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Desert Degradation

Desert Degradation

Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:48:13 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We have all heard of Saharan and Arabian desertification. Now, after the Rio Earth Summit initiative in 1992, we have the Changwon Initiative from CST10 in South Korea. When UNCCD was established in 1994, 194 signatories verified it as the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment, development and the promotion of healthy soils.

Desert Degradation

Texas releases draft 2012 State Water Plan

Texas releases draft 2012 State Water Plan

Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2011 22:39:46 GMT by Michael Clark

Texas released for public comment the draft 2012 State Water Plan, which will be hotly debated given the water crisis gripping the state. It calls for $53.1b in infrastructure and water management projects that, all told, would result in 9m acre per year of additional water by 2060 This is not an insignificant amount of water. It is more water than the combined annual withdrawal from the Colorado River by California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Texas releases draft 2012 State Water Plan

Alabama: No ID, no water

Alabama: No ID, no water

Posted Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:37:58 GMT by Michael Clark

Some water utilities in Alabama have taken the extraordinary step of cutting off or denying water service to undocumented individuals in order to comply with HB 56, a state immigration law variously characterized as draconian, harsh, and unconstitutional. It sets the stage for a potential humanitarian crisis and highlights the broader debate over whether or not access to clean water is a human right.

Alabama: No ID, no water

The Parliamentary green watchdog is on the carbon budgets prowl

The Parliamentary green watchdog is on the carbon budgets prowl

Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2011 20:48:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Fourth UK Carbon Budget is designed to help energy intensive industry and achieve targets for emissions in 2023. The Government has just added to this help by announcing a review in 2014. David Cameron has not faltered in maintaining the momentum required to reach UK carbon targets. But the suggestion is that industry needs help to maintain employment.

The Parliamentary green watchdog is on the carbon budgets prowl

Alabama wants the Supreme Court to settle water feud

Alabama wants the Supreme Court to settle water feud

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 13:08:00 GMT by Michael Clark

Alabama is taking its case to the Supreme Court, in the hopes that the highest court in the land will settle the ongoing dispute over Lake Lanier. Alabama and Florida, which depend on Lake Lanier water for water supply, claim that Georgia was never allowed to use the lake for water supply purposes.

Alabama wants the Supreme Court to settle water feud

Celebrities out in force for shark fin ban

Celebrities out in force for shark fin ban

Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2011 17:32:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Celebrities and conservation organisations are working together to call for an end to the production of shark fin soup. A California Assembly Bill (AB 376) deals with this matter. It will ban all trade and import of shark fin in California. It is only lacking Governor Jerry Brown's signature before it can be made law.

Celebrities out in force for shark fin ban

First 'green Nobel' winner, Wangari Maathai dies

First 'green Nobel' winner, Wangari Maathai dies

Posted Mon, 26 Sep 2011 13:04:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Environmental campaigner dies after battle with cancer. The environmental campaigner, political conscience and winner of the first 'green Nobel', Wangari Maathai, has died. She was 71 and was suffering from cancer.

First 'green Nobel' winner, Wangari Maathai dies

TRAIN Wreck Bill Passes in the House

TRAIN Wreck Bill Passes in the House

Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2011 06:45:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Though unlikely to pass in the Senate, the TRAIN Act serves as a wake-up call to the American public that representatives would sacrifice lives for industry dollars. Proponents of the bill claim it will help to create much needed jobs. However, environmental advocates believe clean energy represents a more promising and sustainable source of jobs.

TRAIN Wreck Bill Passes in the House

Bill McKibben the environmental campaigner

Bill McKibben the environmental campaigner

Posted Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:33:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Author and campaigner Bill McKibben talks to The Earth Times about his hopes for Obama and why even Rick Perry might start changing his position on climate change. We need, he believes, to take stock. Our world is running out of time and he urges us to think about what we are doing. The time for action is approaching and, like an evangelist, he wants to take his message to as many people as possible.

Bill McKibben the environmental campaigner

Desertification on the march UN meeting hears

Desertification on the march UN meeting hears

Posted Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:35:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The world's dry lands are vanishing from agricultural production at an ever increasing rate just as the burgeoning population means massive increases in the food supply will be needed. The UN is meeting to try and find new, scientific approaches to land management and climate change.

