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.

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