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Water availability and the global impact of climate change.
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ACT catchments - eWater

ACT catchments - eWater | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
A case study to help the region’s water managers evaluate options for best outcomes in water quality and quantity, for people and ecosystems.
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Homepage | Icon Water

Homepage | Icon Water | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
Icon Water owns and operates the water and sewerage assets and business in the ACT. Our services are provided under the business name Icon Water.
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Global Water Shortage Risk Is Worse Than Scientists Thought

Global Water Shortage Risk Is Worse Than Scientists Thought | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
About two-thirds of the world's population faces water scarcity for at least one month during the year.
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Water Changes Everything. - YouTube

Almost a billion people live without clean drinking water. We call this the water crisis. It's a crisis because it only starts with water -- but water affect...
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WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme: Definitions & Methods

WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme: Definitions & Methods | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it

Millennium Development Goal 7, Target 7c, calls on countries to: "Halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation".

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Managing groundwater for tomorrow

Managing groundwater for tomorrow | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
Seventy percent of Perth's water comes from underground. Imagine what would happen if that source of water dried up. It...
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Billions face water shortages: urgency | APEC Water

Billions face water shortages: urgency | APEC Water | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
If we are not careful with our water management we will all face water shortages in the future. Iimprovements must be made in the efficiency of agricultural production and water use.
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Water in agriculture: Improving resource management - OECD Observer

Water in agriculture: Improving resource management - OECD Observer | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
World agriculture faces an enormous challenge over the next 40 years: to produce almost 50% more food up to 2030 and double production by 2050. With...

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Water scarcity in Africa and the Middle East: get the data

Water scarcity in Africa and the Middle East: get the data | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
To give a better sense of the challenge facing these areas, here is data pulled together and mapped from two sources
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Introduction to Water - YouTube

This dramatic video choreographed to powerful music introduces the viewer/student to the wonder and miracle of water. It is designed as a motivational "trail...
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Safe drinking water disappearing fast in Bangladesh

Safe drinking water disappearing fast in Bangladesh | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
Extreme weather increases salinity of water in coastal areas while excessive demand in Dhaka leaves dwindling supply

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Chris Costa's curator insight, November 9, 2015 2:39 PM

For over 20% of the population, finding safe drinking water in Bangladesh is a daily struggle that is only expected to worsen in the coming decades.These Bangladeshis live in "hard-to-reach" areas of the nation, along the swampy marshlands of the inlands and coastal outlets, where access by roads is severely restricted. This makes it difficult to transport the necessary aid to these regions, placing them disproportionately at the peril of natural disasters and other such catastrophes. The increasing salinity of the water in these areas- the result of acid rain and other man-made climate changes- has made it extremely difficult for the people of these regions to find the drinking water necessary to replenish their exploding population. With the effects of climate change only worsening, the plight of these people can be expected to get worse and worse. Millions of people face increasing health risks and even death as we move forward into the 21st century; I hope that the powers that be are able to find a solution to help these people receive the aid they so desperately need. 

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, November 10, 2015 6:34 AM

Water is essential to human survival. Contaminated water is a detriment to human survival. Extreme weather has caused a dwindling of the safe drinking water supply in Bangladesh. The consequences of this dwindling are catastrophic.  A lack of safe drinking water will inevitably lead to the demise of many people. Warfare is often a consequence of a lack of precious resources. No resource in the world is more precious than water. This issue was caused by extreme weather increasing the salinity of water in the costal areas. Physical geography plays a huge role in the availability of safe drinking water. Areas more prone to extreme weather are far more likely to experience these same kinds of issues. Unfortunately, Bangladesh in one of those areas that is effected by this type of scenario.  

Sarah Cannon's curator insight, December 14, 2015 10:04 AM

Access to safe drinking water is a physical and human geography issue because it all depends on location. For example, in Dhaka, a heavily populated area, fresh water is limited. Besides waters/rivers in Dhaka being polluted, this is a poverty filled area and government funds can only get so much for people. Dhaka is a poor, urban, and populated community.

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Sustainable Development - Lessons from Australia's Struggle with Water Scarcity

Sustainable Development - Lessons from Australia's Struggle with Water Scarcity | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
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Water | Department of the Environment

Water | Department of the Environment | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
The Australian Government is providing national leadership on the challenges of meeting future demand for water in a drying climate.

