Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Climate Change and the Middle East (II)<br> No Water in the Kingdom of the Two Seas—Nor Elsewhere
Monday, April 18, 2016
CAIRO, Apr 18 (IPS) - There is an oil producing country situated in the Gulf region, made of a cluster of islands. It is small, surface and population wise. But it holds the dubious privilege of ranking top of the list of 14 out of the 33 countries most likely to be water-stressed in the year 2040.
Monday, April 18, 2016
CAIRO, Apr 18 (IPS) - This is not about any alarming header—it is the dramatic conclusion of several scientific studies about the on-going climate change impact on the Middle East region, particularly in the Gulf area. The examples are stark.
Friday, April 15, 2016
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15 (IPS) - With Kenya's meteorological records over the last 50 years indicating increased irregularity and variability in precipitation, the effects of changing climate are hitting hard. Rising temperatures as well other forms of extreme weather events in form of droughts and floods are a common feature.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
DHAKA, Bangladesh, Apr 12 (IPS) - Bangladesh has decided to set up a Hilsa Conservation Trust Fund (HCTF) to protect this fish from over-exploitation due to population growth and effects of climate change.
Saturday, April 09, 2016
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 09 (IPS) - Delegates from 83 countries came together at the United Nations from March 28 to April 8 for the first in a series of landmark meetings on ocean protection. This Preparatory Committee will help forge an agreement to determine how nations move forward to protect the high seas—the 64 percent of the ocean that belongs to everyone but is governed by no one.
Friday, April 08, 2016
MANAGUA, Apr 08 (IPS) - Nearly three years after Nicaragua granted a 50-year concession to the Chinese consortium HKND to build and operate an interoceanic canal, the megaproject has stalled, partly due to a severe drought that threatens the rivers and lake that will form part of the canal.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka, Apr 07 (IPS) - Sri Lanka is facing the heat from a scorching sun for the past one month. In recent times, the country has imposed power cuts after almost a decade. The main reason was the stoppage at a coal power plant, but engineers at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) admit that the island's hydro-power generation capacity is at such a critical low that without additional coal, diesel and renewable generation, the country's full demand for power cannot be met.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
MANAGUA, Apr 05 (IPS) - A three-year drought, added to massive deforestation in the past few decades, has dried up most of Nicaragua's water sources and has led to an increasingly severe water supply crisis.
Monday, April 04, 2016
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Apr 04 (IPS) - When Africa's oldest protected marine area, Tsitsikamma -- the largest in the world, incorporating 80 km of rocky coastline, bustling with marine life, much of it endangered -- was opened as a pilot for public fishing on December 15, 2015, there was a big outcry.
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