We’re in a global water crisis. It’s time to turn to nature

photo: beautiful waterfalls. We’re in a global water crisis. It’s time to turn to nature

Photo of Milanovac Lake in Croatia’s Plitvice National Park. (© Maurizio Biancarelli/ Wild Wonders of Europe)

Earth has a water problem.

Water crises in Cape Town and Southern California have shined a light on the plight of the planet’s fresh water in the face of climate change — and the critical role that nature plays in addressing today’s most pressing water challenges.

A new paper published in the scientific journal … [more…]

The Water Crises Aren’t Coming—They’re Here

graphic: from rain to drought

For eons, the earth has had the same amount of water—no more, no less. What the ancient Romans used for crops and Nefertiti drank? It’s the same stuff we bathe with. Yet with more than seven billion people on the planet, experts now worry we’re running out of usable water. The symptoms are here: multiyear droughts, large-scale crop failures, a major city—Cape Town—on the verge of going dry, increasing outbreaks … [more…]

Nature is teaching … are we learning?

photo: landscape. Nature is teaching … are we learning?

The three major challenges in the water sector can be summed up as too little, too much or too dirty.

Water use over the last century has been growing by more than twice the rate of population increase. A central challenge for sustainable development is how to balance the competing uses of water; ensure that the needs of all are met – especially the poor and marginalised – and that … [more…]

UN promotes nature-based solutions to growing water shortages

UN promotes nature-based solutions to tackle growing water shortages

Photo Credit: Kelly Fike/USFWS

The UN’s annual World Water Development Report 2018 has highlighted the need to use nature to combat the challenges of a growing population and climate change. In its detailed analysis, the report demonstrates that demand for water is increasing in developing countries, while simultaneously access is being put at risk by human development and climate change.

Deforestation, intense farming methods and urbanisation are putting these resources … [more…]

Water shortages can destroy cultures: Interplay between society and hydrological effects

photo: water reservoirs and infrastructure may contribute to water crises

The demise of the Maya civilization

Something really drastic must have happened to end the Classic Maya Period in the 9th Century. Within a short period of time, this advanced civilisation in Central America went from flourishing to collapsing — the population dwindling rapidly and monumental stone structures, like the ones built at Yucatán, were no longer being constructed. The reason for this demise remains the subject of debate even … [more…]