Water Crises Seen as a Top Threat in Next Decade

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

Pressure on fresh water resources may be the main global threat in the next decade, but the world is failing to mitigate the risk and avoid a crisis, according to a survey of leaders from business, government, universities, international organisations and NGOs by non-profit foundation the World Economic Forum (WEF). Published in its Global Risks

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Climate Confounds China’s Efforts to Ease Water Stress

Jan 14th, 2015 | By

China, the world’s most populous nation, faces one of the planet’s most intractable water crises. And scientists say Beijing’s strategy for resolving the problem is simply making it worse. A team of international researchers say that water stress is only partially mitigated by China’s current two-pronged approach: transferring water physically to regions that are short

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Winter Rain Decoded by IITM Researchers

Dec 26th, 2014 | By

The heavy downpour during the winter chill has been attributed to western disturbances coupled with changes in climate owing to global warming. Post-monsoon rain, winter rain in particular, has been witnessing a gradual increase over the decades. This December, it beat the earlier record of winter rain registered in the city on December 22, 1942.

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Water Scarcity is a Danger Sign – Time to Innovate, and Fast

Dec 15th, 2014 | By

The experts from the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW), Global Water Partnership and CARICOM also called for water managers to build on their local innovations for climate resilience – and to get savvier about communicating solutions to policy-makers. The event was an opportunity to learn about common problems and possible solutions across Africa, Central

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Drought-hit Sao Paulo May ‘Get Water From Mud’: TRFN

Dec 1st, 2014 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – São Paulo, Brazil’s drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. The city began using its second so-called “technical reserve” 10 days ago to prevent a water crisis after reservoirs reached critically low

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Dams Versus Rivers – the Global Battle

Aug 28th, 2014 | By

International Rivers has launched ‘The State of the World’s Rivers’, an interactive online database that illustrates the role that dams have played in impoverishing the health of the world’s river basins. The database shows how river fragmentation due to decades of dam-building is highly correlated with poor water quality and low biodiversity. Many of the

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Climate Change and Underground Water: A Need to Link Science With People

Aug 27th, 2014 | By

Huffingtonpost: Water is life, however the way it is being used by humans and the scientific facts which informs how it is being diminished is no doubt a mystery for common people in Pakistan to be aware of. This is evident from the example of Rawalpindi city of Pakistan! Let’s see how this mystery prevails.

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Raining Risks

Jul 14th, 2014 | By

That the monsoon this year could be affected by El Nino, the warming of the western Pacific Ocean waters affecting weather patterns worldwide, was known well beforehand. Many countries, therefore, have braced up in whatever way they can. Farmers in Indonesia now have a calendar for early planting dates. Their government is also helping them

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South Asia Slow to Act on Water Threats

Jul 7th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Even before this year’s delayed and inadequate monsoon recently brought some relief to the Indian sub-continent, researchers discovered widespread concern by local experts that their governments are mismanaging the water supplies on which a billion people depend for survival, and giving insufficient attention to climate change. A new report, Attitudes to Water in

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Untimely Monsoon

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

Republica: Monsoon rain patterns in South Asia including Nepal are fast changing. There are many examples of longer dry spells and shorter sudden heavy showers, replacing the three month continuous rain which has characterized Nepali monsoon. The rainfall pattern is inconsistent with higher intensities of rain and less number of rainy days creating long drought for

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El Nino Draws Attention to Asia Pacific Drought Monitoring Systems

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

It has recently been confirmed that there is a strong possibility that an El Nino event is going to impact global weather this year for the first time since the turn of the decade. Coming as the result of weakening trade winds over the tropical pacific, the result is heavy rains in some regions and

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Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
Dhol-Keshar singh Bisht-a

Tagged as fragile, remote and marginal, these three aspects have featured prominently in discussions and deliberations concerning development in the mountains in our part of the world. Retired but active academician N S Jodha, a former senior staff with the Kathmandu-based Integrated Center for International Mountain Development, has been credited for using these three features

