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.Read More
"The MDHHS director has the serious responsibility of watching out for the health of all Michiganders, and the reality is that he helped cover up a crisis and lied to an entire poisoned city."Read More
“The orders against sowing rice, corn, and other crops this summer came as a shock to the towns and villages in the once-fertile plains south of Baghdad, where the local economy depends on farming. Nationwide, one in five Iraqis works in agriculture.”Read More
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.
"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."Read More
"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."Read More
"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.Read More
“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.”Read More
“The number of people without reliable access to clean water is expected to rise further before it eventually falls. Meanwhile, 2.4 billion people lack access to toilets or other basic sanitation. No wonder then that 1.8 billion rely on water sources that are contaminated with fecal matter, according to the multilateral agency.”Read More