Water has a price

SHABIRA NUPUR | Published: July 28, 2021 13:38:37 Spending childhood in Khulna and Satkhira in the 1980s, this scribe saw no water crisis then. The tubewells were enough to meet the family needs of water. In the next decade, it was heard, people couldn’t use the tubewell water because of arsenic contamination. Visiting our village […]

Once its strength, water now threatens Germany

German Bundeswehr soldiers rescue a German national flag as they help to clean up following heavy rainfalls, in Bad Muenstereifel, North Rhine-Westphalia state, Germany, July 21, 2021. REUTERS

Then floods laid waste to its medieval streets and half-timbered buildings, highlighting the vulnerability of Europe’s top economy to an increasingly unpredictable climate. Beyond the town, the flooding stretched from an area close to the western city of Cologne down to southern Bavaria, hitting the historic centres of Aachen and Trier and leaving a trail […]

Like in ‘postapocalyptic movies’: Heat wave killed marine wildlife en masse

Dead mussels near Suicide Bend Park in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. If extreme heat becomes too frequent, scientists warn, normally resilient species won’t have time to recover. The New York Times

The combination of extraordinary heat and drought that hit the Western United States and Canada over the past two weeks has killed hundreds of millions of marine animals and continues to threaten untold species in freshwater, according to a preliminary estimate and interviews with scientists. “It just feels like one of those postapocalyptic movies,” said […]

Choking Mahananda: How Siliguri’s waste, water crisis is turning on its people

Choking Mahananda: How Siliguri’s waste, water crisis is turning on its people

Rapid urbanisation, inefficient waste management and encroachment have turned the Mahananda into a drain. And farmers are losing livelihoods Rapid urbanisation and a lack of space to dispose waste have often led to rivers being treated as dump sites. The Mahananda, which flows through Bangladesh as well as Bihar and West Bengal in India, has […]

Food in water: Floating gardens may be a sustainable solution to flooding 

Food in water: Floating gardens may be a sustainable solution to flooding 

Floating gardens are made of native aquatic plants like water hyacinths. Farmers arrange the plants together in a river, forming floating raised beds about three feet deep. This farming approach is traditionally used to produce food in the wetlands, especially during the rainy season. Okra, spinach, eggplant, turmeric, and ginger are the common crops grown […]

EPA Awards $750,000 to KDHE for Farm-Focused Project to Improve Water Quality | US EPA

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News Releases from Region 07 06/30/2021 Environmental News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Lenexa, Kan., June 30, 2021) – At a press event with Governor Laura Kelly on a farm near Holton, Kansas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of $750,000 to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as part of the Agency’s Farmer […]

ED: Ensuring water security in a post-Covid world

Ensuring water security will require global cooperation It is terribly frustrating that while on the one hand, Bangladesh gets high amounts of rainfall — flooding villages and water-logging cities — on the other hand, we still suffer from a shortage of clean, drinking water in many areas of the country. Our water crisis is something […]

UN Special Session: Hasina places 5-point proposal for water security  

UN Special Session: Hasina places 5-point proposal for water security  

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday put forward a five-point proposal to the international community to raise global awareness for a resilient and sustainable post Covid-19 world by combating water and disaster challenges. The Prime Minister made the proposals in her pre-recorded speech in the Fifth UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters in […]

UN Special Session: PM Hasina places 5-point proposal for water security

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File photo: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the launch event of the disbursement of financial assistance among marginalized families from Ganabhaban via videoconferencing on Sunday, May 2, 2021 Focus Bangla ‘We need to take a comprehensive, result-oriented, focused and adaptive global approach for water security’ Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday put forward a five-point […]

FEATURE-Watermills grind to a halt as erratic weather hits Kashmir grains

Pakistan pins big hopes on small dams to help farmers beat drought

By Roshan Din Shad, Thomson Reuters Foundation * Harvests in Kashmir have fallen 40% in the past decade * Of the 2,000 watermills working ten years ago, about 250 remain * Mills could be adapted for electricity generation, experts say CHAKOTHI, Pakistan, June 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Muhammad Latif never thought he would be […]