Water Security News

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Beijing's 21 million residents are running out of water sources. Heavy reliance on groundwater is depleting aquifers and causing land subsidence . An ambitious South-to-North water diversion project likely won't provide enough water for Beijing long-term. In addition, nearly 40 percent of Beijing's surface water is too polluted for use.
This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting and is written by Elsa Galarza Contreras, Ministry of Environment of Peru and Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School Water insecurity poses one of the greatest risks and leadership challenges of our generation.
The Nature Conservancy and the State Government of Quintana Roo, Mexico, announced today the creation of the "Coastal Zone Management Trust," which will cover a portion of the Mesoamerican Reef along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula - a timely development during this International Year of the Reef.
South Africa's second-largest city has pushed back the day when its taps are expected to run dry. But with its population growing and the climate warming, Cape Town, like many cities in semi-arid regions, must take decisive measures to meet its future water needs.
41 million Americans-not 13 million-are at risk of experiencing a 100-year flood, according to the study. Over the past 30 years, the United States has suffered an average of $8.2 billion in annual damage from freshwater flooding. Studies show that the destruction is intensifying every year.
In 2014, S ã o Paulo nearly ran out of water amid the region's worst drought in recorded history . At the height of the crisis, the main reservoir for the city of 20 million dipped to 3 percent capacity and the city had less than 20 days' water supply.
What do you do when your city is running out of water? The answer, at least in one of the world's most unequal countries, depends on how much money you have. Within the next few months, Cape Town's taps could run dry, the result of a protracted drought and a government failure to provide an alternative water source to this city of 4 million.
I pulled my horse to a stop along the banks of a little stream, which was wedged between two grassy hills speckled with wildflowers and pika holes, to admire the view of the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau's rolling hills evolving into snowcapped mountains. China's Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau is part of the world's third pole.
This story appears in the March 2018 issue ofNational Geographic magazine. Tire tracks stretched across the flat lake bed to the horizon. We followed them in a Suzuki 4x4, looking for clues about what's happened to Poopó, once Bolivia's second largest lake, which has vanished into the thin air of the Andean highlands.
Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana last August, causing $125 billion in damage, dumped more water out of the sky than any storm in U.S. history. By one calculation, roughly a million gallons fell for every person in Texas.