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Water, like weather and food, has the potency to move millions of people from one place to another. Since the beginning of civilization, people have moved to live and settle near water. All people, everyday and everywhere require it to survive. It is necessary for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Today, we stand at the world`s biggest crisis which is the lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Most of the solutions to the issue, must be funded and not taken for granted considering water is necessary for the survival of all living things.
The issue of unsanitary water is commonly found in most developing countries. First of all, 884 million people are not using or drinking...
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There is a global shortage of drinking water. A person might wonder how this can be if seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Most of the Earth’s water is unsuitable for human consuption. Ocean water is salt water, which makes up 97.5% of all water on the planet. Freshwater is only 3.5% of all the water on Earth. Drinking water is sourced from bodies of freshwater.
Freshwater is quite scarce, but it is even scarcer than one might think: about seventy percent of all freshwater is frozen in the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland and is unavailable to humans. Most of the remainder is present as soil moisture or lies in deep underground aquifers as groundwater. It is...
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In what was once lake Texcoco now stands the 3rd most populous city in the world. "Ciudad de los Palacios" ("City of Palaces"), or as we know it Mexico City, is home to more then 20 million (2003) people and serves as the governing capital of Mexico. Like many other metropolis D.F. (as known by the Mexican people) post enormous water sanitation and distribution problems. Ironically enough, the waters once known as lake Texcoco, in which the city lays its foundation on causes as many problems pertaining to this matter as it solves.
Much like Seattle WA, Mexico city is sinking into the ground. Unlike Seattle this is mostly from poor planning and over use of the cities...
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Water is an essential commodity for human existence. It is used for consumption, maintaining public health, agriculture, industry, and for transportation. Serious water scarcities will affect virtually every aspect of human life. Water resources are enormously skewed geographically, and many countries with lower water availability also have high rates of population growth. This will exacerbate their water shortage in the future. Many countries are also highly dependent on water that originates outside their borders. For a country the threat of having its water supply severely constrained by another state may seem threatening, and may even lead to war. It is amongst the commodities that...
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Water is an essential resource to sustain life. From 50 - 90 percent of the weight of living organisms is water. Water is the major constituent of living matter. Water, essential for growth of all crops, is the natural resource in shortest supply. More than 20 countries lack sufficient water to grow enough food for their people. The situation is getting worse as needs for water rise along with population growth, urbanization and increases in household and industrial uses. According to a UN report two-thirds of mankind will suffer moderate to severe water crisis within next 30 years if remedial steps are not taken. World Bank report estimates 5 million deaths from unsafe drinking water and...
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One of the biggest problems in the world is water scarcity. Almost all countries suffer from it and many of them cannot find the most effective solution to avoid this difficulty. The meaning of the world water crisis is very easy to understand, but solving it is very difficult. The amount of world water is limited, as the population is growing fast; the necessity of water use is growing even faster. This essay will examine the water crisis specifically in China, because it is the country with the most serious water shortage problems in the world. Also, this essay will suggest possible solutions on solving these problems and evaluate them. Although to stop the water shortage...
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The California water drought has been declared a crisis by the governor of California. 2013 was the driest year on record, and California could be running out of water. Californians should be water wise, and their use, or no use, of water will have an enormous impact on this drought. They can use the techniques published in a recent Time article called, 5 Ways to Bust California’s Drought, to reduce their water use. Landscape techniques, alternate water sources, and the personal conservation of water can reduce the use of water, and can have a positive change on this water crisis.
Landscaping techniques, such as drip irrigation and xeriscaping can reduce California's use of water immensely....
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The World is made up of a variety of people. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every person has basic rights that they are entitled to from birth simply because they are a human being. These human rights are universal. In other words, these rights apply to everyone throughout the world regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and age. It is country’s government that is responsible for upholding and implementing these rights. However, although these rights are to be ensured from birth, there are many cases in which countries have violated them.
The right to water is a human right, which many people are denied. Arguments have been made about the...
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All of the diagrams and information has been referenced in the bibliography. All graphs used have been cited and the original source of the diagrams has been stated in the bibliography. The name on the writer of the article or document has been stated as well as the date on which it was written.
