Water Issues

Water and the Connection to Women’s Empowerment

Aug 31st, 2017 | By
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By Suzanne York. Water. When it comes to Mother Nature, it often seems these days as if we either have too much of it or not enough of this most precious of resources. As World Water Week kicked off in Stockholm (a gathering of water experts and professionals from across many sectors), the World Bank
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It’s Not a Hoax: Bolivia’s Shrinking Glaciers

Dec 1st, 2016 | By
La Paz, Bolivia [photo:uncambiodeaires.com]

By Suzanne York. In what is sadly a sign of things to come for many places, Bolivia has declared a state of emergency, as it endures its worst drought in 25 years. The Andean glaciers that for centuries have supplied water to La Paz and its sprawling neighbor El Alto – one of the poorest
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How Much Longer Will We Take Water for Granted?

Mar 31st, 2016 | By
Woman collecting water in Phulakhrara village [Photo credit: waterdotorg at https://www.flickr.com/photos/waterdotorg/19365390491/]

By Suzanne York. The poorest people in the world are paying the highest price for safe water, according to WaterAid’s report, Water: At What Cost? The State of the World’s Water 2016. Worldwide, some 650 million people in the world still do not have access to clean water and more than 2.3 billion do not
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The Wild West and the Spreading Drought

May 19th, 2015 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. It’s still a month until summer begins, and the drought in the western U.S. continues to be headline news.  Just wait until August. A couple of news items from the past week perfectly highlight the scope of the drought that is impacting the western U.S., and the role of human hubris
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The Return of ‘Limits to Growth’?

Apr 5th, 2015 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. It’s shocking, but a mainstream media outlet has actually mentioned the idea of limits to growth and limits of nature.  The New York Times, no less, has run a front-page story on the drought in California, invoking the concept of limits, in an article titled “California Drought Tests History of Endless
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When the Water Tap Runs Dry: Coping with Global Droughts

Mar 5th, 2015 | By
Reservoir in São Paulo [photo credit:Fernando Stankuns via Flickr Creative Commons]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org In the U.S., almost all the weather news seems to be fixated on the snow storms back East.  Yet despite the cold and snow, more records for heat have been broken than for cold.  The winter of 2014-15 has been so warm across much of the West that more than 20
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Thirsty? A City of 20 Million People on the Verge of Running Out of Water

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
[Photo:By Francisco Anzola (Flickr: Sao Paulo Skyline) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org For several years now, the topic that water would be the next oil has been bandied about, implying that water would be as valuable as fossil fuels. That day of reckoning may be coming sooner than many people think.  Last week, Reuters reported that the city of São Paulo – South
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Bottling Up Efforts to Conserve Precious Water?

Aug 14th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Most Americans are probably aware that California and much of the U.S. Southwest is in the grips of a major drought.  And it’s likely that people know at least something about conserving water.  Take shorter showers, don’t wash your car, water your lawn at risk of $500 fines, etc. But a
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California’s Drinking Problem: The Urgency to Use Less Water

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org It’s certainly not unusual for temperatures to be hot this time of year, as summer is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere.  But things are getting really, really hot across the globe. Last month the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported that the period March-May was the hottest in more than 120
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Bottled Water: An Economic Perspective

Mar 14th, 2014 | By
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By Anjie Cai, guest youth blogger for www.howmany.org. It’s frightening to look at bottled water from an economic perspective. Using cost-benefit analysis to examine the impact of bottled water, we realize how harmful it actually is. The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard reported that bottled water costs “up to 1,900 times more than tap
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