Global Water

August 19, 2016--Rio water pollution reflects global crisis (Guardian)

The heavily contaminated waters of Rio don’t only put at risk the health of Olympians (Report, 3 August), they adversely affect the millions of people facing this faecal nightmare day in and day out. Despite Brazil being an upper-middle income country,

May 9, 2015--Global water quality on brink of disaster (Water Online)

Global water quality is expected to take a plunge in the coming years, according to a new white paper by Veolia and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). "This assessment reveals that levels of BOD, N, and P discharged into water bodies around the world are already alarmingly high, particularly in Asia.

March 20, 2015--UN warns world could have 40 percent water shortfall by 2030 (ABC News)

The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday. Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change.

January 30, 2015--Political will is the biggest barrier to tackling global water risk (Guardian)

So far, the big news this year has been all about oil. And for good reason: the recent drop in petrol prices has caused widespread economic and geopolitical dislocation for producers and consumers alike. Analysts, traders and commentators have watched their fortunes ebb and flow, speculating on what happens next.

October 22, 2014--Reducing water scarcity (McGill University)

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.

October 17, 2013--The coming water wars (Washington Times)

As competition for the precious resource grows, water will be a key to war and peace. In an increasingly water-stressed world, shared water resources are becoming an instrument of power, fostering competition within and between nations.

October 17, 2013--Plenty of water, but little to drink (New York Times)

Earth, “the blue planet,” has a lot of water. Most of the planet’s surface is covered with it. But less than 5 percent of that water is fresh, and much of that is locked up in ice sheets or inconveniently far underground.

January 25, 2013--UN deputy secretary general urges action water management and sanitation (Washington Post)

Most of the world’s urgent problems boil down to water and sanitation, and global leaders must act to reduce child mortality and urban poverty, the UN’s deputy chief said Friday.

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