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23/01/2023

Up to 4 Million Children in Pakistan Still Living Next to Stagnant and Contaminated Floodwater

Child survival crisis remains acute in flood-affected areas as rates of respiratory infections and severe acute malnutrition soar

Pakistan. A woman holds her daughter as she stands in floodwaters in Sindh Province, Pakistan.
UNICEF/UN0730486/BashirA woman holds her daughter as she stands in floodwaters in Sindh Province, Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD, 9 January 2023 (UNICEF)* – More than four months after a national state of emergency was declared in Pakistan, up to 4 million children are still living near contaminated and stagnant flood waters, risking their survival and wellbeing, UNICEF warned today.

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18/11/2022

COP27: Climate Change’s Dire Consequences in the World’s Most Water-Scarce Region

Human Wrongs Watch

Sharm El Sheikh, Nov 17 2022 (IPS)* – The Middle East and North Africa are the world’s most water-scarce regions – with 11 of the 17 water-stressed countries on the globe.
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Water scarcity in the Middle East is impacting on lives and causing diplomatic tensions in between countries. The Turkish dam project, which includes the large Ataturk and Ilisu dams, has reduced water flow to the Tigris River’s natural channel impacting Syria and Iraq. Pictured here is Koctepe - a village covered by water in the Ilisu dam project. Credit: Mustafa Bilge Satkın/Climate Visuals Countdown

Water scarcity in the Middle East is impacting on lives and causing diplomatic tensions in between countries. The Turkish dam project, which includes the large Ataturk and Ilisu dams, has reduced water flow to the Tigris River’s natural channel impacting Syria and Iraq. Pictured here is Koctepe – a village covered by water in the Ilisu dam project. Credit: Mustafa Bilge Satkın/Climate Visuals Countdown

According to UNICEF, nine out of 10 children live in areas with high or very high-water stress, resulting in significant consequences for their health, cognitive development, and future livelihoods.

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22/08/2022

‘And of Water We Made Every Living Thing’

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Aug 22 2022 (IPS)* – This is how the Muslims’ Holy Book – the Quran refers to the most precious element of life.

Water Scarcity - Over 2 billion people live in water-stressed countries, which is expected to be exacerbated in some regions as a result of climate change and population growth. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS.

Over 2 billion people live in water-stressed countries, which is expected to be exacerbated in some regions as a result of climate change and population growth. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS.

Religions aside, also UNESCO underlines that “water is a unique and non-substitutable resource.”

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18/08/2022

Yemen: “The Risk of Water- and Vector-Borne Diseases, Including Malaria, Cholera and other Communicable Diseases Is Unfolding” 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided emergency assistance, in an urgent response to the needs of communities affected by floods in Yemen, the UN agency said on Wednesday [17 August 2022].

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ICRC/Munder Ahmed | Heavy rainfall has caused flash floods and landslides in several governorates in Yemen. (file)

In addition to health and laboratory supplies, it has supported specialized trauma teams and joined field missions along with national health authorities and other humanitarian partners.

03/08/2022

American West Faces Water and Power Shortages Due to Climate Crisis

UN News/Elizabeth Scaffidi | Lake Powell was created in 1964 by the construction of Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, United States.

Lake Mead and Lake Powell are currently at their lowest levels ever and are at risk of reaching “dead pool status”, meaning that the water in the dams would be so low it could no longer flow downstream and power hydroelectric power stations.

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26/05/2022

Not Enough Clean Water in Europe? Who Cares…

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, May 26 2022 (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 the more polluted– drinking water.

It is estimated that more than one third of the European Union will be under “high water stress” by the 2070. Credit: Bigstock

Two specialised bodies –the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO)– have warned that plans to make water access possible in the face of climate pressures “are absent” in the pan-European region.

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14/04/2022

Drugged Water: A New Global Pandemic Hiding in Plain Sight?

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Apr 13 2022 (IPS)* – People around the world are unknowingly being exposed to water laced with antibiotics, which could spark the rise of drug-resistant pathogens and potentially fuel another global pandemic, warns a new report.

Credit: WHO

The study, elaborated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), found that, globally, not enough attention is being focused on the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance with most antibiotics being excreted into the environment via toilets or through open defecation.

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24/03/2022

Water Scarcity in Africa to Reach Dangerously High Levels by 2025 – Experts

Human Wrongs Watch

Nairobi, Kenya, Mar 23 2022 (IPS)* – Joan Waweru was among villagers on their regular trek to the river to fetch water when they discovered a neighbour’s dead body, believed to have committed suicide by drowning in river Kamiti.

Access to clean, affordable and safe drinking water is far from universal across Africa. Credit: Joyce Chimbi

She was thirteen years old and recalls how even after the traumatizing incident, the village, and many others along river Kamiti, which runs along coffee plantations in Kiambu County of Kenya’s Central region, continued to rely on the river as their primary source of water for all domestic purposes.

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22/03/2022

“The Last Glaciers” Film Issues a Global Wake-Up Call for Climate Action on World Water Day

Human Wrongs Watch

New documentary with UNEP Mountain Advocate Malcolm Wood shows the drastic loss of ice worldwide.

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Geneva, Switzerland, 22 March 2022 (UNEP)* – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Mountain Advocate Malcolm Wood features in a unique new documentary released today, shining a spotlight on how the world’s water towers are being lost due to climate change.

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22/03/2022

Groundwater Accounts for 99% of All Running Freshwater on Earth, And It Is Often Undervalued, Mismanaged, and Overexploited

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — While groundwater accounts for 99 per cent of all running freshwater on Earth, it is often undervalued, mismanaged, and overexploited, according to a report published on Monday [21 March 2022] by the UN scientific organization, UNESCO.

© FAO/ Zhongshan Luo | Rice Terraces System in Southern Mountainous and Hilly Areas, China.

“Groundwater is a critical natural resource, invisible but indispensable for life on our planet”, UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said in the Foreword of Making the invisible visible, the latest edition of the UN World Water Development Report  (WWDR).

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