News headlines for “Water and Development”

  1. Thinking Like a Tree – A Tribute to Life Sustainers

    - Inter Press Service

    STOCKHOLM, Aug 24 (IPS) - When I was a child, a friend asked me: “How would you describe a tree to someone who has never seen one?” I looked at the trees surrounding us and realised it was impossible, considering their versatility, beauty and utter strangeness. Since that time, I have often wondered about trees, as well as I have been worried by the indiscriminate destruction of trees and forests.

  2. Celebrating 30 Years of Shared Water

    - Inter Press Service

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 23 (IPS) - We tend to associate rivers and lakes with the countries in which they are located. Yet a little-known fact is that more than half of the world’s freshwater bodies are shared.

  3. 'And of Water We Made Every Living Thing'

    - Inter Press Service

    MADRID, Aug 22 (IPS) - This is how the Muslims’ Holy Book - the Quran refers to the most precious element of life.

  4. Bangladesh Flood Victims Cry for Relief

    - Inter Press Service

    DHAKA, Jun 28 (IPS) - After losing everything in the recent devastating flood that swept the northeastern districts in Bangladesh, pregnant mother Joynaba Akter, her three children and her husband took refuge in a shelter centre at Gowainghat in Sylhet.

  5. Cities in Brazil Reap Floods after Hiding Their Rivers Underground

    - Inter Press Service

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 07 (IPS) - Acaba Mundo has fallen into oblivion, despite its apocalyptic name – which roughly translates as World’s End - and historical importance as an urban waterway. It is a typical victim of Brazil’s metropolises, which were turned into cemeteries of streams, with their flooded neighborhoods and filthy rivers.

  6. What If a Patient Unplugged the Oxygen Tube That Keeps Them Alive?

    - Inter Press Service

    MADRID, Jun 07 (IPS) - Imagine a patient connected to a vital oxygen device to keep him or her breathing, thus alive. Then, imagine what would happen if this patient unplugged it. This is exactly what humans have been doing with the source of at least 50% of the whole Planet’s oxygen: the oceans.

  7. Poor Families Clash over Water with Real Estate Consortium in El Salvador

    - Inter Press Service

    APOPA, El Salvador, Jun 06 (IPS) - Alex Leiva woke up at 4:00 a.m. to perform a key task for his family’s survival in the Salvadoran village where he lives: filling several barrels with the water that falls from the tap only at that early hour every other day.

  8. Rivers Have no Borders: The Motto of Their Defenders in Peru

    - Inter Press Service

    LIMA, May 30 (IPS) - "Water is part of our culture, it is intrinsic to the Amazon," said José Manuyama, a member of a river defense committee in his native Requena, a town located in the department of Loreto, the largest in Peru, covering 28 percent of the national territory.

  9. Not Enough Clean Water in Europe? Who Cares...

    - Inter Press Service

    MADRID, May 26 (IPS) - So busy as they are with strengthening military alliances and devoting billions of taxpayers' money to double their war budgets and subsidise fossil fuels, European Governments seem not to care about the reiterated alerts that their continent faces a serious risk: the reduced availability -and more polluted– drinking water.

  10. Cuban Farmers Fight Land Degradation with Sustainable Management

    - Inter Press Service

    HAVANA, May 23 (IPS) - Thorny bushes and barren soil made it look like a bad bet, but Cuban farmer José Antonio Sosa ignored other people’s objections about the land and gave life to what is now the thriving La Villa farm on the outskirts of Havana.

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