Desertification on the march UN meeting hears

Talking water at the United Nations

Talking water at the United Nations

Posted Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:20:00 GMT by Michael Clark

The International Water Forum will be held at the United Nations, in New York, this Friday, September 16th, the opening day of the 66th UN General Assembly. The agenda for the one day event is ambitious. It starts at 9am and ends at 5:30pm, with a short break for lunch. Patricia Mulroy, who seems to be ubiquitous of late, is delivering the opening keynote.

Talking water at the United Nations

Global effort needed to stop deep sea 'pirate' fishing

Global effort needed to stop deep sea 'pirate' fishing

Posted Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:32:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Experts agree that a global partnership is needed to combat 'pirate' deep sea fishing. Although only 1% of the world's seafood may come from deep sea fishing, the damage done to the sea floor by trawling has a far larger impact on deep sea ecosystems.

Global effort needed to stop deep sea 'pirate' fishing

Irene causes water woes

Irene causes water woes

Posted Sat, 03 Sep 2011 18:29:01 GMT by Michael Clark

Irene swept up the east coast last weekend and caused widespread water supply impacts. It could serve as a wake up call that more planning is necessary to prevent similar impacts in the future. Rural areas have been particularly hard hit. People who depend on private wells for water simply don't have the power to run the pump.

Irene causes water woes

US Climate Wars stoked up as presidential race kicks off

US Climate Wars stoked up as presidential race kicks off

Posted Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:26:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Recent comments by US presidential hopefuls have thrown the climate change debate back into center stage. With some Republican candidates withering in their denial of a man-made origin for changes to the climate, will this become a turning point for the debate in the US?

US Climate Wars stoked up as presidential race kicks off

Financial profit or forest protection in Brazil?

Financial profit or forest protection in Brazil?

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 19:53:21 GMT by Jessica Allan

The forest protection laws in Brazil are being questioned and a bill is pending in the Senate which experts fear could result in a rise in deforestation. But will public and political support for forest protection override the temptation to cash in on forest clearance?

Financial profit or forest protection in Brazil?

Toilet to tap is gaining popularity

Toilet to tap is gaining popularity

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:39:00 GMT by Michael Clark

Water reuse, sometimes referred to as 'toilet to tap', is gaining ground in thirsty states. There are two methods by which this is done: the first, called direct potable reuse, entails treating wastewater to drinking water quality and redistributing it directly into the drinking water distribution system; the second, called indirect potable reuse, is when wastewater is treated to drinking water standards but returned to some water source, such as groundwater, for eventual reuse.

Toilet to tap is gaining popularity

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The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

Posted Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

A future for the Aral Sea is hopefully assured.

Posted Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:20:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Climate: what does the UN want?

Posted Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:15:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

United Nations Day, October 24th 2014

Posted Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:35:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

International World Food Day, 2014

Posted Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:52:56 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Biodiversity Summit

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:54:03 GMT by JW Dowey

The Law of the Jungle (review)

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:34:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

World Tourism Day (WTD) 2014

Posted Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:38:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

World Rhino Day 2014

Posted Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:32:29 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Global Warming’s final warning.

Posted Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:59:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Controversial badger cull one step closer

Posted Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:37:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Did debt battle mask Republican assault on EPA?

Posted Tue, 02 Aug 2011 18:59:13 GMT by Laura Brown

Study paints grim picture of future of Colorado River

Posted Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:38:00 GMT by Michael Clark

International Day Against Nuclear Testing

Posted Thu, 29 Aug 2013 04:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Kenya Government secures Kshs.9 billion to tackle drought

Posted Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:23:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

Obama weighs in to allay US radiation fears

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:21:00 GMT by Laura Brown

World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation - 4th March

Posted Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:02:49 GMT by Michael Evans

Plastics ban develops in India

Posted Mon, 14 Feb 2011 04:42:00 GMT by Rachel England

International Youth Day 2012

Posted Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:23:19 GMT by Michael Evans

Does the Bird's Point floodway case reveal a problem with the Clean Water Act?

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 22:23:00 GMT by Michael Clark