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.
Hundreds of years ago, the American eel was a common sight on the Ottawa River in Canada. But today, the endangered species is at just 1 percent of its former strength, due largely to the many dams on the river. And the Ottawa River is especially important for the American eel — it's where they go to mature before making the epic journey back to their spawning grounds in the North Atlantic.
Canadian cave diver Jill Heinerth is the first person to dive inside an iceberg. Cave diving is among the world's most dangerous pursuits — Heinerth has lost 100 colleagues — but she thinks understanding the world's water and its impact on the climate is worth the risk. As the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's first explorer in residence, Heinerth is raising awareness. Sian Griffiths reports.
In northeastern Colombia water is extremely scarce. People in the La Guajira region send their children to a catholic boarding school where they can eat and drink for free. They have enough water there but it is much too salty. A small desalination plant from Germany may be the solution.
Fertile land in Nigeria is being eaten up drought, fueling conflict between herdsmen who need what's left to graze their animals and farmers who need it for their crops. Meanwhile in East Africa, tensions are rising over who controls the waters of the Nile.
Plastic has been making plenty of headlines and we're all becoming aware of the damage it does to marine habitats, and its insidious spread into everything from drinking water to Arctic ice. In the UK, activists are taking the problem into their own hands.