New FAO tool offers water-scarce countries and river basins a way to boost productivity

Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The WaPOR open-access database has gone live, tapping satellite data to help farmers achieve more reliable agricultural yields and allowing for the optimization of irrigation […]

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Coal power plants in India consume water needed for 251 million people – Greenpeace

Total freshwater consumption by India’s coal-fired power plants can meet the basic water needs of 251 million people in the country’s drought-affected states, Greenpeace said, adding that this number will double if all proposed plants are built. An analysis of a released in March estimates that the total freshwater consumption of coal power plants in […]

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