public health

Water Pollution China plans to spend $US 330 billion addressing polluted water supplies, more than it is planning to spend on air pollution, Reuters reported. The money will go to efforts to prevent pollution, such as wastewater treatment upgrades, and aims to improve water quality 30 to 50 percent. Coal ash released in a spill […]

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The World Health Organization is expected this week to confirm more cases of the polio disease in Syria, where it is being transmitted through contaminated food and water, Reuters reported. The disease, which is incurable and causes paralysis, has already been confirmed in 13 children. Climate Change Residents of some atolls in the Solomon Islands […]

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Pollution The disposal of wastewater created during the mining of bituminous tar sands is a growing problem for Canada’s oil industry, which must store the water in vast reservoirs, and the industry is planning expansions that could turn Alberta into the largest man-made lake district in the world, Bloomberg News reported. Environmentalists worry that the […]

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Water Use Britain could save $US 328.22 million each year by cutting one minute from shower times, The Guardian reported from a recent Energy Saving Trust survey. “When people think of energy use they think of heating and lighting…It’s all too easy to turn on the tap and not think about the…environmental and energy cost […]

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Public Health Floods linked to climate change, along with the increased trade of certain goods, have played an important role in the expansion of dengue fever-causing mosquitoes, AlertNet reported. Dengue is now the fastest-spreading tropical disease in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Severe drought conditions in the United States last summer […]

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UN WASH drinking water MDG millennium development goals sanitation hygeine

More people have access to drinking water and sanitation than ever before, but more investment is needed to maintain those systems.

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Despite an extensive water and sanitation system ranking among the world’s best, a human rights lawyer — appointed by the United Nations — has reported that some of the poorest Americans live without affordable, convenient access to these basic necessities.

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Infographic: WASH and Urbanization — Providing Sanitation and Water Services by Country

Entry in the 2011 Urban Water Design Challenge, sponsored by Visualizing.org and Circle of Blue.

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With just a few days before China unveils its development plan for the next five years, should the world’s biggest energy consumer rein in its energy intensity targets to reflect its current reduction capacity or should it pump up its goals? Chinadialogue presents two opposing views. Indian activists are up in arms over a U.S. […]

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I’ve often daydreamed about what an alien civilization would think about Earth if it were ever to come visit.

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The United Nation’s World Habitat Award honors community-based model for clean drinking water and sanitation.

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Ongoing drought in Syria is causing acute water shortages, food insecurity and economic uncertainty.

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Cameroon’s worst cholera outbreak since 2004 has killed at least 100 people and could spread to neighboring countries.

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Peter Gleick applauds the UN General Assembly’s declaration: “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

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A new report furthers the hypothesis that water stress serves as a catalyst for conflict.

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A recent survey on sanitation in India’s cities reveals the need for dramatic changes.

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Water quality is a serious problem that is not properly acknowledged, says top water expert and adviser Asit Biswas.

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The Janadesar village in the arid Marwar Region of India teamed up with the Jal Bahagirathi Foundation on World Toilet Day

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World Health Organization and UNICEF has found that the world is on track to surpass the Millennium Development Goal for drinking water access, but will fall short by one billion people for sanitation if current trends continue.

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Over the past two decades, the global economy has witnessed extraordinary, previously unimaginable technological advances and scientific feats. Money and complicated business propositions change hands virtually. Meanwhile medical science defies death and disease on a daily basis, as the worldwide web enables instant communication across oceans. Despite these tremendous advancements in life and technology, the greatest issue we face is our depleting water supply.

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