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Congo Wetlands reserve is world's second largest
On 2008 World Wetlands Day (2 February), the Republic of Congo designated four new Wetlands of International Importance - one of them the world's second largest. ... more

Sanitation Year highlights success - and failure
Homes in Aceh, Indonesia, destroyed in the tsunami in December 2004 have been replaced by better houses with proper sanitation. Much more progress like this is needed in this International Year of Sanitation. ... more

Bottled water backlash is growing
by Janet Larsen

From San Francisco to New York to London, Rome and Paris, city governments, high-class restaurants, schools, and religious groups are ditching bottled water in favour of what comes out of the tap. With people no longer content to pay 1,000 times as much for bottled water, a product no better than tap water, a backlash against bottled water is growing. ... more

Water: dominant issue of the century
Water will become the dominant global issue this century, and the availability of its supply could threaten the world�s social stability, the head of the UN HABITAT agency has warned. ... more

Three Gorges Dam could cause 'catastrophe' say Chinese officials
Chinese officials and experts have admitted the Three Gorges Dam project has caused an array of ecological ills, including more frequent landslides and pollution, and if preventive measures are not taken, there could be an environmental "catastrophe". ... more

Drinking the oceans will not solve world's water problems
Making drinking water out of sea water is a growing trend but a potentially insidious threat to the environment that could also exacerbate climate change, says a review of desalination plants worldwide. ... more

Bottled water - expensive and damaging
The world�s fastest-growing beverage is a boon to the industry but a bust for the environment and for the more than 1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean drinking water, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. ... more

Rivers are drying up and dying says WWF
On the world approaches World Water Day (March 22) a leading conservation agency says that many of the world's most important rivers are dying as a result of man-made problems, threatening humans and wildlife alike. ... more

Melting glaciers threaten Peru's future
Oscar-winning Al Gore chose to call his film about global warming An Inconvenient Truth. But for Peru it is more like an alarming reality, as the rapid melting of the Andean glaciers threatens the future development of the country, reports James Painter for the BBC. ... more

World is falling far short of water target
The world is in danger of missing targets for providing clean water and sanitation unless there is a dramatic increase in the pace of work and investment between now and 2015, according to a new UN report. ... more

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