• Water Crisis Management under Changing Climate

    Event Location: 
    Bhubaneswar, India
    Start Date: 
    16 November 2012
    End Date: 
    17 November 2012

    The conference is well timed to address issues of water crisis of unprecedented stress in India’s water world. Expert delegates from across the country will address relevant issues on water crisis under changing climate during two-day conference at Bhubaneswar, that will aim at evolving feasible mechanisms for managing water resources at large.

  • Water Woes Hit Gap, Kraft, Nestle, MillerCoors

    Companies including Gap, Kraft and MillerCoors are all dealing with financial hits from water shortages and floods, according to news reports.

    The Gap cut its profit forecast by 22 percent after the Texas drought killed much of the year’s cotton crop, Reuters said. Kraft, Sara Lee and Nestle have all announced plans to raise product prices after droughts and floods drove up commodity prices.

    And stocks of gas company Toreador Resources fell 20 percent after France banned fracking, in large part because of concerns over water quality.

    These stresses look set to intensify.

  • South Pacific - Not a Drop to Drink

    ONE canary in the climate-change coalmine may have just quietly fallen from her perch. The tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has declared a state of emergency after a fresh water shortage forced it to shutter its schools and hospitals and begin water rationing across the country.

    The crisis is not confined to Tuvalu, neighbouring Tokelau, a protectorate of New Zealand, also declared a state of emergency this week, after its water supply dwindled to the point where it was completely reliant on an emergency seven-day supply of bottled water shipped in from independent Samoa.


    Oct 6, 2011
  • Better Desal Technology Can Help World's Fresh Water Shortage

    The Science Daily (8/5) reported that as one-third of the world faces a lack of fresh water, "a new Yale University study argues that seawater desalination should play an important role in helping combat worldwide fresh water shortages -- once conservation, reuse and other methods have been exhausted -- and provides insight into how desalination technology can be made more affordable and energy efficient." According to Menachem Elimelech, a professor of chemical and environmental engineering at Yale, and William Phillip, now with Notre Dame, the new study demonstrates "that reverse osmosis req

  • Europe Headed for Water Crisis


    Future glacier retreat in the Alps could affect the hydrology of large streams more strongly than previously assumed, a new study shows. Water shortages in summer could become more frequent.

    Even though their ice is called 'eternal', many alpine glaciers' lives may come to an end within this century. For 150 years, most of them have been more or less constantly retreating, and since the eighties, their shrinkage has visibly increased.

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    Photo: Ray Smith/IPS

    Industry Tags: Glacier
  • China warned on water usage


    China needs to reduce food production on its dry northern plains or aquifers will diminish to a "dire" level in 30 years, one the country's leading groundwater experts has warned.

    Zheng Chunmiao, director of the Water Research Centre at Peking University, said the world's most populous country will have to focus more on demand-side restraint because it is becoming more expensive and difficult to tap finite supplies below the surface.

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    Industry Tags: Environment
  • The looming water shortage


    Nestlé chief calls for more research as problem worsens.

    “People were saying, ‘If we don’t do anything now, in 100 years the world will not exist,’” said Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe of his initial exposure to rising fears about global water consumption and impending shortages. “The more I looked into the water issue, I came to the conclusion that you don’t have to wait 100 years.”

    Several years ago analysts predicted a bleak outlook for the world’s water supply.

    Industry Tags: Membranes
  • Asia Pacific Regional Water Conferene and Exhibition

    Event Location: 
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Start Date: 
    15 March 2011
    End Date: 
    17 March 2011
    The 2nd Asia Pacific Regional Water Conference and Exhibition (APRWC) is an international event organised by the Water Association of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (SWAn) every three years to seek long-term solutions to increase global supply of clean and safe drinking water generally and in Asia Pacific in particular.
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