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Water – Health and Justice

Water Crisis

Current Water Issues

Good article about water in Middle East (Feb) 2011 http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/20/arab-nations-water-running-out


21 Responses to “Water”

  1. Victor Says:

    I recently found an article relevant to the water topic here and the population one as well:


  2. Justina Says:


    We were talking about Fiji today in class and I remembered this because I only know of the water from Fiji but I have no idea where Fiji is. This is done by the people who made the Story of Stuff (also mentioned by the presenter who came in to talk about the environment), which is also a very informative movie. This isn’t really about water crisis, but it’s about the waste made by consumption of bottled water.

    • Dayoung Says:

      I love the video on the homepage!

      One single family can make a whole lot of difference in plastic bottle waste, if they switch to using those stainless steel waterbottles to pack for school, for example. I’m saying this from my own personal experience, because my family always relied on plastic water bottles to pack for school. One day, we stopped doing this and on garbage days, we had no more big bags of empty plastic water bottles for recycling.

      Im sure each household has a water filter, so if you are one of those people using plastic water bottles for water each day, buy yourself a stainless steel bottle, and fill em up each day.
      You’ll significantly reduce the amount of bottle waste!

  3. Sean Says:

    The water crisis isn’t here just yet. Basically I was reading some stuff online and since the 1990’s the amount of people getting fresh, clean water has risen from 30% in 1990 to 84% in 2004. It’s good that people are getting more cleaner water but we are starting to have too many people to be able to produce, and sustain the amount of fresh, clean water we need. As Mr. Heffernan is fond of saying the next big wars will definitely start over the possession of clean water.

  4. Jocelyn Wong Says:

    I found a good and pretty thorough definition of water scarcity:

    Water scarcity is either the lack of enough water (quantity) or lack of access to safe water (quality).

    It’s hard for most of us to imagine that clean, safe water is not something that can be taken for granted. But, in the developing world, finding a reliable source of safe water is often time consuming and expensive. This is known as economic scarcity. Water can be found…it simply requires more resources to do it.

    In other areas, the lack of water is a more profound problem. There simply isn’t enough. That is known as physical scarcity.

    The problem of water scarity is a growing one. As more people put ever increasing demands on limited supplies, the cost and effort to build or even maintain access to water will increase.

  5. Alan Russel Says:

    I read a very interesting article about the water scarcity between India and Pakistan (two countries that are not on the best terms). Scientists predict that the Indus river (main water source for both countries) will be greatly diminished in 2025. India, being the up-stream country will probably use dams to control water flow leaving very little water left for Pakistan. Two countries that have a history of war will not be very peaceful is there is a reason to fight.

    • Victor Says:

      That could be dangerous as both India and Pakistan possess nuclear weapons. It would most likely drag other nations into any potential war as well.

      • Alan Russel Says:

        This is actually my ISP project… It’s all about wars over water in the next century and this is probably the prime example. But, there is also the Nile river which is shared by 10 different countries and it is also dimishing. It makes you really wonder what will happen when countries can no longer share a water source

      • Alex I Says:

        That’s a good point. When countries are no longer able to share a water souce, what will happen? Because this source continues to diminish over time we have to be aware of the possible consequences revolving around this issue.

    • Deena A. Says:

      You know, I read that nations in Africa are engaging in a similar clash. The Nile river’s source is down in the area of Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya and they are increasing their usage of the water, which is causing problems for the Sudan and Egypt who are down stream. Historically, all the nations I mentioned above had been complaining about Egypt’s domination of the Nile’s resources; they have to get permission from Egypt before diverting water for projects such as irrigation. They signed some sort of accord to promote sharing and cooperation, but there are still tensions going on. Who knows where this will all lead?
      Yeah, water is definitely going to be a big issue in the near future.

  6. sarelle shiner Says:

    I also read this article on the alberta tarsands and the amount of water they use. In fact the amount of water that they use for one day could be used on a city in a month. in fact they use more water than all of alberta combined.

  7. sarelle shiner Says:

    I found this interesting artcle how water is used and how it goes from the taphttp://www.thejakartaglobe.com/waterworries/the-supply-how-our-water-is-fouled-on-its-way-to-the-tap/319986

  8. Sean Says:

    It’s unfortunate that the water is so contaminated. Hopefully the projects that are set to help clean up the area and make the water clean enough to be used, end up working out. Nobody should have to live without clean water to drink…

    • Justina Says:

      Water is actually identified as a human right by several UN issued documents. I found an excerpt about this on the GREENR database.
      Use Advanced Search to find document number CP3208540139

  9. Deena A. Says:

    As usual, I was reading the paper this morning when I came across this article. It’s about the outbreak of cholera in Haiti as a result of limited sewage systems and little access to clean water. Poor Haiti. They’ve probably been the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere since their independence in 1804. Once again, thanks to the Americans. In fact, in 1998, the Haitian government created a plan to revamp the sanitation and water facilities and presented it to the Inter-American Development Bank. Their bid for a $54 million loan was denied because the Americans didn’t want to give money to the left-leaning Haitian government. SIGH.
    Here’s the article. Enjoy!


    • Sean Says:

      This article is sad. Haiti is definitely a very unlucky country. It’s sad that the solution is so easy yet they’re having so many problems with it. However I believe that after a few more countries end up like there will start to be some serious fighting going on between governments and soon countries will start making allies and a war will start. Water is necessary to survival. If a country doesn’t have water they are going to have to take it. Or die trying…

  10. Deena A. Says:

    While doing further research for my ISP essay, I came across this article about the Nile and water-control issues in Africa.


    The main problem that is outlined in the article is that Egypt is controlling a huge amount of the Nile’s water: 55 billion out of 84 billion cubic metres. But Egypt is the most populous nation along the Nile, and a third of its economy (agriculture) is directly dependent on the Nile’s water. Does this give them the right to maintain control? What about the other African nations?

  11. Alan Russel Says:

    Here is another interesting doctumentary on water and what could happen to our planet in the year 2025.


  12. Alpha P. Says:

    found a cute video about global warming!

  13. Alpha P. Says:

    sorry meant to post that under climate change

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