Managing the use of trans-boundary waters is probably one of the oldest issues on which states have had to cooperate. In most cases cooperation has prevailed. But, if we are to believe certain analysts, conflicts over water resources will increase in the future. On the one hand, the demand for fresh water will rise. On the other, the supply will decrease, at least in certain areas. In this situat ... read more >>
The water issue is gaining increasing prominence in bilateral relations between Pakistan and India.
Recent disputes over the Baglihar and Kishanganga dams have placed great strain on the long-standing water sharing arrangement based on the Indus Water Treaty. As water stress becomes an increasingly glaring reality, the whole world will be watching how our nuclear armed countries choose to addres ... read more >>
There is a need to better understand water conflicts at regional scales.1 Prevailing studies often examine water conflict at broad macro scales, yet the most intense water conflicts occur within sub-national or sub-regional contexts.2,3 Here we examine the case of Guanacaste Province in the seasonally dry region of northwest Costa Rica. A recent study identified 65 significant water conflicts in ... read more >>
Many scientists thought that global warming would make the rainfall in humid tropical areas such as Sri Lanka even greater. Indeed, research published in the magazine ‘Science’ in last April shows that, based on changes to the salinity levels of the oceans in the period 1950-2000, the world’s wet areas have got wetter.
Droughts - ill effects of global warming
However, Sri Lanka is apparently bu ... read more >>
Some things we take for granted, like a predictable climate and a temperate earth. Oops. Our carbon emissions are fundamentally changing that climate -- faster and more radically than we imagined. Humanity now has an unprecedented choice. Do we deny, ignore and selfishly delay until it's too late? Or do we rise to the challenge? To reduce carbon emissions, we must demand substantive political act ... read more >>
Minnesota’s worst drought in years is bringing back some bad memories. Think 1988, when temperatures were so high, and the land so dry, that some could only pray for rain. But with nearly double the rainfall than at this time in 1988, this year’s drought isn’t as quite bad.
However, with exposed river banks and bone-dry wetlands in places such as Mankato, this drought has potential. In just two ... read more >>
Engineers and scientists are expected to use Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology to merge the Dead and the Red seas under the “Two Seas Canal Project” worth 10 billion dollars.
RO, occurs when water is moved across a membrane against a concentration gradient from lower to higher concentration, under pressure to force ions, molecules and bacteria to be filtered, which is used purposely for the commer ... read more >>
As Lake Michigan water levels have dipped lower and lower this year, so too has shoreline fisherman Patrick Finley.
A leisurely stand, cast and reel routine will no longer do. Actually catching a fish in such shallow water calls for methods more extreme. ... read more >>
The UK has experienced its "weirdest" weather on record in the past few months, scientists say.
The driest spring for over a century gave way to the wettest recorded April to June in a dramatic turnaround never documented before.
The scientists said there was no evidence that the weather changes were a result of Man-made climate change.
But experts from three bodies warned the UK must pl ... read more >>