UK Drought

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

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.

What African Farmers Could Teach Their American Counterparts About Drought

Terry Ally | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK
Terry Ally

The poster image of drought - the caked brown dirt and withered crops - could easily be mistaken for some part of Africa had the caption not read 'USA'. The relatives of a colleague are on the frontline of this drought - said to be the worst in half a century.

Sodden Silverstone

Mark J Daniels | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Sport
Mark J Daniels

All I could think, as I sat in the interminable queues that lead towards Silverstone Circuit on Friday, was: "Bernie's going to be a little bit miffed."

Wet Weather Warning

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK

Britain's rain misery is set to return on Thursday with downpours and strong winds lashing the country at the end of the week. After a dry period o...

Yes, More Rain Is On the Way

PA | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK

More heavy rain and strong winds are expected to lash the country at the end of the week After a respite on Wednesday for many parts of Britain, th...

So There Is An Upside To The Rain: Hosepipe Bans To Be Lifted

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK

Hosepipe bans in place since April are to be lifted by three of the UK's biggest water companies. Thames Water, Anglian Water and Southern Water ar...

Could The Hosepipe Ban Be Lifted Sooner Than Expected?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK

The UK's biggest water company has said it could lift its hosepipe ban sooner than expected after wet weather reduced the risk of drought. Thames W...

UK Weather: Temperatures Soar As Sunny Week Continues

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK

Temperatures across the UK have continued to soar as Britain basked in yet another day of glorious sunshine. In London forecasters said temperature...

Gambling With the Future of the Planet

Kit Vaughan | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK
Kit Vaughan

Recent science analysis predicts that we are heading for between 4- 6°C of global warming. Such rapid change in our climate system will bring about profound and in some cases catastrophic damages. This is the stuff science fiction movies are made of: Storms and typhoons will be more frequent and will kill more lives and destroy more infrastructures.