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Steady Drop in Seasonal Rain in India: Stanford Study

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

A recent study by the climate scientists from Stanford University in the Nature Climate Change Journal, claims that difficult times are ahead for Indians with increasing risk of drought and floods. The study has analysed precipitation data of India from 1951 to 2011. After reading the rainfall pattern of the last 16 years, the scientists

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‘India’s Rain Pattern Has Changed’

Jun 25th, 2014 | By

The monsoon, which provides 80 per cent of the total rainfall in the subcontinent and on which India is completely dependent for its agriculture, is witnessing disturbing changes. There has been a decline in the average total seasonal rain during the period 1980-2011, according to a new study. The study was carried out by Stanford

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Climate Change Could Lead to China-India Water Conflict

Jun 11th, 2014 | By

They say droughts or extreme rains linked to climate change could place growing populations in China, India and Pakistan under increased stress. Based on latest research by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the study has been published by the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change and Cambridge University. “There are concerns that tensions will increase

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Varsities Join in to Promote Rational Use and Conservation of Water

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Global research indicates that Pakistan has become a hotspot for climate change and there is an imperative need for serious measures to address this threat. This warning was issued by experts at the launch of a think tank and the ‘Universities’ Network on Water’ focused on the rational use of water on Saturday. The event,

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Agriculture Must Get Climate Smart

May 19th, 2014 | By

With the Indian Met department having recently warned of weak monsoons this year due to the El Nino effect, there will be serious implications on agricultural production and food prices. More than 60% of the area under cropping in India is rain-fed. Low and erratic monsoon will severely affect the livelihood of those dependent on

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Monsoon Predicted to be Normal Affair

May 18th, 2014 | By

Nepal is likely to get a normal monsoon, raising hopes of good harvests for major crops in a country largely dependent on agriculture. Experts in South Asia and from the World Meteorological Organisation have predicted normal monsoon in Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan while rains could be below average in India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and parts

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World is Unprepared for Major El Niño Later This Year

May 15th, 2014 | By

New Scientist: The weather is preparing to go wild, and will wreak havoc and death around the globe later this year. An El Niño, a splurge of warm water in the Pacific Ocean, is coming. It will unleash floods in the Americas, while South-East Asia and Australia face drought. Yet little is being done to address

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India’s Rain Woes Grow Bigger, Scientists Worried

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

Hindustan Times: Forecasting the June-to-September rains, which account for three-quarters of India’s annual rainfall, is becoming tougher. Last year, six states had to declare droughts despite predictions of a normal monsoon. Although India is scaling up its prediction techniques, including joint Indo-American forecasting under a bilateral agreement, too little is understood about how pollution and rising

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India’s Worsening Water Crisis

Apr 19th, 2014 | By

In northern India, groundwater supplies are being depleted faster than natural processes can replenish them. According to The World Bank, India is the largest user of ground water in the world, after China. If something is not done soon, an estimated 114 million Indians will soon face desperate domestic, agricultural and industrial shortages. What is causing

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The Future Is Evaporating: Climate Change Could Dry Out 30 Percent of the Earth

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Sure, scientists expect the changing climate to bring on more drought. There’s going to be less rainfall in already arid regions, that’s fairly certain. And that alone would be bad news for denizens of the planet’s dry zones—in some places in North Africa, the American Southwest, India, and the Middle East, water shortages could well become

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India Should Take a Leaf Out of Singapore’s Water Harvesting to Solve its Crisis

Apr 13th, 2014 | By

Economic Times: Water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource. The strains are being felt within and between nations. India has its own share of water conflicts between its federal units and with its neighbours. This apart, climate change has begun to cast its shadow on events. Apart from traditional agricultural uses, urban and industrial demands on

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Pakistan Has Only 30 Days of Water Reserves – Researchers

