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The Rush for Water
 The Yangtze, great river that irrigates southern China
 © Ian Berry/Magnum, Paris

In September 2000, countries participating in the United Nations Millennium Summit pledged to reduce by half the number of people in the world deprived of clean water, between now and 2015. This is a highly ambitious goal, considering it means every day providing access to running water to another 300,000 people. Given the circumstances, how should the world respond to anticipated shortages? Do we need more science and engineering, or is the first priority to change the way we use this vital resource? More
Back to the Future
Dams are not the only way to capture water. Certain traditional water gathering technologies have proven efficient.
The Mekong: an Exception to the Rule
Unlike most great rivers, which have lost their natural fecundity, the Mekong has succeeded in preserving its resources
Water Wars and Peace
If we do not establish the means to ensure international cooperation, water could become a major source of conflict.
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