News headlines for “Water and Development”

  1. Fairer Fashion Begins with Better Access to Water & Toilets For Workers in Clothing Supply Chains

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    HONG KONG, Sep 10 (IPS) - Last year, WaterAid and HSBC launched a programme that delivers essential water, sanitation and hygiene services (known collectively as WASH) to apparel factories and nearby worker communities in Bangladesh and India.

  2. Let’s Walk the Talk to Defeat Climate Change – African Leaders Told

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Aug 28 (IPS) - African leaders have been asked to walk the talk, and lead from the front, in order to build resilience and adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate change on the continent.

  3. Disaster Risk Resilience: Key to Protecting Vulnerable Communities

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 28 (IPS) - The past five years have been the hottest on record in Asia and the Pacific. Unprecedented heatwaves have swept across our region, cascading into slow onset disasters such as drought.

    Yet heat is only part of the picture. Tropical cyclones have struck new, unprepared parts of our region and devastatingly frequent floods have ensued. In Iran, these affected 10 million people this year and displaced 500,000 of which half were children. Bangladesh is experiencing its fourth wave of flooding in 2019. Last year, the state of Kerala in India faced the worst floods in a century.

  4. How to Bring the Indus Delta Back to Life - Give it Water

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    KARACHI, Aug 21 (IPS) - Gulab Shah, 45, is having sleepless nights. He and his family are worried about their imminent migration from their village in Jhaloo to a major city in Pakistan, thanks to the continued ingress of sea water inland. 

  5. Extreme Floods, the Key to Climate Change Adaptation in Africa’s Drylands

    Thursday, August 08, 2019

    TURKANA COUNTY, Kenya, Aug 08 (IPS) - Extreme rainfall and heavy flooding, often amplified by climate change, causes devastation among communities. But new research published on Aug. 7 in the scientific journal Nature reveals that these dangerous events are extremely significant in recharging groundwater aquifers in drylands across sub-Saharan Africa, making them important for climate change adaptation.

  6. A Call for Healthy, Blue Oceans in Asia and the Pacific

    Monday, August 05, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 05 (IPS) - Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

    Leaders at the Group of 20 summit last month agreed on the "Osaka Blue Ocean Vision," which aims to reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) stands ready to support Japan and other countries in the region to ensure healthy and sustainable oceans.

  7. A Rural Sanitation Model That Works

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019

    BHUBANESWAR, Odisha, India, Jul 30 (IPS) - Research and experience across more than two decades in rural Odisha, India, show that an effective rural sanitation model requires both financial assistance and an integrated water supply.

  8. Avoiding the Mistakes of the Asian Green Revolution in Africa

    Thursday, July 11, 2019

    DODOMA, Tanzania, Jul 11 (IPS) - Research scientists are studying groundwater resources in three African countries in order to understand the renewability of the source and how people can use it sustainably towards a green revolution in Africa.

  9. Chilean Schools Recycle Greywater to Combat Drought

    Thursday, July 04, 2019

    OVALLE, Chile, Jul 04 (IPS) - Children from the neighboring municipalities of Ovalle and Río Hurtado in northern Chile are harvesting rain and recycling greywater in their schools to irrigate fruit trees and vegetable gardens, in an initiative aimed at combating the shortage of water in this semi-arid region.

  10. Indigenous Communities Head Towards Energy Self-Sufficiency in Guatemala

    Wednesday, July 03, 2019

    USPANTÁN, Guatemala, Jul 03 (IPS) - Because the government has never provided them with electricity, indigenous communities in the mountains of northwest Guatemala had no choice but to generate their own energy.

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