global water shortages Articles

  • Could food shortages bring down civilization?

    “In early 2008, Saudi Arabia announced that, after being self-sufficient in wheat for over 20 years, the non-replenishable aquifer it had been pumping for irrigation was largely depleted,” writes Lester R. Brown in his new book, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (W.W. Norton & Company). “In response, officials said they would reduce their wheat harvest by one eighth each year ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • JPE Investment provides evidence of a solution to UK aggregates shortages

    An upgrade to the processing capability at Elford quarry to include a modular washing plant from CDE Global has resulted in a significant increase in the value of the products being produced. The level of demand for the recycled sand and aggregate products suggests that C&D recycling plants offer a real solution to a diminishing supply of virgin material in the UK. JPE Aggregates has operated ...


    By CDEnviro

  • NaWaTech Compendium of Natural Water Systems and Treatment Technologies to cope with Water Shortages in Unbanised Areas in India

    Providing adequate water supply and sanitation, particularly in urban areas, is a challenging task for governments throughout the world. This task is made even more difficult due to predicted dramatic global changes. Population growth, urbanisation, increasing industrialisation, climate change and a steep increase in water consumption are putting pressure on urban water resources. In order to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Huge Price Increases Underway from Lamp Manufacturers: The impact of rare earth metals shortages

    Brace Yourself for Record Price Increases from the Lamp Manufacturers. ...


    By Connexion

  • The economics of global environmental sustainability

    We will soon be at a global crossroads when it comes to sustainability, and Dr. Wiebe believes that creating more resilient cities and sustainably responsible countries will reshape the world as we know it. Mediaplanet: People are often overwhelmed by the environmental challenges facing the world. How do you maintain optimism in the face of so much adversity? Dr. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Why Current Water Treatment Technology Can`t Solve The Global Water Crisis

    Summary GE, Veolia, Dow and American Water Works are selling billions in water treatment technology. All their water treatment technologies work or they wouldn't be selling. In spite of effective water treatment technologies, the global water crisis persists. The problem is the high cost of current ...


    By Biolargo, Inc.

  • Nanotechnology innovation as a deus ex machine and potential effects on sustainability in a global context

    Researchers, governments and industries developing products present the miraculous benefits associated with nanotechnology stating that it will be transformative capable of alleviating water, energy and material shortages globally. Nanotechnology development is framed in this way to discourage early opposition, as those against it would also appear to be against future global social equity. There ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Analyses and effects of global change on human health and welfare and human systems

    Climate change, interacting with changes in land use and demographics, will affect important human dimensions in the United States, especially those related to human health, settlements and welfare. The challenges presented by population growth, an aging population, migration patterns, and urban and coastal development will be compounded by changes in temperature, precipitation, and extreme ...

  • Water, water everywhere: But is there enough to drink?

    Original story at MIT News At MIT, experts address the challenges of supplying clean, safe water to a growing world population. The challenge of supplying clean, safe drinking water to an expanding world population comes down to money, MIT economist Franklin Fisher ...

  • Latin American and Asian cities lead way in planning for global warming

    Quito, Ecuador, is not considered a global leader by most measures. But there is one way in which Quito is at the forefront of metropolises worldwide: in planning for climate change. For more than a decade, officials in Ecuador's mountainous capital have been studying the effects of global warming on nearby melting glaciers, developing ways of dealing with potential water shortages and even ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Reframing the Water Security Dialogue

    Water security attracts considerable attention because it is linked to the growing body of evidence predicting the emergence of a global water crisis (now or soon in the future),1and urging us all to mobilise more effectively our human, environmental and economic resources as we 'hurtle to a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water Woes — And Winners

    Businesses can barely use the word “water” today without also adding “risk,” “crisis,” “shortage” or another similarly miserable modifier. With a 40 percent shortfall predicted by 2030, it’s no wonder the World Economic Forum has pegged ...


    By Ensia

  • What’s the difference between water use and water consumption?

    In January, Brian Richter, director of freshwater strategies at The Nature Conservancy, spelled out four water resolutions through a thought-provoking series of blog posts. One of those resolutions was to better understand and communicate the differences between water use and water consumption. This is a ...

  • Leveraging the capacity of the informal water sector workforce

    The global shortage of skilled professionals in the water sector is a major industry challenge, particularly in an era of growing water scarcity and increasing demand for water from agriculture, industry and domestic consumption. As utilities move to improve their performance in water service delivery, to meet the demands of both consumers and sustainable development, a fit for purpose workforce ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Who used your water yesterday?

    The answer to the question above boils down to numbers in the final analysis. With more than half of the world's population already based in urban areas the additional demand for core services such as water is overtaxing capacities for water supply and disposal in many of the world's larger cities. And the problem is only going to get worse. The proportion of the world's population that will be ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Sea Water Desalination - Technical Article

    Sea Water Desalination is a specific process involving molecular separation via membrane technology to reduce the dissolved salt and mineral content of sea water to a level suitable for human and animal consumption, commercial/industrial and irrigation uses. This process involves three water streams namely sea water as the intake source, Product / Permeate water of potable drinking water quality ...

  • Why business needs to wake up to water waste

    Carbon Trust Chief Executive, Tom Delay, discusses the progress that needs to be made by businesses to address water scarcity With World Water Day focusing minds on the issue of water scarcity, the need for businesses around the world to act fast on easing water shortages becomes more urgent. By 2030 global water demand ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Entrepreneurs in Mexico city turn water risk into opportunity

    This story is part of the “Aqueduct Sneak Peek” series. Aqueduct Sneak Peek provides an early look at how various stakeholders can use Aqueduct’s updated global water risk maps, which will be released in January 2013. Read more posts in ...

  • Reuse of Effluent to Slove Problem of Water Scarcity

    Industrial wastewater treatment covers the mechanism and processes used to treat waters that have been contaminated prior to its release into the environment or its re-use. It is estimated that 70 percent of the world's surface is covered by water. Where 97.5 percent of the total is salt water, - out of remaining 2.5 percent fresh water and 68.7 percent is frozen in ice caps and glaciers. So ...

  • Examining the effectiveness of residential water demand-side management policies in Israel

    Increasing global water shortage is enhancing the need for water management policies, such as water demand policies. This study presents the main water demand-side management policies implemented in Israel, designed to reduce water demand in the urban sector, and subsequently examines their effectiveness by an econometric model, based on residential water consumption data. The main findings ...


    By IWA Publishing

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