednesday about President Trump's comments regarding the late Sen. John McCain, reports The Bulwark.<p>…

Tasmania's lakes among most contaminated in the world

Metal contamination levels in some of Tasmania’s lakes are among the highest in the world, a new study has found, while those within the state’s Wilderness World Heritage Area have also been badly polluted by mining.<p>The Australian National University study found atmospheric metal contaminates from …

Water Utilities Call on Big Data to Guide Pipe Replacements

<i>The drinking water industry says aging infrastructure is its top challenge. Can AI help?</i><p>Workers in Manhattan excavate 23rd Street to replace the …

Tehran Faces Crisis As Iran’s Water Supply Runs Low - Circle of Blue

<i>Tehran, the capital and largest city, could soon be the epicenter of Iran’s water crisis.</i>Tehran. Photo courtesy of Ninara/Flickr Creative …

Texas starts 2019 nearly drought-free with its highest water supply since 1993

Thanks to a rainy end to 2018, Texas is starting the new year with its highest water supply in more than 25 years — and more than 98 percent …

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China's Three Gorges rules out new domestic hydro projects

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan 9 (Reuters) - China Three Gorges Corp (CTGC), operator of the world’s largest hydropower plant, is turning to projects offshore, a senior official said, as domestic costs soar and space runs out on the country’s crowded rivers.<p>“We don’t have any plans to build more hydropower …

The last 92 Irrawaddy dolphins in Mekong River may not survive

Experts are concerned that the Mekong dolphin is unlikely to survive Cambodia's modernisation as a new dam is planned.<p><b>Kratie, Cambodia -</b> At the dolphin ticket office there is a tattered page stuck to the wall calling on readers to save dolphins as part of "Cambodia's splendid natural heritage".<p>It …