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World With More Phones Than Toilets Shows Water Challenge - Businessweek

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World With More Phones Than Toilets Shows Water Challenge
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Solving that developmental dilemma has so far confounded leaders, some of whom will meet today in The Hague to discuss water cooperation.
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The nexus of food, energy and water is the most important water issue going forward, Lindstrom said.


“It’s not only providing basic services,” he said. “If we continue to consume the way we do we will not have the water to cater to all these different needs.”

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Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions

Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Water rationed in 19 cities in southeast and central regions after usually abundant supplies run dry (#Brazil #drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions http://t.co/CSBzpoFSXK)...
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Study Ties Epic California Drought, 'Frigid East' To Manmade ...

Study Ties Epic California Drought, 'Frigid East' To Manmade ... | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has recently driven both the record-setting California drought, and also the cooler weather seen across most of the Midwest and East this winter, a major ...
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Earl Ray Tomblin Requests More Bottled Water 3 Weeks After Chemical Spill - Huffington Post

Earl Ray Tomblin Requests More Bottled Water 3 Weeks After Chemical Spill - Huffington Post | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera America Earl Ray Tomblin Requests More Bottled Water 3 Weeks After Chemical Spill Huffington Post "Immediately following West Virginia American Water's DO NOT USE order on January 9, I began working with the West Virginia National Guard...
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Drought Prompts Gov To Issue Urgent Plea: Flush Less!

Drought Prompts Gov To Issue Urgent Plea: Flush Less! | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With dangerously low snow levels in the mountains and rain coming in just dribs and drabs a deepening California drought has prompted Gov.
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Harper government cutting more than $100 million related to protection of water

Harper government cutting more than $100 million related to protection of water | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — More than $100 million in cuts are underway at the federal department in charge of protecting Canada’s water and oceans, despite recommendations from top bureaucrats that it needs to increase spending for both environmental and economic...
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"...the cuts coincide with internal advice from top bureaucrats that the government should instead be increasing its spending in the department to protect both economic and environmental interests."

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Eastwood files petition to give Cal Am access to water - Monterey County Herald

Eastwood files petition to give Cal Am access to water - Monterey County Herald | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Eastwood files petition to give Cal Am access to water Monterey County Herald On Tuesday, the Eastwood Trust filed a petition with the state Water Resources Control Board that would allow California American Water to use Carmel River groundwater...
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The cost of Clean Water Act is an unequal burden - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The cost of Clean Water Act is an unequal burden - Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The cost of Clean Water Act is an unequal burden Pittsburgh Post Gazette His fix is going to cost maybe a third of the price of his house, but as part of the region's massive mess of water issues to fix, it is a sliver among billions that...
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Unregulated Chemicals Found in Drinking Water: Scientific American

Unregulated Chemicals Found in Drinking Water: Scientific American | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Traces of 18 unregulated contaminants were found in the water from one-third of utilities in sampling across the U.S. by federal scientists.
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The Booming Bottled Water Business Represents Everything That's Wrong With ... - Business Insider

The Booming Bottled Water Business Represents Everything That's Wrong With ... - Business Insider | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Business Insider The Booming Bottled Water Business Represents Everything That's Wrong With ...
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'Dire' prediction for state water allocation - San Francisco Chronicle

'Dire' prediction for state water allocation - San Francisco Chronicle | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
San Francisco Chronicle 'Dire' prediction for state water allocation San Francisco Chronicle As the first significant rain of the season fell on Northern California Wednesday, the state Department of Water Resources issued an ominous water supply...
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Monterey Peninsula Fights For-Profit American Water for Public Control - PR Watch

Monterey Peninsula Fights For-Profit American Water for Public Control - PR Watch | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
PR Watch Monterey Peninsula Fights For-Profit American Water for Public Control PR Watch While high profile privatizations have dominated the news in recent years, a new trend is quietly emerging -- communities taking public assets back under...
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"In the United States, 86 percent of Americans receive their water services from a publicly owned and operated utility. But for-profit firms have made inroads in recent decades and see public water as a new profit center. In 2011, Citigroup economist Willem Buiter predicted that "water as an asset class will, in my view, become eventually the single most important physical-commodity based asset class, dwarfing oil, copper, agricultural commodities and precious metals."

