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  • India’s coal-based thermal power plants water inefficient: CSE

    Most of India's coal-fired thermal power plants in India, whether from the public or private sector, fare poorly on the environmental front and remain water inefficient, a new study by New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has found.

    More than 70% of India's electricity comes from coal-based power plants. However, most do not have modern technologies and use low-grade coal, which is low on energy content and high on waste. As a result, the coal power sector is one of the most polluting and resource wasteful.

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  • Global human, ecological health threated by unregulated wastewater

    Warning that global human and ecological health is threatened by the unregulated and untreated wastewater discharge, a recent UN report has called for enhanced focus on wastewater management in the Post-2015 agenda.

    Only 20 per cent of global wastewater is currently being treated, leaving low-income countries hardest hit by contaminated water supplies and disease, a UN-Water Analytical Brief on wastewater said. It encouraged Governments to see treated wastewater as a valuable resource.

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  • Germany keen to help India in Ganga rejuvenation, water management

    India and Germany have decided to set up a working group on water management even as the European country has expressed its willingness to assist India in the Ganga rejuvenation and cleaning programme.

    The working group would focus on the restoration of water bodies, waste management and more efficient use of water resources. Germany also said it was willing to assist in Ganga Rejuvenation in view of its success in rejuvenation of Rhine and Denube rivers which involves multi-country and multi-State collaboration.

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  • Growing water crisis among top global risks for 2015: WEF

    Growing water crises rank along with international conflict as the top global risks for 2015, a new assessment by World Economic Forum (WEF) has said.

    In fact, water crises was ranked the first among top global risks in terms of impact by the Switzerland-based international economic institution, followed by rapid and massive spread of infectious diseases, weapons of mass destruction, interstate conflict with regional consequences and failure of climate-change adaptation as the other top four risks.

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  • People's participation needed to tackle water challenge: Uma Bharti

    Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti has called for expanding people's participation in managing India's water resources.

    Inaugurating the five-day India Water Week 2015 on January 13, Bharti said dissemination of data in public domain constitutes the most important aspect of the water resources management for people’s participation and information sharing to increase transparency and public awareness.

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Interviews

Cost-effective watershed conservation possible

Source watershed conservation activities can deliver real cost savings to Indian cities while helping make urban water supplies cleaner, says TNC senior scientist Robert McDonald.

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FROM GREECE TO INDIA, PEOPLE SAFEGUARD WATER FOR THE COMMON GOOD

The successes in Greece and Indonesia demonstrate civil society wants to keep water in public hands. And yet the World Bank continues its dogmatic promotion of privatization.

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Degrees of Thirst: The World’s Water Supply

It’s no secret that there is a water crisis in many developing countries around the world. Many people everyday go without clean water. More people have access to a mobile phone than they do to a toilet.

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