By 2040, most of the world won’t have enough water to meet demand year-round

By 2040, most of the world won’t have enough water to meet demand year-round

Less than 1 percent of the world’s water supply is readily available for human use (the rest is salty, frozen at the poles, or trapped underground). Yet we use it in wildly inefficient ways: We lose it to leaky pipes. We dump waste in it. We try to grow some of our most water-intensive crops in the desert. Really.

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A Global Water Crisis is on Our Doorstep

A Global Water Crisis is on Our Doorstep

They are the lungs of the planet, but they're also its kidneys, which is why paying greater attention to the world's forests is key to solving its water problems.
According to dozens of leading forest and water experts, ensuring the continued flow of “green water”- the water moving through trees, plants and soils - is the only way to maintain a healthy global system.

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Forests Are More Linked to the World Water Crisis Than We May Think

Forests Are More Linked to the World Water Crisis Than We May Think

"'This international effort to highlight the interlinkages between forests, water, people and climate is very timely, given the pressures we now face on both human society and natural ecosystems,' Caroline Sullivan, an environmental economist at Australia’s Southern Cross University who contributed to the report, said in a statement. 'For example, here in Australia, we are facing water shortages, massive loss of biodiversity, rising incidence of floods and droughts, and loss of economic capital and human wellbeing.'"

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An Ancient Water Collection Technique Saved a Modern Town

An Ancient Water Collection Technique Saved a Modern Town

Raghavan realized it wasn’t reasonable to advocate a return to unpaved or undeveloped land to capture rainwater. Instead, he suggested installing a network of pipes and filters to capture rain wherever it fell — rooftops, driveways and sidewalks — and using it to replenish underground aquifers or storing it in collection tanks. He calculated that, if managed strategically, Chennai’s average annual rainfall of around 140 centimeters (55 inches) was sufficient to meet domestic water needs in the densely populated city.

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UAE Plans to Tow Icebergs to the Middle East to ease it's Water Crisis

UAE Plans to Tow Icebergs to the Middle East to ease it's Water Crisis

As per the National Advisor Bureau Limited’s plan, icebergs will be selected using satellite imagery. The chosen iceberg will then be covered in an insulated material to prevent it from melting and transported via ice barges to the coast of Fujairah. Here is where the iceberg will be crushed into smaller pieces and stored in water tanks to be filtered and used as drinking water.

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Are We Running Out of Water?

Are We Running Out of Water?


"'Competing demands for water means that those who are poorer or marginalised find it more difficult to get water than the rich and powerful.' Many governments and privatized water companies concentrate their provision on wealthy districts, and prioritise agriculture and industry over poorer people, while turning a blind eye to polluters and those who over-extract water from underground sources. Sharing access to water equitably requires good governance, tight regulation, investment and enforcement, all qualities in short supply in some of the world’s poorest and most water-scarce areas."

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Cheap and Efficient Water Purification May be Solved by Plant Seeds

Cheap and Efficient Water Purification May be Solved by Plant Seeds

"The new material, f-sand, uses proteins from the Moringa Oleifera plant commonly known as the drumstick tree to efficaciously purify water. The plant which is indigenous to India, grows well in tropical and sub-tropical climates and is cultivated for food and natural oils. The seeds of the plant are also used for one type of basic water purification. Materials present in the seeds can kill microorganisms and reduce water turbidity."

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Water Crises are not Limited to Cape Town: They Could be Coming Cities Near You

Water Crises are not Limited to Cape Town: They Could be Coming Cities Near You

"The global community needs to get a grip on climate changes exacerbating the supply side dimension of the water crisis. Freshwater resources are particularly vulnerable to climate events. Rising temperatures and shifts in precipitation patterns increase the frequency of floods and droughts, making effective water management far more challenging."

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Indian Himalayan Town's Water Woes a Wake up Call

Indian Himalayan Town's Water Woes a Wake up Call

"The water crisis...served as a wake up call for India, where sprawling metropolises such as New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai routinely face critical water shortages as ground water levels deplete and lakes and rivers dry up...'Beg, borrow, steal: you do all sorts of things. You learn to have a bath in a basin and then throw that water in the flush,' says Nilu Parmar." Learn more here.

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India is the Latest Country to have a Water Crisis

“The local government reportedly has a number of expensive schemes in the works to fix the problem. It’s also tried to encourage rainwater harvesting, though not very successfully. Meanwhile, every successive year takes the city closer to disaster. By 2039, Shimla’s water demand is expected to hit 71 MLD, far exceeding its already limited supply.”

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Humanitarian Organization Working on New Water Initiative

Humanitarian Organization Working on New Water Initiative

“Access to clean water worldwide is a major problem, said Jeff Fields, the site manager of World Vision’s Aleppo facility.

‘We’ve been working with the water initiative, especially in West Virginia, for a while,’ Fields said. “But this is the first time we’ve targeted Pittsburgh.

‘But we feel that this is something we can tackle. By 2030, we feel that everybody in the world will have access to clean water. Right now, 1,000 children around the world are dying every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water. But we are making great progress with well drilling systems.’”

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Is Graphene the Material that can Solve the Water Crisis?

“The team tested their innovation, GraphAir on what Dr. Seo calls an ‘extreme’ case: Sydney harbour’s heavily contaminated water. The GraphAir filter was able to filter out virtually all the pollutants in the water, including heavy metals and dioxides, making it drinkable in one step.

Currently, conventional water purification involves chemical treatment and filtration of water in a seven to eight step process.”

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