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Drier Than Dry, Dry to the Bone

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Conflict, drought, displacement and disease are driving vast humanitarian crises in dryland areas of Africa and the Middle East, just as governments that are Parties to the UN Conference to Combat Desertification meet this week and next in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China.

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Week for a Water Wise World

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Cool, clear, delicious water – there’s no substitute for the one substance on which all life depends. Yet, often there is too little clean water, or too much. These problems, and their solutions, are in the spotlight right now at World Water Week in Stockholm.

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An Atlas of Sci-Art Water Diplomacy

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No longer is it true that water is a free and infinite resource as people once believed. Today conservation is essential as one in every 10 people across the European Union experiences water scarcity, according to the European Commission.

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Our Drying Planet

Our Drying Planet

“The water crisis is sneaking up on humanity unawares. People turn on the tap and assume clean, safe water will always flow. But the reality is that supplies are already critical for 4.2 billion people – over half the world’s population…”

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Banks Feel Pipeline Pressure Points

Banks Feel Pipeline Pressure Points

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Seattle City Council punished Wells Fargo Bank for investing in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline by taking away about $3 billion in city business annually.

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Disaster Risk Reduction: Wetlands Keep Us Safe

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The frequency of natural disasters worldwide has more than doubled in just 35 years and their frequency is expected to increase due to climate change. Ninety percent of natural hazards are water related, so wetland protection is essential for reducing these risks.

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Investing in Water for Life

Investing in Water for Life

Water scarcity is a top risk to global prosperity and ecological integrity. But creative impact investment solutions, such as Water Sharing Investment Partnerships, can shift water back to the environment, while supporting irrigated agriculture and meeting urban needs, finds new research presented during World Water Week in Stockholm.

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Achieving Urban Water Security

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Numerous cities around the world are at risk of water insecurity – the inability of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate supplies of good quality water – as a result of climate change and the various impacts of urbanization.

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In Search of a Water-Wise World

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Water scarcity is a real and present danger for the two-thirds of the global population – four billion people – who live without enough water for at least one month of each year. Half a billion face severe water scarcity all year round.

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TIPS FOR EARTH DAY AND BEYOND

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Act Local, Think Global: Three Ways to Ignite Positive Environmental Change  Arlington, VA – Friday, April 22, 2016 – In observance of Earth Day, the international conservation organization Rare is offering up three easy ways you can be a catalyst for global change. The strain on the Earth’s natural resources poses an increasing threat to […]

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Jordan’s Refugees Must Drink

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Jordan, one of the world’s driest countries, is dumping much of its water into the sand – allowing 76 billion liters a year to flow from broken pipes, according to an assessment by the nonprofit aid organization Mercy Corps.

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Israel, Jordan, Palestine Unite for Jordan River

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The Jordan River, famous in story and song, is threatened by water diversion and contamination. In this arid region torn by political and religious differences, NGOs from Israel, Jordan and Palestine are cooperating to restore the river – unity forged on the anvil of fear for their life-giving waterway.

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