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Romans threatened with water rationing as Italy’s heatwave drags on

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A tourist shelters from the sun near the Colosseum in Rome. Italy is gripped by drought as the summer heat continues with no sign of rain. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Half of capital’s 3 million residents could have water switched off for eight hours a day after Italy’s driest spring for 60 years

July 24, 2017 — More than a million residents of Rome are facing water rationing for up to eight hours a day as the prolonged heatwave that has ravaged southern Europe takes its toll on the Italian capital. Continue reading Romans threatened with water rationing as Italy’s heatwave drags on

As desalination technology advances, oceans may hold the answer to the world’s water crisis

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The sea with waves and ripples and the shore with rocks. This image was photographed from above with a drone. (Credit: Getty/gaiamoments)

Global water usage is growing twice as fast as the population. Could we turn salt water potable on a mass level

January 21, 2017 — Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. That’s (almost) the reality of a planet whose H2O — or at least 97 percent of it — is nonpotable ocean. Much of the remainder is trapped in glaciers, ice caps and soil. In other words, accessible freshwater is scarce — and getting scarcer. But some scientists say this may be changing. As desalination technology advances, the sea may hold the answer to the world’s water crisis. But at what cost? Continue reading As desalination technology advances, oceans may hold the answer to the world’s water crisis

Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

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Elephants heading towards a waterhole in Hwange national park. Photograph: Alamy

Boreholes set up by local conservationists are saving drought-stricken elephants in Hwange national park

January 11, 2017 — As a drought-inducing El Niño settled over southern Africa in 2016, the animals of Hwange national park in Zimbabwe faced desperate water shortages.  Continue reading Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

Top court orders disaster fund for drought-hit India

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SEVERE DROUGHT. An Indian woman collects water from an almost dried up well at Chintamanivadi village, India, April 20, 2016. File photo by Divyakant Solanki/EPA

An Indian Supreme Court justice lashes out at the government over its lack of preparedness

NEW DELHI, India (May 12, 2016) — India’s top court criticized the government Wednesday, May 11, for failing to set up a disaster fund to help drought-hit farmers and villagers suffering crop losses and severe water shortages. Continue reading Top court orders disaster fund for drought-hit India

Global water shortages to deliver ‘severe hit’ to economies

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Across the Horn of Africa, millions have been hit by the severe El Niño-related drought. The region is among those projected to take a big hit to GDP by 2050 because of water scarcity. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

The Middle East, north Africa, central Asia and south Asia due to suffer biggest economic hit from water scarcity as climate change takes hold, report finds

May 3, 2016 — Water shortages will deliver a “severe hit” to the economies of the Middle East, central Asia, and Africa by the middle of the century, taking double digits off their GDP, the World Bank warned on Tuesday. Continue reading Global water shortages to deliver ‘severe hit’ to economies

Negros Occidental declares state of calamity due to El Niño

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The dry spell affects 7,080 farmers, 44 fisherfolk and 7,909 sugar planters in 136 barangays of 21 towns and cities in the province

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines (Apr. 28, 2016) — The province of Negros Occidental has declared a state of calamity after incurring P407 million worth of losses in agro-fishery. Continue reading Negros Occidental declares state of calamity due to El Niño

Water as precious as gold in Bukidnon

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THIRSTY COMMUNITY. People from remote places in Bukidnon face a long trudge to the water source because of the drought and the costliness of providing access. Image courtesy of World Vision Philippines
In remote places like Bgy. Butong, risks associated with the lack of access to water are more pronounced because of the drought

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 22, 2016) — The sun is about to settle down, so Reynante Lago, 22, immediately parked his motorcycle in a vacant space parallel to the vast sugarcane plantation in Quezon, one of the towns in Bukidnon.

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Living with contamination, Fear and anger in Flint

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CITY IN CRISIS. The Flint River backdropped by the city skyline on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/AFP
‘How long is this supposed to go on… and what’s going to happen next’

FLINT, Michigan, USA (Feb. 4, 2016) — Eighty-year-old Melvina Fields worries about getting contaminated water in her mouth each time she bathes. But what upsets her most, as the crisis in Flint drags Continue reading Living with contamination, Fear and anger in Flint

Lead poisoning strikes another US town

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The City of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/AFP
Elevated lead levels were detected months ago in Sebring, Ohio, but local officials failed to warn residents until last week

CHICAGO, USA (Jan. 26, 2016) — A lead poisoning scandal has struck a second US town, with schools closed Monday, January 25, in Sebring, Ohio, and the water treatment plant operator accused of falsifying reports.

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Obama anger at Michigan water crisis

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The Flint Water Plant tower is shown January 13, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP
Obama says, ‘You can’t short-change basic services that we provide to our people’

DETROIT, USA (Jan. 21, 2106) — US President Barack Obama expressed anger Wednesday, January 20, at a high-profile health scare in Flint, Michigan, where lead-tainted water is believed to have sickened residents.

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