Figure 1 illustrates all of the constructed dams in the UAE. These are the main sources of the water in Dubai. As seen there are plenty of dams yet only a few of the dams can take a sufficient amount of water. The advantages of this are that the groundwater can seep through the soil and enter into the water source. A lot of this water is used in irrigation. Dubai gets most of this...
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The Water Shortage in Australia
First of all it is necessary to define what the term “water shortage” means. For some people, it means having to constantly traverse long distances just to reach a source of fresh water and to collect it. For others, water shortage means to content themselves with water only for a part of day. And finally, there are some regions in which people suffer from droughts that lead to a great amount of deaths. Therefore, in modern world problem with deficiency in fresh water has become burning question, which needed immediate solution.
According to Peter Rogers, it is not right to consider that providing drinking water is problem that affects only developing...
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One in three people on each continent is experiencing water shortages. This situation is exacerbated as population growth, urbanization and increasing domestic and industrial water needs. There are lots of countries that suffering with water shortage problems like India, Australia, China, Jordan.
India – In India, water shortages, particularly serious simply because the difference between actual food consumption and survival so precarious.
China has serious water shortages due to overuse and pollution of the environment and many people who live in places that do not have a lot of water. It is estimated that every year in China's shortage of water supply 40 billion cubic meters. In other...
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Each day, over 5,000 children die from diarrhea-related diseases developed from unsafe drinking water. Approximately one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water; one billion people about equates to one out of every six individuals. The deaths resulting from unsafe drinking water are greater than the number of deaths caused by war. We all must work together to find new sources of freshwater so that everyone in the world will have adequate supplies of safe drinking water. This essay will outline current and future technologies that will be available to resolve this problem in the coming years.
Water covers nearly three quarters of the Earth, yet people still die...
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If you ask any environmentalist in China what the country’s principal issue is, the answer is always: water. China is becoming drier every year—its fresh water reserves declined 13% from 2000 to 2009 (Cho, 2011). It is estimated that every year China has a water supply shortfall of 40 billion cubic meters (Lu and Liao 1, 2011). The question is, why does China have such a serious problem with water?
One of the major causes of water scarcity in China is its climate. If you divide China geographically into north and south by the Yangtze River—which runs roughly from Chongqing to Shanghai—80% of the rainfall falls in the south while 20% of the rainfall falls in the north (Cho, 2011). This could...
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According to United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in 2020 we will be facing a major water crisis worldwide. Water is a renewable, but limited resource. It can be recycled but not replaced. Consumption of global water has increased drastically since 1990, and many countries are reaching their limit of water supply ("The Global Water Situation"). World Bank reports that at least 80 countries now have a water shortage. It’s expected to get worse due to two significant problems that will effect our global water stability, population growth and groundwater depletion. Over the last century our population has grown from 1.7 billion to 6.6 billion. It is expected...
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Natural ecosystems require water for the survival of the plants and animals that live within them. These ecosystems help to regulate water quality and quantity of water. Wetlands hold water in periods of high rainfall, slowly releasing it during dryer periods, and purify it of heavy metals and other contaminants. Forests recharge our groundwater, which can be used elsewhere for drinking or irrigation. (Bergkamp 1) Natural ecosystems can help to prevent floods, provide shelter and millions of people are able to get their food, water, and fuel from these areas. As the world population continues to expand people are overusing water and destroying many natural resources. By destroying these...
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Amount of Water used
The water in Dubai is used in many different ways. Yet the main area in which water is used would be agriculture as seen in Figure 4. 55% of the water that is available to be used is being used on the croplands and golf courses (Kawach 2012). The domestic use of water is lower than that of agriculture. Yet the amount of water used domestically is relatively high. The people of Dubai live a luxury lifestyle and this comes with the expense of high usage of water. Even though industry is a big part of Dubai’s economy, it does not consume as much water as seen in Figure 4. The percent of water available used for industrial reasons is 3%. The luxury lifestyles of the people...
