In one of the more tragic stories related to water shortage in recent history, some 1,500 farmers in India’s agricultural state of Chhattisgarh committed mass suicide in response to the devastating effects of water shortages on their crop production.
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Here are 3 quick but sobering facts about the present world water situation: Water insecurity could increase malnutrition in 75-125 million people by 2080. Diarrhea caused by unclean water kills five times as many children as HIV/AIDS. In some areas, the amount of available water can fall below 1/10th the basic human requirement.1 The good […]
The World Water Forum (WWF) held in Istanbul last week has turned out to be a more highly contentious event than anticipated by many.Â The forum got off to a rough start when Turkish police fired tear gas and detained activists who protested against the privatization of water, the most charged and controversial issue surrounding […]
Waterborne diseases are the second largest killer of children under five. Each day, 4,200 children die from water-related diseases, and 900 million people around the world are without access to safe drinking water1. UNICEF’s Tap Project is working to change that by raising money to support clean water programs with a simple $1 donation. That […]
As much as we take for granted that we can turn on the tap for an endless supply of water whenever we need it, the truth is that rapid industrialization, increasing agricultural use and pollution have contributed to worldwide water shortages.Â Everyday brings increasing concern about the scarcity of water and its impact on global […]
More than 1 billion people world wide lack access to clean, safe drinking water1. That’s about 20% of the Earth’s population. More than 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation2. That’s over 40% of the globe. World Water Day is an international day of action and observance to draw attention to their situation, and […]
Host Sean Daily talks with filmmaker Irena Salina, director of the documentary “FLOW: How Did a Handful of Corporations Steal Our Water?” about the global water crisis and her experience making the film. Wired Magazine referred to the documentary as the “scariest movie at the Sundance Film Festival” after its screening there in 2008. The […]
The Orange County Water District is purifying wastewater into drinking water at a $481 million recycling plant. The plant uses microfiltration, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light, and hydrogen peroxide disinfection.Â 70 million gallons of sewer water is treated a day in Orange County, California meeting the drinking needs of over 500,000 people, including visitors to Disneyland.
In many parts of the world, lack of access to clean, potable water is a major issue. Water may be found nearby, but only in a brackish or polluted state. Areas close to the ocean may see miles of water, but not a drop to drink. UNICEF estimates that every day 5000 children die as […]
Last month, biologists warned killer whales’ existence is being threatened by California water issues that negatively affect salmon populations. Specifically endangered are the southern resident orcas that live in Puget Sound but have been seen as far south as Monterey Bay since 2000.Â There are 83 southern resident killer whales.
A new feature-length documentary film directed by Sam Bozzo and narrated by Malcolm McDowell called Blue Gold: World Water Wars is screening in film festivals across the world, and will soon be released on DVD in North America.
Although the last week has seen a massive flurry of rain and snow in California, the stateâ€™s drought situation is worse than ever and now into its third year. Most of the water from the recent storms has quickly seeped into parched soil in the watersheds, and state reservoir levels remain critically low.