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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.

Pakistan among countries facing water shortage

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Pakistan is among 17 countries that are currently facing water shortage, with an estimated 44 per cent of the population without access to safe drinking water and up to 90 per cent of the population even lacks such access in rural areas. With decrease of quantity, the quality of water is also deteriorating badly by municipal, industrial and agricultural wastes.

As one indication of the intensity the problem, it is estimated that about 200,000 children in Pakistan die every year of diarrheal diseases alone.

Looming water crisis (II)

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Pakistan has drawn up a National Water Strategy to meet the millennium development goals (MDG) target before 2025 and has launched a scheme to provide clean drinking water for its people by the end of 2007. But the scheme, which was launched in September 2005, shows no positive results, due to bureaucratic internal fighting among the central ministries, the provinces and the local bodies, and is far behind its schedule.

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