Climate change, inefficient water delivery systems, and intensive agriculture are making it more and more difficult to get clean water. As the world observes World Water Day on March 22, we need to consider what we need to do to solve water problems in Central Asia and the rest of the world. It's up to all of us.
However, I bet if our tea consumption or ability to put a load of washing in was rationed, people might think differently. Equally, if we weren't able to take a summer stroll alongside our favourite river or go paddling in the sea on one of those rare hot summer days, people may take more of an interest.
Feeding a growing global population of nine billion people by 2050 is one of the world's biggest challenges--especially in the context of rapid urbanisation, rising amounts of food waste and climate change. During one day of discussions senior executives from agribusiness, policymaking and the NGO community examined approaches to food and nutrition security.
India has undergone an astonishing transformation over the past decade or so. When I first visited India in the early 70s few would have predicted that this amazing country would today have an IT industry worth over $100 billion a year or that Indian companies would come to own some of the best known British brands such as Jaguar Land Rover and Tetley Tea...
For many people, and especially those living in the developed countries, the freshwater that flows from our taps could hardly be taken more for granted. So accustomed have we become to safe and reliable supply that we rarely ponder what makes this basic essential of modern life possible. It is essential we protect future water security. This is in relation to the importance of integrated approaches and joined-up solutions. Maintaining future water supplies is bound up with a wide range of other challenges, including climate change, energy security, food production, continuing population growth, urbanization and rising living standards.