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New Mexico Maps

New Mexico Maps
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 This map is a work in progress. The uses of water, air and land are diverse in New Mexico and will change dramatically with climate change. For caretakers of this sacred trust, the map offers a bird’s eye view of the health of our environment. It documents primarily the energy-related sources of pollution, though in New Mexico other polluting factors are also at work. ... Read more about New Mexico Maps

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Millennium development goals: Two down, six to go

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Millennium development goals: Two down, six to go
Millennium development goals: Two down, six to go
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The United Nations has met two of its eight development goals, well ahead of the 2015 deadline. Six goals are left. ... Read more about Millennium development goals: Two down, six to go

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World’s nations achieve UN goal to improve access to safe drinking water

World’s nations achieve UN goal to improve access to safe drinking water
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UNITED NATIONS — The world’s nations achieved a U.N. goal of cutting in half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water five years ahead of the 2015 target, the United Nations announced Tuesday.

A report issued by the U.N. children’s agency and the World Health Organization said over 2 billion people gained access to safe drinking water between 1990 and 2010 ... Read more about World’s nations achieve UN goal to improve access to safe drinking water

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Tracking How the World Guzzles Water

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JOANNA M. FOSTER
Tracking How the World Guzzles Water
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Arjen Hoekstra and Mesfin Mekonnen/PNAS Early EditionHumankind’s average annual water footprint from 1996 to 2005. 

With the world’s freshwater supplies under mounting pressure from pollution and galloping consumption, understanding the how, where and why of water use is more important than ever. ... Read more about Tracking How the World Guzzles Water

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UN: Global Access to Drinking Water Grows, But Poorest Falling Behind

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Adam Daley
A Gujjar or nomad woman carrying a pitcher filled with drinking water is silhoue
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The proportion of the world’s population with access to improved drinking water sources grew by 10 percent over a period roughly covering the past two decades, according to a United Nations study released Tuesday.

The study was released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN World Health Organization (WHO).

The study found that between 1990 and 2008, the proportion of the world’s population with access to improved drinking water sources increased from 77 per cent to 87 percent. ... Read more about UN: Global Access to Drinking Water Grows, But Poorest Falling Behind

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AFRICA: Sub-Saharan sanitation targets “two centuries away”

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LONDON, 18 November 2011 (IRIN) - It will take two centuries for sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, according to NGO WaterAid, which calls on national leaders to commit 3.5 percent of their annual budget to the sector.
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US River Basins

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Earth System Research Laboratory at NOAA

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US River Basins

US River Basins

River forecasts, weather information, climatologies and related information are available from these forecasts centers. ... Read more about US River Basins

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Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert

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alertnet // Laurie Goering
Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert
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LONDON (AlertNet) – Efforts to feed an extra 2 billion people by mid-century could lead to widespread destruction of forests, wetlands and other natural systems that protect and regulate the world’s water, researchers warn.

But finding ways to boost agricultural production while protecting nature could produce big benefits, including reduced poverty and hunger in some of the world’s most fragile countries and hikes in food production that are sustainable beyond 2050. ... Read more about Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert

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