The idea of the Q Drum originated in response to the needs of rural people in developing countries who have a problem carrying adequate quantities of potable water from a reliable source. In Africa for example, many debilitating back and neck injuries are a result of women carrying heavy water on their heads. The Q Drum is a durable, donut-shaped plastic container which can hold 50 liters of wate ... read more >>
Professor Iain Stewart explores of how the planet has shaped human history.
This time he explores our complex relationship with water. Visiting spectacular locations in Iceland, the Middle East and India, Iain shows how control over water has been central to human existence.
He takes a precarious flight in a motorised paraglider to experience the cycle of freshwater that ... read more >>
UGANDA has lost 30% of its wetlands in the last 15 years, according to the Wetlands Commissioner Paul Mafabi.
Mafabi said wetlands covered 15% of Uganda in 1994 and this has reduced to only 10% in 2008.
This, Mafabi added, was affecting Lake Victoria.
He also said the wetlands around Lake Kyoga were disappearing at an alarming rate.
"We have lost most of the seasonal wetlands around L ... read more >>
When boys and girls reach puberty, their bodies go through many physical changes. But for girls in Africa, the onset of menstruation can bring with it discrimination, unwanted sexual advances and the end of their education. Now a pilot study in Ghana says it doesn’t have to be that way. The study says when free sanitary protection is provided to secondary school girls there is a sharp drop in ... read more >>
On 21 December 2009 I posted about Jim Thebaut's water event scheduled for 24 February 2010 in Washington, DC. The event will be held, but it's now been split into two events, one in the afternoon (noon - 2 pm) and one in the evening (6 - 8:30 pm). The first one will be a panel discussion at CSIS and the second will be a film screening and discussion at the Capitol Visitor Center. ... read more >>
I posted on this event. The date is now firm and the final agenda is now available here. Prominent university and college leaders working on international water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues will participate in a congressional briefing on a new University WASH Initiative from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on March 3, 2010, in Room SVC 203/202 of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Presentations will feat ... read more >>
Crystal Geyser is seeking approval for a bottling plant on an industrial-zoned parcel that is bordered on three sides by bucolic agricultural-residential land. ... read more >>
A spider may be the reason fog-catching nets, which provide precious water in rain-starved parts of the world, may be ready for a high-tech upgrade.
Chinese scientists reported their research in the journal Nature on why spider's silk is not only famous for strength but also terrific for collecting water from the air, sparing the creature the hunt for a drink.
The secret lies in the silk's ... read more >>
Wolves should be reintroduced in U.S. national parks to help restore damaged ecosystems, according to a new report.
Researchers writing in the February issue of "BioScience" propose reintroducing small, managed populations in an effort to improve the biodiversity of many natural areas in North America.
These areas, say the authors led by Daniel Licht of the U.S. National Park Service, have ... read more >>
NASA and NOAA are organizations from which many of true believers in the global warming religion have come, and they've played a critical role in providing the scientific-sounding justification for the worst of the alarmist predictions. But now scientists from NOAA have published research in Science that challenges the core assumptions of the global warming camp. ... read more >>