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Feature: World Water Day

Recognizing the Critical Importance of Water to Our Environment

Water plays a vital role in almost every environmental issue, from energy development to climate change to public health. World Water Day on March 22 is an international event founded by the United Nations in 1993 to recognize the importance of water to the nations and people of the world. Nearly one billion people around the world don't have clean drinking water and 2.6 billion still lack basic sanitation.

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World Water Week - Water Cooperation, Building Partnerships: Some Reflections

Posted September 6, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope

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I spent the last week in Stockholm, Sweden at World Water Week, an international water conference held annually in Stockholm which brings together a wide ranging group of individuals from dozens of countries and hundreds of organizations to discuss a...continued

NRDC Goes to Stockholm World Water Week 2013

Posted September 2, 2013 by Corinne Hanson

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Hallå from Stockholm, Sweden! I’m currently here attending the 2013 World Water Week, and today was the first day of the week-long conference.  Water is a critical issue for the world, as it affects many facets of our lives...continued

Did you flush? At least 2.5 billion people didn't today... because they don't have a toilet

Posted March 20, 2013 by Elizabeth Shope

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This morning, I used and flushed a toilet, and used sink and shower – all with running water inside my house. Normally, I don’t think about this, but today, I did, because Friday is World Water Day, and more than...continued

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Water for the World: Now It's Time for House to Act

Posted June 20, 2012 by Elizabeth Shope

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Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passed the Water for the World Act – a step forwards towards enacting important legislation that could bring safe drinking water and basic sanitation to as many as 100 million people around the Globe....continued

As UN-Water Hosts Water Day in Rio, Congress Poised to Take Step towards Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

Posted June 19, 2012 by Elizabeth Shope

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This afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act, important legislation that aims to bring safe drinking water and sanitation to 100 million people around the globe. Meanwhile, tens of...continued

Remembering the Possibilities on World Water Day

Posted March 22, 2012 by Kate Poole

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Barbara Kingsolver makes me want to go to Mexico City.  In a recent novel, she describes the floating gardens of Mexico City known as Xochimilco as:  “…a mad maze of colors and cool water.  Squash and cornfields, floral explosions, with...continued

Latin America Climate, Energy and Environment News: 3/10 - 3/16/2012

Posted March 17, 2012 by Amanda Maxwell

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Chile Positive news for the non-conventional renewable energy sector made headlines this week in Chile. At a solar energy conference, a senior vice-president of the international company First Solar announced that the cost of solar had dropped by 50 percent in...continued

Women, Water, and Climate Change: Recognizing the struggles of women and addressing global challenges on International Women's Day

Posted March 8, 2012 by Elizabeth Shope

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 This blog was co-written with Mona Avalos. Photo credit: Today is International Women’s Day – a day not only for celebrating the contributions made by women around the globe but also for highlighting some of the continued challenges and...continued

With World Water Day just two months away, U.S. must step it up on clean water and sanitation

Posted January 26, 2012 by Elizabeth Shope

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With just two months before World Water Day on March 22, NRDC, CARE & WaterAid in America have published our annual report about how the United States is doing in implementing the recommendations we made last year to improve water...continued

U.S. Leadership on Water: Only the Sum of Its Parts

Posted January 26, 2012 by Heather Allen

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In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Obama spoke about economic equity and fairness. There may be no greater inequity among people than the disparity regarding access to clean and safe drinking water. Nearly 900 million...continued


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