Water : Newsfile

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  • World is falling far short of water target

    7 September 2006

    The world is in danger of missing targets for providing clean water and sanitation unless there is a dramatic increase in the pace of work and investment between now and 2015, according to a new UN report.

  • Water crisis hits rich countries

    24 August 2006

    Water crises, long seen as a problem of only the poorest, are increasingly affecting some of the world's wealthiest nations, according to the latest overview of water issues in the developed world, timed to coincide with World Water Week (August 20-26).

  • Drought hits England's wildlife

    10 August 2006

    As parts of England suffer their worst drought for years, a new report backed by a wide rang of environmental agencies says the profligate waste of the country's water has made a bad situation worse.

  • 'Blue revolution' needed to meet water needs

    9 August 2006

    Water experts, meeting in Brisbane next month during the city's annual river festival will investigate the global challenge of meeting the need for water by a rising human population at a time of climate change. They will call for radical new approaches to tackle the threats to rivers and catchments, outlined here by Don Alcock.

  • Help wanted to protect China's Nu River

    15 June 2006

    The Interantional Rivers Network (IRN) is appealing for help to keep the Nu (Salween) River in China flowing freely. The river is one of only two undammed rivers in China.

  • Vanishing Jordan River needs global rescue effort

    27 May 2006

    The Jordan River is dying and the Jordanian and Israeli governments are failing to come to its aid, according to local officials and environmentalists from both sides of the revered river, scene of many events of Biblical history.

  • Russia's 'sacred sea' threatened by oil pipeline

    9 April 2006

    Lake Baikal, the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world and a vital habitat for plant and animal life, is under threat by the construction of an oil pipeline.

  • Freshwater shortages threaten the living world

    21 March 2006

    The growing shortage of freshwater is likely to trigger increased environmental damage over the next 15 years, according to a widely researched report on the world's waters to coincide with World Water Day (March 22).

  • Water crisis getting worse, says UN

    17 March 2006

    Almost one person in five of the world's population still has no access to safe drinking water and four of every ten do not have basic sanitation, says a UN report which will be presented to the World Water Forum in Mexico City next week. And the global aim to halve the numbers without safe water supplies by 2015 will not be reached, it says, unless there is an improvement in the way water is managed.

  • Experts query environmental cost of bottled water

    15 November 2005

    In the week when the House of Commons, home of the British parliament, was shown to be spending over £11,000 (US$20,000) on bottled water last year - water that would have cost only £25 out of the tap - experts have questioned the quality, labelling, advertising and environmental cost of the bottled stuff.