Nor Any Drop to Drink
In the many places where water is scarce, people show great ingenuity in getting it: collecting and keeping what little rain falls, drilling wells or--if they can afford it--removing salt from seawater to produce fresh water for drinking or farming. But ingenuity has its limits, and we may be reaching them.
Today, more than one billion people still cannot get enough safe drinking water to keep them healthy. That kind of water scarcity isn't just about too little rain--it's a problem of politics, infrastructure, and sustainable use.
What do you think of as "enough" water? Enough to avoid feeling thirsty?
Not every woman in the developing world has a life defined by the burden of water carrying.
India's great river, the Ganges, is facing several kinds of problems.
In the developed world, we seldom bear the weight of water.
If you've ever opened your mouth to the sky during a rainstorm you have
The oceans are vast, so it's no wonder that people have often looked seaward and wondered, "Isn't there a way we could drink that water?"
Nearly every continent on Earth has a few places in which an unusual phenomenon takes place:
Around the world, ecosystems are being disrupted by invasive plants
As children spin on this merry-go-round, they are also pumping water from a deep well called a borehole.