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Water is a precious resource. It is the lifeblood of every living thing on Earth. California is in the midst of a water crisis. Combined with a three (plus) year drought and many people moving into the state there is not enough water to support the crops the farmers need to grow. There is also a tiny little fish that is causing a mess in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Delta water pumps were turned off to prevent the extinction of the tiny little fish. Some farmers have to let their fields sit idle for the fall and spring planting season. This is causing a lot of problems in California. The pumps need to be turned back on. The needs of the people should come before that of a...
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Water is just more than drinking water. Water is the most basic and vital resource that humans need to sustain themselves. Water is used for food production from irrigating crops to actually manufacturing them. Canada like the world, uses water for sanitation, cleaning, manufacturing and daily function. Demand and supply will soon be at a crossroad, as increasing population creates increases in pollution, waste-water and global warming (Baker, 2007). This paper will seek to examine the effects of global warming on Canada’s freshwater system, the effects of pollution and will evaluate how Canada manages its freshwater now and what Canada can do to form policies that will adapt...
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Water is vital necessity of human life. Nowadays, the world is incurring a serious problem like shortage of water. Britain's chief scientist John Beddington (2010) claimed that if in the coming decade the rate of population growth climbs, the scarcity of drinkable water will become the urgent problem for all humanity. Unfortunately, lack of potable water has bad influence on people’s health and may lead to international conflicts. Because of the shortage of water people use water from unsafe sources. It also means that people can not properly wash, clean their clothes and houses. It is obvious that poor quality of water and violation of sanitary standards can cause serious diseases....
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The Queensland region recently suffered its worst drought in over a century. This period was shared with a rapid increase in the city’s population. A combination of severe drought and a rapid increase in population had a permanent impact on the city’s water management strategy. Brisbane population is expected to reach 4.5 million by 2050.
This report aims to look at how the relationship between Brisbane’s water resources and population growth have effected society, the economy and the environment. It will briefly look at the growth rate of Brisbane’s population how this subsequently affected the city’s ability to meet challenges in water demand. The report will critically...
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Water is needed for the sustenance of life and without its supply; death is inevitable because all living things must have water to survive. People can only a few days without water but can survive for weeks without food. Studies have shown that more than three quarters of the world’s population live in the driest half of the planet and over 783 million people do not have access to clean water around the world. Lack of water is a crisis taking place currently and many people are suffering as a result. The level of availability and usage of water varies around the world. In the last fifty years, the human population has greatly increased as well as the demand for fresh water and the concern...
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Throughout history the need for a reliable and clean water supply has plagued large cities from ancient Rome to the modern day metropolis such as New York City. The need for water has always been a challenge facing any city. With the increase rise of population and the migration from rural living to city dwelling; the search for water is ongoing. New York City specifically has had a grand history of water management from early engineering projects and court house battles. The history of New York water has embedded itself in the mindset of the average New Yorker. New York renowned for its cheap and amazing water quality has throughout history used its power to impose water legislation and...
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Let's take a moment to think about things other than the latest electronics that have hit market, the latest fashions to hit the runway or the latest cars to hit the dealerships. Let's think about the water that we drink. What would we do without this necessary resource?One of the problems that the United States is facing right now is the shortage of water. Many parts of the western United States such as the Colorado River Basin are experiencing severe droughts. This particular area stretches from Wyoming to...
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The Earth is suffering from mostly unnoticeable, historically latter and getting bigger rapidly, water shortage problem (Brown 2008, 16). It has caused a lot of troubles for people around the world. As Kasperson (1995) states, in the early 1990s as one of the earth's grave areas was, the Aral Sea Basin that was named by The International Geographical Union. This worldwide catastrophe is also known as a 'Quiet Chernobyl’, both is a silent disaster that has developed unhurriedly, nearly unnoticeable, over the past few ages (Glantz and Zonn 1991). Ellis (1990) claims that “In recent years the attention and interest of governments, environment and development organizations, the lay public, and...
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Would it be possible for humans to live without water? The answer is no because fifty percent of water is inside human bodies. In other words, water supports human lives, so every person is supposed to drink at least two litres of water everyday because it predominantly prevents them from being dehydrated. In terms of being the priceless resource, water is used in many fields such as agriculture, industry, business and so on. All preliminary products are comprised of water. Due to the abundance of water, most people seem not to be concerned about the way they consume this crucial resource. For example, in some countries, there are no dirty water treatment systems practising, and everyone can...
