Water : Features

There are 79 documents in this section.

  • $120 billion plan to link India's rivers

    21 July 2003

    More than half-a-dozen pre-feasibility reports are being prepared by India's Water Development Agency on a controversial scheme to link major rivers in that country, at a cost of some US $120 billion - or a quarter of India's current GDP. Darryl D'Monte reports on a potentially devastating project.

  • Thirsty cities look seaward for more water

    7 April 2003

    As California and other thirsty [US] states face a seemingly endless search for more water, one possible future is already here: a desalination plant that sucks salty water out of the sea and transforms it into drinking water. This report from the Washington Post looks at the potential for the oceans to meet that country's growing water crisis.

  • Water is fuelling a food bubble

    17 March 2003

    The World Water Forum is meeting in Kyoto this week to discuss the world water prospect. And while the 6,000 delegates are officially focusing on water scarcity, they are indirectly focusing on food scarcity because 70 per cent of the water we divert from rivers or pump from underground is used for irrigation.

  • World sewage plans 'should be abandoned'

    10 March 2003

    Plans to build sewage works for the 1.2 billion people in the world currently living without fresh water and sanitation should be abandoned, according to the incoming president of the World Water Association, Michael Rouse.

  • India's village women fight to protect water

    25 February 2003

    "When there is water scarcity, women are worst affected," says Santokben Lakhabhai Kamaria from Gujarat. She is one of 1500 village women who travelled to Seekampura village in Alwar, Rajasthan, western India, to discuss ways of protecting water supplies in rural India.

  • How children saved a river

    14 February 2003

    As the rest of China 'develops at all costs', rivers and people take priority in Chengdu's urban plan. Ma Guihua finds out how.

  • Salt in wounds

    6 February 2003

    Damage to the water flow of the once-mighty Indus is forcing major changes in Pakistan - and could lead to conflict. Shahid Husain reports.

  • Nature is losing the battle for water

    20 January 2003

    On March 20, 2000 a group of monkeys, driven mad with thirst, clashed with desperate villagers over drinking water in a small Kenyan outpost near the border with Sudan. The Pan African News Agency reported that eight monkeys were killed and 10 villagers injured in what was described as a "fierce two hour melee" after drought relief workers began dispensing water from a tanker truck. It was a small drama, but it reflects the larger crisis now threatening the balance between people, water and wildlife, as Don Hinrichsen reports.

  • Water deficits growing in many countries

    14 August 2002

    The world is incurring a vast water deficit. It is largely invisible, historically recent, and growing fast. Because this impending crisis typically takes the form of aquifer overpumping and falling water tables, it is not visible. Unlike burning forests or invading sand dunes, falling water tables cannot be readily photographed. They are often discovered only when wells go dry.

  • Peace in Afghanistan requires good water management

    13 August 2002

    The karez system of Afghanistan - an ancient and extensive system of underground irrigation tunnels - has received much attention as a hiding place for the Taliban. But this system also offers a chance for lasting peace in the country, by providing sustainable water management in this parched part of the world. Biksham Gujja reports.