Archive | water security RSS feed for this section

South Africa: Water, water leaking everywhere

South Africa is a water-constrained country. There’s no doubt that our ability to supply the water desired by agriculture, commerce and domestic usage is rapidly coming to an end. A growing population and an expanding economy, even at the slow rates this country habitually achieves, are stretching the deliverability of this most delicate of natural […]

Read full story Comments are closed

Sound water policy: South African govt can’t do it alone

South Africa’s ecosystems are in a poor state and the challenges of a developing society are huge, writes Edna Molewa. The challenge of managing our water resources requires proactive solutions, especially with the reality of climate change on our doorstep. In addition to this grim reality, there is a need to address pressing issues of […]

Read full story Comments are closed

The Real and Virtual Problems of Water Scarcity

Climate change is likely to remain the major factor behind water insecurity over the coming decades. Yet, as Ben Zala reveals, a number of ‘virtual’ factors, ranging from industrial-scale production to perceptions of scarcity, may also contribute to water conflicts in the near to mid-term.

Read full story Comments are closed
middle east water resources

Oman: Protection of potable water resources stressed

MUSCAT — A three-day workshop on ‘Regions for the Protection of Water Supplies Well Fields’, organized by the Environment and Climate Affairs Ministry, in association with government institutions, began yesterday under the auspices of Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour bin Said al Hasani, Minister of Information, in the presence of Mohammed bin Salim al Toobi, Minister […]

Read full story Comments are closed

Water: A Global Issue That Requires Collaboration

The world faces a projected 40 percent shortfall in freshwater by 2030, according to a study by the 2030 Water Resources Group. Seventy percent of the water humans use now goes toward agriculture. So it’s no surprise that the central theme of the annual World Water Week conference held last week in Stockholm is how […]

Read full story Comments are closed

The Gaza strip water crisis will soon make it “unliveable”

Banks must approve plans for a $500m desalination plant that would provide a new water supply, conference hears The Gaza strip faces a water crisis that will soon make it “unliveable” unless plans for a $500m desalination plant are approved by banks, delegates at a water conference in Stockholm were told this week.

Read full story Comments are closed

Water scarcity could result in worldwide vegetarianism

Humans derive about 20% of their protein from animal-based products now, but this may need to drop to just 5% to feed the extra two-billion people expected to be alive by 2050, according to research by some of the world’s leading water scientists.

Read full story Comments are closed

Q&A: Water Crisis Is Serious But There Are Solutions

Policymakers and experts from around the world are meeting this week in Stockholm to discuss ways out of what they call the growing global water crisis, with emphasis this year on the relation between water and food security. Ahead of the August 26-31 World Water Week conference, RFE/RL correspondent Eugen Tomiuc discussed some of the […]

Read full story Comments are closed

Solutions to Africa’s Water Crisis?

Recent discoveries of water reserves under some of Africa’s mightiest deserts raise hopes for quenching African thirst. But the reality is much more grim.

Read full story Comments are closed