Tag Archive: Water

Hubble Bubble, food shortages bring trouble: A climate change ‘storm’ is looming for 2030!

Storm is looming

The government’s chief scientific adviser, Professor John Beddington has warned that: “The UK is heading for a “perfect storm” of food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources…this will threaten to unleash public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migration as people flee from the worst-affected regions.” The issue of food and energy security rose high on …

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Bad news for water resources in South Asia and South America

Glacial melt in the Himalayas (source: treehugger.com)

This week saw a double whammy of bad news for water resources, as research in South Asia and South America gave dire warnings for the future if better water resource management (WRM) was not practised. This is an adaptation issue, particular where melting glaciers are involved, as generally such trends are irreversible. A UNEP study …

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Water Security and the politicisation of water in India

The Baglihar Dam on the Chenab (photo credit:Reuters)

It’s an election year and India’s opposition party has begun setting its agenda on green issues. The National Democratic Alliance’s LK Advani yesterday pledged to make access to drinking water a fundamental right and water conservation a fundamental duty for all Indians. Moreover, key elements of Mr Advani’s campaign will be fighting terrorism and climate …

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Water crisis and climate change in Mexico

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To hear about water crisis in Ethiopia does not surprise, but not many people would expect that Mexico, an industrializing country, is facing serious water challenges. Punctually to the 20th anniversary of Conagua (Mexico’s National Water Commission), Mexico City has to close its water taps: from January until the end of the dry season (April), …

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Adaptation and poverty in Ethiopia

Parched earth in Ethiopia (credit: usaid.gov)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) recently published some research which found that, in poor countries such as Ethiopia, poverty is a seriously barrier to adaptation. Apparently, more than a third of rural Ethiopian households have not made any adjustments to their farming practices in the face of global warming. This is despite the …

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Water, agriculture, and adaptation in Africa

Irrigation in Africa (source: fao.org)

  Last week, ministers from 53 African countries gathered at a FAO summit in Libya, entitled “Water for Energy and Agriculture in Africa: the Challenges of Climate Change”. It was timely. Irrigated land forms 38% of all land in Asia, but only 7% in Africa, and Africa’s food needs will triple by 2050 if population …

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