Water in the World

By Ferdinand Quinones | Articles on water topics

Amid Political Quarrels over Cape Town Crisis, Engineers Prepare Dams for Day Zero

<i>Equipment is in place to pull water from the bottom of reservoirs.</i>Wind scatters dust at Theewaterskloof Dam, the largest in the Western Cape water …

Water

Jordan to go ahead with Red Sea-Dead Sea project

Jordan is committed to implementing the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project despite repeated Israeli signals that it was withdrawing from the …

Dead Sea

'Silent waterworld': Cambodian village submerged by floodwater from Chinese-built dam

Floodwater released from a hydroelectric dam has completely submerged a Cambodian village, turning it into a “silent waterworld”.<p>The new Lower Sesan …

Asia

Bigger, Faster Avalanches, Triggered by Climate Change

<i>Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.</i><p>When 247 million cubic feet of snow and ice collapsed off a glacier in the dry, mountainous region of western Tibet in 2016, the roiling mass took with it nine human lives and hundreds …

Global Warming

Comparison of Predicted and Measured Pharmaceutical Concentrations in Rivers

A PhD fellow from the University of York measuring pharmaceutical concentrations in samples collected from the Rivers Foss and Ouse, United Kingdom, …

In 2017, the oceans were by far the hottest ever recorded

The second-hottest year recorded at Earth’s surface was the hottest in its oceans<p>Among scientists who work on climate change, perhaps the most anticipated information each year is how much the Earth has warmed. That information can only come from the oceans, because almost all heat is stored there. …

Global Warming

Lake Michigan has become dramatically clearer in last 20 years — but at a steep cost

Decades ago, Lake Michigan teemed with nutrients and green algae, casting a brownish-green hue that resembled the mouth of an inland river rather than a vast, open-water lake.<p>Back then, the lake's swampy complexion was less than inviting to swimmers and kayakers, but it supported a robust fishing …

Fishing

Dust radiative forcing in snow of the Upper Colorado River Basin: 1. A 6 year record of energy balance, radiation, and dust concentrations

Abstract<p>[1] Dust in snow accelerates snowmelt through its direct reduction of snow albedo and its further indirect reduction of albedo by …

‘Tamil Nadu can become self-reliant in water resources’

It is a myth that Tamil Nadu could not become self-reliant in its water requirements and had to depend on neighbouring States for water, said former …

India

Nonstick Chemicals Slipped Into Water, Causing Health, Environmental, Regulatory Mess

<i>PFASs — used in clothing, carpets, cookware, and more — contaminate wells across the United States.</i>Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York met with Hoosick …

Water

Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

<i>Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.</i><p>UNITED NATIONS — Nigeria. Syria. Somalia. And now Iran.<p>In each country, in different ways, a water crisis has triggered some combination of civil unrest, mass migration, insurgency or …

Climate Change

Groundwater Shared by Countries Is Knowledge Void

<i>Management of transboundary aquifers is on the United Nations agenda this fall.</i>Rice fields in the Mekong Delta, near Can Tho, Vietnam. An increase in …

Water

Why Cape Town Is About to Run Out of Water

Parched earth and dust storms extend across much of the Theewaterskloof Dam, an area normally filled with several hundred million cubic meters of …

Patricia de Lille

2017 was the hottest year on record without El Niño boost

Data shows the year was also one of the hottest three ever recorded, with scientists warning that the ‘climate tide is rising fast’<p>2017 was the hottest year since global records began that was not given an additional boost by the natural climate cycle El Niño, according to new data. Even without an …

Consecutive droughts spell disaster and hunger for Kenya in 2018

Two consecutive years of failed rains have left 3.4 million Kenyans in need of food aid and 480,000 children requiring treatment for acute …

Africa

World Economic Forum Sees Big Risks in Water and Climate

January 17, 2018/ by Brett Walton<p><i>Environmental change viewed as a leading cause of disruption.</i><p>© J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue<p><b>By Brett Walton,</b> …

New Dams in Africa Could Add Risk to Power Supplies Along the Way

Share this:<p>A majority of planned dams are in the same river basins and will rely on similar patterns of rainfall. Thus, they will be vulnerable at …

Ethiopia:Major Cites to Get Sewerage System

[Addis Fortune] Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Electricity (MoWIE) is finalising the preparation of terms of reference (ToR) to hire a consultant …

Africa

China's 'sponge cities' are turning streets green to combat flooding

Replacing concrete pavements with wetlands, green rooftops and rain gardens means stormwater is absorbed back into the land, making water work for the city instead of against it<p>A small part of Shanghai is turning greener, street by street.<p>In the Lingang district, pavements are lined with trees, …

The year in water 2017

<b>By Brett Walton</b><p><b>Circle of Blue – December 20, 2017</b><p>Two months ago, as winter in the Southern Hemisphere turned to spring, authorities in Cape Town grew …

Water

Sacred, life-affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas – in pictures

Rapid urbanisation, dwindling groundwater reserves and changing rain patterns are driving a water crisis in the lower Himalayas of India and Nepal. Photojournalist Toby Smith took part in a research project charting the shifting demands on this fragile landscape<p>Photographs by Toby Smith/University …

La Niña Makes a Quiet Return : Image of the Day

The winter of 2016–17 brought a mild and relatively brief La Niña to the Pacific Ocean, and it now appears that 2017–18 could offer a repeat. On the …

World’s largest plastics plant rings alarm bells on Texas coast

Communities voice fears of impact that new facility on farmland just north of Corpus Christi will have on environment<p>Donald Trump’s state visit to Saudi Arabia in May will perhaps be best remembered by his participation in an all-male sword dance where he awkwardly waved a ceremonial blade in step …

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Recy Taylor

Drought to hit South Africa's 2018 wine harvest

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa, the world's seventh biggest wine producer, is expected to see the smallest harvest in more than a decade in 2018 after drought and lower plantings hit yields, industry experts said.<p>The winelands are mostly in the coastal Western Cape province which was …

Parched for a price: Karachi's water crisis

“We have carried out more than 400 operations against illegal hydrants in recent years,” Rizwan Hyder, a spokesperson for the KWSB, told Al Jazeera. “We are acting against these things … and working with the police …. We have lodged scores of cases against people operating illegal hydrants. The …

Pakistan

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 …

Israel

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Alyssa Milano

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>Plans by Laos to …

Hydroelectric Power