China will introduce a new water pricing mechanism by 2015, the Xinhua news agency reported. According to the new plan, water rates will rise exponentially as water consumption increases.
Peruvian president Ollanta Humala said on Saturday that the Newmont Mining Corporation would guarantee ample water supplies for towns near its proposed Conga gold mine, Reuters reported. The company accepted stricter environmental standards for its controversial mine after large-scale protests in the country stalled work on the project.
Controversial writer and economist Dambisa Moyo tells the Guardian that the world will be drawn into conflicts over resources.
Here’s a recent satellite photo of the disappearing Aral Sea in Central Asia. The sea has been decreasing in size since the 1960s, when Soviet planners began siphoning off water to increase irrigation for cotton production in Uzbekistan.
, a Bulgaria native, is a Chicago-based reporter for Circle of Blue. She co-writes The Stream, a daily digest of international water news trends.
Interests: Europe, China, Environmental Policy, International Security.