Latest reports by WHO on microplastics and World Bank on water pollution reveal knowledge gaps on potential harm caused by microplastics in drinking water, and dangers posed by other forms of water pollution. IWMI/WLE's reactions were featured in global media.
“This latest report only adds to the growing body of evidence that microplastics are a huge issue, both for our health and for the environment, and that this needs urgent addressing," said Javier Mateo-Sagasta, IWMI senior researcher .
Monsoon 2019 was a bit humdrum, at first. For some time, it seemed many parts of India wouldn't receive as much rainfall as they typically do. But a sudden change of gear — pouring cats and dogs in a short span — led to deluges and flash floods, even cloud bursts. These district-specific charts based on IWMI/WLE data show how this is happening.
Published in the Daily Maverick: About half of municipal wastewater and water treatment works across South Africa are in a poor or critical condition. Many need urgent rehabilitation, and 11% are dysfunctional. Over three million people still do not have access to a basic water supply service. Self-supply in partnership with government could be the answer.
Mali on the front-line of climate change, and expected to experience worsened food insecurity and even food shortages. Researchers have mapped areas in the country where there is a high potential for solar powered irrigation in increase climate resilience, showing that up to 69% of agricultural lands could be suitable.