UK Water

Here We Go Again... It's Time to Get Serious About Our Flood Defences

Simon Thomas | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

It's time to stop idly watching the decimation of our communities, and instead look to implement a multi-billion pound, long term water management infrastructure plan that will safeguard these wet little isles for decades to come.

Why We Need to Change How We Aid Africa

Adam Hamdy | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Adam Hamdy

It's not just the way we engage with Africa that needs to change. Charity has become big business, but charities are not held to account by shareholders...

Fracking: Water Concerns

Joe Storey | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

If opponents are really concerned about water usage and are not disseminating falsehoods for their own political gain, their efforts would be far more effective targeting more water-intensive industries.

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

How many glasses of water do you drink on a daily basis? Our guess is one or two. Maybe three, tops... A new study has found that the majority of p...

Jessica Elgot

'If Ebola Was Happening In The West, The Cure Would Have Been Found'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK

All Africans are being unfairly stigmatised because of Ebola, with the Western world feeling more entitled to high standards on care than victims on t...

Watershed - Why We Need a New Approach Toward Planet Earth's Liquid Assets

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
HRH The Prince of Wales

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.

Ana-whata? Explaining Anaesthesia

Sarah Kessler | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Sarah Kessler

Squeeze. Release. Pause. Squeeze. Release. Pause. 20 times a minute. 1,200 times an hour. 28,800 times a day. Listen for the hiss of...

India's Growth Cannot Be Judged on GDP Alone

Lord Bilimoria CBE | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK
Lord Bilimoria CBE

Following his landslide electoral triumph in May, Narendra Modi's first act as Prime Minister of the largest democracy on earth was to travel to the Kashi Vishwanath temple and offer prayers on the banks of the Ganges...

Following Gin to Its Source

Mike Gerrard | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Rain that fell on Iceland anything from 500-1000 years ago is only now being drunk - and some of it in gin and tonics. The rain that lands on lava rocks slowly soaks beneath the surface, and so dense and extensive are the layers of rock that the rainwater takes several hundred years to drip through.

Minimal Cost for Maximum Benefit: Why Toilets Need to Be Usable by All

Jane Wilbur | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Jane Wilbur

Giving someone a way to keep themselves clean and easy access to drinking water and a basic toilet opens the door to better health, the ability to better participate in a community and the basic dignity that every human being is entitled to.

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.

Eerie Lake Erie: Factory Farming Is Causing Big Problems Far Beyond the Farm

Philip Lymbery | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

You may well have picked up the latest news from Toledo in Ohio, USA, where a severe toxic algal bloom - said to be at least in part due to industrial farm pollution - is causing havoc with local water supplies, leaving half a million people without safe drinking water.

Three Small Bottles Of Water Sir? That'll Be £75

South West News Service | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK

Here’s something that would swiftly quench anyone’s thirst: A businessman has been charged £75 for three bottles of water at an upscale London ho...

Could Dehydration Be The Thing Making You Gain Weight?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Feeling thirsty is your body's way of saying you are already dehydrated. The trick is that you want to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day so th...

Toilets Can't End the Violence - But Are Part of the Solution

Barbara Frost | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

The story of two teenage girls raped and murdered in India this spring while looking for a discreet place to relieve themselves outdoors made headlines around the world. Sadly, their situation is far from unique. Half a billion women and girls - 15% of females worldwide - are forced to do this every day simply because they do not have access to a toilet. This crisis risks women's health, and threatens their safety. The new Indian government was moved to act following the tragedy of the two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, pledging zero tolerance for acts of violence against women. Their statement is welcome. However, protecting women from harassment and attack will not happen overnight.

The Girls on the Bus: Solo's Story

Emily Graham | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Graham

I collect water, and then I prepare our breakfast. It's hard collecting water before having breakfast but we need to have water for cooking. We have rice around 7am. We go early in the morning as our parents have to do other things, they are in a hurry to go to the field or do other work.

Degrees of Separation: Jordan's Contiguous Border With Israel

Nikita Malik | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

Palestinians who utilise the border crossings between Israel and Jordan are subject regularly to systematic discrimination. It is surprising, therefore, that Jordan continues to consent to Israel manning shared borders, particularly those of the Jordan Valley and the West Bank.

Meet Solo and Ze, the Girls on the Side of the Bus

Emily Graham | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

Some 748million people around the world do not have access to safe water. That is one person in 10. Around the world, it is nearly always up to girls and women to hike treacherous paths to fetch water and carry that heavy burden home to their families.

One World, Many Lives, Our Choice

Jasmijn de Boo | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmijn de Boo

On 5th June, World Environment Day, we are asked to raise our voice, not the sea level. We are shouting from the rooftops and occupying as much digital space as possible. We need action because our current food production and consumption patterns are unsustainable.

What Did Bruce Lee Mean: 'Be Like Water'?

Maria Senise | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

"Be like water," has become extremely meaningful to me, especially lately. I've discovered the less I force things to happen, and the more accepting and calm about my life's direction I am, the easier I can flow with and live my life.

Cost Versus Value - Why the Water Industry Needs to Reassess Its Goals

Simon Thomas | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

The water industry is currently undergoing a sea change that will have a significant impact on the way water companies and their partners operate in decades to come.

Cocaine in Your Water? It Could Be Much Worse

Fleur Anderson | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Fleur Anderson

Traces of cocaine in our tap water, screamed recent newspaper headlines in the UK. It's alarming, despite reassurances that these are miniscule amounts that pose no risk. But imagine the headlines were about deadly pathogens like E. coli or cholera, and that even these miniscule amounts could harm adults and kill children.

The Art of Living Alone

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Furquan Akhtar

One month in and like Bear Grylls and those chaps on that island. I am deserted. Well I'm being dramatic; I now live alone. I think it was Jennifer Anniston who once said (in a film) "You learn a lot about yourself by living alone." So what have I learnt?

Water Companies Want To Charge You More For Doing Their Job

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Politics

Proposals by water companies to increase bills as an "incentive" to beat their service targets have been branded "ridiculous" by MPs. Under new rul...

'If Obama Had a Dry Toilet...' - Building a Toilet for the 21st Century

Dr Kat Arney | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Kat Arney

Around the world 2.5 billion people have no access to a toilet, and 1,400 children die every single day as a result of unhygienic sanitation. These figures are as outrageous as they are shocking. But nobody wants to talk about it, because - well - it's just not very nice, is it?