Freshwater for IB DP Geography

By Richard Allaway | For all IB DP Geography students and educators! #ibgeog 11 - 'Freshwater - Issues and Conflicts' + #ibgeog 19 - 'Freshwater'

'Day zero' water crises: Spain, Morocco, India and Iraq at risk as reservoirs shrink

A new early warning satellite system reveals countries where shrinking reservoirs could lead to the taps completely drying up

Morocco

Microplastics are 'littering' riverbeds

<b>Microscopic plastic beads, fragments and fibres are littering riverbeds across the UK - from rural streams to urban waterways.</b><p>This is according to a study that analysed sediments from rivers in north-west England.<p>Scientists from the University of Manchester tested river sediments at 40 sites …

Pollution

Call for fundamental shift in global water management

A new report on the global water crisis calls for a fundamental shift in the way the world manages water.<p>The report, Making Every Drop Count: An …

Damming the Nile: Explore with 360 video

<b>A new dam on the Nile could trigger a war over water - unless Ethiopia can agree a deal with Egypt and Sudan.</b><p>Media playback is unsupported on your device<p>Join the BBC's Africa correspondent Alastair Leithead and his team, travelling from the Blue Nile's source to the sea - through Ethiopia and Sudan …

Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps?

The head of Cape Town’s disaster operations centre is drawing up a plan he hopes he never has to implement as this South African city on the frontline of climate change prepares to be the first in the world to turn off the water taps.<p>“We’ve identified four risks: water shortages, sanitation …

Snorkeling

Cape Town drought: City beyond ‘point of no return’ and will run out of water in April, warns mayor

The executive mayor of Cape Town has warned citizens and prospective visitors that the city is “very likely” to run out of water in April. After two …

Cape Town told to cut water use or face losing supply by 12 April

Residents will have to queue for daily rations unless they drastically reduce consumption<p>Cape Town residents may lose piped water to their homes within two months if they do not act to counter the effects of the worst drought to hit South Africa’s second city in almost a century.<p>Local authorities …

Water

In less than 3 months, a major international city will likely run out of water

<b>(CNN) —</b> In Cape Town, South Africa, they're calling it "Day Zero" -- the day when the taps run dry.<p>City officials had recently said that day would come on April 22. They have since moved up the date to April 12.<p>Cape Town is South Africa's second-largest city and a top international tourist draw. …

Cape Town

Death of the Nile

By Peter Schwartzstein<p>The world's longest river is sick -<br>and getting sicker<p>Booming populations have dirtied and drained it, while climate change threatens to cut its flow.<p>And some fear that competition over its dwindling waters could trigger a regional conflict.<p>The rains<p>The rot starts at the source.<p>…

Builders 'behind UK flooding risk'

<b>New housing developments that contribute to the risk of flooding are still being built, MPs say.</b><p>House builders are supposed to create housing schemes that catch water with features like green roofs and porous road surfaces.<p>The government has frequently said it's committed to reducing flood risk.<p>But …

Death of the Nile

The River Nile serves as a lifeline to millions of people across East Africa and Egypt but is under threat from population growth, pollution and climate change.<p>Some Egyptian fishermen say the water is now so toxic that they dare not eat the fish they catch.<p>TAP HERE to find out more.

East Africa

Indian PM inaugurates Sardar Sarovar dam in face of activist anger

Narendra Modi hits out at ‘misinformation campaign’ as environmentalists warn that 40,000 families’ homes are at risk<p>A mega-dam that became one of India’s greatest environmental controversies during the three decades it was under construction has been formally declared complete by the prime …

India

In Peru, a 'Foggy' Solution to a Water Shortage

The Netherlands, always vulnerable to floods, has a new approach to water management

Much of the Netherlands is below sea level and major floods have occurred every generation or so for hundreds of years. In a warming world with increased rainfall and sea level rise, the threat from floods is increasing worldwide, and the Dutch are leading the way in water management …

Why ‘hydro-politics’ will shape the 21st Century

It's been called the 'next oil'. In the coming decades, the supply of water has the potential to influence geopolitics, diplomacy and even conflict.<p>The 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace pits 007 against an evil criminal syndicate bent on global domination. Sounds par for the course… but this …

Water

Nine tenths of England's floodplains not fit for purpose, study finds

Intensive farming cited as main reason for destroying natural barriers to deluge and making low lying areas more vulnerable to floods<p>Only a tenth of England’s extensive floodplains are now fit for purpose – 90% no longer function properly – with the shortfall putting an increasing number of homes …

Green Party

Sri Lanka floods: Nearly 500,000 displaced as death toll rises

<b>At least 126 people have been killed and nearly 500,000 displaced in Sri Lanka following flooding and mudslides triggered by monsoon rains, the government says.</b><p>A further 97 people are still missing, a spokesman said.<p>Military boats and helicopters have been sent to help rescue operations.<p>The …

Google's data center raises the stakes in this state's 'water wars'

Endless emails, map requests, web searches, and everything else we do online requires the use of energy-hungry, water-guzzling data centers.<p>For …

Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

First ever observed case of ‘river piracy’ saw the Slims river disappear as intense glacier melt suddenly diverted its flow into another watercourse<p>An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an …

Global Warming

2 billion people drinking contaminated water - WHO

The World Health Organization has warned that nearly two billion people worldwide currently use faecal-contaminated water.<p>The UN agency says dramatic …

Public Health

Graphene-based sieve turns seawater into drinking water

<b>A UK-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater.</b><p>The sought-after development could aid the millions of people without ready access to clean drinking water.<p>The promising graphene oxide sieve could be highly efficient at filtering salts, and …

Wastewater isn't a burden, it's a valuable resource

Wastewater from households, industries and agriculture should not be seen as a problem but a valuable resource which could help meet the demands for …

Wastewater

Switzerland's spectacular dams and their uncertain future

<b>Switzerland’s 604 hydroelectric plants aren’t just powerhouses for clean energy. Some dams are also dramatic destinations. But their source of fuel</b> …

Hydroelectric Power

UN highlights need to recycle world's waste water

Recycling the world's waste water, almost all of which goes untreated, would ease global water shortages while protecting the environment, according …

Wastewater

Access to drinking water around the world – in five infographics

How many people have access to clean and safe water? Where do they get it from, and how much do they pay for it? A new report by the World Health Organisation/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme delves into data on drinking water from the last 17 years to give a detailed view of the state of access …

Snorkeling

Northern Namibia braced for worst flood in memory

Flooding in Namibia's Cuvelai-Etosha catchment area has reached alarming levels in recent weeks, with residents being warned to take the necessary precautions in expectation of the worst possible floods experienced in the region in living memory.<p>This is according to the Ministry of Agriculture, …

Weather

'Parched' Chinese city plans to pump water from Russian lake via 1,000km pipeline

Urban planners in Lanzhou have drawn up proposals to pipe water into the chronically dry region from Siberia’s Lake Baikal.<p>China is reportedly considering plans to build a 1,000km (620 mile) pipeline to pump water all the way from Siberia to its drought-stricken northwest.<p>According to reports in …

China

Dams be damned, let the world's rivers flow again

The flawed development model of dam-building has continued around the world. It’s time to give permanent protection to free-flowing rivers<p>Fifty years ago, environmentalists and dam builders in the United States were locked in a bitter battle. Dam building had swept the nation in the 1940s and …

New York State

Thailand floods: 12 dead as record rainfall persists

<b>At least 12 people have died and many villages been submerged after heavy rains caused severe flooding in southern Thailand.</b><p>Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected with water levels reaching "roof-high" in some areas, Thailand's interior ministry said.<p>Transport services, including …