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World Bank launches Thirsty Energy Initiative

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Diego J. Rodriguez
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Thirsty Energy – World Bank launches global initiative on Energy and Water

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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

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

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Xinhua
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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.
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Stressed Aquifers Around the Globe

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SOPHIA LI
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August 13, 2012

 

 

Groundwater depletion is particularly severe in places including California’s Central Valley, the Upper Ganges in India and Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia, researchers report.

 

 

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Factbox - Regions where water disputes are fuelling tensions

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Astrid Zweynert
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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

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Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries

Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries
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A newly discovered water source in Namibia could have a major impact on development in the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Estimates suggest the aquifer could supply the north of the country for 400 years at current rates of consumption.

Scientists say the water is up to 10,000 years old but is cleaner to drink than many modern sources.

However, there are concerns that unauthorised drilling could threaten the new supply.

Huge resource

For the people of northern Namibia water is something that they either have too much of or too little. ... Read more about Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries

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World over-using underground water reserves for agriculture

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Chris Wickham
World over-using underground water reserves for agriculture
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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

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Availability of Drinking Water and Sanitation Over Time

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http://www.grid.unep.ch/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73&Itemid=400&lang=en&project_id=1E27F302

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Availability of Drinking Water and Sanitation Over Time

This graph charts global progress in providing access to drinking water and access to sanitation. The Millennium Development Goal numbers are plotted at the end of the graph for comparison of actual progress versus the UN's plan. ... Read more about Availability of Drinking Water and Sanitation Over Time

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