GWP-C World Water Day 2020 Photo Contest

On March 22 each year, World Water Day (WWD) is observed.. The theme for this year’s event is Water and Climate. To commemorate the day the Global Water Partnership – Caribbean (GWP-C) is inviting persons to take part in their World Water Day 2020 Photo Contest. The deadline for the competition is on March 22 2020.

Anyone can enter, up to a number of three times, with an original photo that depicts “taking good care of water” with a relevant caption. Each photo entered must be of a location in the Caribbean region.

The winning entrant will receive a US$100 Amazon Gift Card.

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Poster for GWP-C Photo Contest

For further details one can visit the GWP-C website. Good luck!

A More Accurate Global River Map

In the post linked below, Emily Underwood, discusses a new study by Yamazaki et al. highlighted in the Water Resource Research journal, which uses an updated version of the the Multi-Error-Removed Improved-Terrain Digital Elevation Model (MERIT DEM) data set to develop a computer algorithm that predicts where rivers flow with very little human guidance.

 

Source: A More Accurate Global River Map

Ordinary Security Cameras Could Keep an Eye on Rainfall

In the article linked below,  by Susan Stanley, published in the Earth and Space Science News magazine on 10th June, 2019, she discusses recent research in the Water Resources Research Journal by Jiang et al. which proposes that rainfall intensity can be measured using common surveillance cameras.

Source: Ordinary Security Cameras Could Keep an Eye on Rainfall

Extreme Precipitation Expected to Increase with Warming Planet

In a recent article by David Shultz, published in the Earth and Space Science News magazine on the 11th June, 2019,  he discusses a study put forward by Papalexiou and Montanari  in the Water Resources Research Journal, which notes that extreme precipitation is expected to increase due to global warming. Please see the link below for further details.

Source: Extreme Precipitation Expected to Increase with Warming Planet

Upcycling Project Protects the Ganges from Pollution

Many persons know that the Ganges River in India is one of the most polluted water ways in the world. For instance, the river is often contaminated by insecticides and pesticides used to grow the tonnes of flowers that devotees offer at the nearby temples, which is usually dumped into the river afterwards. Yet, Young Champion of the Earth finalist, Ankit Agarwal is making a difference through his upcycling project, HelpUsGreen as noted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

One can click on the following link to get further details on the initiative introduced by Agarwal A colorful solution to flower waste

The Effects of Drought and Climate Change On Iran’s Environment

With recent drought conditions still etched in our memory,  and the possibility of such conditions looming in the present dry season, we all know how precious water is to our daily survival. Yet, in certain parts of Iran, namely in the Sistan and Baluchistan provinces, persons find life a daily struggle with limited water and harsh drought conditions coupled with the effects of climate change.

Persons may click on the link below to read how Iran’s environment has been affected by drought and climate change.

Drought turns part of Iran into a New Dust Bowl – National Geographic

Pastoralists rely on satellites to search for water

With the advancement of climate change, many countries suffer frequent and longer drought conditions.  Yet, technology and relevant tools are able to make a difference. For example, in the article linked below, from UN Environment , nomadic herders in Sahel rely on satellite imaging, together with, necessary partnerships, to make positive changes in the search for water.

In the Sahel, pastoralists rely on satellites to search for water

Pharmaceuticals and Affected Wildlife

In a recent article by by Laura Sanchez, published in the editor’s blog of the Water Efficiency Magazine on 14 November, 2018, she highlights a study which noted that wildlife are exposed to high doses of pharmaceutical drugs that are discharged through effluent.

Such an occurrence seems highly alarming, especially when one considers that humans ingest some of these wildlife in their daily diet.

To read the article and comment please click on the following link The Happiest Trout – Water borne pharmaceuticals impact the ecosystem

 

Half of the World’s Annual Precipitation Falls in Just 12 Days

According to a recent news article released as a press release by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) it has been noted that half of the world’s annual precipitation falls in just twelve days according to global weather stations.

Notably, in light of climate change such precipitation may even be changed further to occur in just eleven days, amplifying flooding and its associated damages.

You can click on the following link to read details of the news article as reported by the Earth and Space Science News Half of the World’s Annual Precipitation Falls in Just 12 Days

You can also read a related article from Nature – The International Journal of Science, which also highlights the annual precipitation as well, on “Why extreme rains are gaining strength as the climate warms”

Making Persons Aware About Watersheds

Most times while doing outreach programmes persons have no idea what a watershed is. Unless of course they have some prior knowledge they may assume that a watershed does not relate to their lives at all.

As highlighted in a recent article by Janice Kaspersen  in the editor’s blog for Erosion Control magazine, there are some ways in which persons can be made aware about their watershed such as road signs, stream markers and educational markers at recreational spots.

To read the article and leave your comments click on the following link Now Entering the Watershed.