The Himalayan glaciers that feed the Indus and Ganges rivers have the potential to lose half their volume by 2100 due to climate change, according to a new study published in Nature Geoscience, AFP reported. The ice loss, however, is not expected to reduce water availability for South Asia in the current century.
United Kingdom water users are paying low rates at the expense of rivers and streams, which are being depleted by water companies, BBC News reported. The report points to an outdated water licensing system as a major obstacle to responsible water withdrawals.
The United States Congress is considering a bill to further improve access to safe water and sanitation around the globe, building upon a similar act passed in 2005, WASH Advocates reported. The Water for the World Act, as the bill is known, would step up monitoring and evaluations of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects.
A new study has linked children’s growth to their access to clean water and soap, according to Medical News Today. An analysis of studies conducted in low and middle-income countries found that height growth for children under the age of five increased 0.5 centimeters (0.2 inches) when water and sanitation access was improved.