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The three R's - reduce, reuse and recycle - all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. They conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy. Plus, the three R's save land and money communities must use to dispose of waste in landfills. Every week we recycle our paper and plastics in order to reduce waste material. Many of use also reuse certain items over and over again – items such as plastic bags, paper, and water bottles. However, not many people realize that reusing some items without proper care can be hazardous to their health. An experiment with reused water bottles shows that bacteria will build up over time in bottles that are not frequently washed. This...
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Water1) IntroductionThe water crisis in Jordan is considered one of the most important subjects in the minds of polititians who consider it a source of power which they can use as a weapon, in addition to the ordinary people who need it for irrigation, industry and regular daily use.This article presents an overview of water resources in Jordan, " which are limited "And some present water use in Jordan.2) What are the water resources in Jordan?The potential for water resources in Jordan ranges from...
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Water shortage is a global problem and the consequences of water deficit can be a future crisis. According to Hasan Ali (2002, 1-3) the world large water deficient region is the Middle East. Jordan is one of the water-scarce countries in this area, Jordan is similarly in the top of ten water-deficient countries. The reasons of this problem are the features of nature such as semi-arid climate, few water sources and low precipitation. Because of that, the country has the lowest per head basis of water in the world. The other reasons are social effects namely rising population, resulting from a high degree of urbanization, gain of engineering systems and economic development (Akawwic et al....
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The Planet's Drying Up A Thirst for Profits While Bush talks about an oil shortage, the real crisis is sneaking up on us in the form of a horrendous worldwide water scarcity. Droughts in the U.S., once a feature of the Midwest, are now occurring regularly all across the continent, even on the verdant East Coast, where in New York the provisioning of fresh water has become a political issue. The Pacific Coast suffers from reduced hydroelectric power output in places like California, salinity in Florida's groundwater has become a major problem, and drought has even spread to the area around the Great Lakes. The St. Lawrence Seaway is drying up so fast that oceangoing vessels won't be able...
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"By means of water, we give life to everything."
– Koran, 21:30
Drinking water is our most precious resource, something every human being needs to survive. Yet today over 1.2 billion people a day on average do not have access to drinking water. Even if they might have this access, the chances are good that the drinking water is polluted with many contaminants. In the future, we will probably find that clean drinking water will go to the highest bidder, and even more people will find themselves without easy access to drinking water.
Pollution of the world's water resources began to take a scary turn as industrialization took hold on the European continent. We can see similar...
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Every language has a word for water; no living thing exists without water. It soothes the
spirit, sustains the body, and its beauty inspires art and music. Employed by cultures around the world in rituals and ceremonies, water bathes us from birth to death. Water is essential to life as we know it. And as it cycles from the air to the land to the sea and back again, water shapes our planet—and nearly every aspect of our lives (AMND).
Its force and abundance are the backdrop of our lives. Salty or fresh, water is everywhere—
falling from the skies, rushing to the sea, pouring over us in the shower, soothing us with
it’s therapeutic properties—cycling in volumes that boggle the...
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This essay will discuss the impacts of inaccessibility of clean water to the lives of people in water poor communities. Water poor communities have suffered for a long time due to inaccessibility of improved clean water source. Several key impacts affecting their lives are health impacts, educational impacts and productivity impacts. Most of us were born and raised in a decent environment that doesn’t lack water supply. But has it ever come to your mind that what is happening to people on the hellish part on earth with inadequate access to water? Have you ever wondered how hard did they struggle in order to sustain their lives?
Kenya, a country located on the eastern coast of Africa is...
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, it also covers:Permanent conservation measureswater carried by the world riversfreshwater resources as a proportion of the earths waterWater Use In Different CountriesWater ScarcityThe amount of water we use in our homes varies during the dayHow to use water more efficientlyNothing has had a greater impact on the world than water. Water has moulded its ancient landscape and influenced the pattern of human habitation from earliest times until the present. It will continue to influence...
