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  • World moving towards severe water shortfall, warns UN

    The world could face a 40 per cent shortfall in water supply by 2030, unless the management of the resource is dramatically improved, the United Nations warned in a report released just before the World Water Day on March 22.

    The current water crisis, being felt across several countries, is more due to lack of governance than lack of resource availability, the report said, calling for several inter-linked measures to be taken up urgently to secure water for the future.

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  • India most exposed globally to river flood: Analysis

    India accounts for nearly one-fifth of the total number of people affected by river floods each year and also tops the list of countries whose GDP is most affected by river flooding, a new analysis by Washington-based global research organization World Resources Institute (WRI) has revealed.

    WRI found that about 21 million people worldwide are affected by river floods each year on average, and India accounts for 4.84 million of them.

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  • AAP relief to Delhi: No late fee on water bill arrears

    Barely within a month of forming the Government in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party has made two announcements that have provided huge relief to domestic water consumers, but experts have cautioned against such populist measures.

    Last week, the AAP-led Delhi Government said it would waive off late payment fee on water bills. The move followed a recent announcement that the city's water utility Delhi Jal Board (DJB) would provide up to 20,000 litre of free water to each household every month.

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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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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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