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Today Is World Water Day

World Water Day

Since being designated as such by the UN in 1993, every March 22nd is World Water Day. This year's theme is water scarcity as we now see over a billion people in this world without potable water to sustain their needs with predictions of over 2.8 billion being without water within the next twenty years. With an ever thirsty world putting pressure on this precious resource through population growth, mismanagement, waste (primarily through agriculture) and most alarmingly, climate change which is ravaging Australia, Asia, and Africa with droughts, fires, and erratic weather patterns that harm the economy and the environment and cause deaths among humans and other species, this is not a crisis we can turn away from any longer.

For me this is the most important environmental issue we now face for our future sustainability, as we all know we cannot survive without water and with it dwindling more each year we not only open ourselves up to shortages and scarcity, but famin…

Water Day: Key Development Goals Stagnating

WATER DAY:Key Development Goals Stagnating

Mithre J. Sandrasagra
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19 (IPS) - Halfway to 2015, the year when the globally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are supposed to be reached, the crisis in water and sanitation as well as in water resources management remains among the great human development and environmental challenges.

In the run-up to World Water Day on Thursday, the United Nations is stressing the importance of good governance and proper management of water resources at both the international and local levels. The focus of World Water Day 2007, "Coping with Water Scarcity," will require addressing a range of issues, from protection of the environment and global warming to equitable distribution of water for irrigation, industry and household use.

"The state of the world's waters remains fragile," stressed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "Available supplies are under great duress as a result of high population growt…