Water in the World

By Ferdinand Quinones | Articles on water topics

Septic Infrastructure in the U.S.

Failing septic systems produce disease outbreaks, algae blooms, and ecosystem damage. More research and funding is needed to help understand the …

WHO plans global war on cholera as Yemen caseload nears 700,000

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization will next month launch a strategy to stop cholera transmission by 2030, it said on Monday, as an unprecedented outbreak in Yemen raced towards 700,000 suspected cases with little sign of slowing down.<p>The WHO is also trying to keep the lid on a …

Public Health

China and India water 'dispute' after border stand-off

Environment correspondent, BBC World Service<p><b>China and India may have defused a potential border conflict but the stand-off seems to have led to dispute over another contentious issue: water.</b><p>Delhi says it has not received any hydrological - the scientific study of the movement, distribution and …

Water

Climate change deepens Portugal's drought problems

SANTA SUSANA, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Pego do Altar reservoir looks like disused quarry now, its bare, exposed slopes rising up steeply on each side as it holds barely 11 percent of the water it was designed for.<p>While parts of the United States and the Caribbean are drowning in water amid …

Mexico's strongest quake in 85 years kills dozens in the poor south

JUCHITAN, Mexico (Reuters) - At least 61 people died when the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in over eight decades tore through buildings and forced mass evacuations in the poor southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, triggering alerts as far away as Southeast Asia.<p>The 8.1 magnitude quake …

Earthquakes

Jordan faces likelihood of much more frequent long and severe droughts

Jordan is among the world's most water-poor nations, and a new, comprehensive analysis of regional drought and land-use changes in upstream Syria …

Modi's $87 billion river-linking gamble set to take off as floods hit India

DAUDHAN, India (Reuters) - After years of foot-dragging India will begin work in around a month on an $87 billion scheme to connect some of the country's biggest rivers, government sources say, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi bets on the ambitious project to end deadly floods and droughts.<p>The …

India

Some dams start to recover after drought

Over the past year South Africa has endured one of its worst droughts. Some dams across the country are now starting to show signs of improvement‚ …

Desalination? Africa should rather manage its water resources better

Access to clean water in the future is by no means certain for many regions in Africa. These include semi-arid regions like the Western Cape of South …

Water

We Finally Know Why The Caspian Sea Is Evaporating Off The Face of The Planet

It could disappear.<p>Like a puddle under hot sunshine, the world's largest inland body of water is shrinking in the face of heat – in this case, a …

Climate Change

Yukon River

As part of the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), NASA scientists are flying over Alaska and Canada, measuring the elevation of rivers …

Three years after its last war with Israel, Gaza is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis

“I built a tent and stayed in it for three years, while waiting for Gaza to be rebuilt. We’re still living in it,” father of four Thaer al-Sheesh …

Water Sector Prepares For Cyberattacks

<i>Security threats evolve as water systems connect to the internet.</i>Industrial control systems, which operate the pumps, valves, and disinfection …

Cybersecurity

China launches 8,000 water clean-up projects worth $100 billion in first half of 2017

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China launched nearly 8,000 water clean-up projects in the first half of 2017 with projected total investment of 667.4 billion yuan ($100 billion), the environment ministry said on Thursday.<p>The projects were devised as part of a 2015 action plan to treat and prevent water …

China

50 Million People in Pakistan Are at Risk of Arsenic Poisoning From Contaminated Groundwater

(ISLAMABAD) — Some 50 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater in Pakistan's Indus Valley — far more than …

Lake Catalina Is On The Verge Of Releasing Up To 9 Billion Gallons Of Water

Scientists recently revealed the catastrophic history of Lake Catalina, which appears primed once again to outburst billions of gallons of freshwater. Through satellite images, researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark pieced together four massive outburst floods over the past 50 years.<p>…

Water

'Alarmingly high' levels of arsenic in Pakistan's ground water

Environment correspondent<p><b>Up to 60 million people in Pakistan are at risk from the deadly chemical arsenic, according to a new analysis of water supplies.</b><p>The study looked at data from nearly 1,200 groundwater quality samples from across the country.<p>The resulting risk map shows concentrations well …

Water

Red Cross hopes to repair Tabqa dam near Syria's Raqqa

GENEVA (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) plans to carry out urgent repairs to Tabqa Dam near the Syrian city of Raqqa in an area recaptured from Islamic State, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.<p>Vehicles drive near Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River, in the town of Tabqa, …

Syria

Urban floods intensifying, countryside drying up: An exhaustive global analysis of rainfall and rivers shows signs of a radical shift in streamflow patterns, with more intense flooding in cities and smaller catchments coupled with a drier countryside

An exhaustive global analysis of rainfall and rivers shows signs of a radical shift in streamflow patterns, with more intense flooding in cities and …

WASH SDG consortium receives 59 million for projects in seven Asian and African countries

Posted on 5 July 2017<p>The WASH SDG Consortium has been granted 59 million euro by the Dutch government for its joint programme to implement water, …

Israel opens 13 km. pipeline to alleviate West Bank water shortage

The Water Authority and setters have also charged that Palestinian theft of water has depleted supplies.<p>Water flowed for the first time through a new …

What's driving Cape Town’s water insecurity, and what can be done about it

In pre-colonial times the Khoisan called Cape Town, <i>//Hui !Gaeb</i>, the place “where clouds gather” and <i>Camissa</i> “the place of sweet waters”. The future of …

Water

Chile’s Energy Transformation Is Powered by Wind, Sun and Volcanoes

CERRO PABELLÓN, Chile — It looks and functions much like an oil drilling rig. As it happens, several of the men in thick blue overalls and white helmets who operate the hulking machine once made a living pumping crude.<p>But now they are surrounded by snowcapped volcanoes, laboring to breathe up here …

Renewable Energy

12 'supercascadas' españolas

Alcanzan su máximo esplendor tras el deshielo primaveral, pero en verano ofrecen una visión refrescante como pocas. Una selección de entre los cerca …

Alaskan towns at risk from rising seas sound alarm as Trump pulls federal help

Communities in danger of falling into the sea say assistance from Washington has dried up: ‘It feels like a complete abdication of responsibility on climate change’<p>The US government’s withdrawal from dealing with, or even acknowledging, climate change may have provoked widespread opprobrium, but …

Climate Change

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Super Dam: Egyptian Concern for Nile Water Security Spurs Cooperation Over Ethiopia's New Dam

<i>The dust of Egypt’s leadership transition has barely begun to settle, and already the new government is working to forestall any loss in supply or</i> …

The Biggest Dry

Australia’s Epic Drought is Global Warning<p><i>Circle of Blue Reports</i><p>The grievous consequences of drought and global warming are more visible and …

$1bn to clean up the oil in Peru’s northern Amazon

Over four decades of exploration and extraction have caused an environmental and health crisis in indigenous communities<p>Who is going to clean up Peru’s northern Amazon after decades of companies spilling oil and dumping billions of barrels of toxic production waters? Certainly not US company …

Environment