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"Small-scale private water providers (SSPWPs) like us deliver water to pockets of poor communities in the country unserved by the bigger water utilities. When combined, these small efforts become a significant contribution" (Mejia, 2008)
Provision of water can be done by both state and non-state water supply company. In a condition where state water supply company does not able to provide sufficient and reliable water service for all of the population, non-state company will fill the gap. This essay will describe the ability of non-state water company, which is also known as the small-scale independent provider (SSIP), to provide a sustainable solution for providing water service.
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" We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." -- Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia #5451 (1732)
While it is the single most important substance on earth, we usually don’t think about water other than when we’re thirsty. Most homes have at least two indoor faucets. Almost every public building has water fountains conveniently placed for easy, instant refreshment. Water is simple; it’s always there. Yet despite all this convenience, simplicity, and lack of excitement, water is the most...
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Water is essential to life and has been for as long as there has been life on this planet. Water is what makes Earth the only known home for life in the universe because all living organisms need water to survive. In America, unsoiled water is as easy as turning on the tap, but in many places around the world uncontaminated water is an unattainable luxury. The hardships tainted water poses on its consumers have been portrayed through the arts all around the world. Artwork, music, books, poetry, and many other mediums have illustrated the struggles the absence of clean water causes.
The water situation around the world is in crisis. Water affects all aspects of a person’s existence...
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Many people know that water is essential for human-being and it is not only valuable for health and life, but water is also important for industry and agriculture. Furthermore, use of water has a spiritual, cultural and recreational dimension. However, water resources are not infinite. Wide and inefficient use of water resources can lead to irreversible consequences, such as water shortage. This essay will firstly discuss the problem of water shortage on examples of developed and developing countries and include the diversification of the same issue in the different parts of the world. It will also identify causes and effects of this environmental problem on society and other spheres of...
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Water is vital for humanity as it sustains human life and is a fundamental aspect in most of the products which are consumed by an average living person. This is why water supplies are crucial, because through them this substance is provided sadly these services are being perturbed by various obstacles that at the end are provoking a severe water scarcity around the globe. This has been attempted to be solved by privatising water services, since it is believed that water available for free has generated an overexploitation of this resource. However, this apparent solution is encouraging the problem due to the inefficiency and corruption of these companies. That is why the purpose of this...
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A popular myth, which is often expressed today, is that "the next great war will be a water war".Water is not evenly divided around the world. Some places have lots and others have very little. Water supply is a big problem in some countries. Like the air we breathe, "it" is something that we often take for granted. Once assumed unlimited in supply, now even developed nations are realizing its limits. It is the most precious of all resources, an essential component of almost every human activity, and vital to the health of all ecosystems. It is also what we human beings are made of - Water! And it is running out.This is in response to the growing pressure on natural...
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Water is the foundational basis of life on Earth. Ecosystems, society and humans are completely dependent on it, and as the world population continues to grow, there will be more mouths to feed, and those people will need water to continue their daily lives. However, shortages and poor management leads to the destruction of natural habitats and human suffering. Desertification of land in China is ever-increasing, turning green, lush land into desert. However, this is due mainly in part, because of human activity, and global warming (Wang, Yang, Dong, & Zhang, 2009). The United States could experience a crisis similarly to China’s, but for now they have averted such a catastrophe,...
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Shallow water wells that are built properly, can benefit millions of people worldwide. Shallow wells give access to clean drinking water, or water that can be made potable. The focus of this paper will be about getting, filtering, purifying, and finally drinking water. There will also be a discussion of the different methods of accomplishing each step. This paper is all about our most valuable resource, water, and making it fit to drink.
Obtaining Water & Dehydration
There are several methods to obtaining water. These range from groundwater such as lakes and ponds, to flowing streams and rainwater. No matter your situation, water is abundant, about 70% of the world’s surface is...
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Coca Cola: India's TragedyWater is the essence of life. Without water, there would be no plants, no animals, and no people; there would be no trace of life. Everyone knows that water, air, and trees are common commodities that all living beings share; however, in the past few years that concept had changed with the introduction of "Water Privatization". The water industry is now the third largest industry in the world, which raises the question, who owns water? One of the biggest beverage and refreshment companies known all across the world is Coca Cola. According to its website, Coca Cola...