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Inadequate planning is exposing Pakistan to water-related threats from climate change and putting the country’s agriculture, industry and hydropower at risk, water experts say. Speaking at a water summit in Pakistan recently, they said the country desperately needs more reservoirs to increase its water storage capacity, and they called for conservation

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Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

Water is a critical resource in Nepal’s economic development, with agriculture, industry, household use and even power generation depending on it. The good news is that the Himalayan nation has plenty of water. The bad news – water abundance is seasonal, related to the monsoon months from June to September. Nepal’s hydrologists, meteorologists and climate

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What Nepal Doesn’t Know About Water

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

Water is a critical resource in Nepal’s economic development as agriculture, industry, household use and even power generation depends on it. The good news is that the Himalayan nation has plenty of water. The bad news – water abundance is seasonal, related to the monsoon months from June to September. Nepal’s hydrologists, water experts, meteorologists

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Companies Fail to Focus on Water-related Risks: Report

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Times News Network: While most companies in India are aware of increasing water-related risks, actions to manage water issues at a corporate level are inadequate. More than half of Indian companies have a water policy, strategy or management plan in place, but only half of these policies include concrete quantitative goals or targets for water resource management, says a report

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Rs 47.3 Billion Being Spent on Sanitation, Water Programmes

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting regarding participation of Pakistan in Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) high level meeting to be held on 11th Aprilin Washington DC. Secretary Climate Change Raja Hasan Abbas briefed the minister on enhanced commitments of the provincial governments in water and sanitation sectors. He

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Pakistan Water Summit

Mar 18th, 2014 | By

The Frontier Post: “The ruins of Harappa, a vibrant urban centre during the days of the Indus Valley Civilization, lies in a world that seems to have forgotten lessons from history. Archaeological research shows the city was devastated as result of climate change- water supply dwindled till the city became unsustainable.” This was stated by DRR

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War for Water in Kithulgala

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

Kithulgala is Sri Lanka’s premier white-water rafting location but a hydro-power project threatens the future of this tourist attraction. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is building the Broadland Hydropower Project on the Kelani River as a run-of-river (ROR) type power plant. ROR plants need little or no water storage but under this project the Maskeli

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Thar to Get Warmer, Water Scarcity to Worsen

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

Dawn: The already existing water scarcity in Thar will exacerbate in the next three decades as the desert is going to become hotter and rainfalls are unlikely to improve remarkably, says a recent study. Titled Climate Change Scenario in Pakistan: A Case Study of Thar, Sindh, the research is part of a series of documents and

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Tackling Water, Sanitation, Energy Nexus Key to Sustainable Future – UN Officials

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

UN News Center: The water, sanitation and sustainable energy crises are the among the world’s pre-eminent development challenges, senior United Nations officials warned today, urging Member States to adopt coherent integrated policies and innovative strategies to tackle these issues, which take a tragic toll on the lives of millions of poor people, especially women and young

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How Mobility Can Solve India’s Perennial Water Shortage

Feb 7th, 2014 | By

Global climate change, growing population and limited sources of supply have put effective water management on a high priority for governments across the globe. For effective water management, it is important to be able to capture, organize, analyze and report data meaningfully. Only with reliable data can planners identify ways and means to streamline the

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Pakistan Has Only a Month’s Worth of Water Left

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

In a shocking report, it has emerged that Pakistan is left with “one month of water supply” on hand. According to a 2013 report from the Asian Development Bank, 80 percent of Pakistan’s agriculture relies on irrigation from the overstressed water system. Pakistan’s average temperature is likely to increase around 3 degrees Celsius within the

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The Disappearing Rivers of Bangladesh

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: Bangladesh is a land of rivers, but changing climate has caused a third of the country’s more than 300 large rivers to disappear. The rivers are drying out as a result of barriers built upstream to divert water and protect people from floods that have become more frequent as the weather becomes more erratic.

