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US Scientists: Clear Evidence Mars Had Flowing Water

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. scientists say pictures sent back from the Curiosity probe on Mars show clear evidence that water — essential for life — once flowed on the planet. The pictures of Curiosity’s landing site in a Martian crater show pebbles and stones driven into the rock. The scientists say the stones are smooth and round, a […]

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Report: Tourism Depleting Crucial Water Supplies for Gambia

Posted July 10th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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A British-based organization says wasteful water consumption at tourist resorts across Gambia is threatening water access and livelihoods of citizens in the small west African nation. Tourism Concern, which promotes ethical standards for global tourism, says resorts along the Gambian coast often dig their own bore holes to obtain water for their guests. Rachel Noble, […]

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Scientists: Africa Sits on Vast Reservoir of Water

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Scientists say a new study shows Africa sits on a huge reservoir of groundwater that could provide water for both drinking and agriculture. The scientists estimate that 300 million people in Africa do not have access to safe drinking water and that part of the solution lies right under their feet — with over 100 […]

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Scientists: Africa Sits on Vast Reservoir of Water

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A new study by a group of scientists shows that sub-Saharan Africa, which lacks access to reliable, safe water, sits on a huge reservoir of groundwater that could provide water for both drinking and agriculture. The scientists estimate that 300 million people in Africa do not have access to safe drinking water and that part […]

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Europeans Urge Stronger EU Action on Water Quality

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A new public survey shows Europeans are urging the European Union to take stronger action in improving water quality among its 27 member countries. Nearly 70 percent of the 2,500 people surveyed this month say water-related problems are serious in the Europe. A large majority of the responders cited chemical pollution as the biggest threat […]

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UN Report: Israeli Settlers Use Violence to Deny Palestinians Access to Water

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations report accuses Israeli settlers of using violence, threats, and fences to deny Palestinians access to water in the West Bank. A survey by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs shows that settlers are in total control of more than half of the springs close to Israeli settlements. Its report […]

Toxic Chemical Contaminates Chinese River

Posted January 28th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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A toxic chemical spill in southern China is spurring sales of bottled water. Millions of people in southern China were warned not to drink tap water Friday, following a chemical spill at a mining facility dumped dangerous levels of cadmium into the Liujiang River. In some areas, the level of cadmium measured as high as […]

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Japanese Nuclear Plant Operator May Release More Contaminated Water

Posted December 8th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Officials at Japan’s troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant said Thursday they are considering releasing more low-level radioactive water into the ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Company warned that by March it may no longer have space to store the massive amount of water used to cool the damaged reactors at the plant. TEPCO says it would […]

ADB Helps Nepal Boost Water Supply

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 7:32 am (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank has announced an $80 million loan to Nepal for piped water distribution improvement. ADB says the improvements will benefit nearly 3 million people in the Kathmandu Valley. Manoj Sharma, of ADB’s South Asia Department, says the project will prioritize “underserved areas and poor sections” of the population. The Kathmandu Valley Water […]

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UN Report: Population Growth to Cause Water Crunch

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new report calls for better water and food management to prevent crises as the global population growth causes stress to natural resources. The United Nations report issued Monday says more than 1.5 billion people already live in areas where water is scarce. But it says that if the number of humans rises from the […]

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