water scarcity

Bonn: Addressing Climate Change Threats to “Water in the Anthropocene”

May 24, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

climate change and water

Experts from around the world have gathered in Bonn, Germany to “synthesize major global water research achievements in the last decade and help assemble the scientific foundations to articulate a common vision of Earth’s water future."[read more]

UN Focus on Water Security and in Post-2015 Development [VIDEO]

March 29, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

water security

In a warming world experiencing ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation, water security has taken on even greater importance.[read more]

Confronting Climate Change and Violence Against Women

March 10, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

climate change and women's rights

Women are on the front lines of the climate crisis. They produce up to 80 percent of the food in the developing world, and they spend large stretches of time collecting water and fuel for their families.[read more]

Choke Point: China—Confronting Water Scarcity and Energy Demand in the World’s Largest Country

February 21, 2011 by Keith Schneider

Like a tectonic fault line, underlying China’s new standing in the world is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China’s progress.[read more]

Southern farmers contend with abnormally dry weather

December 15, 2010 by Jonathan Smith

Around the world water shortages became frighteningly common this year. Treehugger took a closer look at countries that are growing in population while water supplies are shrinking. And, in a year-end review, San Francisco Treehugger Jaymi Heimbuch warns that it’s not just China, India and African countries – even the US...[read more]

North Dakota'sUnconventional Oil Boom and Risks to Scarce Water

September 16, 2010 by Keith Schneider

Many Americans have been aware since the 2008 presidential election that the U.S. was at the vanguard of a new energy era. They just thought it would be the transition to clean energy. But the oil industry's pursuit of "unconventional" oil and gas reserves is happening much faster.[read more]

Energy Department Blocks Disclosure of Road Map to Relieve Critical U.S. Energy-Water Choke Points

September 9, 2010 by Keith Schneider
Illinois River Energy biofuels plant

A far-reaching federal program of research and analysis, funded by Congress and designed to help the nation anticipate and temper the mounting conflict between rising energy demand and diminishing supplies of fresh water, has been brought to a standstill by the Department of Energy.[read more]