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Pearltrees visualization problem mac safari. Liquid Gold: The Economics of Water Trading Markets. Presidio Graduate School’s Macroeconomics course for Spring 2012, is authoring a series of articles.

Liquid Gold: The Economics of Water Trading Markets

The articles on this “micro-blog” reflect reactions and thoughts on news items, economic theory, and other issues as they pertain to the concept of sustainability. Follow along here. By Nick Sanderson Water scarcity is a global reality — nearly half of the world’s population will suffer from severe water shortages by the year 2050 and over $335 billion in investment over the next twenty years is needed to maintain our current drinking water infrastructure.

The distribution of water throughout the world is inefficient and new market tools are being developed to address the issues revolving around water rights and allocation. An alternative to traditional water tariff scheduling is being developed throughout the world to address these issues of inefficiency and is pricing water relative to supply and demand. Scroll down to see comments. Rivers are Largest Source Of Mercury in Arctic Ocean, Study Says. 22 May 2012: Rivers are Largest Source Of Mercury in Arctic Ocean, Study Says A new study suggests that rivers may be funneling far more toxic mercury into the Arctic Ocean than previously believed, a finding that may portend even greater mercury concentrations in the future as the effects of climate change accelerate the region’s hydrological cycle.

Rivers are Largest Source Of Mercury in Arctic Ocean, Study Says

Despite the Arctic's remoteness, scientists have long known that mercury levels in Arctic mammals are among the highest on the planet, a factor largely attributed to mercury being deposited in the Arctic Ocean from the air. But according to Harvard scientists, circumpolar rivers — particularly three great Siberian rivers, the Lena, Ob, and Yenisei — may be contributing twice as much mercury as the atmosphere. According to the scientists, mercury levels in the Arctic tend to increase sharply during the spring and summer months. Yale Environment 360 is a publication of theYale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Water Security Maps.

(Updated 28 November 2012) Here we shall present maps (list, details and sample of maps below) related to global water security that are useful for both analysis and delivery of products.

Water Security Maps

As new maps are created and found, they will be added to the corresponding Pearltree #Watermaps. The Pearltree can be accessed, as for the energy security bibliography, by clicking on the Pearl on the right hand side of this paragraph, or in the embedded application below. You are welcome to share your findings by joining the team on Pearltree. Maps are both necessary tools for analysis and crucial delivery visuals for our foresight and warning products.

They constitute a category of delivery form, which can, furthermore, be combined with other categories to suit at best our needs. The maps under copyrights that do not allow fair free use (C.C.) are filed at the bottom of the post. National Intelligence Council (US), ODNI – 2012: Global Water Security Map Aquastat (FAO) maps MacDonald, et al. Active Fire Mapping Program. Climate change hits globe's water cycle. LIVERMORE, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- The Earth's dry lands are getting drier and wet ones wetter as climate change shifts and accelerates the globe's water cycle, U.S. researchers say.

Climate change hits globe's water cycle

Changing patterns of salinity in the global ocean during the past 50 years show a clear fingerprint of climate change on the shift in worldwide rainfall and evaporation, they said. Scientists with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California along with colleagues at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization say the Earth's water cycle has strengthened by 4 percent 1950-2000. The cycle represents the ratio of rainfall rates with rates of evaporation.

"These changes suggest that arid regions have become drier and high rainfall regions have become wetter in response to observed global warming," LLNL researcher Paul Durack said. Changes in ocean salinity can be directly linked to climate change, researchers said. Now blue rating water standards for industry. The Union Ministry of Water Resources has asked the CII to frame guidelines for increasing water efficiency in Indian industries.

Now blue rating water standards for industry

The CII is likely to come up with the water standards by March next year News | NEW DELHI, INDIA: India is set to become the first country in the world to come up with "blue ratings" - on the lines of green ratings for eco-friendly ventures - for increasing management of water, fast turning a scarce resource, in industry. The Union Ministry of Water Resources has asked the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to frame guidelines for increasing water efficiency in Indian industries.

The CII is likely to come up with the water standards by March next year. "Water supply is not going to increase but demand is sky rocketing and sooner or later, you will have stress on water. He said there has been a lot of focus on bringing down carbon emissions and checking carbon footprints but nothing has been done to check the water footprint. Water Outlook to 2050: The OECD calls for early and strategic action. Water Outlook to 2050: The OECD calls for early and strategic action (pdf) By Dr.

