April 10, 2014 · 4:09 pm
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The Guardian, known for some of the best environmental reporting coming out of the U.K., posed a question to a bevy of experts in honor of World Water Day 2014, on March 22: “What one piece of advice would you give the UN on water?” More specifically, how should water fit into the post-2015 development agenda? Following up on my recent World Water Day posts below, here’s a link to the answers given by the water wonks from the worlds of business, NGOs and government.
There’s broad agreement among the experts that there should be specific water and sanitation Sustainable Development Goals, just as there was enthusiastic agreement at the UN briefing I recently attended at the WMO in Geneva, Switzerland. Water will be frequently mentioned among other goals because it connects everything, but mere mentions here and there won’t be enough to give the world the clean water and effective sanitation that so many people lack.
What one piece of advice would you give the UN on water? – The Guardian Water hub
Water’s Place Among Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals
At the Point of ‘Peak Water,’ Our Foreseeable Future Grows Shorter
UNICEF Says Put Down Your Cell Phone for a Few Minutes to Help Kids Get Water
Mapping the World’s Most Water-Stressed Countries
The Intersection of Environmental Issues and Human Rights
Filed under Africa, Blog Changes and Updates, Bottled Water, Caribbean, Dams and Hydropower, Industry, Science, Space, Uncategorized, Wastewater Treatment
Tagged as Betsy Otto, Chris Brown, Giulio Boccaletti, Greg Koch, Jenny Grönwall, Kitty van der Heijden, Mike Muller, The Guardian Sustainable Business Water hub, World Water Day 2014
February 27, 2014 · 12:12 pm
The prediction that water will outstrip oil — and every other scarce natural resource — as a factor in global conflict has been around for a long time. After all, without water, everybody and everything dies. There is no substitute for it. Among water-stressed regions, where is conflict likely to strike, and when? In many places, it’s already happening.
Conflict is widespread and ongoing because it can take many forms besides all-out war. In some areas, competition over water may be at the root of tensions between warring factions, though not the only cause. In certain conflicts, water resources may be military or terrorist targets, either to capture or to destroy as a way of hurting the enemy. Elsewhere, protests over water shortages resulting from perceived mismanagement can erupt in violence. The Pacific Institute studies these issues; the conflict chronology at the link below is especially interesting because it shows the whole gamut of water-related struggles.
A useful backgrounder on water-related conflict can be found in Suzanne Goldenberg’s recent piece for The Guardian, also linked below. It identifies six “regions at risk,” due to extreme drought and/or tension over shared resources: California, Brazil, Middle East (Iran, United Arab Emirates, Jordan), North Africa (Egypt and Ethiopia), South Asia (eastern Pakistan, northern India), and China. Stephen Leahy’s IPS article and Giulio Boccaletti’s op-ed for The Nature Conservancy further fill in the picture and scope of global water (in)security.
Why global water shortages pose threat of terror and war – The Guardian
In an increasingly unpredictable world, we must secure nature to secure our water – The Nature Conservancy
Water crisis hitting food, energy — and everything else – IPS
Pacific Institute: water and conflict
Pacific Institute: water conflict chronology
Past, Present and Future: California’s Epic Struggle With Water
Water War? Dam Talks Between Egypt and Ethiopia Falter
Filed under Africa, Asia, Conflicts, Drought, Middle East, North America, Research, South America, Water Shortage
Tagged as California, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Giulio Boccaletti, India, IPS, Iran, Jordan, Pacific Institute, Pakistan, Stephen Leahy, Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian, The Nature Conservancy, United Arab Emirates, United States, water war