“A survey conducted by research institute Datafolha suggests 71% of the population of Sao Paulo and 36% of Brazilians have experienced problems with the water supply in the past month. The possibility of leaving the largest metropolis in South America – Greater Sao Paulo is home to 20 million people – without water five days a week seems to be the worst-case scenario envisioned by Sabesp.”
This report from the BBC explores the repercussions of Sao Paulo’s severe drought, which is reportedly the worst to have affected Brazilians in and around the capital in more than eight decades. Some critics are now suggesting that poor planning is making matters even worse, with many people’s health and livelihoods at risk and the increasing chance that limited supplies may soon start to dwindle.
“A combination of global climate change and local waste and mismanagement have led to an alarmingly rapid depletion of Pakistan’s water supply, said the minister for water and energy, Khawaja Muhammad Asif.”
The New York Times reports that, if current situations continue, at some point over the next six to seven years there could be a major water crisis in Pakistan. Experts believe the problems are partly due to melting glaciers, a decrease in rainfall in the country and a great deal of mismanagement from the different governments that have been in power over the past few decades.
“Relocating them was an essential piece of work – if we hadn’t moved this population of voles then it would not have been possible to complete the dredging.”
55 water voles made BBC headlines last week when it was revealed that the UK Environment Agency spent a huge £24,000 on relocating the animals before large scale dredging work took place in the rivers Parrett and Tone at Burrowbridge last year. Many have criticised the hefty sum, but how else would they have expected the water voles to survive?
“Industrial water users typically have a higher capacity to absorb the increased costs associated with rising water prices in comparison to agricultural water users, threatening an impact on crop production and yield if farmers are priced out of the market.”
The Guardian explores local water concerns in the US, which threaten to cause agricultural droughts and impact some of the most popular and in-demand crops, like corn, soy, wheat, rice and sugar cane.
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