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Photo Essay: India, Water, Culture

With a population of almost 1.2 billion and growing, over-exploited natural resources, and inadequate or failing infrastructure, perhaps no nation faces a greater challenge in securing enough fresh water to meet the needs of its people than India.

Take a photographic journey from the crowded streets of Delhi, through the parched state of Rajasthan, and into the farmlands of north Gujarat to get a closer look at some of the many ways water affects the lives of millions of Indians every day.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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Claire Paprocki
Claire Paprocki
12 years ago

Water shortage will soon, if not already, be a huge global problem. With ever increasing populations especially in emerging markets consumption of water will escalate. Not just for personal use but within industry as well. I’m not sure the Indian infrastructure is suitable for the amount of water needed by the people.

12 years ago

We humans never realize the importance of anything unless it’s lost. Water is without a doubt, one of the most essential factors that helps make life sustainable on this wonderful Earth. Even though there are several campaigns from individuals and groups to make people aware about the importance of water, we still continue to be negligent. Even when people are dying without having water to drink, there are people who continue using up thousands of liters of water for swimming pools and other water sports. Hope more people open their eyes and understand how vital pure water is for their existence.