Water : Features

There are 79 documents in this section.

  • Voices from Planet 21

    13 August 2012

    In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles.  We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.

  • COMMENTARY: Dams: does the World Bank really care?

    14 June 2012

    Is the World Bank funding a destructive dam project in Ethiopia through the backdoor?


    17 May 2012

    It’s drought time in India. Nothing new in this. Each year, first we have crippling droughts between December and June, and then devastating floods in the next few months. It’s a cycle of despair, which is more or less predictable. But this is not an inevitable cycle of nature we must live with.

  • COMMENTARY: Urban India is drowning in its own waste

    13 March 2012

    For the modern Indian city, the principle behind management of water and waste is a simple one: flush and forget. Not surprisingly, most cities are drowning in their excreta, says Sunita Narain, Director of the Centre for Science and the Environment (CSE) in Delhi. Her outspoken Commentary is one with global resonance.

  • When the Nile runs dry

    8 June 2011

    A new scramble for Africa is under way. As global food prices rise and exporters reduce shipments of commodities, countries that rely on imported grain are panicking.

  • Water will be the Arab world's next battleground

    27 April 2011

    As popular unrest flares across the Arab world, deeper problems face the region. Population growth and water supply are on a collision course in many countries, raising questions about future hunger, says Lester Brown, writing in the Guardian.

  • Win-win solutions from a new Green Revolution

    27 April 2011

    Johan Rockstrom, Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, calls in this Commentary for a new green revolution which he says could increase food production by 40 per cent by 2050. This, he argues, would create a win-win situation that would reduce poverty and food insecurity - while turning agriculture from a carbon source into a carbon sink.

  • Dry North awaits China's giant water transport scheme

    9 March 2011

    China’s South-North Water Transfer Project plans to remove nearly 36 billion cubic metres of water every year from the Yangtze River Basin - which drains much of the nation’s central and western regions - and ship it to the arid North. 

  • More people, more problems - water challenges with Chinese city growth

    24 November 2010

    Recent reports reveal China's freshwater challenges and their possible solutions as cities prepare for major influx in population over the next 15 years. 

  • Africa : the wrong climate for big dams

    9 February 2010

    Some 550 million people in Africa live without electricity and power is critically short in many African countries. But with increasing droughts and climate uncertainty this is not the right time to rush into more big dams when there are so many other promising renewable energy alternatives, says Lori Pottinger