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UN: Global Access to Drinking Water Grows, But Poorest Falling Behind

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Adam Daley
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The proportion of the world’s population with access to improved drinking water sources grew by 10 percent over a period roughly covering the past two decades, according to a United Nations study released Tuesday.

The study was released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN World Health Organization (WHO).

The study found that between 1990 and 2008, the proportion of the world’s population with access to improved drinking water sources increased from 77 per cent to 87 percent. ... Read more about UN: Global Access to Drinking Water Grows, But Poorest Falling Behind

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Water shortages in Dead Sea could increase tensions in Middle East

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Steve Connor
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Scientists studying ancient mud samples taken from the bed of the Dead Sea separating Israel and Jordan have warned that the fragile political situation in the Middle East will be made worse by the intense water shortages their study is predicting. ... Read more about Water shortages in Dead Sea could increase tensions in Middle East

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AFRICA: Sub-Saharan sanitation targets “two centuries away”

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LONDON, 18 November 2011 (IRIN) - It will take two centuries for sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, according to NGO WaterAid, which calls on national leaders to commit 3.5 percent of their annual budget to the sector.
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UN: failure to reduce environmental risks will set back human development

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Damian Carrington
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Droughts and rising sea levels could reverse efforts to improve living conditions of world's poorest people, report warns

Unchecked environmental destruction will halt – or even reverse – the huge improvements seen in the living conditions of the world's poorest people in recent decades, a major new UN report warned on Wednesday.

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River basins could double food production - study

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Deborah Zabarenko
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* More food possible without water crisis, experts say

* Africa has greatest potential for improvement

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent

WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Major river basins in Africa, Asia and Latin America could sustainably double food production in some of the poorest parts of the globe in the next few decades, water experts reported on Monday.

But myriad competing claims on the water -- from industry, cities and power producers among others -- may stand in the way of a big increase in food production. ... Read more about River basins could double food production - study

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Facing up to the global water crisis

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Jae So
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Some poor, politically stable countries have made great strides in access to water supply and sanitation. Water experts meeting in Stockholm called for further improvements

With rising population growth and changes in the earth's climate putting stress on the consumable 1% of the planet's water, the global water crisis risks becoming a source of cross-border conflict.

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Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert

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alertnet // Laurie Goering
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LONDON (AlertNet) – Efforts to feed an extra 2 billion people by mid-century could lead to widespread destruction of forests, wetlands and other natural systems that protect and regulate the world’s water, researchers warn.

But finding ways to boost agricultural production while protecting nature could produce big benefits, including reduced poverty and hunger in some of the world’s most fragile countries and hikes in food production that are sustainable beyond 2050. ... Read more about Water systems at risk from growing demand for food - expert

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Off the Deep End - Beijing's Water Demand Outpaces Supply Despite Conservation, Recycling and Imports

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Nadya Ivanova
Off the Deep End - Beijing's Water Demand Outpaces Supply Despite Conservation,
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How China's capital got in over its head, and what the city is doing to get its water crisis under control.

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Water wars? Thirsty, energy-short China stirs fear

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DENIS D. GRAY
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BAHIR JONAI, India — The wall of water raced through narrow Himalayan gorges in northeast India, gathering speed as it raked the banks of towering trees and boulders. When the torrent struck their island in the Brahmaputra river, the villagers remember, it took only moments to obliterate their houses, possessions and livestock.

No one knows exactly how the disaster happened, but everyone knows whom to blame: neighboring China. ... Read more about Water wars? Thirsty, energy-short China stirs fear

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