22 Jul 2021 Berlin, Germany
Multiple flood warnings were issued, but failed to result in action. As Germany contemplates the human toll of the recent devastating floods, it identifies gaps in its communication systems while one of its top politicians shifts his position on climate change. Meanwhile, its neighbours in the Netherlands suffer zero human casualties as flood defences largely hold up.
21 Jul 2021 Washington DC, United States
As the west of the US swelters and burns under sustained drought conditions, there are wider implications for national security and global food prices. Water levels in the Colorado River system are dangerously low and states are bickering over access to irrigation waters.
21 Jul 2021 HYDERABAD
Reservoir levels are being closely watched; residents along Musi River being relocated.
7 Jul 2021 New York, United States
Agency Director Henrietta Fore highlights work done to supply 106 million with WASH services across 153 countries during pandemic response. Stresses importance of innovation in bid to meet SDGs and draws attention to continued gender inequalities associated with water.
7 Jun 2021 Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Deadly eruption near Goma city in eastern DRC forced residents to walk long distances to access water at Lake Kivu. Bid to prevent spread of cholera.
28 May 2021 Taganrog, Russia
Russia’s major crimes investigative body is looking into the incident. Although accidents are common, the scale of casualties in this case has raised concerns about possible safety violations.
28 May 2021 Geneva, Switzerland
Weather-related disaster triggered 3 times more displacements than conflict in 2020. The latest annual report by the IDMC focuses on climate change as a driver, and highlights need for better data and sustainable, locally owned solutions.
26 May 2021 Taipei, Taiwan
Global industries face escalating microchip supply chain bottlenecks as Taiwan continues to ration water in the face of the worst drought in 56 years. The island nation has had no significant rainfall in more than a year.
25 May 2021 ROCHEFORT
Monks are concerned that proposed environmental changes would affect the taste of its famous beer.
25 May 2021 PARIS
Effects of central France extraction by iconic Volvic brand described as akin to "desertification".
20 May 2021 London, United Kingdom
UK spending on water and sanitation aid could be slashed. Charity WaterAid condemns plans with stark rebuke, claiming "the cost will be measured not just in pounds but in lives and livelihoods".
11 May 2021 Palo Alto
Electric vehicle battery production is a thirsty business, and Tesla claims to have found a way to address this. Patent applications provide clues as to how. Added mystery surrounds the apparent disappearance of the company that initially filed the patent applications.