increasing water scarcity News

  • The Looming Threat of Water Scarcity

    As World Water Day approaches, new Worldwatch Institute study examines global water use and steps to address water scarcity   Washington, D.C.—Some 1.2 billion people—almost a fifth of the world—live in areas of physical water scarcity, while another 1.6 billion face what can be called economic water shortage. The situation is only ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Dealing with water scarcity in MENA

    The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is the most water scarce region of the world and in recent years the amount of water available per person has declined dramatically.  'Current estimates are based on constant rainfall patterns, yet the global projections for climate change actually indicate a drop in rainfall precipitation of 20 to 40% and an increase in temperatures- meaning ...


    By The World Bank

  • Water scarcity and droughts in the EU

    In adopting an own-initiative report on water scarcity and droughts in the European Union, MEPs urge the Commission and Member States to acknowledge that deforestation and unrestrained urban development are contributing to growing water scarcity. The House calls on the Member States and the authorities concerned to pay heed to water-related considerations in their land-use planning. The report ...


    By European Parliament

  • More than 500 million people might face increasing water scarcity

    Both freshwater availability for many millions of people and the stability of ecosystems such as the Siberian tundra or Indian grasslands are put at risk by climate change. Even if global warming is limited to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, 500 million people could be subject to increased water scarcity – while this number would grow by a further 50 percent if greenhouse-gas ...

  • Green infrastructure to fight increasing water scarcity in the Senegal River Basin

    Wetlands International is joining forces with the Senegal River Basin Authority to identify the many important services that wetlands provide to people and nature in the Senegal River Basin. In order to meet the growing water needs in the increasingly arid Sahel of West Africa, this partnership will identify how natural ‘green’ infrastructure such as wetlands and floodplains, can be ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Impact of Water Scarcity on Power Generation

    The UNEP Finance Initiative launches Issue 2 of the Chief Liquidity Series at World Water Week in Stockholm STOCKHOLM - The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) launched Issue 2 of The Chief Liquidity Series focused on the Power Sector at an event entitled 'Seeking Liquidity: Integrating Corporate Water ...


    By UNEP Finance Initiative

  • Lloyd’s report highlights water scarcity threat

    Increased demand for food and water resulting from population growth, climate change, and higher per capita water requirements resulting from increased living standards are threatening the already limited ...

  • Increasing Water Scarcity and Need for Environmental Sustainability Drives Innovations in Water Production Technologies, Finds Frost & Sullivan

    The intensifying difficulties in obtaining clean water have stoked a plethora of innovations in water production technologies. As countries that until recently enjoyed abundant water supply are waking up to the reality of water scarcity, there has been an accelerated movement towards enhancing wastewater reuse and eventually, the development of advanced recycling technologies. The trend of water ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • Lloyd’s report highlights water scarcity threat

    A new Lloyd"s 360 Risk Insight report says businesses must act now in the face of diminishing water supplies. This stark warning comes from the latest Lloyd"s 360 Risk Insight report, "Global water scarcity", which looks at the issue of water scarcity and its impact on business. The report, produced in conjunction with the WWF, reveals that global water resources are under increasing threat, with ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Severe water scarcity boosts the desalination market

    Demand for fresh water is increasing around the world, especially in regions with rapidly growing populations and badly affected by long, drought seasons. Water is only going to become scarcer and many governments are looking at desalination and investing in this technology to supply water to their populations. These factors are driving the desalination market that shows a strong growth according ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • Global food trade can alleviate water scarcity

    International trade of food crops led to freshwater savings worth 2.4 billion US-Dollars in 2005 and had a major impact on local water stress. This is shown in a new study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Trading food involves the trade of virtually embedded water used for production, and the amount of that water depends heavily on the climatic conditions in the production ...

  • CSP cooling options: workarounds for water scarcity

    Ahead of the CSP Yield Optimization Conference & Expo in Denver (October 27-28), CSP Today speaks to Babul Patel, senior consultant at Nexant Inc., about the cost implication of plant cooling options and how to operate plants effectively under increasingly stringent water restrictions. CSP Today: For CSP ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Ethanol Production Threatens Plains States With Water Scarcity

    BOULDER, Colorado, September 21, 2007 (ENS) - The rapid increase in ethanol plants under construction or planned for eight key farm states is threatening to pull billions of gallons of water each year from an aquifer that is already depleted and under stress, according to a new report issued Thursday by Environmental Defense. Authored by Martha Roberts and Theodore Toombs of the ...

  • The Great Leaks: Water Use and Scarcity in Canada

    Canada has one-fifth of the world’s fresh water, points out World Wildlife Fund Canada—and the third largest supply after Brazil and Russia, notes the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. Yet that is only 7% of the world’s renewable fresh water supply, and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Water scarcity looms as population, temperature rise

    Water scarcity is increasing in many regions as factors including population growth, climate change, and pollution restrict the amount of water available relative to demand. In 2008, 1.4 billion people lived in 'closed basins'-regions where existing water cannot meet the agricultural, municipal, and environmental needs for all. This number is expected to grow to 1.8 billion by 2025. According to ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • We need a new metric for water scarcity in Africa

    The current metric for assessing water scarcity in Africa should be abandoned in favour of one tailored to local realities, argues Richard Taylor. Ensuring that people have access to safe and affordable water supplies will be a major challenge for many developing countries as populations grow and agriculture and industry expand over the coming decades. One of the greatest threats ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Everglades restoration continues despite water scarcity

    South Florida experienced a severe water shortage during Water Year 2007, more than a foot below historic averages for the region. From May 1, 2006 to April 31, 2007, low rainfall reduced flows across the entire region, according the annual report released Tuesday by Florida state agencies. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and South Florida Water Management District report ...

  • Water Scarcity 101: AT&T Explores The Relationship Between Energy And Water

    AT&T teams up with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to examine ways to save water in its facilities. SOURCE: AT&T DESCRIPTION:Water is essential to life, and managing its consumption is critical for the health of future generations. Research shows that within 20 years, domestic demand for ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Industrial Desalination and Water Reuse: Opportunities in Scarcity and Improved Water Stewardship

    The focus of investment in desal and reuse is changing. The boom in municipal desalination and reuse which quadrupled the size of that market over the past decade has mostly played itself out. Now the smart money is on industrial water – the fastest growing sector of the water market today. Water technology companies need to position themselves now to take advantage of this growth ...


  • EC to discuss water scarcity and droughts at Zaragoza World Expo

    At a one-day conference in Zaragoza stakeholders will discuss ways to use water more efficiently in the European Union. The conference follows the Communication on water scarcity and droughts presented by the European Commission in July 2007 and contributions will feed into the report the Commission is due to publish at the end of 2008 as a follow-up to its Communication. The report will tackle ...

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