United Nations

Water Contamination Cholera in Haiti’s waterways is a persistent and neglected crisis nearly four years after United Nations peacekeepers allegedly introduced the disease following the devastating 2010 earthquake, The New York Times reported. Clinics treating those affected by the disease have been closing, and large funding shortfalls are leaving communities without necessary water purification tablets […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Water and Energy The World Bank has approved a $US 73 million grant to continue the development of the Inga 3 hydropower project, the first in a series of large dams planned for the Congo River, Inter Press Service reported. The Grand Inga project would give the Democratic Republic of Congo the third highest hydropower […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Water Scarcity Food security in the Near East and North Africa region will be strained as the availability of fresh water could decline 50 percent by 2050 and the regional population continues to grow, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN News Centre reported. The UN has formed […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Pollution Discarded computers, tablets, refrigerators, and other electronics are the fastest growing type of waste in the world, according to a report from the United Nations Step initiative, the Guardian reported. The toxic “e-waste”, primarily generated in the developed world, poses a serious pollution threat to the water, air and soil of developing countries, where […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Water Investment An increase in global water investment to 2.2 percent of the world’s gross domestic product could yield a net $US 1 trillion in economic benefits each year, according to a new study released by the United Nations, AlertNet reported. This level of investment, over 20 years, would give everyone in the world access […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Health and Sanitation Waterborne diseases caused by water supplies contaminated with sewage are a major threat to public health in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. The city’s crumbling water and sanitation infrastructure means that many residents are forced to defecate outside, while aging city sewage pipes have burst […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Climate Change The next report released by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to contain stronger warnings about the security of the world’s food supply, The New York Times reported, citing a leaked version of the report. Previous releases from the IPCC reflected hope that the increased plant growth prompted by […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Water Quality Large blooms of algae in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon have destroyed sea grass beds and forced manatees to eat poisonous macro algae that can kill them, NPR reported. The algal blooms are thought to be the result of nutrient-rich water releases from Lake Okeechobee and seeping septic systems. Australia’s government is requiring environmental […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Water Supply There will likely be a “rapid increase” in the amount of wastewater used globally for irrigation and drinking water as the costs to recycle become competitive with measures to secure scarcer fresh water, according to a study from Japan’s Totorri University and the U.N. University, Reuters reported. North America produces enough treated wastewater […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

A new document released by the United Nations inventories shared water resources in the Middle East, providing detailed data to encourage cooperative water management, AlertNet reported. The inventory also notes that the region’s water quality is declining. Water Quality A toxic spill in China’s Fu River caused spiking ammonia levels and resulted in thousands of […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Yesterday’s United Nations (UN) conference stressed water management at national and global levels as the key to achieving sustainable development for the future, UN News Centre reported. “At the national level, community involvement, women’s voices and participation and private sector cooperation are essential […] at the Regional level, dialogue, information sharing and cooperation on transboundary […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

U.S. Water An energy company based in Denver, Colorado plans to build a 129-kilometer (80-mile) pipeline to transport water from the Ohio River to hydraulic fracturing sites in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, The Wall Street Journal reported. The pipeline—which would cut down truck traffic and water costs for drilling operations—would include an intake pipe with […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Pollution China plans to invest $US 81.5 million by 2020 to document and mitigate groundwater pollution, Nature reported. The plan is in response to a 6-year survey of groundwater in the North China Plain that found serious levels of pollution from sources such as fertilizers and industrial waste. Climate Change The world has been warming […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 
JGanter-IowaFarm_G3_9549

Dwindling water supplies, low grain supplies, high prices for bread, meat, milk are outcomes of one of the worst droughts in the American history.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...
 

Droughts, floods and other natural disasters are creating huge economic losses around the world, totaling about $US 2.5 trillion this century, according to estimates by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Bloomberg BNA reported. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged businesses to take steps to reduce disaster risk exposure when investing in new buildings […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Floods While changing rainfall and climate patterns have been linked to increased flooding around the globe, new research suggests that erosion due to deforestation and development also plays a role by making rivers less able to mitigate large storms, AlertNet reported. Increased erosion and sedimentation rates in rivers are related to a region’s economic growth, […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 
0059_sylvia-lee

For World Water Day 2013, Skoll World Forum and Circle of Blue asked four of the world’s leading water experts to weigh in. Here is what Sylvia Lee, leader of the water program at Skoll Global Threats Fund, had to say about the potential for cooperation around water.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...
 
un

Water security should have a common language, and it should be a priority for global sustainable development goals, according to a new report by UN-Water.

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
Read more ...
 

To kick off World Water Day 2013, the United Nations released an analytical brief about global water security and the global water agenda. The report includes a working definition of “water security” as “The capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of and acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit
 
 
 

Environmental Threats Natural disasters cost the world approximately $US 138 billion last year, the third consecutive year that economic losses from disasters have exceeded $US 100 billion, AlertNet reported. Floods and droughts accounted for almost 80 percent of disaster victims in 2012. Failure to address environmental threats like climate change, deforestation, air pollution, and water […]

Help share our stories: submit to reddit