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» Asia's water woes are worsening. Already the world's driest continent in per capita terms, Asia now faces a severe drought that has parched a vast region extending from southern Vietnam to central India. This has exacerbated political tensions, because it has highlighted the impact of China's dam-building policy on the environment and on water flows to the dozen countries located downstream.
» Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water -- including everything from "purified spring water" to flavoured water and water enriched with vitamins, minerals, or electrolytes -- is the largest growth area in the beverage industry, even in cities where tap water is safe and highly regulated. But this has been a disaster for the environment and the world's poor.
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