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.
The white sand along Morocco's coast is extremely popular with tourists who come to enjoy scenic walks, soak up the sun and go swimming. One would think. But imagine wading into the water, feeling the salt on your skin, diving under the waves… and swimming into a cluster of plastic waste. Morocco depends on tourism, and yet attempts to implement a new environmental protection regime are flagging.
Avocados are hailed as healthy superfood, but the craze is wreaking havoc in many communities. For instance in Chile where it's led to water shortages. What can we consumers do? Should we do away with avocados altogether? Join us for a special episode on the avocado fruit.
Global avocado consumption has picked up over the years. While that might be good for health-conscious eaters, things are not looking so great for those who actually grow it. Chile for instance, one of the main avocado producers, is battling major environmental problems because of the fruit. Sophia Boddenberg went to explore.
Avocados have been hailed as superfood, but it takes a lot of water to grow them. That has led to environmental problems in Chile and other countries. And then there's the issue of having them shipped around the world before they end up on our plates. We ask Ursula Hudson, President of Slow Food Germany and a member of the board of Slow Food International: Is it still ethical to eat the fruit?
Large numbers of fish have died in the Rhine River as a result of high water temperatures due to the ongoing heat wave. The cold-loving grayling in northern Switzerland has been hit particularly hard. During the 2003 heat wave, 90 percent of Switzerland's grayling population was wiped out. Now, there are fears the current bout of searing heat will deliver another blow.
Without water, there is no life. Water conservationist Rajendra Singh is bringing dead streams back to life in India. Thousands of dead fish have turned up in the Rhine River in Switzerland — fish are vulnerable to high temperatures as their environment heats up. And, an entrepreneur wants to drag icebergs all the way to South Africa!
India is suffering the worst water crisis in its history, with millions of lives at risk, according to a recent report. Rajendra Singh is trying to reverse that. He has already restored the water supply to more than a thousand villages. He's won the Stockholm Water Prize a few years ago, and is still going strong.