Nexus in the Media // Archive 2012

Farmers Deplete Fossil Water in World's Breadbaskets
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nature // Farmers Deplete Fossil Water in World's Breadbaskets

Irrigation has helped farmers feed a population that has now reached 7 billion people. But in many places farmers have overused underground aquifers that have taken thousands of years to form, drawing down the fossil water much faster than it can be replaced. The Ogallala aquifer in the American high plains, along with similar aquifers in Mexico, Eastern Europe, Egypt, Arabia, Iran, India and China, represent the crisis zones for humanity's groundwater footprint, according to a new analysis...

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ACWUA joins the Middle East and North Africa-Network of Water Centers of Excellence (MENA NWC)
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Arab Innova // ACWUA joins the Middle East and North Africa-Network of Water Centers of Excellence (MENA NWC)

The Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) has been chosen to join the MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA-NETWORK OF WATER CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE (MENA NWC) and to lead the water supply and sanitation thematic group. The network aims to link technical institutions across the Middle East and North Africa with each other, with counterpart institutions in the United States and elsewhere, with governments, and with the private sector to solve the critical water problems confronting the region....

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The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise
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The Guardian // The world is closer to a food crisis than most people realise

Unless we move quickly to adopt new population, energy, and water policies, the goal of eradicating hunger will remain just that. Time is running out. The world may be much closer to an unmanageable food shortage — replete with soaring food prices, spreading food unrest, and ultimately political instability— than most people realise.

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Experts mull global system to monitor water resources
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AlertNet // Experts mull global system to monitor water resources

A global system to monitor management of water resources would help governments secure food and water supplies for the future, a U.N. expert due to attend the World Water Week conference later this month has told AlertNet. "There's demand for a global reporting mechanism that will help us see what is the status of water security and how water is used around the world as a resource, whether in agriculture, industrial production or any other way," said Joakim Harlin, senior water resources advisor...

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China's coal expansion may spark water crisis, warns Greenpeace
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The Guardian // China's coal expansion may spark water crisis, warns Greenpeace

China's plan to rapidly expand large coal mines and power plants in its arid northern and western provinces threatens to drain precious water supply and could trigger a severe water crisis, a report by environmental activists Greenpeace said on Tuesday. China intends to boost coal production in provinces including Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi and Ningxia, with output in those areas expected to reach 2.2bn tonnes, or 56% of the country's forecast production of 3.9bn tonnes, by 2015.

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Poo power celebrated as solar toilet wins sanitation prize
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The Guardian // Poo power celebrated as solar toilet wins sanitation prize

Human waste attracts less funding than other development projects but Reinvent the Toilet challenge recognises that better hygiene can cut healthcare costs and prevent early deaths. A solar powered toilet that breaks down water and human waste into hydrogen gas for use in fuel cells has won first prize in a competition for next-generation toilets to improve sanitation in the developing world.

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WASH Media Award: Six journalists win prestigious media awards geared towards improving reporting on water, sanitation and hygiene
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World Water Week News // WASH Media Award: Six journalists win prestigious media awards geared towards improving reporting on water, sanitation and hygiene

Media in general and journalists in particular are key partners for sanitation, hygiene and water sector professionals in their awareness raising, advocacy and behaviour change work. Journalists play a central role in the highlighting of water and gender related issues and positioning of women as environmental leaders. They greatly contribute to bringing in the spotlight the too often neglected issues of the necessity of toilets and hand washing for a dignified, safe and healthy life for...

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To solve climate change, let's move beyond climate change
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The Guardian // To solve climate change, let's move beyond climate change

Water, energy, food - these three issues are the essential holy trinity of environmental sustainability. They are maddeningly intertwined and their effect reaches everyone — private, public, and social sectors alike. Because everyone is affected by each of these issues, and because they are so intertwined, everyone needs to be at the table. No one entity, no matter how large, can save us from ourselves.

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AfDB approves EUR 690,000 African Water Facility grant for Kenyan pastoralists
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Ghana Business News // AfDB approves EUR 690,000 African Water Facility grant for Kenyan pastoralists

The Kenya project is one of six case studies conducted in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda designed to evaluate the performance of rainwater harvesting systems in the region with the aim of promoting "best practices" in water management for improving water supply and food security and will be implemented by the Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA), the Government of Kenya and targeted communities.

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Effectively embracing the water-energy nexus. The role of collective action
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Deloitte Sustainable Business Blog // Effectively embracing the water-energy nexus. The role of collective action

Bridging the gap between energy supply and demand and the parallel strains on water resources, should be addressed by approaching the water-energy nexus from both sides of the equation. And it is more than a pricing and cost issue. It's also about business continuity, brand value, and maintaining social license to operate. We believe that what is needed is a water stewardship strategy that both mitigates risks and identifies opportunities beyond cost considerations. It means safeguarding water...

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