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Global fracking protests planned on Saturday, 22 September

PITTSBURGH — More than 100 protests against the natural gas drilling process known as fracking are scheduled to take place around the world today, building on public concerns but also using a highly simplified message to spur outrage. The GlobalFrackdown website and campaign were developed by Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit group […]

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Alleviate rainwater runoff problems with rain gardens

There are many reasons to create landscapes in our yards – to add softness to the harsh angles of a home, to make the transition from the natural environment to the built environment appear more seamless, to abide by deed restrictions for foundation planting or simply to foster a passion for gardening. What if these […]

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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 […]

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India most vulnerable to water stress

India, the second-biggest producer of rice, wheat and sugar, is the most vulnerable among the world’s leading industrial and emerging economies to future water stress, according to HSBC. India exhibits the most worrying trends among the Group of 20 nations with the resource “hovering dangerously near extreme scarcity levels” by 2030, HSBC said in a […]

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Another planned water shutdown for Kimberley

Bloemfontein – A shutdown of water for Kimberley was being planned for next week, the Sol Plaatje municipality said on Tuesday. Spokesman Sello Matsie said the cutting of water supply to residences and businesses would take place on Monday next week (Heritage Day).

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Rainwater Harvesting in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – For centuries, people have collected rainwater for drinking, washing and irrigation purposes. With the advent of municipal water treatment, rainwater collection became less popular in urbanized centres, though water storage cisterns can still be found in old farmhouses across Canada. But recently, rainwater harvesting has experienced an increase in popularity in countries […]

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Rain Water Harvesting in 10 Steps

Rooftop rainwater harvesting systems can vary from a simple gutter to rain barrel to a more complex integrated system with above ground or underground water tanks of various sizes and configurations.  The rainwater harvesting steps below provide excellent advice.

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Deadly Kenyan Water Wars

Nairobi — Water scarcity is fuelling deadly inter-ethnic wars that continue to claim lives in Kenya, according to government officials. And if nothing is done to educate communities on how to conserve the valuable resource, the situation will escalate, governance experts and environmentalists warn.

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Future political impact of water scarcity may be devastating

Oslo – The world needs to find the equivalent of the flow of 20 Nile rivers by 2025 to grow enough food to feed a rising population and help avoid conflicts over water scarcity, a group of former leaders said. Factors such as climate change would strain freshwater supplies and nations including China and India […]

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