Water scarcity to drive conflict, hit food and energy, experts say

Laurie Goering

OXFORD, United Kingdom (AlertNet) – Water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource and shortages could drive conflict, hit food and energy production and threaten growth in renewable energy technology, experts warned at a water security conference on Monday.

'Huge' water resource exists under Africa

Matt McGrath

Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater.

They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface.

The future of food


John Vidal

By 2050 there will be another 2.5 billion people on the planet. How to feed them? Science's answer: a diet of algae, insects and meat grown in a lab

Water monitoring system aids Kenyan herders

Geoffrey Kamadi

NAIROBI, Kenya (AlertNet) – Satellite technology is coming to the aid of pastoralists in drought-stricken Kenya, with the expansion of a water monitoring system that aims to reduce livestock loss.

Climate change may cut profits from oceans by trillions

Luisa Massarani

[LONDON] Climate change could reduce the economic value of the services the oceans provide to mankind by almost US$2 trillion a year by 2100, according to a study presented at the Planet Under Pressure conference this week (26–29 March).

Corals 'Could Survive a More Acidic Ocean'

Corals may be better placed to cope with the gradual acidification of the world's oceans than previously thought -- giving rise to hopes that coral reefs might escape climatic devastation.

World Water Day: Trillions Needed in Investment

Katherine Tweed

World Water Day highlights investment opportunities as global fresh water grows scarce.

We're nearly 20 years into celebrating World Water Day, and the issues have only grown more complex -- and in many locales, more serious.

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