An independent watchdog for agriculture in Cambodia warned Tuesday that at least eight provinces out of the country's total 24 provinces and cities are facing drought.
The Center for Study and Development of Cambodian Agriculture ( CEDAC) said in its statement that as of August this year, at least eight provinces are facing drought and the affected farmland is more than 79,000 hectares, which ... read more >>
No sooner had I posted my assessment (10 August 2009) of a draft version of the Sustainable Watershed Planning Act than a new, improved version popped up in my inbox. It has taken me a while to get through this second version; a lot of changes have been made. The proposed Office of Sustainable Watershed Management (OSWM) is still in there. ... read more >>
Much has been made of the human right to water; it's a concept I wholeheartedly support. But what about a human right to sanitation? Clean water and sanitation are virtually inseparable in my mind. I have posted on the human right to health but not specifically on sanitation. ... read more >>
According to a recent survey, it looks like the under-24 crowd is guilty of being the most energy and water wasteful demographic. The reason is that they have simply no idea how much energy or water certain household tasks and appliances use. And yet, this group is supposed to be the most informed when it comes to environmental issues. So does this counter the notion that young people are the hop ... read more >>
Farmer Mazzareno Bisogni fights back tears as he stands among the remains of trees he planted 35 years ago, victims of a drought hitting "Australia's Mississippi".
Bisogni's orchard lies in the heart of the once-mighty Murray-Darling river system which irrigates Australia's food bowl, the vast southeastern corner responsible for 40 percent of agricultural
output. ... read more >>
Rainfall is the ultimate source of water, affecting production of crops and other biomass by direct falling on the fields as well as supporting surface and ground water irrigation. However, possibilities of drought occurrence in India vary from once in 2 years in Western Rajasthan to once in 15 years in Assam. The frequency and intensity of extreme weather events like droughts, floods, heat/cold ... read more >>
Three years ago many would have dismissed the notion that a significant supply of the world's automotive fuel could come from algae. But today the idea, while still an adventurous one, is getting much harder to ignore.
Back then there were only a handful of companies seriously focused on producing algae fuel. Now there are well over 50, according to Samhitha Udupa, a research associate with L ... read more >>
The COP-5 climate talks set to take place in December must include water as a key component of the negotiation process.
This was the core message to come from water experts meeting in Stockholm for World Water Week.
The Stockholm Statement that articulated the delegates' concerns was unanimously supported during the plenary session on the final day of the gathering.
Anders Berntell, exec ... read more >>
In the press release, titled "Wealthy world at woes from water risk elsewhere", the WWF examined Germany’s "water footprint". They showed that only about half of the water Germany uses actually comes from Germany. Germany’s water comes from all over the world. "The water embedded in coffee, soy and beef imports makes Brazil Germany’s largest water trading partner, followed by the Ivory Coast (coc ... read more >>
California took the first step Thursday toward setting a drinking water standard for chromium 6 that could force cities and water districts to undertake costly treatment.
Also known as hexavalent chromium, the heavy metal is one of a number of industrial contaminants in the San Fernando Valley aquifer, a source of drinking water
for Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale.
The communities now cu ... read more >>