Forests are key to combating world’s looming water crisis, says new GFEP report

photo: clouded forests in Vietnam. Forests are key to combating world’s looming water crisis, says new GFEP report

Rain clouds hover over a forest in Yen Bai, Vietnam. Photo by Rob Finlayson/ICRAF

The world is facing a growing water crisis: already, 40 percent of the world’s population are affected by water scarcity, and climate change threatens to increase the frequency of both floods and droughts in vulnerable areas around the world.

A new report released recently at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New

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Radiokrypton dating plumbs mysteries of water aquifers

Radiokrypton dating plumbs mysteries of water aquifers

Argonne physicist Peter Mueller and his colleagues are selectively capturing and counting rare isotopes of krypton to determine the age of ice and groundwater. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory

We tap it, pump it and draw it from below the surface of every imaginable landscape, from desert to well-manicured suburban yard. It is the one essential ingredient required to sustain life. Water.

So there is little wonder that we constantly question … [more…]

Beekeeping preserves wetlands in Algeria

photo: wetlands in Algeria. Beekeeping preserves wetlands in Algeria

The Wetlands Complex of Guerbès-Sanhadja in Algeria.

With an area of 42,100 hectares and 40 million m3 of water reserves in its lakes and ponds, the Wetlands Complex of Guerbès-Sanhadja in Algeria was classified in 2001 as a site of international importance under the RAMSAR Convention.

Wetlands act as natural sponges by absorbing and storing rainwater and releasing it in the dry season. Each year for the past 10 years,

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch now three times the size of France

Great Pacific Garbage Patch now three times the size of France

A huge, swirling pile of trash in the Pacific Ocean is growing faster than expected and is now three times the size of France. According to a three-year study published in Scientific Reports Friday, the mass known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is about 1.6 million square kilometers in size — up to 16 times bigger than previous estimates.

That makes it more than double the size of Texas. … [more…]

We Depend On Plastic. Now, We’re Drowning in It.

Planet or Plastic? is National Geographic’s multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic trash crisis. Visit their pages often to learn more, find out what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics and take your pledge.

photo: NatGeo plastic floating just under the water's surface

Once a completely natural product, much of today’s plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can

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