Tag Archives: water

Ambitious Plan for China’s Water Crisis Spurs Concern

A chronic drought is ravaging farmland. The Gobi Desert is inching south. The Yellow River, the so-called birthplace of Chinese civilization, is so polluted it can no longer supply drinking water. The rapid growth of megacities — 22 million people … Continue reading

Posted in Development, Ecosystems, Freshwater, Resources, Sustainability, Water | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Middle East is running dry – and into the perfect storm?

Water, it’s the very stuff of life, and a high-resolution analysis of the most water-stressed places on Earth reveals anew a stark reality. The Middle East and north Africa (Mena), currently in the middle of a historic wave of unrest, is by far the worst … Continue reading

Posted in Ecosystems, Freshwater, Global Issues, Sustainability, Water | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Big Thirst’: The Future of Water

Charles Fishman, a longtime writer for Fast Company magazine, is the author of “The Big Thirst,” a new book on water. He previously wrote “The Wal-Mart Effect,” which was an Economist “book of the year” in 2006 and a finalist … Continue reading

Posted in Ecosystems, Food & Health, Freshwater, Global Issues, Water | Tagged | Leave a comment

Human impact on world’s rivers ‘threatens water security of 5 billion’

The world’s rivers are so badly affected by human activity that the watersecurity of almost 5 billion people, and the survival of thousands of aquatic species, are threatened, scientists warned . http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/29/human-impact-world-rivers-water-security

Posted in Ecosystems, Freshwater, Global Issues, Resources, Sustainability, Water | Tagged , | Leave a comment

GOOD: Water

For World Water Day 2008, we look at the planet’s water, how it’s being used, and the increasing strains on this vital resource. Drink up!

Posted in Ecosystems, Freshwater, Global Issues, Resources, Sustainability | Tagged | Leave a comment

Brazil tribes allow workers to leave hydro plant

Indigenous people protesting against the construction of a hydro-electric plant in the Brazilian Amazon have allowed most workers to leave the site, the Brazilian authorities say. The Indians say the construction of the plant has destroyed an ancient burial ground … Continue reading

Posted in Development, Disparities, Freshwater, Resources, Water | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Flooding tests China giant dam

China’s most severe floods in a decade are threatening to get worse as the landmark Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river is close to overflowing, with its reservoir almost full. The water level reached 158 metres on Saturday morning, just 17 metres … Continue reading

Posted in Atmosphere, Ecosystems, Freshwater, Water | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Water Dispute Increases India-Pakistan Tension

In this high Himalayan valley on the Indian-controlled side of Kashmir, the latest battle line between Indiaand Pakistan has been drawn. Indian workers here are racing to build an expensive hydroelectric dam in a remote valley near here, one of several India plans to … Continue reading

Posted in Development, Ecosystems, Freshwater, Water | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Tap that water

AFRICA is the “underdammed” continent. It is the least irrigated and electrified, yet it uses only 3% of its renewable water, against 52% in South Asia. So there is plenty of scope for an African dam-building boom. Ghana long ago … Continue reading

Posted in Ecosystems, Freshwater, Resources, Water | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Canal chemical pollution levels “alarming,” says Greenpeace

Greenpeace claims two canals in Samut Prakan province – near an industrial zone and connected to the lower Chao Phya River – were tainted with hazardous chemicals at a level “high and alarming” enough to affect human hormones and cause … Continue reading

Posted in Ecosystems, Freshwater, Hazards, Water | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment