South Africa should empower agencies to start managing water-catchment areas and curb losses for a life-sustaining resource that’s in increasingly short supply, the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation said.
Leakage from the country’s aging water-distribution infrastructure is worsening scarcity woes, the Paris-based organization said in its first environmental performance re ... read more >>
Water is essential for human security and one of the engines of sustainable socio-economic development. It is an essential element for the eradication of poverty and hunger.
Water is a precious resource which is gradually getting scarcer. More than half of the world population will be living with water shortage within 50 years because of a worldwide water crisis, according to a report issued b ... read more >>
Uri Resnick, deputy consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, points out some facts that are often missed. The amount of water available to Palestinians on the West Bank has grown considerably since 1967. Per capita water usage by Israelis and Palestinians is converging. Israel is a pioneer in water reclamation, water efficiency, and desalination. ... read more >>
Water deficit is the main limiting factor for agricultural production in the dry regions of northern China. Previous studies on water–plant relationships in fruit trees have focused mainly on ecological, physiological and molecular responses to water stress at the leaf or tree-scale; few equivalent studies have been conducted at the ecosystem-scale. In this study, we monitored water vapour exchan ... read more >>
Cost-effectiveness analysis of water-saving irrigation technologies based on climate change response: A case study of Ch
This study provides a cost-effectiveness analysis of four water-saving irrigation techniques that are widely implemented in China to address the impacts of climate change: sprinkler irrigation, micro-irrigation, low-pressure pipe irrigation and channel lining. The aim is to thoroughly understand the economic feasibility of water-saving irrigation as an approach to coping with climate change. Base ... read more >>
By way of a medical analogy, adapting to the impacts of climate change has been compared with treating the symptoms of the climate 'problem' without addressing its underlying causes. Although we can probably all agree that tackling causes is the preferable approach, in principal, the analogy is perhaps a stronger one than was originally intended because all too often potentially avoidable health ... read more >>
Charlottetown's Water and Sewer Utility Department is working very hard to get people to put more voluntary water meters in their homes. This will allow people to not only know exactly how much water they are using, but will also have the potential to the water use more efficient in general. Only 600 people in Charlottetown are currently using, with 7000 people worldwide. ... read more >>
IBC announces launch of three-city pilot project to help Canadian communities adapt to weather extremes and fight urban flooding - Yahoo Finance Canada
Canadian cities are developing a pilot project that will better predict storms and weather extremities to prevent flooding. Last year’s Alberta and Toronto floods cost the government and insurance companies $3 billion.
The change in weather over the past couple of years has resulted into more rainfall. The current sewage systems can not handle this large amount of precipitation thus causing s ... read more >>
With an economy already in tatters, Egypt's farmers fear the building of an upstream Nile dam in Ethiopia could lead to water shortages and crop failures with catastrophic effects on their livelihood.
"We don't want this dam," says Saeed al-Simari, standing on his modest land in Egypt's fertile Nile Delta region.
"We want to plant our land, we need water. It's hard enough with the water we have ... read more >>
Sub-Saharan countries have limited financial, human and technical resources for developing and
maintaining hydrometric networks that can provide data for sustainable water resources assessment (required for planning, design and management). Whereas the needs for hydrological information are increasing, the number of meteorological and hydrological stations in Africa have been declining during ... read more >>