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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What's Next For Cape Town's Water Crisis?

What's Next For Cape Town's Water Crisis?

“‘In 12 years, demand will outstrip supply in South Africa by 17 percent’, said Mary Galvin, Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg. ‘This has been a wake-up call in South Africa about what’s needed—not just in Cape Town, but in other provinces that are facing the same or even more extreme challenges,’ she said.

‘It’s not just a technical issue,’ said Galvin, citing the existing inequality and poor governance in Cape Town. ‘This emphasis on availability and scarcity sort of puts us away from broader access questions, which is also key to water security,’ she said.”

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Michigan to Allow Nestlé Further Water Extraction

Michigan to Allow Nestlé Further Water Extraction

"Nestlé's request to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to pump 576,000 gallons of water each day from the White Pine Springs well in the Great Lakes Basin was "highly controversial," member station Michigan Radio reports. But despite deep public opposition, the agency concluded that the company's plan met with legal standards."

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Growing Awareness of the Water Crisis Shows Potential Solutions

Growing Awareness of the Water Crisis Shows Potential Solutions

"Broadly speaking, the world faces three separate water-related challenges that have each gotten much worse in recent decades. First, the world’s fresh water is very unevenly distributed, meaning that cities and farms often have to invest enormous resources in bringing it to where it’s needed. Because the world’s population is both growing and increasingly clustered in cities, it’s becoming more and more challenging to find enough water to grow more crops and at the same time fill more washbasins. "

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How the Water Crisis Works

How the Water Crisis Works

"Humanity is facing a growing challenge of too much water in some places and not enough water in others. This is being driven not just by climate change, but by population and economic growth and poor water management, experts warn.

'Water scarcity and flood problems are primarily due to quick growth, increasing vulnerability, and insufficient preparation,' says Arjen Hoekstra, a professor of water management at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. 'Climate change, however, is and will worsen the situation in most cases.' "

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Cape Town Might Just be Beginning of a World Water Crisis

Cape Town Might Just be Beginning of a World Water Crisis

"Weeks ago, local authorities were predicting that “Day Zero” in Cape Town was going to arrive in late April, and that people will have to start procuring water from one of the 200 collection points throughout the city.

Now, after three postponements, the city calculates that it will reach that crisis point on July 9.

At that point, the remaining water will go to hospitals and certain settlements that depend on communal faucets. Most people in the city will run out of tap water for drinking, bathing or other uses.

In this way, Cape Town could be just the first of many other cities that could have no access to clean water."

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The World's Water Crisis is Still Expanding

The World's Water Crisis is Still Expanding

"Water scarcity is different from disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes because it gives us an unprecedented degree of lead-time for preparation. So why aren't we taking advantage of that? Human psychology makes us apathetic about mitigating risks that we (incorrectly) think won't affect us. As far as recipes for disaster go, this combination is a doozy. We simply can't wait until a water crisis becomes an immediate threat."

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