Water Week, 2014: Scarcity, Conflict, Cooperation, and Solutions

The size of the problem is daunting: 1.2 billion people live where water is scarce, with another 500 million living in almost similar circumstances. Another 1.6 billion people live near groundwater, but lack the infrastructure to move it from rivers and aquifers. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity. These sobering facts are cited in JM staff writer Reynard Loki’s authoritative article, Water Wars, one of several we’re publishing throughout “Water Week,” leading up to World Water Day this Saturday. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Loki includes examples of progress: 3,600 recent treaties and agreements to manage water use. And there are innovative solutions, such as the waterless, solar-powered toilet described by JM writer Vikas Vij. Watch our “News and Blogs” section for more articles to come that address the all-important issue of water.

John Howell, Editorial Director