Water Demand

More Crop Per Drop

Author: 

Danielle Nierenberg
All over the world farmers are using innovative practices to utilize water more efficiently and in lesser quantities to produce more nutritious foods
Show

This Saturday, March 22nd, the world celebrates World Water Day. Water and agriculture are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. Agriculture is a major user of both ground and surface water for irrigation—accounting for about 70 percent of water withdrawal worldwide. ... Read more about More Crop Per Drop

Level: 

Category: 

Growing global thirst for energy threatens water supplies

Author: 

Claire Provost
Energy production accounts for almost 15% of global water usage.
Show

Growing demand for energy will put increasing pressure on the world's already strained water resources, particularly in developing and emerging economies, the UN has warned. ... Read more about Growing global thirst for energy threatens water supplies

Level: 

Category: 

Ensemble projections of future streamflow droughts in Europe

Author: 

European Geosciences Union - See Abstract
Image: http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/river-flow-drought-1/assessment
Show

Abstract. There is growing concern in Europe about the possible rise in the severity and frequency of extreme drought events as a manifestation of climate change. In order to plan suitable adaptation strategies it is important for decision makers to know how drought conditions will develop at regional scales. This paper therefore addresses the issue of future developments in streamflow drought characteristics across Europe. ... Read more about Ensemble projections of future streamflow droughts in Europe

Geographic Area: 

Category: 

Level: 

World Bank launches Thirsty Energy Initiative

Author: 

Diego J. Rodriguez
Thirsty Energy
Show

Thirsty Energy – World Bank launches global initiative on Energy and Water

Dear colleagues and friends,

Last week, on 22 January 2014, the World Bank formally launched its global initiative at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014 in Abu Dhabi: Thirsty Energy ... Read more about World Bank launches Thirsty Energy Initiative

Level: 

Category: 

Conflict over water in cross-border river basins – the need for peaceful cooperation

Author: 

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Conflict over water in cross-border river basins – the need for peaceful cooperation
Show

Mighty River Jordan matters more than any other river – for three religions, for the people living alongside it, for thousands of years of history and as both a joint resource and a dividing line for countries in today's rather difficult political environment. But the respect given to it does not reflect this importance. There is overuse and pollution all along the river, and once it reaches the Dead Sea, massive overuse of its water upstream has reduced it to a rivulet of sewage. ... Read more about Conflict over water in cross-border river basins – the need for peaceful cooperation

Geographic Area: 

Category: 

Level: 

Half the world may live under "water stress" by 2030: Ban Ki-moon

Author: 

Xinhua
Global Water Scarcity
Show

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday warned that by 2030, half the people on Earth would be living under "water stress," a measure defined as less than 1,700 cubic meters of water available per person per year, unless action was taken.

Addressing the Budapest Water Summit with Hungarian President Janos Ader, Ban noted that while water was a government priority, no government could handle the work alone.

We "need the full engagement of all actors, communities, societies," he said.
... Read more about Half the world may live under "water stress" by 2030: Ban Ki-moon

Level: 

Category: 

Factbox - Regions where water disputes are fuelling tensions

Author: 

Astrid Zweynert
Show

 

July 23 (AlertNet) - Disputes over water are common around the world, exacerbated by climate change, growing populations, rapid urbanisation, increased irrigation and a rising demand for alternative energy sources such as hydroelectricity.

Following are a few of the regions where competition for water from major rivers systems is fuelling tension.

SOUTH ASIA ... Read more about Factbox - Regions where water disputes are fuelling tensions

Geographic Area: 

Category: 

Level: 

World over-using underground water reserves for agriculture

Author: 

Chris Wickham
World over-using underground water reserves for agriculture
Show

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The world is depleting underground water reserves faster than they can be replenished due to over-exploitation, according to scientists in Canada and the Netherlands.

The researchers, from McGill University in Montreal and Utrecht University in the Netherlands, combined groundwater usage data from around the globe with computer models of underground water resources to come up with a measure of water usage relative to supply. ... Read more about World over-using underground water reserves for agriculture

Level: 

Category: 

Factors Driving the Poverty Cycle

Pages