Water : Features

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  • Editor's blog: Water woes

    13 October 2009

    In a despatch from Sanaa, capital of Yemen, Reuter correspondent Alistair Lyon, described the grim water outlook for the city's two million people. Those who do receive piped water get it only once or twice a week. Others get none at all. And the sinking water table means that 80 of the city's 180 wells have run dry.

  • SPECIAL REPORT Death of the Nile: Egypt's climate change crisis

    27 August 2009

    After many centuries of struggle against foreign invaders, the farmers of Egypt's delta region - which supplies 60 per cent of the country's food - face an even greater catastrophe. Climate change, sea rise and the reduced flow of fresh Nile water threatens to erode, swamp and salinate these fertile lands, destroying the one resource needed to feed Egypt's fast growing population. Jack Shenker travelled through the region to prepare this Special Report for The Guardian. Pictures are by Jason Larkin.

  • Better management can help solve growing water problem

    14 May 2009

    Growing population and the shift to meat diets along with climate change are among the reasons why the world is threatened by a global water crisis says an article in The Economist. But water management has been poor and investment in the problem has been patchy and neglected.

  • When pipe dreams become a watershed reality

    21 November 2008

    Even until two years ago, in the Indian village of North Chandrapura, Tripura (a state that adjoins Bangladesh and Myanmar), clean water was a luxury and water-borne diseases a way of life. This was, of course, until a group of women in this village - which lies about 75 kilometres from Agartala, Tripura's state capital - got together and launched the 'Jal Ano' (Bring Water) movement a few years ago.

  • Editor's blog: Water for a warming world

    23 October 2008

  • On track for the modest water goal

    25 September 2008

    As world leaders meet at the UN headquarers in New York to review progress in reaching the Millennium Development Goals, half way to the target date of 2015, the good news for millions is that the drinking water target - to reduce by half the proportion of people - without sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015 - is on track. Contributing editor John Madeley reports.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Life returns to just part of the Aral Sea

    14 September 2008

    Recent reports of the regeneration of the North Aral Sea in Central Asia, have raised hopes that one day the whole of this great inland sea, which once covered over 64,000 km², might one day recover in the southern Aral region, now largely reduced to a dusty, polluted desert. But, says Don Hinrichsen, in this Special Report, that remains a very faint hope, despite the millions spent, and millions more due to be spent in the coming years, in reviving the smaller northern Sea.

  • Farewell to 'flush and forget'

    1 May 2008

    The Internation Year of Sanitation has called for urgent action urgent action on behalf of the more than 40 per cent of the world's population who continue to live without improved sanitation. But as water scarcity spreads and the cost of water increases, the existing water-based waste disposal is no longer economically or ecologically viable.

  • Water shortages threaten human food supply

    18 February 2008

    If more and more countries, in Asia and elsewhere, find themselves very short of food in the near future, blame water shortage for the situation, says Henrylito Tacio, in this report from the Philippines.

  • COMMENTARY: Bottled water bubble is beginning to burst

    15 October 2007

    The world now spends over $46 billion a year on bottled water, far more than the $18 billion which, according to water Aid, would meet the UN's millennium development goal of halving the proportion of people around the world without access to safe water and sanitation. The bottled water industry is, says Friends of the Earth, no less than "environmental madness". In this latest comment on the subject Sunita Narain explains just how the poor have lost out, and why the water bubble is beginning to burst.