A group of children play and bathe in the polluted waters of Manila Bay in the Philippines on March 22.

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Bathing in pollution

A group of children play and bathe in the polluted waters of Manila Bay in the Philippines on World Water Day, which is observed on March 22 to focus attention on water conservation and freshwater access.

 

This year's theme is Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry, which underscores how important water access and conservation is to ensure food security.

 

As the 12th most populous country and a rapidly urbanizing society, the Philippines is facing a severe reduction in the quality of water sources. Nearly 60 percent of groundwater is contaminated with coliform bacteria and 31 percent of illness can be attributed to waterborne sources.

 


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A frog peeks out of the water inside an ornamental pond at the Plantation Gardens in Norwich, England.

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Amphibious decline

A frog peeks out of the water inside an ornamental pond at Plantation Gardens in Norwich, England.

 

Global frog populations have been on a steady decline since the 1950s due to habitat loss, water pollutants, invasive predators and the spread of infectious diseases such as chytridiomycosis, which is believed to be responsible for affecting 30 percent of amphibious species around the world.

 

Because of their intermediate position on the food chain, their delicate permeable skins and their life cycle, many biologists consider amphibians the perfect specimen for evaluating the overall health of the broader ecosystem.

 


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Residents fetch water in small bottles, buckets and jerrycans in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya on March 22.

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Scarce resources

Residents fetch water in small bottles, buckets and jerrycans on March 22 in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

 

In the midst of a pressing water shortage in the country, more than 130 countries are urging participants in the U.N.'s upcoming Earth Summit — scheduled during the first half of June in Rio de Janeiro — to speed up action on providing the world's poor with access to clean water and sanitation.

 

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