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Chile’s freemarket water scheme brings conflict

2 Nov 16 - Is water a basic human right or something with an inherent economic value? The answer to this question has led to decades of conflict in Chile.

Ontario wants to cap bottled water industry

19 Oct 16 - The Ontario government has proposed a two-year moratorium on the creation or expansion of bottled water operations fed by groundwater in the Canadian province.

Polluted rivers become deadly threat to millions

26 Sep 16 - More than half the rivers of Asia, Africa and Latin America have become more dangerous in the past 20 years, with steep rises in organic and pathogen pollution.

Good news or bad for our river water quality?

Dr Scott Lanard

15 Aug 16 - Improvements in some components of river water quality are encouraging, but it’s too early to declare victory, says NIWA’s Dr Scott Larned.

We've got water, what we need is a better way of knowing how much

9 Jun 16 - Water crises seem to be everywhere. In Flint, the water might kill us. In Syria, the worst drought in hundreds of years is exacerbating civil war.

How to achieve sustainable clean water for everyone

8 Jun 16 - The provision of clean, safe drinking water in much of the world is one of the most significant public health achievements of the past century – and one of the foundation stones of a healthy society.

Dams could be backup for melted glacier water

2 Jun 16 - Building dams at the bottom of disappearing glaciers to capture the runoff from melting mountain snow will be needed later this century to prevent widespread water shortages in the summer months.

$100m water package fails to impress scientists

27 May 16 - The Government's $100 million package to clean up water ways will do little while pollution is allowed to continue, scientists say.

Congrats, Colorado ... first it was pot, now it's rain barrels

16 May 16 - Before Governor John Hickenlooper last week signed a bill legalising rain barrels, it was a crime to catch and use rainwater in Colorado. Yes, the state legalised recreational use of marijuana before...

Mangroves might help to combat climate change

21 Apr 16 - Scientists from 13 research institutions across India are studying the carbon sequestration potential of mangroves, under plans to use the species to build resilience to climate change in coastal...

Asia facing severe water shortages by 2050

18 Apr 16 - Within 35 years, China and India - where roughly half the world's population lives - might be facing what scientists are calling a "high risk of severe water stress".

Rainfall patterns cloud changes in climate

8 Apr 16 - Analysis of data stretching back 12 centuries reveals questions surrounding climate models that have linked wet and dry weather extremes to current temperature rise.

Why water footprinting should be used with caution

7 Apr 16 - It seems logical that crops and goods that need lots of water should not be produced in water-scarce countries.

Antarctic melt could be alarming, say scientists

4 Apr 16 - Scientists in the US predict that the alarming rate at which Antarctica’s ice continues to thaw could be enough to double global sea level rise within this century.

Climate change lines up big hit for hydro plants

18 Mar 16 - Water shortages caused by climate change will affect two-thirds of the world’s hydro-electricity generation plants by 2069, a new report shows.

Better water use can cut global food gap

22 Feb 16 - Scientists say that forecasts of a world food shortage need not prove as disastrous as previously thought if humans learn to use water more effectively.

New gear is making every drop of water count

18 Jan 16 - Finding better ways to make every drop of water count is at the heart of an innovative company in the driest continent on earth.

Water meters see the taps turned off

21 Sep 15 - Water metering on the Kapiti Coast led to a 26 per cent decline in peak water use.

Iwi leaders sign up to water partnership

Sir Mark Solomon ... good solutions.

10 Aug 15 - Maori and local government have agreed to work together on freshwater issues.

Water talks aim to get answers

3 Aug 15 - The state of New Zealand’s freshwater quality and who is to blame will be debated in Hamilton next week.

20 Jul 15  Taupo scheme ticking along ... but there are problems

22 Jun 15  Next time you're in the shower, check what else is in there with you

11 May 15  Water crisis shows the failure of public-private deals

13 Apr 15  Water Man of India makes rivers flow again

23 Mar 15  Aussies want to know your water secrets

16 Mar 15  Better water quality in the spotlight

9 Mar 15  Carbon could be key to better water, says researcher

15 Dec 14  What did the Romans ever do for us? They left a water warning

1 Dec 14  One Plan water approval seen as ground-breaking

1 Dec 14  Queensland risks running the well dry by gifting water to coal

24 Nov 14  How a garden on your roof could fight floods this winter

17 Nov 14  Minister knows of water woes, but public information tap is turned off

17 Nov 14  Green groups want say on Ruataniwha changes

17 Nov 14  Lakes expert to spotlight water quality

10 Nov 14  Big business sounds water warning bells

10 Nov 14  US drought shows why the price of water should rise

13 Oct 14  'Business as usual' no way to run our rivers

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