Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Water: Long Used As A Tactical Weapon In War, But The World Now Has A Chance To End This

Courtesy of The Conversation, commentary on use of water as a weapon: Experts and leaders will soon come together in their thousands at the first UN conference dedicated to water in nearly half a century. At the conference, which begins on March 22 in New York, delegates will no doubt stress that “water is life”. And it’s […]

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The “Invisible” Water Crisis: Groundwater Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific

Via Asia Pathways, a look at the groundwater crisis: Demand for groundwater has increased steadily in Asia and the Pacific in recent decades, driven by rapid socioeconomic development and population growth (Borodina and Yerkinbayeva 2017). Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and Türkiye today account for more than 60% of […]

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Confronting the Global Water Crisis

Via Project Syndicate, an article on how water-related challenges – whether there is too much or too little, or whether it is dirty and unsafe – are already fueling chronic food and health insecurity in entire regions: The world’s water crisis can no longer be ignored. Unless we manage water properly, we will neither tackle […]

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Global Fresh Water Demand Will Outstrip Supply By 40% By 2030

Via The Guardian, an article on a recent report that global fresh water demand will outstrip supply by 40% by 2030: The world is facing an imminent water crisis, with demand expected to outstrip the supply of fresh water by 40% by the end of this decade, experts have said on the eve of a crucial […]

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Tracking Conflict and Cooperation Over the World’s International Freshwater Resources

Via New Security Beat, a report on tracking conflict and cooperation over the world’s international freshwater resources: Waters that cross international political borders can drive the countries that share them to conflict—or encourage cooperation between them. Indeed, since the 1940s, overall trends point to a tendency for countries to cooperate over shared water resources, which […]

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World Water Gap In Pictures

Courtesy of National Geographic, an excellent look at the world water gap since 1980: Human water consumption has soared.  In some part of the planet, the demand is greater than rivers or groundwater can sustain. Schoolbooks show a simple picture of the water cycle—water evaporates from the ocean, drifts in clouds over land, falls as […]

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