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  • Queen sends environment message to Commonwealth

    11 March 2008

    Queen Elizabeth II, who is Head of the Commonwealth, has highlighted the defence of the environment in her Commonwealth Day message, which can "have a real and positive effect on the lives of others."

  • Congo Wetlands reserve is world's second largest

    4 February 2008

    On 2008 World Wetlands Day (2 February), the Republic of Congo designated four new Wetlands of International Importance - one of them the world's second largest.

  • Sanitation Year highlights success - and failure

    9 January 2008

    Homes in Aceh, Indonesia, destroyed in the tsunami in December 2004 have been replaced by better houses with proper sanitation. Much more progress like this is needed in this International Year of Sanitation.

  • Bottled water backlash is growing

    7 December 2007

    From San Francisco to New York to London, Rome and Paris, city governments, high-class restaurants, schools, and religious groups are ditching bottled water in favour of what comes out of the tap. With people no longer content to pay 1,000 times as much for bottled water, a product no better than tap water, a backlash against bottled water is growing.

  • Three Gorges Dam could cause 'catastrophe' say Chinese officials

    27 September 2007

    Chinese officials and experts have admitted the Three Gorges Dam project has caused an array of ecological ills, including more frequent landslides and pollution, and if preventive measures are not taken, there could be an environmental "catastrophe".

  • Water: dominant issue of the century

    19 September 2007

    Water will become the dominant global issue this century, and the availability of its supply could threaten the world's social stability, the head of the UN HABITAT agency has warned.

  • Drinking the oceans will not solve world's water problems

    19 June 2007

    Making drinking water out of sea water is a growing trend but apotentially insidious threat to the environment that could alsoexacerbate climate change, says a review of desalination plants worldwide.

  • Bottled water - expensive and damaging

    14 May 2007

    The world's fastest-growing beverage is a boon to the industry but a bust for the environment and for the more than 1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean drinking water, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute.

  • Rivers are drying up and dying says WWF

    19 March 2007

    On the world approaches World Water Day (March 22) a leading conservation agency says that many of the world's most important rivers are dying as a result of man-made problems, threatening humans and wildlife alike.

  • Melting glaciers threaten Peru's future

    14 March 2007

    Oscar-winning Al Gore chose to call his film about global warming An Inconvenient Truth. But for Peru it is more like an alarming reality, as the rapid melting of the Andean glaciers threatens the future development of the country, reports James Painter for the BBC.