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Its more than just water the UK's privitatised water industry is wasting - it's costing every household £80 more than it should. Photo: Magnus D via Flickr.com.

Public water is no pipe dream

Stephen Struthers

21st February 2014

In 2010 Parisians sacked the private water companies. Now they are reaping the benefits of public cownership and control, writes Stephen Struthers - and it's high time for the UK to do the same. more...
This scene from Dujiangyan illustrates traditional harmony of water in the Chinese landscape. Photo: Joshua Bateman.

China's looming water crisis

Joshua Bateman

25th February 2014

One unintended consequence of China's spectacular economic growth is a growing water shortage, reports Joshua Bateman. As rivers run dry, aquifers sink, climate harshens and pollution spreads, he asks: can China solve its water crisis? more...
Flooding on the Somerset Levels and Moors. Watercolour by Lord Otter via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - the real battle is getting the Government to pay

Oliver Tickell

9th February 2014

Right wing media and politicians have chosen the Somerset Levels as their battle field for fighting the 'green' agenda. There is just one problem - the facts. On the Levels themselves, there is a remarkable consensus about the way forward - and the future is Green. more...
Many of the Somerset Levels's rarest species inhabit the ditches or 'rhynes' that thread the landscape. Photo: Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - a vision for 2030

Somerset Levels and Moors Task Force

8th February 2014

As fierce public debate rages over how to manage the Somerset Levels, a Task Force of farmers, wildlife groups, official Agencies and Councils has agreed a new 'Vision 2030' for the Levels - one the mainstream media have entirely missed ... more...
Protest against the Coca-Cola bottling plant at Mehdiganj. Photo: India Resource Center.

India: Coca-Cola eviction from 'land-grab' site imminent

Oliver Tickell

29th January 2014

Local authorities in Varanasi, India, are preparing to evict Coca-Cola from land that the company is occupying illegally at its bottling plant in Mehdiganj. The eviction is due to take place 'within days'. more...
A dry bath in Gaza, where clean water is an increasingly unaffordable luxury. Photo: Charlie Andreasson.

Gaza - living under artificial drought

Charlie Andreasson

3rd December 2013

The Gaza blockade - a state of chronic shortage of the necessaries of life jointly imposed by Israel and Egypt - is creating floods of sewage and a growing shortage of fresh water. Charlie Andreasson's blog reflects the increasing difficulty of daily life ... more...
A Gaza residential street is inundated by sewage. Photo: Rosa Schiano / International Solidarity Movement.

Gaza: sewage as a weapon of war

Ramzy Baroud

2nd November 2013

After military attacks on Gaza failed to bring down the territory's Hamas government, reports Ramzy Baroud, Israel is now waging an environmental war whose weapons are chronic power shortages, collapsing sanitation - and floods of sewage. more...

Union warns: 1,700 job losses at Environment Agency will increase flood risk

The Ecologist

26th November 2013

GMB, the union for staff at the Environment Agency, is warning thatcutting 1,700 jobs will increase the risk of flooding and threaten the good management of England's water resources. more...

Amazon forest is drying out

Alex Kirby

22 October 2013

Thanks to climate change the southern Amazon rainforest is "drying out", say US researchers. more...

Every Drop Counts

October 10th, 2013

By Ruth Barton

Being mindful of your direct and indirect water consumption is beneficial to the planet, your health and your finances writes Ruth Barton.... more...

Britain's love affair with bottled water - a national scandal?

April 11th, 2013

by David Gray

Leading academic brands industry a "scam" as campaigners condemn our growing thirst for bottled water
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Boat on dried out lakebed

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

John Vidal

31st August, 2012

Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed a population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, warns Stockholm International Water Institute more...

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Top 10… water inspired breaks

Top 10… water inspired breaks

Ruth Styles

4th May, 2012

Last month’s downpours might have put you off water for life but that doesn’t mean a watery getaway isn’t worth a look. Ruth Styles rounds up 10 of the best
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Shrimp sifting

In season now: what to eat during May

Amy Halls

30th April, 2012

Slow Food UK CEO, Cat Gazzoli, dips into the UK's forgotten flavours to bring us her gastronomic pick for May more...
Get wise to water: how to use less in the garden

How to handle the hosepipe ban: everything you ever wanted to know

Michael Littlewood

20th April, 2012

Despite the spring downpours, a hosepipe ban is already in force thanks to drought. It’s time to rethink how we use water in the garden, says author Michael Littlewood more...
Plastic bottles of water

Bottled water industry wages PR battle against tap water movement

Eifion Rees

4th April, 2012

Worried by an eco backlash, the bottled water industry is waging a PR battle to turn the public back onto plastic bottled water more...
Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource

Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource

Mark Newton

22nd March, 2012

Tara Lohan’s Water Matters is an anthology that almost, but doesn’t quite deliver, says Mark Newton more...
november veg

In season now: what to eat during November

Henry Gass

31st October, 2011

Cosy up with the November root vegetable glut, says Henry Gass. You won’t regret it more...
Niger's water crisis

Water trading: how the world's most vital resource is up for sale

Debika Ray

21st September, 2011

Like carbon trading, REDD and food speculation before it, the buying and selling of water is just the latest example of market principles being applied to natural resources. But just how ethical is it? Debika Ray reports more...
H&M

High street giant H&M pledges to change its ways

Hannah Corr

20th September, 2011

In the wake of a Greenpeace campaign, H&M has agreed to put an end to polluting practices. So could this be the start of a new trend? Hannah Corr reports more...
SKULL T SHIRT

Death by fashion: is your wardrobe poisoning the world's water supply?

Gervase Poulden

24th August, 2011

A Greenpeace investigation has found traces of the toxin NPE in clothes made by 14 major brands. Gervase Poulden reports more...
Amazon

Belo Monte dam marks a troubling new era in Brazil's attitude to its rainforest

Karen Hoffmann

15th August, 2011

Belo Monte is just one of a dozen giant dam projects Brazil plans to build in the Amazon region in the coming decades and opens up the world's largest tropical rainforest to oil and mining exploration more...
Virtual Water

Virtual Water: Tackling the Threat to Our Planet's Most Precious Resource

Mark Newton

21st July, 2011

According to Tony Allan, overuse of water is an environmental crisis in the making. So why, asks Mark Newton, aren't we doing something about it? more...
Glaciers

Himalayan glaciers are 'not just melting, they are dying'

Jonathan Mitchell

13th July, 2011

Many glaciers are melting away at a rapid rate. This could have serious consequences for half a billion people who depend on the ‘eternal snows’ to water their crops and for drinking. But as Jonathan Mitchell reports from Nepal, not everyone appears concerned more...
When the Rivers Run Dry

When The Rivers Run Dry: What Happens When Our Water Runs Out?

Jeff Holman

16th June, 2011

From chronic mismanagement to increased demand, Fred Pearce’s analysis of the issues surrounding water supply is compelling and infuriating by turns, says Jeff Holman more...

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