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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • New Study of Global Freshwater Scarcity

    A new report published in the online journal PLoS ONE, analyzing water consumption in 405 river basins around the world, found that water scarcity impacts at least 2.7 billion people for at least one month each year. "Freshwater is a scarce resource; its annual availability is limited and demand is growing," said Arjen Hoekstra, professor in water management at the University of Twente and lead ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • Impact of water scarcity on food security a priority for Near East and North Africa meeting

    Water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing countries of the Near East and North Africa (NENA), with fresh water availability in the region expected to drop by 50 percent by the year 2050, said FAO, as ministers of agriculture and national officials prepared to tackle the issue at a meeting of the organization's highest regional governing body. Participants in the 32nd ...

  • Water scarcity becoming a critical issue for the Arab world – UN report

    Climate change, food insecurity, decreasing water availability and unemployment are among the multiple challenges facing the Arab region, according to a new assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which calls for rational and sustainable use of resources and inclusion of the ...


    By United Nations

  • 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 ...

  • Understanding the business response to climate change and resource scarcity

    New international business research from the Carbon Trust finds company governance failures are a key reason for weak business response on environmental sustainability. 70 percent of global business leaders confident that action taken by consumers, governments, and investors will force the change to an environmentally sustainable future. 76 percent see ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Water scarcity started 15 years ago, says new CSIRO research

    New analysis shows that the water scarcity being experienced in southeast Australia started up to 15 years ago. While the results from the work by senior CSIRO researcher, Dr Albert van Dijk, may not surprise many people, it provides scientific evidence of the shift. The finding follows the first ever national and comprehensive analysis of 30 years of on-ground and satellite observations of ...

  • Climate-Driven Water Scarcity Could Hurt Economic Growth

    Water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could cost some regions up to 6 percent of their GDP, spur migration, and spark conflict, according to a new World Bank report released today. High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the Economy, says the combined effects of growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will see demand for water rising exponentially, while supply becomes ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Green Economy report outlines investment strategies to help reduce water scarcity

    Investing 0.16 per cent of global GDP in the water sector could reduce water scarcity and halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in less than four years, according to United Nations research released today. Currently, the failure to invest in water services and to collect, treat and re-use water efficiently, is exacerbating water ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • As Water Scarcity Grows, GE Survey Shows Most Americans Strongly Support “Toilet-to-Turf” Water Reuse Solutions

    Amidst growing water scarcity and concern about the future availability and quality of water, a new GE (NYSE: GE) consumer survey unveiled today indicates that Americans strongly support reusing water to help the U.S. drive economic competitiveness and protect the environment. Despite the “ick factor” often associated with recycled water, two thirds of Americans (66 percent) feel ...


    By General Electric

  • Climate change puts forty percent more people at risk of absolute water scarcity: study

    Water scarcity impacts people’s lives in many countries already today. Future population growth will increase the demand for freshwater even further. Yet in addition to this, on the supply side, water resources will be affected by projected changes in rainfall and evaporation. Climate change due to unabated greenhouse-gas emissions within our century is likely to put 40 percent more people ...

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