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Decade of drought: a global tour of seven recent water crises

Projections for water stress in 2020, 2030 and 2040 indicate that the global picture is likely going to get worse. Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

With a chronic overuse of resources, it only takes a few bad rainfalls or poor management decisions to plunge a region into crisis

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Adapting to a warmer climate could cost almost three times as much as thought, says UN report

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Rich countries need to give more to plug huge funding gap and help developing nations adapt to drought, flooding and heatwaves caused by climate change, says UN report

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2014 set to be world’s hottest year ever

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Record average temperatures highlight the urgent need to agree a deal on emissions at the UN climate change talks in Lima

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Ageing population will compound deadly effects of heatwaves caused by climate change

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A combination of global warming and population growth means more people will be exposed to extreme weather systems, with an ageing population particularly at risk from heatwaves, says Royal Society

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Two thirds of world’s largest companies exposed to serious water risks

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Severe droughts in São Paulo and California shatter the misguided belief in a limitless supply of water, and business is starting to feel the effects

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Regreening program to restore one-sixth of Ethiopia’s land

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Tree and shrub-planting program has transformed degraded and deforested land across Africa, with Ethiopia planning to restore a further 15m hectares by 2030

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Kale or fracking? Farmers and corporations fight it out for water

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In California, fracking is taking the water that farmers need. It’s no anomaly. There is a water conflict looming between industry and agriculture

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12 ways communities will have to adapt to handle climate change

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Whatever your water crisis, whether drought or flood, these DIY solutions will help you adjust to climate change’s new reality

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Improving water stewardship in Bangladesh’s textile industry

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Water shortages, weak enforcement by regulatory bodies plus heavy water use in Bangladesh’s textile sector mean standards need to be raised and stewardship prioritised

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‘Population growth far outpaces food supply’ in conflict-ravaged Sahel

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Researchers say conflict and climate change mean the region’s resources will be unable to sustain the increasing population

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