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Billion-plus people to lack water in 2050: study

March 29, 2011 Comments off

(AFP)

WASHINGTON – More than one billion urban residents will face serious water shortages by 2050 as climate change worsens effects of urbanization, with Indian cities among the worst hit, a study said Monday.

The shortage threatens sanitation in some of the world’s fastest-growing cities but also poses risks for wildlife if cities pump in water from outside, said the article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study found that under current urbanization trends, by mid-century some 993 million city dwellers will live with less than 100 liters (26 gallons) each day of water each — roughly the amount that fills a personal bathtub — which authors considered the daily minimum.

Adding on the impact of climate change, an additional 100 million people will lack what they Read more…

China spends $1 billion to tackle drought

February 11, 2011 Comments off

A Chinese farmer holds up dried seeds at his drought-stricken fields in China's Shandong province.

A Chinese farmer holds up dried seeds at his drought-stricken fields in China’s Shandong province.

 

Beijing (CNN) — China’s government will invest $1 billion to combat a three month drought crippling the country’s north.

The worst drought in six decades threatens to ruin China’s winter harvest, the world’s largest producer of wheat.

To combat it, China’s government plans to spend around 6.7 billion yuan ($1.02 billion) to divert water to affected areas and irrigation facilities according to the state news agency, Xinhua.

Some 2.57 million people and 2.79 million livestock are suffering from drinking water shortages, Xinhua said.

The main affected provinces include Shandong, Jiangsu, Henan, Hebei and Shanxi, which together account for about 60% of the wheat planted this winter.

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued an alert Tuesday, warning of severe wheat shortages, saying “the ongoing drought is potentially a serious problem.”

According to the FAO the drought is now affecting an area of around 5.16 million hectares, representing two-thirds of China’s wheat production.

Meanwhile the country’s capital Beijing got it first snowfall in more than three months overnight on Wednesday. But the precipitation is unlikely to end the area’s drought, reported Xinhua.

The precipitation followed cloud seeding by the municipal artificial weather intervention office, the agency said.