tagged w/ Drought
As much as I agree with conservation, I am torn regarding this process. The fact that it is not allowed to be brought straight to the tap eases my worries, but nevertheless I am concerned about health effects. Hmm, do you think people would be more inclined to conserve what they have now if they knew their water in the future could well be what they flushed down the year before?As much as I agree with conservation, I am torn regarding this process. The fact that... more
I have to read more about this, but from what I have read this looks promising. Especially since it appears that on the continents of Africa, Asia, and Australia where drought is most prevalant and prolonged, it looks as if a tipping point has been reached and new methods must be adapted to current conditions. I have to read more about this, but from what I have read this looks promising.... more
A great day for Australia! And one more country that will sign the Kyoto Treaty. HMM, now what are you going to do Bush? The United States is now the only country not to sign the treaty. Thank you to the Australian people who have experienced firsthand the incompetence of those whose only mission was political expediency at the expense of their own country and this planet. I wish them the best under the leadership of Kevin Rudd. This is also a great day for the world. Also, a big thank you goes out to Al Gore whose tireless campaigning for this planet in Australia helped to bring about change. Don't tell me he has no power to make global change and to influence events. Gee, I wonder, will Howard go see An Inconvenient Truth now?////////// From the link/////Labor Party wins big in Australia By ROHAN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer
22 minutes ago///////SYDNEY, Australia - Conservative Prime Minister John Howard suffered a humiliating defeat Saturday at the hands of the left-leaning opposition, whose leader has promised to immediately sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming and withdraw Australia's combat troops from Iraq.///////
Labor Party head Kevin Rudd's pledges on global warming and Iraq move Australia sharply away from policies that had made Howard one of President Bush's staunchest allies.////////
Rudd has named global warming as his top priority, and his signing of the Kyoto Protocol will leave the U.S. as the only industrialized country not to have joined it.////////
Rudd said he would withdraw Australia's 550 combat troops from Iraq, leaving twice that number in mostly security roles. Howard had said all the troops will stay as long as needed.//////
Official figures from the Australian Electoral Commission showed Labor far in front after more than 70 percent of the ballots had been counted with 53 percent of the vote compared to 46.7 percent for Howard's coalition.///////
Using those figures, an Australian Broadcasting Corp. analysis showed that Labor would get at least 81 places in the 150-seat lower house of Parliament a clear majority.///////
It was an embarrassing end to the career of Howard, Australia's second-longest serving leader.///////
As little as a year ago, Howard had appeared almost unassailable. But on Saturday he was in real danger of becoming only the second sitting prime minister in 106 years of federal government to lose his own seat in Parliament.///////
A great day for Australia! And one more country that will sign the Kyoto Treaty. HMM,... more
We use water every day--to drink, take showers, wash our clothes, to sustain our farm fields, even as a source of electricity. But what if this valuable natural resource one day ran out? Over 1 billion people in the world lack access to a safe water supply--roughly one in every six people on earth. And that number is getting more and more bleak because of drought and lack of sanitation.
Here in the U.S., Lake Mead is one of the largest reservoirs in the world and one of the most important water sources in the western United States. But over the past few years, there's been a scarcity of snow and rain, and water levels in the reservoir have been dropping. And because Lake Mead spills into California, Nevada and Arizona, the drought also cuts off water supply to those states.
And consider your consumption of water: the average American individual uses 100 to 176 gallons of water at home each day, while the average African family uses about 5 gallons of water each day. (A person needs 4 to 5 gallons of water per day to survive.) Could we be consuming less?
The Vanguard Journalism department at Current is covering the issue of water in various places on the globe--from India to China to Turkey to the Colorado River here in the U.S. But this is a global issue that affects all of us, and we want to hear your stories from your part of the world. Have you experienced a shortage of water in your community? How has it affected you and your every day life? How much do you consume versus what you really need? Upload a webcam video and tell us your take on this issue.
(To get a sense of how drought is affecting different parts of the world, go to http://drought.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/)
We use water every day--to drink, take showers, wash our clothes, to sustain our farm... more