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River Ganga, Rishikesh, India

Protecting water could mean advancing peace & prosperity

Many people may not know that access to fresh water around the globe can have big impacts here in the US. This week, WWF released a new book entitled Water, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy, exploring how access to water affects US national security and prosperity and how the US can respond effectively. We sat down with two WWF experts to provide some background on this link between fresh water and national security.

  • Learn how to help recharge your local water source

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    Whether we’re washing clothes or watering the lawn, all the water we use in our homes is drawn from a nearby lake, river, reservoir, or aquifer. Together, we can help protect this vital resource.
    takeaway rain graphic fall2017
  • Capturing freshwater stories through the lens of a camera

    March 22, 2016

    Since 2011, photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has travelled to eight countries capturing images for his long-term photographic project highlighting the global water crisis. Collectively, the photographs chart the diverse and far reaching effects of urbanization, poor sanitation, pollution, water scarcity, and the side effects of expanding industry and population.

    Women collecting water
  • Access to Clean Water is a Looming Crisis

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2015
    The global demand for fresh water is projected to exceed current supply by more than 40% by 2030. People from many sectors of society are recognizing the need to find solutions.
  • 4 Species Impacted by Dams

    August 14, 2014

    Many freshwater species depend on free-flowing rivers to complete their life cycles, and in some systems, those species make up critical parts of people’s diets. Here’s a look at five important species impacted by dams.

    egret flying
  • Changing a River’s Trajectory

    April 15, 2014

    WWF and partners are working to restore a section of the Rio Grande/Bravo along the US-Mexico border. The river’s water is already 150% over-allocated and the onset of climate change has led to serious drought.

    big bend national park
  • What to Do on World Water Day

    March 18, 2014

    About 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. Though it seems abundant, just 1% of world’s water is fresh (not salty) and available (not frozen). And that mighty 1% is under threat.

    But we all can do something to help fresh water.

    boy in lake
  • Handle with Care

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2014
    Understanding the hidden environmental costs of cotton
    Cotton T-shirt
  • Creating a Ripple Effect

    September 12, 2013

    Can young people change the world? Madison Higbee and siblings Tyler, Wesley, and Nathan Newman of Canton, Georgia think so.

    higbee newman youth
  • Let's Make This The World's Watershed Moment

    July 09, 2013

    Businesses, governments, NGOs and civil society must come together and make tough decisions and investments that will ensure plenty of water for all.

    Muhtar and Carter on boat