Water Outlook to 2050: The OECD calls for early and strategic action

Xavier Leflaive, OECD Environment Directorate, Paris Water infrastructure construction, Canberra, Australia Around the world, cities, farmers, industries, energy suppliers, and ecosystems are increasingly competing for their daily water needs. Without proper water management, the costs of this situation can be high – not just financially, but also in terms of lost opportunities, compromised health and environmental damage. Trends and projections The Water Outlook1 covers four issues: the availability of the resource, water quality, access to water supply and sanitation, and water-related disasters. Figure 1. Global water demand: Baseline scenario, 2000 and 2050. 1. Water demand is projected to increase by 55% globally between 2000 and 2050. This situation is compounded by two factors. Figures 2a and 2b. Fig. 2a (top) Nitrogen effluents from wastewater: Baseline, 2000 and 2050. 2. 3. 4. Figures 3a and 3b. 1. Egypt revolution doesn’t affect Nile Basin countries' stance on new agreement.

Egypt’s revolution would not change Tanzania’s stance on a water-sharing agreement that would strip Egypt of its historical Nile water share, a Tanzanian minister said, according to privately owned Al-Shorouk newspaper.

Egypt revolution doesn’t affect Nile Basin countries' stance on new agreement

Mahadhi Maalim, deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, said upstream countries desperately need to make use of their water resources and not antagonize other countries. In April 2010, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda signed the Entebbe framework agreement, which aimed to redistribute Nile water shares.

Burundi joined the agreement in March 2011. Sudan and Egypt opposed the deal on the basis that it threatens their historical water share granted by a 1959 agreement made with Sudan under British occupation. Maalim said negotiation is the only and best way to resolve any conflict among the upstream and downstream countries when it comes to Nile water issues. OTHERS / STATES : Israeli water major in talks with W Bengal for infra projects. New Delhi, May 22: Israel's largest national water company, Mekorot, is in talks with the West Bengal Government for setting up water infrastructure projects.

OTHERS / STATES : Israeli water major in talks with W Bengal for infra projects

A top-level team of the State-owned Israeli company met senior officials in the West Bengal Government in Kolkata on Monday. “The talks were positive. To begin with, we are looking at offering solutions, including technology, in the Darjeeling area,” Dr Mahesh Gandhi, Managing Director, AFII Corporate Advisors Pte Ltd , advisors to Mekorot, at a media briefing here on Tuesday. He said the company was also exploring opportunities in Uttarakhand, Maharahstra and Sikkim. Mr Lior Frumkes, Vice President — Business Development, Mekorot, said the company had technology and expertise in the fields of water supply, quality, waste water management for agricultural use, and desalination among others.

On the push for public-private partnerships in India, Mr Ofer Laufman, CEO, Mekorot, said, “Water is a national issue, not a private one. Tens Of People Arrested In East & West Azarbaijan Protesting The Drying Up Of Lake Uromieh « persianbanoo. May 22, 2012 Under increased heavy security atmosphere in East and West Azarbaijan, tens of people were arrested by police and Intelligence Ministry in the last two days.

Tens Of People Arrested In East & West Azarbaijan Protesting The Drying Up Of Lake Uromieh « persianbanoo

Yesterday in Tabriz, during scattered demonstrations protesting drying up of Lake Uromieh, Esrafil Omidi a post graduate student at Shahid Beheshti university in Uromieh and activists Mostafa Avazpour and Ghader Norouzi were arrested. Also yesterday morning, former secretary of the Azerbaijani Association of Tabriz University, Afsaneh Toughi was arrested inside the university by Intelligence Ministry forces. Akbar Mohajeri, Hassan Mirzakhani and Mohamad Eskandarzadeh were among those arrested in Tabriz yesterday. Their detention location is still unknown. Security forces arrested the majority of these people by going to their homes without a warrant, performing a search of the home and confiscating personal belongings. Source: HRANA Like this: Like Loading...

Tweeting Robots Monitor Water Quality in California Rivers. UC Berkeley Campus Life/Video screen capture To keep an eye on the quality of the water in California, a team from the University of California, Berkeley has developed robots that don't just swim around, they tweet their findings.

Tweeting Robots Monitor Water Quality in California Rivers

The Floating Sensor Network is a new approach to measuring water quality, ditching fixed location sensors for mobile units that can monitor a variety of locations. The team, headed by Alexandre Bayen from the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) released 100 of the robots into the Sacramento River on May 9. The Sacramento-San Joaquin river system contains two thirds of the state's fresh water, the majority of Californians' drinking and irrigation supply. Because the robots, which are equipped with GPS units, float with the water (and those with propellers can move freely), they provide a more dynamic and detailed understanding of the state of the river water. 1336599095: Android drifter A61 retrieved, welcome back! 2012 - 4th Edition. The fourth edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR4), ‘Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk’ is a comprehensive review of the world's freshwater resources and seeks to demonstrate, among other messages, that water underpins all aspects of development, and that a coordinated approach to managing and allocating water is critical.

