News Selection – Water Scarcity
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Water Scarcity.
Time is running out for the world’s water
22/3/2019: Demand projections for global freshwater estimate a 50% rise by 2100 – 90% of which will occur in developing countries. Significant financial investment is required if the world is to achieve the SDG for "water for all."
Source: Global Water Forum
World's poor pay more for water than the rich
19/3/2019: More than 2 billion people on earth do not have access to clean and drinkable water. Worldwide, the poor and marginalized are less likely to have clean water and sanitation, according to a UNESCO report. Source: DW
India to stop its share of water from flowing into Pakistan
23/2/2019: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration will divert water from Pakistan as India continues to look for non-military ways to punish its nuclear-armed neighbour for a deadly terror attack in Kashmir.
Source: The Straits Times
'Urgent steps' needed to save Australia's biggest river system
18/2/2019: The management of the Murray-Darling River system, which stretches thousands of kilometres across several states and supplies Australia's food bowl, has been under close scrutiny following three mass fish deaths in December and January. Source: Channel News Asia
The salty dilemma of water desalinisation
16/1/2019: As the threat of water scarcity increasingly grows, many countries have turned to the oceans for a solution. However, the by-product of desalination has created a new risk threatening public and environmental health. Source: Inter Press Service
Why collecting water turns millions of Indian women into second-class citizens
17/10/2018: From the Western Ghats and the mountainous north-east to the arid desert state of Rajasthan, women across India act as water collectors. This gender specific role has a severe impact on every aspect of their lives. Source: The Conversation
For the survival of the Nile and its people
17/10/2018: Running through eleven countries for 6,853 kilometres, the Nile is a lifeline for nearly half a billion people. But the river itself has been a source of tension and even conflict for countries and territories that lie along it.
Source: Inter Press Service
Water scarcity makes life difficult for Egyptians
27/9/2018: Local residents in Cairo are becoming concerned and discontent as water scarcity is reaching a critical point in the capital and the rest of the country. Source: Inter Press Service
Tread Softly Comment: Cairo may be edging towards a zero hour water crisis similar to Cape Town's experience earlier this year. The difference is that water scarcity is a country-wide issue in Egypt, especially in the Nile Delta which faces a pincer movement of climate threats - drought and rising sea level. Relevant Briefing: Causes of Water Scarcity
Water conflicts in India and China
13/9/2018: Interview with the author of a book which looks at the causes of conflict over water within countries instead of between them. It finds that conflict doesn’t usually happen because of water scarcity or shortage, but institutional failures.
Source: The Third Pole
As India’s Ganges runs out of water, a potential food shortage looms
17/9/2018: Millions of people living in the lower reaches of the Ganges basin in India may face food shortages in the next three decades if the iconic river continues to lose water due to factors including unsustainable groundwater extraction. Source: Mongabay