Water : Features

There are 79 documents in this section.

  • Saving water, saving the river

    21 June 2006

    Water is a scarce and valuable commodity in the Chihuahuan desert region of northern Mexico. But in the Delicias district, which lies about 90km south of Chihuahua City - the state capital - there's an abundance of water rushing into the fields to irrigate extensive alfalfa crops and pecan tree plantations.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Women are greening India's Kutch

    19 April 2006

    For days a stream of curious villagers thronged the small plot of land that Halimabai Usman owns in the village of Nanhi Arhal, in the Kutch region of Gujarat, India. They all begged to be allowed to do the honours - pressing a switch that would magically start the solar-powered pump for the well.

  • India's water problem needs local solutions

    4 April 2006

    Grand infrastructure schemes with dams and long-distance pipelines cannot solve India's water problems. Prudent policies must find local solutions and include wastewater recycling, says Sunita Narain.

  • Bottled water pours resources down the drain

    2 February 2006

    The global consumption of bottled water reached 154 billion litres (41 billion gallons) in 2004, up 57 per cent from the 98 billion litres onsumed five years earlier. Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing - producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy.

  • Breaking down the US salmon barriers

    27 September 2005

    From its headwaters high up in the Cascade Mountains of south-west Oregon, the Rogue was a rich salmon river, meandering its way hundreds of miles to the Pacific Ocean. But unless some of its many man-made barriers are removed, it will never be restored to its former glory.

  • Nature's water "factories" under threat

    5 August 2005

    Pollution, dam construction and climate change, are all combining to destroy watersheds and freshwater ecosystems at a rapid rate. But by putting a price on - and protecting these - "natural services", cities and rural areas can purify drinking water, alleviate hunger, mitigate flood damages, and meet other societal goals at a fraction of the cost of conventional alternatives, says a new Worldwatch study.

  • Crunch time for Nam Theum dam

    29 June 2005

    In April this year, funding was finally assured for the controversial Nam Theun dam, across a tributary of the Mekong River in Laos. The Asian Development Bank joined the World Bank in extending US$400 in loans and risk guarantees for the project which will affect not only thousands of peasants facing eviction from their homes, but the future shape of dam building around the world. The following report by David Hales was written before the decision was announced.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: UN demands action on water for food

    1 February 2005

    The need to invest more in rainfed and irrigated farming, to produce 'more crops per drop' of water, is a key theme the UN International Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems, being held The Hague this week.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Ebro campaign brings hope to Europe's rivers

    10 September 2004

    Spain's Ebro Transfer, a massive network of dams and pipes that would carry 1,050 cubic hectometres of water per year out of the Ebro River Basin into four other river systems thousands of kilometres away while threatening both livelihoods and ecosystems - has been stopped. Here Saren Starbridge explains how this opens the way to better management of Europe's rivers.

  • Don't flush and forget

    8 September 2004

    Have you ever smelled a blocked sewer? The stink goes right through to the marrow. As you shudder and roll up your car windows, do you think you are part of the problem? Well you are, says Sunita Narain, Director of the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).