Water woes

September 11, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to John Rowley of People & Planet for this editorial on water, climate and population.

In a dispatch from Sanaa, capital of Yemen, earlier this week, Reuter correspondent Alistair Lyon, described the grim water outlook for the city’s two million people. Those who do receive piped water get it only once or twice a week. Others get none at all. And the sinking water table means that 80 of the city’s 180 wells have run dry.

Yet Sanaa, which has grown from a sleepy town of some 50,000 people in the last 50 years, is one of the world’s fastest growing cities. It adds 8 per cent to its population every year – of which 5 per cent are driven there as migrants from the parched countryside.

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