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The Stream, January 27: Water Pollution Strikes Chinese River

Levels of cadmium, a carcinogen, measured 20 percent higher than the official limit in China’s Longjiang River, Xinhua reported. The pollution, which may have been caused by mining, spurred a rush to buy bottled water amid fears of drinking water contamination. Weather Extremes Floods killed 6 people in Fiji and displaced 3,500 following heavy rains, […]


Peter Gleick: Water Emergencies — Time for New Plans and Technology

The world faces a wide range of serious, complex, and long-term water challenges, from shortages to contamination to local and regional disputes over water to long-term climate changes. But there are other challenges that are short-term, emergency situations that could also be addressed by some new thinking and new technology.


Q & A: Charles Fishman on The Big Thirst

Our guest today is Charles Fishman, an award winning investigative journalist and author of the best selling book “The Wal-Mart Effect.” We caught up with Fishman during his tour for “The Big Thirst,” his latest book focusing on water issues around the world.


Opinion: Blue is the new green

From living roofs to living walls, from greywater to rainwater harvesting, water conservation is getting a technology makeover. In a recent New York Times op-ed, Allison Arieff explains why and how people should pay attention to water use, profiling techniques that go far beyond the “turn-off-the-tap-while-brushing” mantra: Because water is cheap (at least for now) […]


Infographic: Bottled Water Imports and Exports

A new UN map highlights bottled water’s patterns of international trade. With France being the major exporter of bottled water, trade routes in Europe (between France, Germany, and Belgium) often involve intracontinental trade. The United States also imports a large quantity of water from France and Fiji. Original image available here. Source/Design : UN Comtrade/Emmanuelle […]