During normal times, and even more during the present pandemic, access to clean water and proper sanitation is essential.
After the Covid-19 pandemic, we must seize the opportunity to make urban centers more livable places by investing in affordable housing, basic services, clean energy and active transport.
More than two billion people live without reliable access to clean water.
If you have to devote hours a day to collecting water, you miss out on education, a social life and other human rights.
Unless African cities improve water management many will face severe water problems by 2035.
Some remote Australian communities have access to drinking water for only nine hours a day but can use ten times the average of urban households.
The declared end of Flint, Mich., contaminated water crisis echoes similar claims worldwide. Evidence shows victims of past and ongoing water crises, especially Indigenous people, continue to suffer.
A lack of decent sanitation and clean drinking water are fertile ground for a cholera outbreak.
Progress in terms of water and sanitation has traditionally favoured those with money. But the hope with the SDG's is that this gap will be plugged in the future.
Current land-use patterns could see the value of 'ecosystem services' – the natural processes that sustain life – plummet by mid-century. But with the right policies we can turn this trend around.
Freshwater is one of the most threatened resources on Earth. Dragonflies can tell us what we need to know about the state of this precious resource.
There have been modest improvements in water and sanitation provision in Africa, but there is still a long way to go. Most citizens rate their governments’ performance in this sphere poorly.
Archaeological and textual detective work is filling in some information about how ancient Romans used and thought about their sewers thousands of years ago.