Water in the World

By Ferdinand Quinones | Articles on water topics

In Australia, Echoes of Past, Glimpses of Future As Country Braces for Hot, Dry Summer

<i>A record-breaking drought is pushing rural communities in New South Wales and Queensland to the breaking point.</i><p>Parts of interior New South Wales and …

Water

Egypt carries out a US$55 million water conservation plan | Smart

The government of Egypt has announced that it has begun to implement a project for water conservation for a value of EGP 900 million (US$55.3 …

Lakes Worldwide Are Experiencing More Severe Algal Blooms | Science | News

The intensity of summer algal blooms has increased over the past three decades, according to a first-ever global survey of dozens of large, …

Global Warming

Swiss glaciers shrink 10 percent in five years: Study

Measurements on 20 Swiss glaciers show melt rates this year reaching 'record levels', according to an annual report.<p>Switzerland's glaciers have lost one-tenth of their volume in the past five years alone - a melting rate unmatched in observations stretching back more than a century, a study showed …

Glaciers

Mountain Regions, ‘Taking the Heat,’ Face Growing Hazards As Ice Melts, UN Climate Panel Warns

<i>IPCC special report describes mounting disaster risks that connect mountains and polar regions to oceans.</i><p>The Himalayas, known as the water tower of …

Climate

Since 2016, Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died

A new study warns it has become a “highly altered, degraded system.”<p>Once upon a time, there was a city so dazzling and kaleidoscopic, so braided and water-rimmed, that it was often compared to a single living body. It clustered around a glimmering emerald spine, which astronauts could glimpse from …

African Development Bank approves $31.3M grants for water and

The African Development Bank Group has approved an African Development Fund (ADF) <b>grant of</b> <b>$30 million and a $1.3 million grant</b> from the Rural Water …

Water

Record-shattering Great Lakes water levels could be even higher in 2020

DETROIT – It appears 2020 won't bring relief from high Great Lakes water levels – and they could be even higher than this past record-shattering spring and summer.<p>Following a generally rainy September, measurements by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show every Great Lake, and Lake St. Clair, well …

Great Lakes

WWF-recommended 'wild' and 'heritage' rivers in Canada receive

<b>25 wild and free-flowing rivers and Canadian Heritage Rivers</b> will receive additional oversight under the <b>Canadian Navigable Waters Act</b> (CNWA), as they …

Canada

Residents scramble to uproot from ancient Turkish town before dam...

HASANKEYF, Turkey (Reuters) - In the ancient Turkish town of Hasankeyf, the Ozturk family are selling all the livestock that was their livelihood as they prepare to uproot to government-built housing across the Tigris River before the waters rise.<p>They are among around 3,000 residents of the town …

Turkey

New tool provides critical information for addressing the global

The World Economic Forum lists water crises among the top 10 most likely and impactful global risks. Most water metrics to date have only focused on …

Insecurity

Mining powers modern life, but can leave scarred lands and polluted

Modern society relies on metals like copper, gold and nickel for uses ranging from medicine to electronics. Most of these elements are rare in …

Mining

ADB and partners to help improve water supply and sanitation in Solomon Islands

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a <b>$28 million loan and a $9 million grant for the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project</b>, …

Water

Climate change may cause water shortage for India's power plants: Report

Climate change and over-tapped waterways may leave developing countries in Asia, such as India and China, without enough water to cool power plants …

Water

Water can help win the race to limit climate change

This call came as the international community meets at the Climate Action Summit and the opening of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York. <b>It is</b> …

Water

WaterAid and Helmsley Charitable Trust partner to improve water and sanitation in Burkina Faso

WaterAid has announced the launch of a <b>three-year program to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene, aiming to reach 38,500 people in Burkina</b> …

Hygiene

"En los últimos 5 años, Costa Rica enfrentó la sequía más severa de

La V edición de los Diálogos del Agua, que se celebrará en Madrid el próximo 2 de octubre, es un espacio de discusión temática que se organiza …

Extreme sea level events ‘will hit once a year by 2050’

Extreme sea level events that used to occur once a century will strike every year on many coasts by 2050, no matter whether climate heating emissions are curbed or not, according to a landmark report by the world’s scientists.<p>The stark assessment of the climate crisis in the world’s oceans and ice …

Global Warming

No HDR Needed: Why Some Lakes Are an Otherworldly Blue

Around the world are lakes iridescent with rippling turquoise waters, appearing like visions out of a dream. However, the cause for these startlingly …

Canada

The 'Dead Sea of Senegal' Is a Shocking Shade of Pink

A resonant crunch reverberates as Boubacar Keita thrusts his wooden baton into the pink water. Another blow triggers a pulsating, circular ripple …

Senegal

Hurricane Nicole Sheds Light on How Storms Impact Deep Ocean | Science | News

In early October 2016, a tropical storm named Nicole formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It roamed for six days, reaching Category 4 …

One By One Big Hydropower Dams Disrupt Mekong River’s Free Flow

<i>In unfolding global energy revolution, expensive and ecologically risky dams may not be right choice to generate more electricity.</i><p>Plans by Laos to …

Mekong

HotSpots H2O: Locals, Citing Water Concerns, Resist Mexico City Airport Plan

An early morning bird’s eye view of Benito Juarez International Airport, Mexico City. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.<p>Mexico City’s indigenous …

Mexico City

Researchers explore water locked in Earth's deep interior | Smart

The seismic discontinuity region, or called the D'' layer, above the core mantle boundary (CMB), contains strong seismic anisotropy, and is …

Perovskite

The Yangtze River: the longest river tour in China | Smart Water

The Yangtze River is also known as the Yangzi o Yangtze Kiang, <b>meaning 'long river' in Tibetan.</b> The name likely comes from the ancient ferry crossing …

As the Monsoon and Climate Shift, India Faces Worsening Floods

For centuries, Indians have rejoiced at the arrival of the monsoon to break summer’s fever. From June to September, rains water the crops, revive …

‘They are barbaric’: Turkey prepares to flood 12,000-year-old city to build dam

After the half-hour drive from Batman in south-east Turkey, the ancient city of Hasankeyf, which sits on the banks of the Tigris River, appears as an oasis.<p>Hasankeyf is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements on Earth, dating as far back as 12,000 years and containing …

Toxic Water, Toxic Crops: India’s Public Health Time Bomb - Circle of Blue

<i>Raw sewage and industrial wastewater contaminated with metals and chemicals irrigate much of the nation’s food.</i><p>To irrigate their crops, in this case …

Geography Facts About the Amazon River

The Amazon River is one of longest and largest rivers in the world. It is also an ancient river; the Amazon started 11 million years ago as a …