Severe drought threatens to run taps dry in Cape Town
How did Cape Town deal with its “Day Zero” water crisis and what can we learn? Intense drought in South Africa’s Western Cape Province has led the world-renowned city of Cape Town to the brink of “Day Zero”. Day Zero was the date at which residents would be forced to collect strictly rationed water supplies from shared distribution taps. Read More
Pakistani practice a pilot field with Salt Farm Texel
Salt Farm Texel (Netherlands) introduces ‘zero water’ vegetables in drought stricken South Africa.
The Texel initiative, known as S/Zout, features food products that emerge from a collaboration between Studio H and Salt Farm Texel, a Netherlands-based enterprise that grows salt-tolerant potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, cabbage and barley. Read More
COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action
Will the negotiations in Paris lead to an international climate agreement? The question seems not to be whether the negotiations lead to an agreement but what bottom line, the results of the agreement will be.
Five questions about the climate issues. Read More
Berkeley Earth has just released analysis of land-surface temperature records going back 250 years, about 100 years further than previous studies. The analysis shows that the rise in average world land temperature globe is approximately 1.5 degrees C in the past 250 years, and about 0.9 degrees in the past 50 years.
With 195 participating countries and 3000 journalists we can expect a lot of news from Paris during the next days.
In advance, a summary of the top in figures. Read More
Businesses have a major role to play in driving low-carbon growth
Fear is a bad counselor, when it’s about terrorists and refugees. But it’s a welcome guest at the big climate summit that begins today in Paris. Global warming needs to be stopped, we are running running out of time.
It’s already a historic climate summit. Delegates from 196 countries have to reach an agreement on combating global warming after 2020. The last major climate summit, Copenhagen in 2009, failed because there should be a comprehensive agreement.
More than 150 countries have applied on the eve of the climate conference in Paris in late November with plans and initiatives to stop the global warming.
But all these plans will not be enough to stay below the safe 2 degrees Celsius.
However, they slow down the warm-up, and they make sure that the 2-degree-target in the near future will be feasible without large investments. Read More
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
There might be a solutions for the future. A desalination plant which is cost efficient and delivers health, cheap drinking water
Desalination of Pacific Ocean water may prove to be a cheaper solution for California. California is running out of water. Since 2010 progressive drought is rendering the Central Valley, into a desert.
The San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers are drying up as is the aquifer beneath them. The Colorado River basin no longer meets the freshwater demands of both landowners and city dwellers in the U.S. Southwest. Read More
Worldwide, urban areas have to deal with climate change. Consequences: to much water, drought and not enough drinking water. It’s time for climate change adaptation. More water and flora (making the city greener) will make the city more resilient during periods of extreme rainfall or drought. Read More
The WorldBank supports Brazil with the Interaguas Project towards an integrated approach of water management. Still there is a Water Crisis going on.
The objective of the Federal Integrated Water Sector –Interaguas Project – is to supports the Government of Brazil to improve the coordination and strengthen the capacity among key federal institutions in the water sector toward an integrated approach. It started in 2011
Where did the US$ 107.33 million go to? We don’t see any progress!
Scientists estimate California lost 63 trillion gallons of water in the past 18 months. California’s drought is so severe it’s causing the ground to rise. And besides that, farmers are pumping water at a rate four to five times greater than can be replenished.