Water is life.
Fresh water sustains life on Earth — but it is a finite resource. As fresh water supplies run out, this can risk people's water security, endanger ecosystems and even fuel conflict. Here's a compendium of DW stories around the topic.
Every year, 6 trillion cigarettes are disposed of, and plastic butts are filled with toxic chemicals, like arsenic. a single cigarette butt can pollute up to one thousand liters of water. Even if you switch to E-Cigarettes, are you really helping the environment?
Tap water in India isn't always clean; people often have to turn to bottled drinking water instead. But that's too expensive for poorer communities. Social entrepreneurs are stepping in with an unusual solution.
Worldwide, heavy rainfall and flooding are wreaking havoc from Mozambique to the US. At the same time, ancient water sources are drying up. On World Water Day, DW looks at extreme weather's threat to freshwater sources.
In Kenya, Ondiri swamp is a source of water for the people of Nairobi. In fact, the wetland is the country's only quaking bog — that's a kind of bog that you can actually stand on and it shakes underfoot. But the water that makes this happen is at risk of drying up, causing big problems.
What happens when a wetland has dried up? In India, a once dried-up river has been completely transformed thanks to the efforts of the local community. They are now planning to plant less water-intensive crops to help preserve the river for future generations.