About: water scarcity

Climate change 28-08-2019

An EU agenda for climate security

Responding to the unprecedented challenge posed by climate change will require all actors – including the defence and security community – to step outside their comfort zone, writes Luca Bergamaschi.
Agrifood 09-06-2016

Morocco urges Brussels to end farm pact deadlock

Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture, Aziz Akhannouch, called on the EU to unblock a stalled farm trade agreement in order to help the country implement its sole national development strategy. EURACTIV.com reports from Morocco.
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Climate change 07-06-2016

Water reuse: mitigating water scarcity

Europe needs to establish EU-wide common minimum quality standards for water reuse that protect both people’s health and the environment. Water operators  are working with the European institutions and Member States to bring in water reuse legislation.

Report: Coal plants use as much water as 1 billion people and consumption set to double

Coal power plants use enough water to supply the needs of 1 billion people and that will almost double if all the world’s planned power plants come online.
Development Policy 04-01-2016

Ethiopia makes progress on the Nile Dam project

By learning how to cooperate, Ethiopia may be one step closer to realising its dream of finishing construction on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, writes Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Shipwrecks line the edge of what used to be the Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. A massive irrigation project reduced its size by 90% within 50 years.  [neil banas/Flickr]
Development Policy 29-08-2014

German economy vulnerable to global water scarcity, WWF warns

Water is scarce but it continues to be wasted excessively in many industrial states, warns a new study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), predicting that a global conflict over water resources could bring billions in losses for the German market. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Bishow Parajuli, the World Food Programme's representative in Yemen, in the capital, Sana'a. [Fares Khoailed/WFP].
Development Policy 25-07-2014

UN official: Yemen could be ‘first country to run out of water’

Since the political crisis erupted in Yemen in 2011, the country has begun to move towards democracy. Many challenges remain in the country, wracked by civil unrest and widespread water and food insecurity, says Bishow Parajuli, the UN World Food Programme's representative in Yemen.
Yemenis receive food assistence in Sana'a. [Fares Khoailed/WFP].
Development Policy 25-07-2014

Over half of Yemenis may need humanitarian aid, UN says

About 14.7 million people in Yemen may be in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, as outbreaks of violence continue, according to the United Nations.
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How climate change will affect global water scarcity by 2100
Development Policy 31-10-2013

How climate change will affect global water scarcity by 2100

Global warming will affect the whole of the world's water supplies over the coming century, but it will not affect them equally. Hundreds of millions of people will experience new or aggravated forms of water scarcity by 2100.
Development Policy 31-10-2013

INFOGRAPHIC: How climate change will affect global water scarcity by 2100

Global warming will affect the whole of the world's water supplies over the coming century, but it will not affect them equally. Hundreds of millions of people will experience new or aggravated forms of water scarcity by 2100.

Firms scramble to boost water-saving culture

From pet food manufacturing to wastewater treatment, companies show no lack of imagination when it comes to improving water efficiency at this year's annual Green Week event in Brussels.

The water crisis is now

By 2025 half the world’s population will not have enough water to meet its needs, warns Rashad Kaldany, urging governments and the private sector to work on solutions, which he says, do exist.
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Climate change 26-03-2012

World Water Day 2012 – Water Stewardship EURACTIV Workshop

Further to the 2007 European Commission's assessment of water scarcity and drought in the EU, the executive presented a set of policy options to increase water savings and to improve financing in existing sectoral policies. Five years later, the Commission is expected to table a 'Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water'. In advance of World Water Day 2012, Fondation EURACTIV is pleased to invite you to a roundtable debate to explore answers to these questions.

Water efficiency: Saving the blue gold

The European Commission is planning measures to rein in water use, with a particular focus on savings in agriculture, buildings and industrial processes.

US sees water scarcity as a ‘security issue’

Water scarcity has become a key global issue for the United States because of its potential to fuel armed conflicts in regions such as the Middle East or between nuclear rivals such as India and Pakistan.

Expert: Medicines pollute world waters

Europe's freshwaters are increasingly filled with pharmaceutical residues and other micro-pollutants, which are potentially harmful to human health and the environment, warns Friedrich Barth from the European Water Partnership (EWP), a research group.
Agrifood 21-10-2010

Industry: Indicators underway for water-efficient agriculture

Large multinational food companies are currently looking at indicators farmers could use to show progress in saving water. Peter Erik Ywema of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, an industry platform, spoke to EURACTIV in an interview.
Agrifood 21-10-2010

Food industry ponders water indicators in farming

Large multinational food companies are currently looking at indicators farmers could use to show progress in saving water. Peter Erik Ywema, from the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, an industry platform, spoke to EURACTIV in an interview.
Trade & Society 20-10-2010

Electricity: The looming power struggle for water

Competition between electricity and water demand is climbing up Europe's agenda as climate change is set to further deplete freshwater supplies. Concerns are now being raised that EU renewable energy policies and electric cars could further exacerbate the problem.

‘Water footprint’ data to steer farming onto greener path

Precise data on water usage will soon help farmers and policymakers make better decisions on where to grow crops, says Derk Kuiper from the Water Footprint Network, a UN-backed organisation.
Agrifood 19-10-2010

Expert: Water footprint key to sustainable agriculture

Precise data on water usage will soon help farmers and policymakers make better decisions on where to grow crops, says Derk Kuiper from the Water Footprint Network, a UN-backed organisation.
Climate change 18-10-2010

Future EU water blueprint to focus on savings

The European Commission will consider new measures to decrease water consumption in buildings, agriculture and other areas after a major review of current EU water legislation has been completed by 2012.

‘Invisible pollutants’ in focus at world water week

An estimated two million tonnes of human waste are disposed of in watercourses every day, with water pollution from emerging chemical pollutants like nanoparticles an issue of particular concern at this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm.

World water markets: High investment requirements mixed with institutional risks

Over the next few decades, investment in water infrastructure as a whole will have to increase to satisfy growing demand – something that will require rapid, determined action by governments and financial cooperation with the private sector, write Eric Heymann of Deutsche Bank Research, Deirdre Lizio of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Markus Siehlow of the Dresden University of Technology in a June report.

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