The Report underlines that in order to meet multiple goals water needs to be an intrinsic element in decision-making across the whole development spectrum. It was launched at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and Michel Jarraud, UN-Water Chair. ‘Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk’ is available in PDF and as an eBook (ePub format). Volume 1: Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk Volume 2: Knowledge Base Water and Gender – addendum with updates on WWDR4 Chapter 35 and WWAP’s position at Rio+20 (PDF) Volume 3: Facing the Challenges You may also purchase a printed copy of the book.

L’Ifremer étudie les champs de nodules polymétalliques. California's Deadlocked Delta: Is Carbon Farming the Future? This is the third story in our three-part series on California's Delta. Tules on Twitchell Island in the Delta. (Photo: Josh Cassidy/KQED) With thousands of acres of rich farmland, the Delta has a long agricultural legacy. But farming there can be a risky business. Dozens of farms have been flooded over the past half century as aging levees have collapsed. That became a reality for farmer Rudy Mussi on the morning of June 3, 2004. Mussi was growing corn and asparagus on lower Jones Tract, an island in the Delta, 10 miles west of Stockton. "Your heart stops for a second or two and then realism sets in. How did a flood happen a on a sunny day? "Once a break occurs, you know, there's no way you're gonna stop that, not with 10 feet of water on the other side," Mussi says.

The levee break on Jones Tract in 2004. It wasn't an isolated incident. Delta Infrastructure at Risk Levee-building began in the 1850s, when settlers came to the Delta for the rich soil. Farming Carbon Related. Venezuela: Floods (as of 14 May 2012) - Location Map. Methane Emissions from the Arctic Ocean. World of Change Satellite images showing how our world— forests, oceans, cities, even the Sun— has changed in recent decades.

Read more Blue Marble Composite satellite images of the entire Earth. Read more Earth at Night The night side of Earth twinkles with light in these composite global and regional views. Experiments Hands-on educational activities. Visible Earth A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet. NASA Earth Observations View, download, and analyze imagery of Earth science data. Earth Science Picture of the Day. A Tour of Drought as it Unfolds Across the U.S. Last year at this time, all eyes were on Texas, where drought conditions were intensifying into what became that state’s worst single year drought on record, causing nearly $8 billion in economic losses. Recently, though, Texas has gone from famine to feast in the precipitation department, and drought concerns for the upcoming summer are focused farther to the west, as drought tightens its grip across a broad swath of the interior West and Southwest In addition to the West, drought conditions are also prevalent in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and parts of the Northeast as well, along with a small pocket in the Upper Midwest.

In all, 56 percent of the Lower 48 states were experiencing drought conditions as of May 8, almost twice the area compared to last year at this time, according to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor. U.S. Take a look at the streamflow forecast for the West this summer compared to last year at this time. Western streamflow outlook for spring/summer 2012. Drought Hits Spain's Wheat Crop. World of Change Satellite images showing how our world— forests, oceans, cities, even the Sun— has changed in recent decades. Read more Blue Marble Composite satellite images of the entire Earth. Read more Earth at Night The night side of Earth twinkles with light in these composite global and regional views. Experiments Hands-on educational activities. Visible Earth A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet.

NASA Earth Observations View, download, and analyze imagery of Earth science data. Earth Science Picture of the Day. Georgian agency denies having misinformed about flood - Democracy & Freedom Watch. Unsustainable water.

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Water India. Aswan dam. Water maps. AQUASTAT - FAO's Information System on Water and Agriculture. Could there be 'Water Wars' in the Future? 48 hours to save our oceans. Source found for missing water in sea-level rise. The "Inconvenient Truth" Film About Water. Water Shortages May Leave Energy Producers Dying of Thirst. Despite Recent Rainy Weather, New York Faces Drought Condition. How politicians could end droughts FOREVER: But they don't want to. 13 die in Nepal flash flood. Drought hits Angola's already struggling farms. Water security: a SF&W issue for national security? Global Water Security: a US Intelligence Community Assessment (pdf. Building upon the 2012 “Global Water Security” IC Assessment.

The Water Sigils. Global Water Security: The Intelligence Community Assessment. The Coming Global Water Crisis - Stewart M. Patrick - International.