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Iraq’s Environment, Water Supply in Severe Decline – Report

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Iraq is losing between 5 and 8 percent of its gross domestic product to environmental degradation each year, while the amount of water available per person has dropped by more than half since the late 1970s, according to a new government study. Backed by the United Nations and the World Bank,

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Nepal On the Brink of Water Insecurity

Jan 16th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: Poor governance and political instability are preventing the Himalayan country of Nepal from taking advantage of its abundant water resources and ensuring water security for its people, a new analysis shows. Carried out by Eloise Biggs, lecturer at the University of Southampton, UK, the study shows that Nepal needs an integrated water management system that

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PMD Links Severe Winter to Climate Change, Predicts Less Rainfall in Winter

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

Pak Tribune: With the start of winter this year, parts of country were engulfed by a severe cold wave breaking decades old records in many places, showing impacts of climate change. A detailed study on the change of weather patterns issued by Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday states that apart from cold and heavy snowfall

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Health, Climate Change to Get Special Focus at Davos: WEF

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: World Economic Forum (WEF) today said health and environment will figure prominently in its upcoming Davos Annual Meeting, which is expected to be attended by a large Indian delegation along with top business and political leaders from across the world. Those expected at this annual congregation of rich and powerful from across

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Water Storage is More Than a Farming Tool

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

With Dr Jim Salinger reinforcing what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported last year, Federated Farmers believes the logic for water storage is now irrefutable. “Water storage is more than a farming tool it is a legitimate climate adaptation tool as well,” says Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers spokesperson on climate change. “Whatever ones’ views may

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Impacts of climate change on Pakistan

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

Pakistan is facing numerous socio-economic challenges including poverty, terrorism, water scarcity among many others, however, the most complex challenge likely to impact our current and future generations is climate change. The signs are already visible on our society, most prominent of which is the extreme flooding during recent years. According to the Oxfam International, in

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Another View: Worldwide Shortages Could Lead to Water Wars

Jan 1st, 2014 | By

Tribune Content Agency: Most of the world’s population takes water for granted, just like air. But a Hindustan Times blogger said that in India right now, as in so many other places around the globe, drinkable water has become such a “precious commodity” that it’s dragging the world into “water wars to follow the ones for

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Water Wheel to Ease Burden on Women

Dec 29th, 2013 | By
WaterWheel user in India

The Guardian: Girls and women carrying plastic jerry cans of water on their heads is a common sight in rural areas of poor countries. The WaterWheel eases that burden by storing water in a round 50-litre container that doubles as a wheel. Designed after consultations with villagers in the dry northern Indian state of Rajasthan, the WaterWheel is made from

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Amazon Forest Loss Threatens Five States

Dec 29th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: The continued destruction of the Amazon to exploit its resources for mining, agriculture and hydro-power is threatening the future of the South American continent, according to a report by campaigning groups using the latest scientific data. Five countries – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – share the Amazon, and for all of

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Threat of Water Wars is Real, Says Climate Change Scientist

Dec 29th, 2013 | By

The News: In an interview with The News on Friday, Dr Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry, senior adviser on Climate Change Programme and deputy regional director, Asia, LEAD Pakistan, identified threats to the country due to climate change and global warming. He agreed that “water wars” were real, and said food security was directly linked to climate

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Climate Change Fuels Water Scarcity and Hunger

Dec 26th, 2013 | By

As the growing world population’s consumption of water increases, fresh water resources are also becoming scarcer due to climate change. Water sources are melting and drying out. Scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have calculated how much of the essential resource the world risks losing to the effects of climate change. To get

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Climate change Puts 40% People at Risk of Water Scarcity

Dec 18th, 2013 | By

Press Trust of India: Climate change is likely to put 40 per cent more people worldwide at risk of absolute water scarcity, but parts of India and China may actually see increase in availability of water, a new study has found. Today, between one and two people out of a hundred live in countries with absolute water scarcity, researchers

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Dry Up Water Resources

Dec 16th, 2013 | By

The Hindu: A leaked final draft of the UN scientific panel on climate change report has warned of the risks that the world faces from climate change impacts if the greenhouse gas emissions are not curtailed and countries do not adapt quickly enough. The report of the Working Group II of the UN Intergovernmental panel on

