World Water Week is here and this year, the focus is on water cooperation and building partnerships. The UN declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. World Water Week looks at addressing some big questions: Why do we need to cooperate? On what? For what aim? At what level? With whom? How? They seem […]
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In Palestine, many homes lack water most of the time. Water sources in Palestine are under the control of Israel and, according to international agreements, water is to be shared between the two nations. However, many Palestinians say they don’t get enough water to satisfy their minimum needs.
Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of the year when the temperatures outside are perfect. The heat of summer is gone, but the chill of winter hasn’t yet set in. We can enjoy the bounty of our table, then move outside for the annual croquet match without adding too many layers.
Toilet to tap is the term for taking wastewater from residences and businesses, cleaning it up, then sending it back to those same residences and businesses as drinking water. A recent study says that most Americans favor recycling water, but draw the line at toilet to tap. Is it really that bad?
Last week, India’s highest court ruled that toilets and drinking water must be available in every school in India, both public and private.
In recent years, Nestle has been hard fought by communities across the country over bottled water plants, as citizens are concerned that local aquifers will be depleted.Â From Washington to California, towns have been divided and long battles fought as the maker of Perrier, Poland Spring, S. Pellegrino, and Arrowhead bottled waters plans to expand.Â […]
If there’s one film that everyone needs to watch this year, it’s Blue Gold: World Water Wars. The film, based on the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, pulls no punches in its portrayal of the major water issues facing us […]
Federal regulators released a court-ordered plan on June 4, 2009 to protect Californiaâ€™s Chinook salmon. The plan will open dams and limit pumping of water from the rivers. The move has prompted a flood of objections from state officials because of the resulting reduction in water availability to California farms and cities.
A study by Scripps Institute researchers predicts that even under conservative climate change scenarios, the Colorado River will not be able to supply water to meet the current demands 60 to 90% of the time by the year 2050. Researchers also predicted that the reduction in the runoff feeding the river will mean shortages of […]
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 […]
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.