Tag Archives: water security

Perth ramps up groundwater replenishment scheme to drought-proof city

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By 2060, one fifth of Perth’s water supply is expected to be replenished groundwater. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

Recycled water pumped into underground aquifers as part of plan to make Perth’s water supply ‘climate independent’ by 2022

May 29, 2017 — Perth is pumping recycled water into the underground aquifers that provide its drinking water supply as part of a strategy to drought-proof the city against climate change. Continue reading Perth ramps up groundwater replenishment scheme to drought-proof city

UK farmers call for cross-country pipelines after driest winter in 20 years

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Hollowell reservoir, Northants, in September 2014 after a very dry 10 months. Farmers are bracing themselves this year for a long, parched summer. Photograph: Paul Marriott/Alamy Stock Photo

Farmers and conservationists warn of water shortage, with ‘water shunting’ from wet north to dry south seen as one solution

May 12, 2017 — Farmers are warning that water may have to be transferred across Britain after an unusually dry winter and spring left more than four-fifths of rivers with too little to support local growers. Continue reading UK farmers call for cross-country pipelines after driest winter in 20 years

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 security: huge climate risk, huge business opportunity

2.7 million children – were affected by monsoon rains and flooding
In 2011 in Pakistan, over 5.4 million people – including 2.7 million children – were affected by monsoon rains and flooding, and this number was expected to rise (Pic: UNICEF)

The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) plans to help millions of vulnerable people better adapt to shocks and chronic stresses and thrive in a more resilient future

November 3, 2016 — Next week I, along with a range of innovators and experts, will take to the stage at COP 22 to discuss how we address one of the world’s most pressing and complex climate issues – water security.  Continue reading Water security: huge climate risk, huge business opportunity

Climate Change, Water, and Gender – Some Unusual Connections

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Image: FAO/Ishara Kodikara

Nearly 300,000 farmers have committed suicide in India in the last 20 years due to this combination of debt and drought.

July 16, 2016 — As many parts of the world see record summer temperatures this year, one of the negative fallouts has been water related problems.  Continue reading Climate Change, Water, and Gender – Some Unusual Connections

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.

Continue reading Water as precious as gold in Bukidnon