Water crisis

Water supplies dry up in Brazil as droughts continue to affect world's agricultural regions, destabilizing industrial farming

The problem of a diminishing water supply is taking its toll on the residents of Brazil, pointing to the growing issue of a world that is running out of water and as a result, entering a global crisis which will likely have serious agricultural, social and economic cons

November 21, 2014

World is losing 2 000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to size of France. Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value/year. UNU study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed to feed world’s fast-growing popu

October 28, 2014

Cuyama Valley groundwater depleted twice as fast than it naturally recharges, California

In California's Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara County, groundwater is the sole source for agricultural, domestic and municipal water use. However, a new water availability report from USGS warns that groundwater there is being depleted twice as fast than it

August 16, 2014

Pharmaceuticals and other chemicals widespread in water passing through landfill waste

Pharmaceuticals, personal-care products, and other contaminants are widespread in water that has passed through landfill waste. The samples of this liquid, also known as leachate, were collected from within each of the studied landfills. This study by the U.S. Geol

August 13, 2014

California sinking one foot each year from groundwater depletion

The drought-stricken state of California is sinking into itself at an alarming rate, suggests a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The continued over-pumping of groundwater in many parts of the state -- the direct result of a historic three-year dry spell

August 11, 2014

Water wars begin in California

Now in its third year of record-breaking drought conditions, the water-deprived state of California is reportedly beefing up its law enforcement to crack down on so-called water "abusers" who use too much. In Los Angeles, a full-time "water cop," wit

July 24, 2014

Albuquerque aquifer system shows impact of groundwater pumping

According to two new reportts published by the USGS, groundwater pumping has produced significant changes in water levels below some parts of the Albuquerque metropolitan area.For many decades, the water supply requirements of the Albuquerque metropolitan area in centra

July 22, 2014

Extreme heatwave causes power and water crisis, northern India

India's heat wave has intensified in last couple of days, particularly in the north, where temperatures reached almost 50 degrees Celsius on Sunday, May 8th. Many northern cities are recording their highest temperatures in years. Emergency meeting is

June 10, 2014

Creating water out of thin air - Ingenious billboard helps alleviate drinking water shortages

Using the power of technology to help ease water security issues, Peruvian ad agency Mayo DraftFCB and the University of Engineering and Technology in Lima have joined forces to create the first water-generating billboard. Built in Lima, Peru, the innovative structure

December 31, 2013

One of world's largest aquifers at risk of drying up - Ogallala Aquifer, USA

The Ogallala Aquifer is a vast, shallow water table aquifer located beneath the Great Plains in the United States. It underlies an area of approximately 450 000 km² (174 000 mi²) and its significant portions are at risk of drying up if it

December 14, 2013

Vast new freshwater sources discovered under the sea

A new study, published December 5 in the international scientific journal Nature, reveals that vast underwater offshore reserves of fresh and brackish water are a global phenomenon. The discovery is providing new opportunities to stave off a looming global

December 09, 2013

New miracle material poised to alleviate the global water and energy crisis

Daunting observations made in the Population Institute report, "2030: The 'Perfect Storm' Scenario," clearly illustrate the dire need for innovative solutions concerning the pending worldwide energy and water crisis. According to Science Daily,

November 04, 2013

Pacific’s Marshall Islands facing drought disaster

A drought has left areas of the Marshall Islands facing “dire” water shortages with aid agencies scrambling to ship relief to affected communities.  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned that unusually low rainfall in one of

May 09, 2013

Great Lakes water levels reached record lows

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers measured record low water levels in two of the North America's Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron. The water levels at Lake Michigan and Lake Huron reached the lowest level from 1918, since modern record-keeping began. Water levels at

February 10, 2013

Access to water resources key for food security

Recurring droughts highlight need to better manage water resources and safeguard food security. Ongoing worldwide drought has hurt global grain production and contributed to food price spikes every other year since 2007.One of the key messages that FAO is

August 29, 2012

California is facing health concerns because of nitrate in drinking water

California is facing a hidden threat to its drinking water supply. Nitrate pollution is a problem for both cities and rural areas, and it could get worse as the state's population grows.Wells supplying drinking water to millions of Californians has been exposed to

August 18, 2012

Bangladesh facing water crisis

Dhaka, Bangladesh capital requires 2.2 billion litres a day, but can only produce 1.9 to 2 billion, the city’s Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) reported. WASA runs 600 deep tube wells in the city to extract water, and there are also 2,000 private tube

April 23, 2012

Report uncovers key trends In water resources research

Examining major trends in water research at the international, national and institutional levels, the report "Confronting the Global Water Crisis through Research - 2010", carried out by Elsevier, highlights the escalation in the article output of countries

March 27, 2011