It would be nice if water resources fell neatly into national political boundaries. It would be nice if countries that shared water resources cooperated more. It would be nice if climate change wasn’t a growing threat to the stocks and flows of water around the world.
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Water weaves through history, giving rise to conflict, collapses and creation in civilizations. In his latest book, WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, economic journalist Steven Solomon examines the economic and social relationship between people and water.
Circle of Blue introduces the first contributing column from Dr. Paul J. Sullivan, an expert on resource conflict in the Middle East and parts of Africa. In his first piece, Sullivan discusses the water crisis in one of the world’s most spotlighted failing states — Sudan.
The close of economic journalist Steven Solomon’s book is a reflection on the new meaning of water given today’s scarcity crisis. Solomon connects freshwater’s past and present to paint a future, and potentially very unstable picture of human civilization. By redefining facets of this precious resource, however, he presents the foundation of finding global solutions.
Though water is already scarce and food production will decline in the region, most Arab countries are doing little to prepare, reports say.
Food production in the Arab world will be hurt by sea level rises and water scarcity exacerbated by climate change, concluded two reports released last week, according to Reuters.
Africa News Southern Africa Water Wire IPS-hosted African News Feed Asian carp A list of eating instructions The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries posted a video and instructions on carp consumption. Asian Carp Management An official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Web site designed to coordinate control and management of Asian carp in the […]
Since the dawn of Homo sapiens in arid Africa, nine tenths of our evolution has unfolded as foragers. Only relatively recently did our species embark on agriculture, and recent events suggest certain limits to that extraordinary experiment. Exponential population growth has combined with unprecedented climate change until half the planet’s land surface can now be classified as drylands—arid landscapes inhabited by a third of humankind.
In an 800-page report, federal officials issued a dire prediction for California’s salmon — they’re just about out of water. The only solution: cut water usage in the Central Valley.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Tanks are great, but pipes are better. Praised for nearly halving the number of its citizens without safe water, South Africa’s infrastructure remains insufficient for much of the nation. Its crumbling apartheid-generation plumbing still leaves 5 million people without proper drinking water and nearly 15 million without basic sanitation facilities, IRIN […]
In an interview with Circle of Blue, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai discusses the crucial role forests play as rainwater harvesters. She emphasizes the importance of taking time to educate communities and governments to understand and care for forests. Maathai is the founder the Green Belt Movement in East Africa. She was the […]
Pollution and global warming threaten Asia’s most important freshwater source.