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Water Pollution From Farming Is Worsening, Costing Billions

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Water pollution from agriculture is costing billions of dollars a year in developed countries and is set to rise in China and India as farmers race to increase food production, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said.

Reduced water intake leads to complications

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Maryam Bano, a middle aged woman, was advised by a doctor at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to increase water intake to counter the heartburn, acidity in stomach and pain in kidneys, as people drastically reduce water use in winter, resulting in serious health problems. Bano was a hepatitis C patient and she is normal after getting the treatment, but feels pain in kidneys and liver; therefore the doctor advised her to increase water intake after she started consuming less water, as she doesn’t feel thirst in winter.

Looking for gold in water investments

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Money manager Bill Brennan spends most of his waking hours thinking about something most Americans take for granted: water.

It may be the most essential of all commodities because without it none of us would be alive. But as an investment, water has had neither the glitter of gold nor the allure of oil.

But Brennan, a 49-year-old mechanical and biomedical engineer, is one of a small group of investors who are increasingly seeing an opportunity to make money from water.

Water wars & boiling points

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n a recent James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, the villain hatches diabolical plots to corner a certain South American country’s fresh water resources. The Bond war is not over deposits of oil and gold but water. The conflict potential of water has clearly arrived even in the public’s imagination.

Down the drain

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As the UN climate change meetings meander on in Durban, South Africa, with little sign of major breakthrough -- and soon after news that the last year saw the largest rise in carbon emissions in history -- it is a good time to think about how to deal with some of the impacts of a global warming that appear increasingly inevitable.

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