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Africa land deals lead to water giveaway

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Mark Tran
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Africa heads for 'hydrological suicide' as land deals hand water resources to foreign firms, threatening environmental disaster

Millions of people will lose access to traditional sources of water because of "land grabs" in Africa, according to a report on Monday that looks behind the scramble for farmland in Africa. ... Read more about Africa land deals lead to water giveaway

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Rivers will generate a quarter of GDP by 2050, study shows

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Damian Carrington
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The world's 10 most populous river basins will be vital for economic growth – but only if water shortage threat is tackled

Water is the very stuff of life, yet billions of people do not have access to a clean, reliable source. Changing that takes investment - public and private - so winning the economic argument about the value of such investment is very valuable. And a new report commissioned by HSBC makes the argument in a striking way. ... Read more about Rivers will generate a quarter of GDP by 2050, study shows

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Water scarcity to drive conflict, hit food and energy, experts say

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Laurie Goering
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OXFORD, United Kingdom (AlertNet) – Water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource and shortages could drive conflict, hit food and energy production and threaten growth in renewable energy technology, experts warned at a water security conference on Monday.

And climate change – which appears to be bringing more extreme weather events such as droughts and floods – is likely to make the situation even more difficult, they said. ... Read more about Water scarcity to drive conflict, hit food and energy, experts say

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The future of food

Water monitoring system aids Kenyan herders

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Geoffrey Kamadi
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AlertNet) – Satellite technology is coming to the aid of pastoralists in drought-stricken Kenya, with the expansion of a water monitoring system that aims to reduce livestock loss.

The Livestock Early Warning System combines information uploaded by villagers with satellite data to create a virtually real-time map of forage and water conditions.

A successful pilot project in Turkana district in northwest Kenya is being considered for extension across the country. ... Read more about Water monitoring system aids Kenyan herders

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World Water Day: Trillions Needed in Investment

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Katherine Tweed
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World Water Day highlights investment opportunities as global fresh water grows scarce.

We're nearly 20 years into celebrating World Water Day, and the issues have only grown more complex -- and in many locales, more serious. ... Read more about World Water Day: Trillions Needed in Investment

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Plan now for climate-related disasters - U.N. report

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David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko
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* Rising population, development put more in harm's way

* Policymakers urged to act in next few decades

* Less emphasis on mitigation, more on cutting risk

By David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko  

March 28 (Reuters) - A future on Earth of more extreme weather and rising seas will require better planning for natural disasters to save lives and limit deepening economic losses, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a major report on the effects of climate change.  ... Read more about Plan now for climate-related disasters - U.N. report

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Water-short world will need 'more crop per drop' - experts

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Megan Rowling
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MARSEILLE, France (AlertNet) - Water must be used more efficiently and its waste reduced if the world is to meet rising food demand from a fast-expanding population amid the pressures of climate change, experts have said ahead of World Water Day.

Marked each year on March 22, the United Nations hopes the 2012 event will focus attention on water's critical role in feeding the world.
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Report: Water shortages increasingly will offer new weapons for states, terror groups

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Karen DeYoung
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Fresh-water shortages and more droughts and floods will increase the likelihood that water will be used as a weapon between states or to further terrorist aims in key strategic areas, including the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa, a U.S. intelligence assessment released Thursday said.

Although “water-related state conflict” is unlikely in the next 10 years, the assessment said, continued shortages after that might begin to affect U.S. national security interests. ... Read more about Report: Water shortages increasingly will offer new weapons for states, terror groups

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