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IPS World Desk

World Water Day on March 22nd gives us an opportunity to reflect on the one simple truth: water is life.   Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.  Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking ... MORE > >

Water, the Great Enabler
Rudolph Cleveringa

I listened to a Haitian farmer share solutions with neighbouring water users on how best to allocate scarce water resources. I learned about the resolution of inter-village water conflicts after sitting in a longboat for hours on the Ganges Delta in Bangladesh. On the dry floodplains of Ethiopia, I ... MORE > >

Cities: a Hub for Wastewater Innovation
Torgny Holmgren

Water is a finite resource. With a growing population, an expanding global middle class and a rise in energy and industrial production, the demand for water is reaching new levels. According to the OECD, global demand for freshwater will increase by 55 percent between 2000 and 2050. By 2050 it is ... MORE > >

No Water, No Life – Don’t Waste It!
Baher Kamal

During the final exams of Spanish official high school of journalists, a student was asked by the panel of professors-examiners: If scientists discover that there is water in Planet Mars, how would you announce this news, what would be your title? The student did not hesitate a second: “There is ... MORE > >

Asia's Water Politics Near the Boiling Point
Manipadma Jena

In Asia, it likely will not be straightforward water wars. Prolonged water scarcity might lead to security situations that are more nuanced, giving rise to a complex set of cascading but unpredictable consequences, with communities and nations reacting in ways that we have not seen in the past ... MORE > >

Three Times as Many Mobile Phones as Toilets in Africa
Busani Bafana

Though key to good health and economic wellbeing, water and sanitation remain less of a development priority in Africa, where high costs and poor policy implementation constrain getting clean water and flush toilets to millions. A signatory to several agreements committing to water security, ... MORE > >


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