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More Than One Out Of Three U.S. Counties Face Water Shortages Due To Climate Change

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Greatest Risks Seen in 14 States: AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, ID, KS, MS, MT, NE, NV, NM, OK and TX;WASHINGTON (July 20, 2010) -- More than 1,100 U.S. counties -- a full one-third of all counties in the lower 48 states -- now face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of global warming, and more than 400 of these counties will be at extremely high risk for water shortages, based on estimates from a new report by Tetra Tech for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Melting Glaciers And Snow Put Millions At Risk In Asia

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From: David Fogarty, Reuters Increased melting of glaciers and snow in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau threatens the food security of millions of people in Asia, a study shows, with Pakistan likely to be among the nations hardest hit. A team of scientists in Holland studied the impacts of climate change on five major Asian rivers on which about 1.4 billion people, roughly a fifth of humanity, depend for water to drink and to irrigate crops. ... Read more about Melting Glaciers And Snow Put Millions At Risk In Asia

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Sanitation and Water Must No Longer Play Second Fiddle to Other Priorities

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Countries with the greatest unmet sanitation and water needs most often receive little or no aid. WASHINGTON, D.C. /CSRwire/ - Between 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to 5%, lower than commitments for health, education, transport, energy and agriculture, according to the latest UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report, launched today by UN-Water and the World Health Organization (WHO). ... Read more about Sanitation and Water Must No Longer Play Second Fiddle to Other Priorities

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U.N. Report: Let's Turn Foul Water From Mass Killer Into Global Treasure

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • U.N. report: Polluted water kills about 2.2 million a year; wars claim fewer victims per year
  • Report also says wastewater could become valued resource if treated
  • Upfront costs to build treatment plants would be expensive, report says

(CNN) -- Contaminated and polluted water now kills more people than all forms of violence including wars, according to a United Nations report released Monday that calls for turning unsanitary wastewater into an environmentally safe economic resource. ... Read more about U.N. Report: Let's Turn Foul Water From Mass Killer Into Global Treasure

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Water Scarcity Becoming A Critical Issue For The Arab World – UN Report

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16 March 2010 – Climate change, food insecurity, decreasing water availability and unemployment are among the multiple challenges facing the Arab region, according to a new assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which calls for rational and sustainable use of resources and inclusion of the environment issues in decision making.

“This assessment has been a truly collaborative one outlining the progress but also the realities facing this ... Read more about Water Scarcity Becoming A Critical Issue For The Arab World – UN Report

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Waste Water Kills Millions Of Children, Pollutes Sea

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ABIDJAN, March 22 (Reuters) - Human beings are flushing millions of tonnes of solid waste into rivers and oceans every day, poisoning marine life and spreading diseases that kill millions of children annually, the U.N. said on Monday. "The sheer scale of dirty water means more people now die from contaminated and polluted water than from all forms of violence including wars," the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said. ... Read more about Waste Water Kills Millions Of Children, Pollutes Sea

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Giant Antarctic Iceberg Could Affect Global Ocean Circulation

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Ice broken off from Mertz glacier is the size of Luxembourg and may decrease oxygen supply for marine life in the area ... Read more about Giant Antarctic Iceberg Could Affect Global Ocean Circulation

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World 'Will Miss Biodiversity Loss Targets'

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World Will Miss 2010 Target To Stem Biodiversity Loss, Experts Say; As losses accelerate, missed target is "certain;" Growing water needs, mismanagement leading to "catastrophic decline" in freshwater biodiversity; Biodiversity science evolving from sounding alarms to finding solutions; New systems being created to monitor biodiversity, inform policy; http://uk.oneworld.net/article/view/163774/1/5795 ... Read more about World 'Will Miss Biodiversity Loss Targets'

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Research In Action: UC Tackles Water Crisis

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Struggling through a third consecutive year of drought, California faces a bleak reality: Change the way we use our scarce water supply or face recurring cycles of economic and environmental emergencies. Given the urgency of the drought crisis, ... ... Read more about Research In Action: UC Tackles Water Crisis

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