World Climate is a role-playing climate simulation designed by MIT and Climate Interactive that gives groups from 6-80 a chance to experience how to negotiate a global agreement to mitigate climate change. ... read more >>
NOAA and Aquarium of the Pacific to host first-ever National Forum to shape a U.S. national ocean exploration program
'Ocean Exploration 2020: A National Forum,' will bring together more than 100 ocean explorers and representatives from federal agencies, state governments, non-governmental organizations, universities, ocean institutions and leading industries to shape a U.S. national ocean exploration program. The Forum, to be held at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, July 19-21, will gather experts wit ... read more >>
Five German scientists have proposed a new strategy for mitigating the effects of climate change: turn coastal deserts into forests. Why? Forests, full of trees that consume carbon dioxide, are a great bulwark against the gas most responsible for global climate change. Deserts, with their lack of plant cover, are terrible at doing the same thing. ... read more >>
The health department of Karnataka attributed the rise in dengue to the acute shortage and prolonged storage of water in the state. The water scarcity preceding the monsoons led to people storing water for long periods in tanks, “which in turn became breeding grounds for the mosquitoes,” says Dr BN Dhanya Kumar, director, health and family welfare services, government of Karnataka.
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A toddler died and at least 16 people were injured when a water main exploded over a Rio de Janeiro neighborhood, flooding the area and destroying cars and property.
A huge torrent of water was blasted up to 65 feet into the air over the Campo Grande area, towards the west of the city, after the pipeline ruptured at around 6 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. ... read more >>
Ghana: Climate Change Could Deprive Volta River Basin of Water Desperately Needed to Boost Energy and Food Production
ACCRA, GHANA (19 July, 2013) — A new study released today finds that so much water may be lost in the Volta River Basin due to climate change that planned hydroelectric projects to boost energy and food production may only tread water in keeping up with actual demand. Some 24 million people in Ghana, Burkina Faso and four other neighboring countries depend on the Volta River and its tributaries a ... read more >>
The San Antonio Water System in Texas will spend $1.1 billion to upgrade its sewer systems and pay a $2.6 million civil fine for violating the Clean Water Act, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice. Inadequate ability to handle stormwater runoff led to 23 million gallons of raw sewage getting into area waterways, according to a complaint by the Justice Dep ... read more >>
In the summer of 2009, a dozen Democratic members of Congress took a deep breath and put their political futures on the line, voting for historic global-warming legislation President Obama had told them was a top priority. After the bill squeaked through the House, Democrats pleaded with the White House: After taking this risk, they needed Obama to go to bat for them—and the bill—with speeches, c ... read more >>