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan delivers on the Australian Government's commitment to restore the Basin's rivers and wetlands to health while supporting strong regional communities and sustainable food production.
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The future of water in Australia

The future of water in Australia | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
Jeremy Fernandez looks at how we extract, move, store and use water in Australia.
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Every Last Drop: An Interactive Website about Water Saving

Every Last Drop: An Interactive Website about Water Saving | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
Every Last Drop is an interactive website which takes a detailed look at how much water we waste on a daily basis and how small changes can make a big difference.

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, August 29, 2013 9:28 PM

CD - The nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, including studies drawn from Australia and West Asia and/or North Africa.

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World Water Day 2015: Learn

World Water Day 2015: Learn | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it

In developing nations the responsibility for collecting water every day falls disproportionately on women and girls. On average women in these regions spend 25 percent of their day collecting water for their families. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family or attending school. Investments in water and sanitation show substantial economic gains - See more at: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/learn/en/?section=c325504#sthash.rWtV0ofR.dpuf

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FAO Water Unit | Water News: water scarcity

FAO Water Unit | Water News: water scarcity | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
FAO's Water Development and Management Unit (NRLW) is engaged in a comprehensive approach to strengthening world agricultural water management that tackles issues of water use efficiency and productivity through the continuum from water sources to final uses.
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Less fertile crescent

Less fertile crescent | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
THE Middle East is arid. But it is also home to some of the world’s most fertile rivers, such as the Nile. So it is all the more alarming that one of its great...
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'The real threat to our future is peak water'

'The real threat to our future is peak water' | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
As population rises, overpumping means some nations have reached peak water, which threatens food supply, says Lester Brown
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Waterfootprint.org: Water footprint and virtual water

Waterfootprint.org: Water footprint and virtual water | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
The water footprint of a nation shows the total volume of water that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the inhabitants of the nation. The virtual water content of a product is the volume of water used to produce the product, measured at the place where the product was actually produced.
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Drying of the Aral Sea

Explore a global timelapse of our planet, constructed from Landsat satellite imagery. With water diverted to irrigation, the inland Aral Sea has shrunk drama...

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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, October 7, 2014 11:27 AM

The Aral Sea’s receding waters could prove fatal to the surrounding agriculture. Both Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan diverted the rivers that flowed into the Sea in the 1960s to feed their growing cotton and rice farms. Over the last five decades, the lack of a water source flowing into the Aral Sea combined with harsher droughts due to climate change have caused the water to evaporate at an alarming rate. As the water evaporates, large deposits of minerals remain on the bare lake bed. Winds pick up the mineral deposits and often spread them onto farms, where the increased salinity destroys rice paddies and other crops. The destruction of crops causes less food production, so less money is made by the farmers and more money has to be spent to bring in food to avoid famine. Cotton crops are also destroyed, so the region loses yet another source of income.

The increased evaporation of the Aral Sea has also caused an incredible increase to salinity levels in the lake itself. The extremely salty water cannot be used without heavy removing the salt, which is incredibly unaffordable in an already stressed region. Small subsidence farmers and local farmers cannot use the resource at hand. The fishing industry has completely collapsed, thus removing another important resource from the area.

If a wounded economy and unreliable food was not enough, the air born minerals blown away from the lake are causing numerous health problems. Respiratory issues, such as asthma, are becoming more and more common in the communities surrounding the Aral Sea due to the minerals and industrial debris in the air. The disappearance of the Sea has created the perfect conditions for the collapse of a region. The struggle that the people have to endure often escalates into increased social and political unrest, and disputes often occur. The Aral Sea exemplifies how one small environmental change can set off a chain of devastating events that lead to irreversible effects.

               

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 19, 2014 8:19 PM

The drying of the Aral Sea opens our eyes to how fragile our environment is and the scarcity of resources.  We need to become more aware of our resources, because as they saying goes, the "well will run dry."

Kevin Nguyen's curator insight, December 7, 2015 1:14 PM

The massive changes to the Aral Sea can clearly be seen through the course of a decade. It's so unbelievable that from 2000 on ward it shrunk significantly and the video also showed the development of agricultural land that surrounds the rivers feeding into the Sea. The more water being irrigated and are not putting into the Sea the more it dries up because the water is evaporated with little to no rain going back to it. This is definitely one of the worst man-made disaster that have happened to this region.

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NSW signs up to Murray-Darling Basin water deal

NSW signs up to Murray-Darling Basin water deal | Water scarcity and global action | Scoop.it
NSW has signed the inter-governmental agreement to manage water in the Murray-Darling Basin.
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