Along with carbon, water is the other great problem of this century. And, of course, the two are intimately related because the biggest impacts of carbon-driven climate change are projected to be on the hydrological cycle.
The American Prospect magazine has a special report on the water crisis in its June issue. If you want to get up to speed on the water issue, this is a good place to start:
Where Has All the Water Gone?
The world’s water crisis poses grave threats to our survival. Can we change course?
Facing Up to Freshwater Pollution
We are at a turning point as momentous as the 1970s, when the Clean Water Act was enacted.
A conversation with water expert Peter H. Gleick on today’s crisis, and a vision for tomorrow’s sustainability
The Perils of Privatization
The conflict between multinational corporations’ quest for profits and the simple human right to clean, safe water
Changing Water Policies in the Dry Southwest
Smart water use and a shift in water culture form a winning strategy.
The Missing Piece: A Water Ethic
We must make the protection of freshwater ecosystems a central goal in all that we do.
Modern Pressures on a Prized Ecosystem
Dams and development threaten bountiful supplies of fish in Cambodia, the world’s largest inland fishery.
Suprising Progress in Teeming Manila
Online Extra: Many poor residents benefit from a creative enterprise between a family company and the government’s water agency.
Water and Climate Change: Perfect Storm in Sight
Online Extra: The reality of drought will require tremendous resilience in adapting to the untoward impacts.
Grabbing the River Jordan
Online Extra: The World’s First Water War.
Water Technologies Somewhat to the Rescue
Online Extra: Often, in the water world, large changes can be made with simple, no-cost policy decisions.
Curing the Developing World’s Water Woes
Online Extra: We have an unprecedented opportunity to prioritize safe drinking water and sanitation investments.
- The rain in Spain … ain’t
- Dry me a River: Climate change and drought
- Australia today = U.S. southwest by 2050
- Australia faces the “permanent dry” — as do we
- Warming Will Worsen Water Wars
- 2007: A record-setting U.S. drought year
- And the drought goes on
- Brutal Drought Where It’s Normally Wet
- Global Warming Imperils 4th of July
- Los Angeles: Worst Drought Ever Recorded
- USA Today Almost Gets the Drought Story Right
- The NY Times Blows the Drought Story, too.