Water : Features

There are 79 documents in this section.

  • The Water Decade

    17 January 2001

    "Now here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!" This advice, given by the Queen to Alice in Through the Looking-Glass, unfortunately summed up the position of the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade, 1981-1990 (IDWSSD).

  • The cost of dirty water

    17 January 2001

    The health consequences of dirty water are so all-pervading that they defy efforts to draw up a global balance-sheet. Take Peru: in the first 10 weeks after a cholera epidemic broke out in the early 1990s, the World Bank estimated losses from reduced agricultural exports and tourism at US $1,000 million - over three times what the country had invested in water supply and sanitation services during the 1980s.

  • 2. Uphill fight for Lake Nakuru

    17 January 2001

    The pink flamingoes that feed along the shorelines of Kenya's Lake Nakuru attract more than 100,000 tourists every year. But the tourist image hides the truth: Nakuru town and National Park are suffering an environmental and human problem.

  • Growing numbers face water poverty

    17 January 2001

    At a time when drought in the United States, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan is in the news, it is easy to forget that far more serious water shortages are emerging as the demand for water in many countries simply outruns the supply. Water tables are now falling on every continent. Literally scores of countries are facing water shortages as water tables fall and wells go dry.

  • 5. New hope for Hungarian Sea

    16 January 2001

    The shallow blue waters of Lake Balaton long ago turned murky green through pollution. But scientists' attempts to put matters right were frustrated in the past by political interference and apathy. Now the problem is being tackled afresh. Anna Várkonyi reports.

  • Country report - 1. China

    11 January 2001

    Water challenge for China

    Once thought to be inexhaustible, China's water supplies are falling behind demand as industry and the cities grow and agriculture struggles to keep pace with a population heading for 1.3 billion. Xiong Lei reports from Beijing on China's response to the problem.

  • Lakes and inland seas 1. Restoring the Great Lakes and their rivers

    10 January 2001

    Once a vast horn of plenty, the Great Lakes Basin has been badly affected by modern man's urban, industrial, commercial, intensive farming and other activities. But there is still hope for rehabilitating the Lakes and Rivers, as Henry Regier and Harvey Shear explain in this special report. Both authors have been involved in environmental conservation of the Basin, and Shear has organised and co-chaired the four biennial State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conferences, the first of which was held in Detroit in 1994.

  • 3. India's dying lakes

    5 January 2001

    All of India's lakes are under siege - from new threats as well as traditional ones. Darryl D'Monte reports.

  • 2. Filthy flows the Ganga

    5 January 2001

    India's holiest river, the Ganges, is being polluted on a heroic scale. Here Darryl D'Monte explains why efforts to clean up are failing.