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Water Governance: Some Critical Issues

Posted by Kondwani 333 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.tandfonline.com

This paper presents an analysis of the issues discussed at a special international workshop on water governance. While it is generally accepted that good governance for the water sector is essential, it is also clear that its implementation requires qualitative and quantitative factors, which may vary from one country to another. In order to objectively assess the opportunities and constraints of ... Read More

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Challenges for Integrated Water Resources Management: How Do We Provide the Knowledge to Support Truly Integrated Thinki

Posted by Kondwani 333 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.tandfonline.com

The ideas of good governance through integrated water resources management (IWRM) are predicated on bringing together our understanding of water from many domains, thus the provision of knowledge and information is an important part of any enabling environment. Strategies put forward so far have been based on developing systems to integrate existing data from many sources then using different ana ... Read More

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Integrated Water Resources Management: Is It Working?

Posted by Kondwani 333 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.tandfonline.com

ABSTRACT Integrated water resources management is not a new concept: it has been around for some two generations. In the early 1990s it was ‘rediscovered’ by some water professionals, and then subsequently heavily promoted by several donors and international institutions. In spite of the fact that its promoters have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years, the facts remain that the ... Read More

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Climate Change Impacts on Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Posted by Kondwani 333 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.ifpri.org

Climate change impacts vary significantly, depending on the scenario and the Global Circulation Model (GCM) chosen. This is particularly true for Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper uses a comprehensive climate change scenario (CCC) based on ensembles of 17 GCMs selected based on their relative performance regarding past predictions of temperature and precipitation at the level of 2o x 2o grid cells, ... Read More

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Owen Paterson v the science of climate change

Posted by Amir 334 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.theguardian.com

The UK environment secretary, Owen Paterson, has told a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference: "People get very emotional about this subject [climate change] and I think we should just accept that the climate has been changing for centuries."

The UN's climate science panel, the IPCC, said last Friday: "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the ... Read More

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Deep sea ecosystem may take decades to recover from Deepwater Horizon spill

Posted by Amir 337 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov

The deep­sea soft-sediment ecosystem in the immediate area of the 2010’s Deepwater Horizon well head blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will likely take decades to recover from the spill’s impacts, according to a scientific paper reported in the online
scientific journal PLoS One.

The paper is the first to give comprehensive results of the spill’s effect on deep­water
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Climate panel: Warming extremely likely man-made (Update 3)

Posted by Amir 337 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://phys.org

Scientists now believe it's "extremely likely" that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming, a long-term trend that is clear despite a recent plateau in the temperatures, an international climate panel said Friday.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-climate-panel-extremely-man-made.html#jCp ... Read More

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GE says it's got technology to clean up fracking

Posted by Hadian 338 days ago in Water Quality from http://www.mining.com

General Electric (GE) says it has technology that can help decrease the chances of toxic waste spills during fracking and cut the costs of water treatment in half.
The technology, based on a type of desalination known as membrane distillation, would make it unnecessary to dilute millions of gallons wastewater – or to transport that water for treatment or disposal – that companies reuse after its ... Read More

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