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Commentary on SDG 6.4: Continued Lack of Storage Considerations in Water Scarcity Metrics

It remains unclear how the success of an ambitious goal to improve water efficiency and reduce water scarcity will be measured. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue The threat of water scarcity is always present in places like Australia’s Murray-Darling River Basin. A severe drought there in the early 2000s decimated the […]

Earth Day: Time to review ways to help save the environment — and money

An article in Canada’s Chronicle Herald online marking Earth Day 2008 offers tips for saving both the environment and money, including not purchasing bottled water, reducing household water waste, and spot cleaning clothes to reduce laundry, among others. Read more here. source: The ChronicleHerald.ca/The Halifax [Nova Scotia] Herald Limited Circle of Bluehttp://www.

Congress working to restore full strength to Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON, DC — For 31 years, the Clean Water Act protected all of the nation’s waters, as Congress had intended when it was first enacted. But since 2003, when the Bush administration gave in to polluter pressure, nearly 60% of the nation’s streams have been at risk, including 48% of those in Michigan. Now, in […]

China tests water after 200 sickened

BEIJING – China has ordered quality checks on barreled water around the country after polluted water made more than 200 people sick, newspapers said on Tuesday. The victims, all from the southwestern province of Guizhou, fell ill with hepatitis A in the last few weeks, the Beijing News said. Read More here. Source : Reuters […]

The great resource crisis of the 21st century: Water

UK – The great slow-burning, under-reported resource crisis of the 21st century is water. Climate change, over-consumption and the criminally inefficient use of this most basic raw material are all to blame. I wrote a book three years ago called When The Rivers Run Dry – because many of the world’s biggest rivers are indeed […]

Coping with Less Water

Freshwater is the ultimate renewable resource, but humanity is extracting and polluting it faster than it can be replenished. Rampant economic growth — more homes, more businesses, more water-intensive products and processes, a rising standard of living — has simply outstripped the ready supply, especially in historically dry regions. Compounding the problem, the hydrologic cycle […]

1 Lightbulb = 3-6,000 Gallons

It takes between 3,000 gallons and 6,000 gallons of water to power a 60-watt incandescent bulb for 12 hours a day over the course of a year. That statistic was published on Thursday by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, who have studied how demand for a dwindling natural resource–fresh water–plays into energy. […]

aSpain: Worst drought in 7 decades

MADRID – Spain is reeling from its most severe drought in 70 years with the nation’s reservoirs on average just half full, the Environment Ministry reports. Rainfall has been less than half of what’s considered normal for the last six months and reservoir levels were already low after two years in which normal rain levels […]