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worldwide hands protecting waterThe Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 demonstrates we now know what the issues are in relation to corruption in the water sector. These need to be addressed systematically, politically, professionally – and urgently.

 

Can words protect lakes?

photo of Richard LindgrenAuthor: Richard D. Lindgren, Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)

My summer of 2015 included numerous fishing trips with family and friends on
Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. While we were often rewarded with
fishing success, I constantly saw reminders of the diverse threats to aquatic ecosystem health.

 

 

Every community and ecosystem on Earth depends on water for sanitation, hygiene, and daily survival.

The World Resources Institute works with businesses, governments, and civil society to address challenges. / wri.org

 

 

 

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Water and its relationships to food, energy, and health.

 

 

  • Twenty years ago China had 50,000 rivers.  More than 28,000 have disappeared due to climate change, industrialization and hydroelectric dams.  The world’s most populous country also has just 25% of the world’s average per capita water resources; 58% of the water in China was found to be “bad” or “extremely bad.”

  • India pumps 190 cubic kilometres of water a year from below ground, but only 120 cubic kilometres is replenished naturally. Only 20% of India’s sewage is treated.

  • In the U.S., the Colorado River, which services 40 million people, has suffered a 14-year drought.  All of North America’s water pipes and pumps need an upgrade, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says will cost US$384 billion between now and 2030.  It’s estimated a quarter of treated water in the U.S. is lost due to leaks.

  • Nearly 70% of all treatable water is used by the agriculture industry, and that could grow as emerging middle classes eat more water-intensive foods, such as chicken and red meat.

Source: National Bank Report (2013), co-author Angelo Katsoras