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Making a kitchen-table case for massive water bill - Politico

Making a kitchen-table case for massive water bill - Politico | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
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Making a kitchen-table case for massive water bill
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Less wonk. More real-world relevance. That could be the new slogan for the lawmakers and lobbyists trying to pass the House's first massive water and infrastructure bill since 2007.
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Fears megadrought that could last 35 YEARS is on the way

Fears megadrought that could last 35 YEARS is on the way | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The southwestern United States has fifty percent change of suffering a 'megadrought' that lasts 35 years, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have warned.
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World Bank wants water privatized, despite risks | Al Jazeera America

World Bank wants water privatized, despite risks | Al Jazeera America | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Efforts endanger access to and pricing of life’s most precious resource
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"In the decades since the IFC’s initial push, we have seen the results of water privatization: It doesn’t work. Water is not like telecommunications or transportation. You could tolerate crappy phone service, but have faulty pipes connecting to your municipal water and you’re in real trouble. Water is exceptional."

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California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S. (California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses And Even Schools.
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Its Great Lake Shriveled, Iran Confronts Crisis of Water Supply

Its Great Lake Shriveled, Iran Confronts Crisis of Water Supply | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
President Hassan Rouhani has identified water as a national security issue, and nowhere is the crisis more pronounced than at Lake Urmia, once one of the largest salt lakes in the world.
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If you thought fighting over oil was nasty...
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Seven people die in the worst heat wave ever recorded in Argentina

Seven people die in the worst heat wave ever recorded in Argentina | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
At least seven people have died in the worst heat wave in Argentina since records began.
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For Divided Congress, Water Projects Are a Unifier - ABC News

For Divided Congress, Water Projects Are a Unifier - ABC News | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
For Divided Congress, Water Projects Are a Unifier ABC News Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of political pork, are back in vogue as a rare force of concord in...
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California could experience 'historic' drought in 2014 - Al Jazeera America

California could experience 'historic' drought in 2014 - Al Jazeera America | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera America California could experience 'historic' drought in 2014 Al Jazeera America California water authorities told Al Jazeera Friday that barring a series of heavy storms, California faces a drought next year that would restrict...
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Argentina: 'state of emergency' declared as power and water supplies fail ... - euronews

Argentina: 'state of emergency' declared as power and water supplies fail ... - euronews | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Argentina: 'state of emergency' declared as power and water supplies fail ... euronews Officials in Buenos Aires have declared a state of emergency during a heatwave where temperatures are averaging 36 degrees Celsius.
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Water Conservation Done Creatively - Community - Utne Reader

Water Conservation Done Creatively - Community - Utne Reader | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Communities across the country are devising creative ways to make water conservation work.
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In Ireland, Water Will No Longer Be Free - National Geographic

In Ireland, Water Will No Longer Be Free - National Geographic | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
National Geographic In Ireland, Water Will No Longer Be Free National Geographic Household water demand per person is estimated to average 102 gallons (386 liters) per day, double or triple that in other European countries and about the same as in...
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Earth Got its Water From Early Asteroid Impacts 4.6 Billion Years Ago - Science World Report

Earth Got its Water From Early Asteroid Impacts 4.6 Billion Years Ago - Science World Report | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Science World Report Earth Got its Water From Early Asteroid Impacts 4.6 Billion Years Ago Science World Report Water that today covers seventy percent of the Earth's surface continues to remain a mystery to the scientists who are trying to trace...
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More Water Stress than Meets the Eye - National Geographic

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More Water Stress than Meets the Eye
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In nearly 1 in 10 U.S. watersheds, water use exceeds the natural water supply. Water stress worsens as colors trend from green to yellow to orange to red.
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"Even though groundwater makes up a growing share of water use nationally and globally, we don’t measure and monitor it carefully enough to come close to getting an accurate picture of its role in our water accounts."


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How long before the Great Plains runs out of water? - Washington Post (blog)

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How long before the Great Plains runs out of water?
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The sprawling Ogallala Aquifer in the Great Plains provides freshwater for roughly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cattle and cotton in the United States.
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*the aquifer is slowly getting depleted, with the water table dropping by as much as two feet per year in some counties. And once they drain, it could take hundreds or thousands of years for those ancient aquifers, which were first formed millions of years ago, to fully recharge with rainfall.

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