This paper outlines how India has other options available to it that would improve its water security.
This report reveals the countries where the most people live with physical water scarcity, how ballooning customer demands jeopardise water access for the poorest and most marginalised people, and how making thoughtful choices as consumers can help ensure access to water for basic needs is...
What is the best way forward to achieve urban water security?
This is the first of two articles looking at the increasing reliance of Australian cities on desalination to supply drinking water, with less emphasis on alternatives such as recycling and demand management. So what is the best way forward to achieve urban water security?
Competition for water in some catchments and uncertainty about society’s preferences about how water should be used creates conflicts and impedes resolution. What can economics tell us about how communities value water? What can economists do to help and inform those who have to make...
This report outlines how Pakistan continues to experience acute water scarcity, largely driven by drought and intensive agriculture. The author argues that there are few effective channels to mitigate the water crisis and Pakistani governance is lacking.
This article argues that a proposed Water Governance Reform Framework (WGRF) would provide a valuable approach to evaluate and improve water governance reform and, if employed within a broader water policy cycle, would help deliver improved water outcomes and more effective water reforms.
This review found growing evidence of direct health impacts, as well as a clear potential for indirect impacts of gas and oil mining on essential environmental determinants of health, including a stable climate, air quality, water quality, water security, food security, community cohesion and, in...
This report argues that significant impacts on and risks to Australia's water security are already evident, and these risks will continue to escalate unless deep and rapid reductions in global greenhouse gas pollution can be achieved.
This research paper argues that while laws and regulations are in place to manage Indonesian water resources, they are poorly implemented at the bureaucratic level and are often underfunded, which has made it difficult to reduce pressures on water security.
Desalination is an increasingly common method of improving water security in arid and semi-arid regions. According to the International Desalination Association, the 19,000 desalination plants that now operate globally each day produce 88.6 gigalitres of water. The water from those facilities supports 300 million people.
Floods, droughts and more frequent extreme weather patterns are the main climate change effects Indonesia faces, and it stands to have a severe effect on food and water security for the country.
The expansion of the unconventional oil and gas industry into the Channel Country is a relatively new development. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the proliferation of new oil and gas fields in the region will detract from its natural values. The proposed exploitation of...
Let's not beat around the bush on this one. When it comes to water, South Australia is incredibly vulnerable.
I make no apology for holding up the Rudd Government's $42billion stimulus package for 24 hours in order to negotiate a better outcome on water...
Adaptation to the extreme climate and weather events experienced in Australia and New Zealand has already cost the urban water industry millions of dollars.
To address the changing climate effectively, it is essential that the water industry build climate resilience into their long term...
Demography and politics
The population of Australia was estimated at 22.8 million in February 2012, making it the 51st most populous country in the world. With a settlement pattern dominated by six major cities, Australia is one of the most...
Australian cities have traditionally relied for their water on a ‘predict-and-provide’ philosophy that gives primacy to big engineering solutions. In more recent years privatised water authorities, seeking to maximise consumption and profits, have reinforced the emphasis on increasing supply. Now the cities must cope with...