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
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,
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…]
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