Water : Newsfile

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  • Welcome to our Website

    15 August 2013

    Twenty years ago at the first Earth Summit in Rio, a new British charity, Planet 21, launched People and the Planet magazine in an effort to track progress in working towards a fair and sustainable future for humanity on planet earth.

  • Water scarcity in the tropical Andes

    24 July 2012

    As the Earth’s surface warms, climate models predict that the amount of fresh water for human consumption will likely decrease in parts of the globe, but a new study suggests that population growth outweighs climate change in the tropical Andes.

  • UN drinking water target met - but sanitation still falls short

    3 April 2012

    The world has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water five years ahead of the 2015 deadline - but is unlikely to meet the sanitation target.

  • Think dams, think people

    19 March 2012

    When building large dams, benefits to local communities can go hand in hand with broader national development objectives, shows a study launched by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development) at the World Water Forum in Marseille.

  • Water scarcity affects 2.7 billion: new report

    2 March 2012

    Water scarcity impacts at least 2.7 billion people in 201 river basins for at least one month each year, according to a new report published in the online journal PLoS ONE.

  • Make or break time for Mekong

    29 November 2011

    Environment and water resource ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam meeting in Siem Reap hold the fate of the Mekong river in their hands as they look set to reach a decision on a go or no-go for the controversial Xayaburi dam in northern Laos.

  • Photographs reveal Himalayan melt

    6 October 2011

    After four years research and eight photographic expeditions to the Himalayas, the mountaineer and photographer, David Breashears, has mounted an exhibition at the Royal Geographic Society in London, demonstrating the unprecedented melt of many of the regions glaciers.

    A monsoon warning

    21 September 2011

    As I write this my city Delhi is drowning. It started raining early this morning and within a few hours the city has come to a standstill.

  • Reprieve for Mekong as big dam is delayed

    19 April 2011

    Environmentalists breathed a temporary sigh of relief today after the intergovernmental panel of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) deferred the final decision on the construction of the Xayaburi dam in Laos to the ministerial level, following concerns raised by Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

  • When the water ends: Africa's climate conflicts

    22 November 2010

    As temperatures rise and water supplies dry up, semi-nomadic tribes along the Kenyan-Ethiopian border are increasingly coming into conflict with each other.