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Four billion people face severe water scarcity, study finds


The water scarcity crises is fast unfolding. Along with climate change, this can pose a grave threat to global peace and stability. According to a new study, water shortages are affecting two-thirds of world’s population for a month every year and the crisis is far worse than previously thought. Damia Carrington writes in The Guardian of London At least two-thirds ...

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Radioactive water leaks at New York plant


Radioactive water overflowed into groundwater at the Indian Point nuclear facility in New York on Saturday, resulting in increased radioactivity at the site. The contamination did not go offsite and doesn’t pose a threat to the public. Indian Point is located about 35 miles north of New York City and has been under more scrutiny from Governor Andrew Cuomo for ...

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Malawian communities seek to end open defecation

Mitress Januwale

About one billion people or 15 percent of the global population, including Malawians, practice open defecation, and ignorance of the consequences Twelve years ago today, Mitress Januwale was in great pain due to the death of her grandmother Myness Gilimoti to what was a suspected work of witchcraft, according to family members. Gilimoti died when she was more of a ...

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Bodies collaborate to launch Heads of State Panel on Water


Together with partners, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) joins in the establishment of a Heads of State Panel on Water, a global undertaking aimed at mobilizing support for implementing the water-related Sustainable Development Goals. The panel was launched during the World Economic Forum in Davos. To mobilise global support for implementing the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN ...

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How Michigan’s Flint River is poisoning the city’s residents

Farmers Market

To date, over 25,000 children in Flint, Michigan, have been exposed to lead contamination from the city’s water supply. How did the water get that way? Lee-Anne Walters and her family in Flint, Michigan, drank water laced with hazardous levels of lead contamination for nearly eight months, beginning in the spring of 2014. The water was brown. Her three-year-old son Gavin ...

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Coalition unites to block India water privatisation schemes


Groups plan series of escalating events to expose details of controversial Nagpur PPP model promoted by Modi government, World Bank This week, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation Employees’ Union (NMCEU), 25 Nagpur grassroots civil society groups, and organisations from across India kicked off two weeks of escalating events to demonstrate the failure of Nagpur’s public-private partnerships (PPP) water privatisation scheme, including a ...

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Amina J. Mohammed emerges new WSSCC chair


Amina J. Mohammed, Nigeria’s Environment Minister, has been announced as the new Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) effective from April 5, 2016. An erstwhile Assistant-Secretary General and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Ms. Mohammed will chair the Steering Committee and guide the work of WSSCC’s Geneva-based Secretariat, its operations in ...

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Faith in Water emerges, eyes world’s poorest

clean water

A new charity has been founded to work with faith groups on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the world’s poorest countries. “Faith in Water,” as it is christened, is said to be the first charity to focus specifically on working with faith-managed schools on WASH issues to improve children’s lives and create lasting community impact. Based in Bristol, UK, ...

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Fresh World Bank funding for water in Africa, India

Laura Tuck

The World Bank Group has announced a significant boost in funding for water programmes Kenya, the Niger River Basin, Morocco and India to help tackle inherent challenges. The move came as World Bank Group Vice President for Sustainable Development, Laura Tuck, warned that, in just 35 years, 40 percent of the global population will be living in water scarce countries. That’s compared ...

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Why Lagos should not privatise water, by ERA/FoEN


Deputy Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Akinbode Oluwafemi, at a media briefing in Lagos, lists reasons why the Lagos State Government should publicly oppose the PPP water privatisation scheme it is believed to be pursuing When we started this campaign to stop the Lagos water privatisation in October 2014, the immediate past administration in the state ...

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