Water

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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Solve water problems or forget growth, India told

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Catherine Hornby
Solve water problems or forget growth, India told
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ROME, April 30 (Reuters) - India's economic growth and political stability are at stake in coming years if it does not change its approach to water management, a member of its natural resources planning commission told Reuters on Monday.

Mihir Shah, who has been asked by India's government to come up with a new water resource strategy, said the sector needed to become more sustainable, efficient and focused on how water is used and how it reaches people. ... Read more about Solve water problems or forget growth, India told

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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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'Huge' water resource exists under Africa

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Matt McGrath
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Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater.

They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface.

The team have produced the most detailed map yet of the scale and potential of this hidden resource.

Writing in the journal Environmental Research Letters, they stress that large scale drilling might not be the best way of increasing water supplies. ... Read more about 'Huge' water resource exists under Africa

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"Monster" rules Nepal village on climate frontline

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Gopal Sharma
"Monster" rules Nepal village on climate frontline
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BARAHBISE, Nepal, Looking at the swirling grey waters of the Bhote Koshi River, Ratna Kaji remembers when it turned into a "monster," leaving behind a trail of death and destruction.

"It came down roaring, washed away homes and people when they were sleeping," the 77-year-old said of the 1996 flood, caused by a massive landslide that blocked the river which eventually gushed out by breaking its mud wall.

"People had hardly any time to gather their belongings." ... Read more about "Monster" rules Nepal village on climate frontline

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The future of food

Map: Where all the junk in the ocean ends up

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Ken Ellingwood
Map: Where all the junk in the ocean ends up
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If you read this story by Ken Ellingwood about the deluge of trash on a Mexican beach, you may be wondering: Just where does all the junk that goes into the ocean end up?

Nikolai Maximenko is trying to answer that question. Trash gathers into "garbage patches" that are too diffuse to spot from a satellite. Scientists have encountered several areas where trash collects in the ocean, but nobody is sure where all of it is. ... Read more about Map: Where all the junk in the ocean ends up

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