Warning: El Nino in 2015?

El Nino treathens Central America, Climate Change, Floods, Dehydration, Drought, Australia, Azia, Brazil, sea level

Unusual warming of waters in the central equatorial Pacific has prompted the US government to declare an El Nino event and predict a better-than-even chance that it will linger through the middle of the year.

The main meteorological agencies have declared 2014 to have been the hottest year globally on record.

The rising ocean temperature are reason to believe that the El Nino-like conditions may result in 2015 setting new highs.

This year was beginning to resemble 1988, a warm year that followed a big El Nino event.

And so 2015 could be another warmest year! Read More

Fresh Water and Energy from WasteWater

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Six research tasks were developed under the overarching theme of reclaiming energy, water, and nutrients from wastewater

As a contributor of BetterWorldSolutions told us: “I don’t yet see evidence of implementing innovatory solutions in the waste water sector. But this is where most action is needed – to produce quality renewable water and energy from sludge disposal, as ell as treating waste water before discharge – especially in water-stressed countries where the need is greatest.”

This is what’s happening with waste water. Read More

Hydro dam in Ethiopia will bring hunger and conflicts

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Decreasing water supply, loss of flood peaks and increasing salinity will have devastating effects on the eco system and the fish in the lake.

A hydro dam in Ethiopia will have enormous consequences for Lake Turkana in Kenya: the largest desert lake in the world. Experts fear that the lake will change into a desert.

This summer the Gilgel Gibe 3 dam will close the River Omo.

The first two (out of ten), turbines will start and fill the reservoir.

By 2016, the dam will be fully operational. Read More

Urgent: collect water in cities

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Stop asphalt and start permeable pavement in cities to manage storm waters

Climate change and impervious surfaces enlarge problems of dehydration in many cities.

A lot of cities have surfaces that almost not let rainfall through and threaten the amount of drinking water for millions. What can cities do to develop a ‘green infrastructure’? Read More

Mega Water Project China Is Useless

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Mega water diversion project China will only solve water shortage of 5%

Enormous water transportation from the South of China to the dryer Northern regions seems to be useless. This is one of the conclusions mentioned in a scientific report which is published in PNAS. China has been building a canal from the South to Peking. A distance of 750 miles (1200 km). Transportation of water will supply only 5% in the water needs of Beijing while the Southern exporting provincies will be running out of water. Read More

The Guarani Aquifer important source of fresh water for Brazil

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The Guarani Aquifer, located beneath the surface of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems of the world

The Guarani Aquifer, located beneath the surface of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems. Of course this enormous reservoir is an important source of fresh water for the regio. The countries over the aquifer are also the original four ‘Mercosur countries’. Since 2010 they work together in managing the Guarani Aquifer System. 

The Guarani Aquifer is named after the Guarani people, it covers 460,000 square miles.

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How to involve communities with water management? IFIS / Iowa makes it happen

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Citizens are warned for floods in IOWA USA

The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) platform gives civilians access community-based flood conditions, forecasts, visualizations, inundation maps and flood-related data, information, and applications. 

The IFIS helps communities make better-informed decisions on the occurrence of floods, and alerts communities in advance to help minimize damage of floods. Read More

Latin America is dehydrated

El Nino treathens Central America

El Nino treathens Central America

Latin America suffers from the worst drought in decades. The largely failed harvests and rapidly shrinking cattle herds in several countries lead to serious food shortages. Famine threatens hundreds of thousands of families.
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