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TERI Hosts Workshop On Implications Of Climate Change On Water & Sanitation

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

India Education bureau: With the aim to develop a state level strategy in addressing the issues related to water and sanitation in the context of climate change in Karnataka, TERI in partnership with UNICEF and RDPR today organized a workshop on the ‘Implications of Climate Change on Water and Sanitation’. Speaking at the workshop, Honorable RD’PR

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Report Backlash May Have Contributed To Uttarakhand Disaster – Experts

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
Flood aftermath in Kedarnath, a huge land mass towards Mandakini cut of

Thomson Reuters Foundation: A report warned a decade ago about the threat posed by a glacial lake that in June burst its banks and contributed to flooding that killed thousands in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. But fears that the report – and reporting about it – were too sensational may have contributed to a

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Acid Oceans Harm More Species

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: As climate change warms the world’s oceans, they are becoming more acidic. Researchers in Europe and the US have found the rising acidity is bad news for several species. The chemistry of the oceans is changing. And it isn’t just the corals and the baby oysters that are unhappy. It makes juvenile

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Arab World Sinks Deeper Into Water Crisis, Warns UNDP

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

IPS News: The Arab world is widely perceived as blessed with an embarrassment of riches: an abundance of oil (Saudi Arabia), one of the world’s highest per capita incomes (Qatar), and home to the world’s tallest luxury building (United Arab Emirates). But it lacks one of the most finite resources necessary for human survival: water. “The

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Climate Change: Severe Food, Water Shortage On The Horizon

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

The Express Tribune: Pakistan needs to gear up to avoid the negative impact of climate change on crop production, water availability and food security. This was stated by Dr Mohsin Iqbal, head of the agriculture and coordination section at the Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), who added that recent projections have confirmed that wheat

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China’s Largest Desert Freshwater Lake Shrinking Faster Than Ever

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By
China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, Shaanx Province

The Guardian: The rate at which China’s largest desert freshwater lake is shrinking has accelerated dramatically in the past four years, figures show. Hongjiannao Lake, several hundred kilometres to the west of Beijing, has been disappearing since the 1970s, due to a combination of coalmining and climate change. But the speed at which it is losing area has increased

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Geo-Engineering ‘Could Upset Rainfall’

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: Geo-engineering – the confident technocrat’s last resort solution to catastrophic climate change – could create damaging conditions of its own, according to new research. Simone Tilmes of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, in the US and an international team of colleagues report in Geophysical Research Letters: Atmospheres that at least one deliberate

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India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
Rice Harvest As Prices Soar

Los Angeles Times: India is now the world’s third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India’s grain harvest is coming

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UK Waters Grow Cooler – And More Acid

Nov 29th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: A comprehensive report on the state of the seas around the United Kingdom says ocean acidification is probably increasing faster than for the last 300 million years. Dipping your toes in the waters around Britain has grown marginally less inviting: in the last few years the seas have grown slightly colder. Against the

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Polluted Ganges River Threatens People’s Livelihoods

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By

The Ganges is India’s holiest river, considered a source of spiritual purification for devout Hindus. But today the river is among the world’s most polluted, struggling under the pressures of modern India. On the banks of the Ganges River in the Indian city of Varanasi, a man in his thirties is washing clothes by rhythmically

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Water Storage Key to Climate Change Adaptation

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

Communities across the globe can build resilience to climate change by re-inventing old water storage strategies and investing in new ones, according to a new book by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a member of the CGIAR global partnership, which unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. Combining water storage and savings

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Sikkim Revives Dying Mountain Springs, Lakes

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

Sikkim government has given a fresh lease of life to dying mountain springs and lakes for ensuring water security in the Himalayan region. In the last five years, a total of 400 hectares of land has been covered under spring shed development programme with a total investment of Rs 2.5 crore resulting in an annual ground water

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