Water : Newsfile

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  • Water scarcity warning in Ethiopia

    17 February 2003

    Two recent reports highlight the importance of getting to grips with the growing demand for water in Ethiopia, where drought and famine have created a major crisis.

  • China to pump rivers 800 miles north

    20 January 2003

    Forty trillion litres a year are to be diverted from the Yangtze but environmentalists warn of potential disaster. Tim Radford reports.

  • UN launches International Year of Freshwater 2003

    10 January 2003

    The International Year of Freshwater 2003 was launched in December 2002 at a special event at the United Nations. The Year was declared by the UN General Assembly to galvanize action on the critical water problems the world faces.

  • World's water stocks dwindling fast

    9 January 2002

    Many of the world's reservoirs, upon which billons of people depend for drinking water and food production, are suffering significant reductions in storage capacity as a result of sedimentation, warned an international conference on freshwater.

  • Water shortages threaten China's harvest

    15 October 2001

    A little-noticed survey released in Beijing in mid-August (2001) reveals that China's water situation is far more serious than realized. The water table under the North China Plain, which produces over half of China's wheat and a third of its corn, is falling faster than thought.

  • Why Lake Chad is shrinking

    4 April 2001

    Satellite imagery has helped researchers to understand why one of Africa's largest freshwater lakes has been disappearing over the last 30 years.

  • Groundwater woes

    1 March 2001

    Toxic chemicals are contaminating groundwater on every inhabited continent, endangering the world's most valuable supplies of freshwater, reports a new study from the Washington-based Worldwatch Institute.

  • Award winning wetland threatened with destructon

    1 February 2001

    Two years after winning a conservation award, Lake Naivasha in Kenya's Rift Valley, is threatened with destruction as a result of population growth and inappropriate development along its shores.

  • China conference

    13 December 2000

    Shortages of freshwater are already undermining the development potential of many countries around the world. But the future looks even bleaker, unless governments and the international community can forge workable solutions to the world's growing shortage of available freshwater. An international symposium, held in Tianjin, China in May 2000 underscored the challenges facing the planet:

  • Poor pay more for water

    13 December 2000

    According to the UN-supported World Commission on Water for the 21st Century, poor people in many countries pay much more for water than their better off neighbours.