Category: Water wars

  • World’s oceans badly damaged

    Only about 4% of the world’s oceans remain undamaged by human activity, according to the first detailed global map of human impacts on the seas. A study in Science says climate change, fishing, pollution and other human factors have exacted a heavy toll on almost half of the marine waters. Only remote icy areas near…

  • Aquafina Labels: It’s Tap Water

    The label on Aquafina water bottles will soon be changed to spell out that the drink comes from the same source as tap water. A group called Corporate Accountability International has been pressuring bottled water sellers to curb what it calls misleading marketing practices. Aquafina, from Pepsi, is the single biggest bottled water brand, and…

  • Queensland to get recycled water by 2008

    The Queensland government says the state’s south-east could be drinking recycled waste water as early as next year, whether they want to or not. Premier Peter Beattie and his deputy Anna Bligh announced the government has scrapped its controversial plans for a $10 million referendum on the issue, involving 18 councils. Mr Beattie said south-east…

  • Hobart’s driest year ever

    Hobart, the capitol city of Australia’s island state, Tasmania, has experienced its driest year on record. The city’s total rainfall for 2006 was just 343mm, well below the long-term annual average of 619mm, Weatherzone meteorologist Matt Pearce said. This made it driest year on record, with significantly less rain than in the previous driest year,…

  • Record dry hits much of Tasmania

    This year will go down as the driest year in history in many parts of Tasmania. Hobart, Burnie and Devonport are all set to register their driest year on record. It has also been exceptionally dry in Launceston – but not as dry as in 1972. Some Northern centres, like Burnie, have received only 40…

  • The Earth Is Shrinking

    Our early 21st century civilization is being squeezed between advancing deserts and rising seas. Measured by the land area that can support human habitation, the earth is shrinking.

  • Arsenic water safety breakthrough

    BBC News reports arsenic-contaminated water can be made drinkable cheaply and simply using tiny crystals related to rust. Scientists at Rice University in Texas say that particles of iron oxide can bind themselves to large amounts of arsenic in water. When mixed into contaminated water, the tiny crystals became coated with the poison and began…

  • The scoop on dirt*

    *Or why we should all worship the ground we walk on Tamsyn Jones has written an evocative cover story for the latest issue of E/The Environmental Magazin which succinctly argues that our future depends on our looking after it. [The photograph is an outtake from the cover photoshoot by Jon Moe.] “It’s one of nature’s…

  • Water Wars

    Of all the water on earth, only 2.5% is fresh, and less than 0.007% is readily available to people through rivers, lakes, and streams. As worldwide populations surge, temperatures rise, climates changes, and diseases spread, clean water will become ever more essential (and ever more rate). In 2000, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that…