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Hydro-Politics Along the Jordan River
One of the most important yet under-appreciated conflicts in the Middle East is over water resources along the Jordan River. As population and demand for water in the riparian states of Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and Syria have sky-rocketed, water scarcity in the desert region has reached crisis proportions. In response, leaders on all sides have entered into a dialogue, known as "hydro-politics," that has been characterized by an unyielding attitude of political conservatism set against an understanding that regional cooperation is the riparians' surest salvation. The answer lies in a combination of hydro-diplomacy and technology. With the aid of...
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“Using history as a mirror allows one to see the future trends. Using a person as a mirror allows one to see what is right and what is wrong.” – Chinese Tang Dynasty Emperor Shimin Lee. In this paper, I will use two lenses to analysis Canadian energy trade policy. First, I will compare Canada’s old National Energy Program (NEP) in 1980 and today’s Free Trade Regime, and predict what the future trend might be for Canada’s energy trade policy design and implementation. Second, I will compare Canada’s energy free trade policy with China and Russia’s state control energy trade policy, and analysis their lessons for Canada’s future energy trade policy design.
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“How can you buy or sell the sky-the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. Yet we do not own the freshness of air or the sparkle of the water. How can you buy them from us? We will decide in our time” (Chief Seattle: 1855). In the Documentary “Flow – for the love of water” it visualizes the global crisis we face on Mother’s Earth as it pertains to the diminishing of fresh water. The Documentary portrays along with the help of experts that this global crises is affecting each and every one of us in today’s society including animals. The film shows us that water is constantly being wasted, polluted, and privatized by big co operations. Prime examples of these greedy companies were...
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Water is an integral part of not only human beings but all other creatures in the world. We use it every day for different purposes such as domestic, agricultural and industrial. Water has always been a prestigious resource. However, the majority of people do not appraise water’s worth since they do not face water scarcity; whereas, in third world countries it is one of the most serious problems. Nearly 2.4 billion people have a lack of water resources in the world, shows the investigation done by the Pacific Institute, an Oakland, California-based non-profit scientific research group. Moreover, every year this number is growing gradually and more people are suffering (Bloomberg News, 2010)....
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Water… A resource that is vital to a person’s everyday life. Water is what our farmers use to grow their crops, water is what the energy industry uses to extract oil and gas from the earth, water is what we consumers drink and depend on everyday. Without water, we could not live and function. In fact, water is so important that 70 years ago Texas and Mexico signed a treaty, in 1944, to ensure that both Texas and Mexico would always share water in the Rio Grande River. For decades this treaty has benefitted both Texas and Mexico, however, recently tensions have risen between the two powers. The Texas Mexico Water Treaty has become a point of contention, and steps have been taken to resolve...
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The diseases spread by impure drinking water kill more people each year than Malaria and HIV/Aids combined. Experts estimate that more than five thousand children die every day in Africa due to diseases spread by contaminated drinking water. In the year 2013, more than thirty-four thousand people died of diarrhea related illnesses spread by dirty water (CBS 1).
Dysentery, one of the many diseases that can come from dirty water, is a disorder of the lower intestine. A few common symptoms of dysentery include: bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and rectal discomfort. Dysentery is usually spread through personal contact and contaminated food and water. Dysentery can quickly...
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Two Reasons why Water Resources and Traditional Rain-fed Farming in West Africa have Declined
Declining water resources are one of the causes of the efforts to raise the productivity of the traditional rain-fed farming in West Africa and have affected the growing season and water conservation. With the shortage of water comes the potential for conflict between several African countries.
Water resources are declining in West Africa. The annual renewable water resources in West Africa reported by the World Bank in 1994 was about 350 billion cubic meters (1 cubic meter = 35.3 cubic feet). This averages out to 1,400 cu m per person per year, which is less than 20 percent of the world...
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AbstractThe scarcity, depletion and polluting of water in one of the world's driest regions, is a problem that has perplexed the nations of the Middle East for decades. The riparian states of the Jordan River Basin include Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. These states are in a constant struggle over securing water rights for their respective states. The conflict over water is also overshadowed by the Arab-Israeli issues and the subsequent territorial questions. While territory is often at the forefront of the issues, securing...