UK Drought

Why the Climate Promises of Paris Depend on Water

Margaret Batty | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Margaret Batty

We need to get different sectors talking. Climate change and water are intertwined and we need to speak each other's language when it comes to planning and funding adaptation efforts. We can no longer have countries develop water policies that don't include climate risks, nor can climate planners operate without consulting key water ministries.

Hunger Hurts: How Would Nigella Feed a Family During a Drought?

Himaya Quasem | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Himaya Quasem

The young women I met in Somaliland worry about the same things I do, but they are feeling fear instead of relief. Hunger is hurting families in Somaliland. Women, girls and mothers deserve our support. It's time to act before things get worse.

On a Journey Searching for Life in the Horn of Africa

Fadi Itani | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Fadi Itani

During this trip I truly learnt to appreciate the many blessings we have, from the birds singing and flying around, to the green grass and pastures, to the feel and look of fresh water and the sound of rain dropping, even the dark clouds that comes full of rain, which the people of the Horn of Africa are now praying for that will bring them a renewed hope of life. We have to remember that water is indeed life.

Hunger Hurts: Extreme Weather is Killing Crops and Causing Hunger

Mike Noyes | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

El Nino has caused the lowest recorded rainfall across parts of Southern Africa in decades. Crops and livestock are dying as drought takes hold. El Nino has already made more than 34 million people hungry in Eastern and Southern Africa. That number is set to double in the next 12 months.

The World Must Step Up and Respond to Ethiopia's Drought Crisis

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

The complexities of this crisis go beyond the very real human need I saw playing out in Fedeto. Were it faced with this drought alone, the Government of Ethiopia would have a heady, but manageable task. Sadly, all indications of the climate change trajectory suggest that this is not an isolated case of drought, but rather the paradigm for what is yet to come.

Why the Poor Pay Most for Life's Most Basic Essential

Barbara Frost | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

Since we marked the first UN-declared World Water Day in 1993, the world has made incredible progress. Yet there remain more than 650million people in the world without access to clean water, who are faced with a daily struggle involving long dangerous walks or expensive black-market vendors, just to get water that is likely neither clean nor safe to drink.

Ethiopia Drought - Why It's Different This Time

Mark Goldring | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

Most of us remember the image of thousands of Ethiopians starving during the famine of 1984/85, the luckier ones seemingly fed only by the power of the Western media to incite compassion and belated action from international agencies. On a recent visit to the country, I heard how the weather conditions now are as bad as during that terrible disaster...

Imagine Life Without Rain

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

We'd like to do a lot more to beat this crisis but we also want to stop future generations being devastated by drought. Around 70% of Africa's people depend on smallholder agriculture for a living and they produce the bulk of the continent's food. We have to find a way to help them survive major crisis - come rain or shine.

Water on the Agenda at Davos

Margaret Batty | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Margaret Batty

As the world's decision-makers congregate in Davos this week, one of the most pressing issues will be also one of the most fundamental: Water.

A Second Inconvenient Truth

Will Bordell | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK
Will Bordell

Governments cannot pretend that they never knew this was coming, or that it wasn't worth doing anything about. Now, we have an opportunity; soon, we will have a burden. The difference between those two terms--politically, economically and morally--is worth a great deal.

The World Is Officially Running Out Of Water

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Tech

Humans have more than 99 problems and scientists have just pushed water higher up the list. A new study conducted by scientists at the University ...

Living Without Water - Volunteering in Nicaragua with Raleigh International

Rebecca Tracy | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Rebecca Tracy

At first it sounds impossible, but it's not. People do it all over the world for days and even weeks on end. I remember vividly the second week living with my host family in Nicaragua. We had a big orange carton called a "pichinga" which we filled up with water from the well at the bottom of our garden and purified with a chlorine tablet. Occasionally we would have running water from a tap to be purified.

World Gifts Create a Buzz This Christmas

Ben Price | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Price

Greener than many of its neighbours, and home to both the highest mountain range in Africa and the source of the mighty Nile, Winston Churchill famously described Uganda as the 'Pearl of Africa'. Unlike much of the country, however, due to its harsh climate and low annual rainfall, the Karamoja region is predominantly a semi-arid plain - causing many problems for the communities who live there.

Why I'm Not Participating in the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge

Mark Hillary | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

The obvious waste of an ice-bucket dunking is in poor taste given that São Paulo is suffering a severe drought at present. In parts of the state, the reservoirs are dry and cracked and all non-essential water use is banned. Where I live things are not quite so bad, but the local papers warn week after week that we are also on the cusp of extreme rationing.

Climate Change Impacts Everything

Samantha J Smith | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

Climate change impacts everything, everywhere. It threatens to undo everything that conservation organizations like WWF have achieved over the last half-century. Both people and the natural world are feeling the effects, which are consequential and growing. Extreme weather impacts fragile ecosystems that people depend on for food and their livelihoods.

Ludicrous Farmers

Water 21 | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Water 21

There was an odd reaction from the National Farmers' Union (NFU) at their Birmingham Conference this week to proposals for controlled floodwater attenuation in upland farms (and elsewhere); condemning such plans as "ludicrous".

Healing the Problem of Flying Toilets: Solutions For Tackling Drought In Africa

Bidisha | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Bidisha

The poorest people are affected by these issues the most - in particular, women and children. Lack of water leads to the failure of crops which would be eaten or sold at market; the absence or extreme diminution of these can lead to starvation and poverty.

World Responsible Tourism Awards: A Special Year for Water Conservation

Lara Solomon | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Solomon

During the tourist season, Majorca needs to import water transferred by tankers from the mainland to meet demand from its 2 million visitors. The Travel Foundation explains an increase in the occurrence of droughts is now putting added pressure on popular tourist destinations such as the Caribbean islands.

Climate Change Casts a Long Shadow Over British Childhoods

David Bull | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK
David Bull

By showing strong leadership and committing its fair share of new money to the Green Climate Fund to help children adapt to the effects of climate change, the UK Government can make sure children everywhere have enough nutritious food to eat, grow up to fulfil their potential and do not pay for our past mistakes with their futures.

Mali: The Vital Role of Local Civil Society

Tony Cunningham | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Cunningham

Mali, along with several of its neighbouring countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, remains in a state of crisis. The rebel threat has not gone away, despite their withdrawal from strategic towns, and the recent fighting has increased tensions between different ethnic groups, some of whom have been associated with the rebels' cause.

'Prepare For Future Extreme Weather' Warns Environment Agency

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK

The Environment Agency has warned Britons to prepare for future extreme weather after flooding hit parts of England and Wales one in every five days l...

From Drought To Deluge: 2012's Weird Weather In Pictures

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK

From droughts to floods, Britain has been baked and battered with some seriously weird weather in 2012. Ushered in with snow, January lived up to ...

Global Warming: Top Firms 'Fear Climate Change'

PA | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK

Major companies are increasingly concerned that they are at risk from climate change in the face of recent extreme weather events such as drought and ...

The Sustainability Scam

Water 21 | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK
Water 21

Truly sustainable economics and widespread prosperity can only be based on the viability of the land and its soil--not on increasingly unsustainable supplies of oil.

Food Glorious Food

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

It's never possible to attribute a single event to climate change, but there's been a long-term trend of increasing frequency and severity of droughts recently. Last year, East Africa suffered the worst drought in 60 years, putting millions of lives at risk, and tens of thousands are believed to have died before aid arrived.