Water in the World

By Ferdinand Quinones | Articles on water topics

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 …

Hurricane Harvey

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 …

Forestry

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 …

Hydroelectric Power

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 …

Farming

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 …

Mali

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 …

Agriculture

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 …

Africa

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 …

Water

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 …

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>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 …

Water scarcity stirs debate over who owns Brazil's rivers

Acute water shortages have sparked a dispute between transport and energy companies over who has more right to exploit Brazil’s waterways<p>By Karla …

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 …

Gove to call in water bosses over leaks

<b>Michael Gove has asked water company bosses to explain why they have failed to meet leakage targets, at a time of one of the driest summers for years.</b><p>The environment secretary said customers expect a "reliable and resilient water supply".<p>It comes as farmers are due to discuss the effect of the …

In Myanmar, Flood Warnings Come After the Floods

MANDALAY, Myanmar — U Kyaw Swa, an environmental activist, received an urgent government warning on Saturday to evacuate his home immediately because of the danger of heavy flooding in eastern Myanmar.<p>But it was too late.<p>The water had arrived nearly 24 hours earlier and flooded his home so quickly …

A river regains its mojo

In full flow, the Cauvery is a sight to behold. At its broadest, the ‘Akanda’ Cauvery between Karur and Tiruchi offers a breath-taking view — a …

Laos dam collapse: ‘hundreds missing’ after villages flooded

Several people confirmed dead and thousands homeless in Attapeu province<p>Hundreds of people are missing after a hydroelectric dam collapsed in southern Laos, destroying thousands of homes and leaving an unknown number of dead.<p>Five billion cubic metres of water – the equivalent of 2m Olympic swimming …

Hydroelectric Power

Cape Town’s Harrowing Journey to the Brink of Water Catastrophe

Residents queue to refill water bottles at Newlands Spring on January 31, 2018. Photo © Morgana Wingard/Getty Images<i>The city of 4 million people</i> …

In India's parched Bundelkhand, drought brings a tide of migration | Reuters

IGLAS, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Khuba Chand increasingly finds himself alone in Iglas, a drought-parched village in the Bundelkhand region of India’s Madhya Pradesh state.<p>Indian farmer Khuba Chand sits in his increasingly deserted village of Iglas in the drought-parched Bundelkhand …

European waters -- Assessment of status and pressures 2018

The main aim of EU water policy is to ensure that a sufficient quantity of good-quality water is available for both people's needs and the …

Water Access In Lima Complicated by Inequality and Climate Uncertainty

<i>With a population of 10 million, the world’s second-largest desert city receives a paltry 0.3 inches of rain each year.</i>Cityscape and overview of …

Warmer waters cut Alaska's prized salmon harvest

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Warming waters have reduced the harvest of Alaska's prized Copper River salmon to just a fraction of last year's harvest, Alaska biologists say.<p>The runs of Copper River salmon were so low that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shut down the commercial harvest last …

'Green gold': Pakistan plants hundreds of millions of trees

The 'Billion Tree Tsunami' is a provincial government programme described as a 'true conservation success story'.<p>The change is drastic: around the region of Heroshah, previously arid hills are now covered with forest as far as the horizon. In northwestern Pakistan, hundreds of millions of trees …

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Nigeria:Do 80% of Nigerians Lack Safe Drinking Water?

(Photo: Pexels)In one of his regular columns, veteran Nigerian journalist Dele Sobowale questioned whether his government was ready to provide for a …

Venezuela Drought Aggravates Instability

<i>Shortages of power, food, supplies wrack country.</i>Guri Dam accounts for about 60 percent of Venezuela’s electricity generating capacity. A multi-year …

U.S. Water Withdrawals Continue Marked Decline

<i>The country is using less water, but latest USGS report shows influences of California drought on national data.</i><p>U.S. water withdrawals continue to …

Bogotá Could Run Out of Water, Environmentalists Warn

Colombia’s capital depends on a unique ecosystem called páramos for its water supply. Environmental advocates warn that the páramos are now threatened by climate change and other factors.<p>Colombia’s capital Bogotá relies on a unique ecosystem called <i>páramos</i> for its water. The tropical plants and moss …

Bogotá

Floods kill dozens, displace more than a million in India, Bangladesh

DHAKA/GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in South Asia have killed dozens of people and displaced more than a million, most in northeast India and Bangladesh, authorities said on Tuesday.<p>The Brahmaputra river, which flows from the Himalayas down to India and …

China’s experience in tackling water scarcity through sustainable agricultural water management

Water scarcity is a pervasive problem across much of China. By the numbers, per capita water resources stand at only 2,100 cubic meters, which is …