Monthly Archives: August 2011

  • Stockholm: Green Economy Report Outlines Investment Strategies to Help Reduce Water Scarcity

    August 23, 2011

    UNEP and Fredrick Mugira August 23, 2011 Investing 0.16 per cent of global GDP in the water sector could reduce water scarcity and halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in less than four years, according to United Nations research released today. Currently, the failure to invest […]

  • Water in an Urbanising World

    August 15, 2011

    Fredrik Mugira August 15, 2011 The Executive Director, UN-HABITAT Dr. Joan Clos laments that the supply of water resource in most cities around the world has not kept pace with the high demand created by economic activity and rapid population growth. This, he says is mostly being witnessed in less developed regions of Africa, Asia […]

  • Kenya: Severe climatic changes push millions into the brink of death

    August 14, 2011

    Joyce Chimbi August 14, 2011 Millions face starvation in Northern part of Kenya as a combination of failed rains, conflict in Somali and over-dependence on livestock compromises food security. This comes as drought continues to ravage countries such as Somali, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia “What we are seeing here is almost a perfect storm, conflict […]

  • Scientists Pinpoint River Flow Associated with Cholera Outbreaks, Not Just Factors Related to Global Warming

    August 9, 2011

    Water Journalists Africa Team August 09, 2011 An examination of the world’s largest river basins found nutrient-rich and powerful river discharges has led to spikes in the blooms of plankton associated with cholera outbreaks. These increased discharges often occur at times of increased temperature in coastal water, suggesting that predicting global warming’s potential temperature effect […]

  • Independent UN expert urges Namibia to expand access to sanitation services

    August 1, 2011

    UN News Center August 1, 2011 The United Nations independent expert on the right to water and sanitation has taken note of Namibia’s success in expanding access to water and urged the Government to make similar efforts to ensure that proper sanitation is available to more people in the southern African country. At the end […]