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First Inland Desalination Plant Opens in the UK

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Located in East London’s Beckton, the Thames Water desalination plant is slated to be used during times of drought. But some local politicians argue that the facility is a waste of energy.

Experts Name the Top 19 Solutions to the Global Freshwater Crisis

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"...Decisions executives make to respond to freshwater scarcity will penetrate almost every aspect of their business operations."

U.S. Urban Residents Cut Water Usage; Utilities are Forced to Raise Prices

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In too many American cities to count, water consumers are dramatically reducing the amount they use only to be hit with higher water rates.

Designing Water's Future - New Book Shows Student Solutions to Global Freshwater Crisis

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World Water Day: "Designing Water's Future," the international student competition finds solutions to the global fresh water crisis. Water is the axis issue that intersects health, poverty, and security, as well as climate, energy, immigration, and the environment.

Peter Gleick: World Water Day 2010 — A trip through one of the worst slums in the world

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Like urban slums throughout the developing world, there is almost a complete lack of piped safe water and no formal sanitation. Raw sewage and garbage flow through the streets and drainage ditches.
Video: California Farmers Can Save Water, Money

Video: California Farmers Can Save Water, Money

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The water-scarce state can overhaul its agricultural water management by implementing clearer water targets, better economic incentives, and more direct communication systems, according to a Pacific Institute report.

Water, Not al-Qaeda, is Yemen’s Main Domestic Concern, Experts Say

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Yemen made headlines last Christmas as the training ground for the man who attempted to blow up an airplane two months ago, but a more immediate concern for the people living in the country is a rapidly dwindling supply of freshwater.

Perspective: Waters, Wars, Wheat, Watts, Waste and Wasta Add Up to Syria's Liquid Worries

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Syria's economics, history, politics, diplomacy, and culture have often been defined in a large part by water. This has been the case since this area was part of the Eblan civilization, or about 2500 BC, onward. But let's look at some more recent facts and events.

Heart of Dryness: Botswana's Bushmen Fight for Human, Water Rights

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The fifth installment of Workman's book details the Bushmen's painful legal battle for water access against the Botswana government, which had begun to use "intentional, compulsory thirst" on the indigenous community. Left little choice, the Bushmen pursued court action to make access to water a fundamental human right.

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Mississippi’s Claims against Memphis

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The United States Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit claiming that Memphis is pumping too much water out of a shared aquifer, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

A Reader's Insight: Tapping Into Young Americans to Stop the Water Crisis

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Over the past two decades, the global economy has witnessed extraordinary, previously unimaginable technological advances and scientific feats. Money and complicated business propositions change hands virtually. Meanwhile medical science defies death and disease on a daily basis, as the worldwide web enables instant communication across oceans. Despite these tremendous advancements in life and technology, the greatest issue we face is our depleting water supply.

Reforms Could Lead to Huge Water Savings for California, Pacific Institute Says

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Replacing inefficient appliances in homes and upgrading wasteful agricultural equipment could save one million acre feet of water in California, according to a Pacific Institute report released Monday. These reforms could also save the parched state six to eight million acre feet by 2020.