Seven graphics explain the state of the world’s water resources

To recognize the importance of water for everything we do, we compiled seven graphics that explain the state of the world’s vital water resources.

Every person on Earth should have access to reliable water supplies. Water is essential for sanitation, hygiene and daily survival, but in some places conflict over water is becoming more commonplace.

Human Activity is Changing Water Distribution

Half of the surface water in some countries has been depleted between 1984 and 2015, according to an analysis of satellite imagery from the European Commission Joint Research Centre. However, about twice as … [more…]

Experts Name the Top 19 Solutions to the Global Freshwater Crisis

Experts Name the Top 19 Solutions to the Global Freshwater Crisis

Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circleofblue.org

19 best solutions to the global freshwater crisis captured by a GlobeScan and SustainAbility poll of more than 1200 leading international experts in 80 countries.

Virtually every industry in the world anticipates sweeping systemic transformation over the next decade in their strategic planning, production practices, and business models, according to the Sustainability Survey Poll on Water. The global opinion poll, which released a survey of … [more…]

Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Photo: Tatsuo Niitsuma and his wife, Yoko, in Iwaki, Japan, this month. Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

The water from the Fukushima disaster is more radioactive than the authorities have previously publicized, raising doubts about government assurances that it will be made safe.

IWAKI, Japan — The overpowering earthquake and tsunami that ripped through northern Japan in March 2011 took so much from Tatsuo Niitsuma, a commercial fisherman … [more…]

“Our Mother Earth”: Pope Francis’ New Book

Book cover of Nuestra Madre la Tierra (Our Mother the Earth)

Pope Francis’ new book, “Our Mother Earth,” will be published by the Vatican Publishing House [Libreria Editrice Vaticana] on October 24, 2019, reported Vatican News.

With a Prologue written by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the work is a compilation of the addresses, messages and homilies in which Pope Francis refers to the defense of the environment and appeals for the promotion of a worthy life for all … [more…]

‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

Photo: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, seen on Feb. 22, 2016. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s environment minister said the country will have to dump large quantities of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which was damaged during the March 2011 earthquake, because the facility is running out of room.

During the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, three Fukushima reactors were damaged. However, by 2022, storage space will … [more…]