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Omar Razzouki gazes intently at the wooden box, marveling at what might be the solution to the perennial water woes that he and other nomads like him across the Sahara desert face daily.
More than 330 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, or around 40 percent of the population, do not have access to clean drinking water, according to a report published to mark world water day by British NGO Water Aid.
The World Health Organization estimates that this lack of drinking water is the reason for nearly nine out of every 10 deaths linked to diarrhea.
In the Sahara, nomads are among those suffering most from limited access to water, particularly during the hotter periods when rising salt levels in water drawn from wells make it undrinkable.
The "nomadic festival" held earlier this month in M'Hamid, in Morocco's southern desert region, was an opportunity for the pioneers of a portable water purification device to showcase their invention.
It uses a process as old as the sky.
"It's simple. It emulates the natural cycle of cloud condensation," explained Alain Thibault, an ex-sailor who had to confront the issue of fresh water shortages at sea.
The experience gave him the idea several years ago of reproducing the process using just a "small machine that is easy to make and easy to use."
The "waterpod" allows desert-dwellers to turn water extracted from wells into clean drinking water through evaporation and condensation, using the heat of the sun, a technology that the Arabs were among the first to develop as far back as the 16th century.
The device, which resembles a large letter box, currently costs around 500 euros ($650).
But the inventors have already given courses at a college in Tiznit, on Morocco's Atlantic coast, to teach students how to produce them more cheaply.
"The waterpod is made of wood, cork, stainless steel and glass," said Thierry Mauboussin, who is helping to promote the water project in Morocco.
"It works with solar energy, so no fossil fuel."
Noureddine Bourgab, the president of the nomad festival at M'Hamid, also praised the environmental value of the new device, which he hoped could "put an end to the problem of salty water for the desert nomads."
"It's a technique that embodies the real meaning of sustainable development and protection of the environment," he said.
Razzouki, a nomad from the M'Hamid region, was concentrating hard on figuring out how the waterpod works.
"This could resolve many of our water problems," he said, noting that the box was light, and "we won't have the problem of salty water everywhere we go."
M'Hamid El Ghizlane, Morocco's gateway to the Sahara, is an oasis on the edge of the Draa valley surrounded by rolling sand dunes, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Algerian border.
The construction 40 years ago of a hydro-electric dam further up the valley to provide for the growing population and tourist trade at Ouarzazate, along with the relentless desertification of the region, has taken a heavy toll on water supplies.
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According to the satellite data, the Lut Desert of Iran hit 159 F in 2004 and 2005.
Meanwhile, Queensland, Australia hit 157 F in 2003.
These shatter the old *known* record of 136 degrees in El Azizia, southern Libya, in 1922. (Death Valley also hit 134 F in 1913 and that old Libya record was thought to be inaccurate.)
Good Lord, 159 F?
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=7149According to the satellite data, the Lut Desert of Iran hit 159 F in 2004 and 2005.... more
The Desertec initiative hoped to deliver electricity from a network of renewable energy sources to Europe via cables under the sea.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20357167The Desertec initiative hoped to deliver electricity from a network of renewable... more
BAMAKO – DESERT rebels have launched a revolutionary war in the Sahara. The fight for a free Azawad has turned into an armed conflict after brutal attacks on the population by the US-backed state of Mali. WITH the liberation of Timbuktu, rebels have proclaimed an astonishing victory in the Sahara Desert. The political bureau of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (Mouvement National De Liberation de l'Azawad - MNLA) issued a statement on Sunday April 1 speaking of an unprecedented day in the history of its peopl - 'Following the complete liberation of the Azawad territory and given the strong wish of the international community … the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) has unilaterally declared the end of its military operations as of midnight Thursday, April 5' -------- http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43058-tuaregs-azawad-declaresd-victoryBAMAKO – DESERT rebels have launched a revolutionary war in the Sahara. The... more
Africa is turning to desert. Studies show that as much as two thirds of the continent’s arable land could become desert by 2025 if current trends continue. But a bold initiative to plant a wall of trees 4,300 miles long across the African continent could keep back the sands of the Sahara, improve degraded lands, and help alleviate poverty. Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb reports from Senegal.
GELLERMAN: It's Living on Earth. I'm Bruce Gellerman. Now to the West African nation of Senegal where an audacious and ambitious project is underway to create a vast forest across the African continent. It’s known as the Great Green Wall. The idea is to plant 43 hundred miles of trees through 11 African nations, from coast to coast.
The Senegalese government hopes the Great Green Wall will stop the advance of the Sahara Desert southward, but as Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb reports, others see it as a way of alleviating poverty.
[CITY SOUNDS, CARS]
BASCOMB: Horses pull wooden carts alongside cars on the main streets of Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Dakar sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean on a peninsula. And while it’s at least a thousand miles to the Sahara desert, the air today is thick with sand. It’s the worst sand storm in a year.
[DAKAR DRIVING SOUNDS]
[SARR SPEAKING IN FRENCH]
VOICEOVER: The rainy season is becoming shorter, it used to start in July or August, now it doesn’t start until September. The climate is definitely changing.
BASCOMB: Papa Sarr says shifting seasons and climate change could make these sand storms more common but he believes there is a solution. Sarr is the technical director for the Great Green Wall in Senegal. The goal of the project here is to plant two million acres of trees. It’s part of a larger initiative to plant a nine mile wide wall of trees, across the African continent. African leaders hope the trees will trap the sands of the Sahara.
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As you read before we had a little mishap with the iPad and it was replaced for free by Apple. The day it was replaced we searched for a case that would keep it protected no matter want and we decided on the Survivor by Griffin Technology. I watched their video of their case with the iPhone and searched for reviewed and figured that if the case was considered military grade in the US and UK it could hold up to a moderately autistic child.As you read before we had a little mishap with the iPad and it was replaced for free... more
S.O.S. LIBYA - NATO attack GREAT MAN MADE RIVER, THE ONLY SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER and irrigation for 4.5 MILLION the people of LibyaJuly 22 2011. A date for humanity to remember. NATO hit the Libyan water supply pipeline. It will take months to repair. Then on Saturday they hit the pipeline factory producing pipes to repair it. The Libyan leader Moammar Al Gaddafi informed members of the Security Council in his message that the alliance decided to carry out mass murder against the Libyan people by targeting their only drinking water source, where billions were invested and without it life stops in Libya. He wondered what's the relation between this factory and the protection of civilians that NATO claims it is carrying out? http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/42990-nato-attack-great-man-made-riverJuly 22 2011. A date for humanity to remember. NATO hit the Libyan water supply... more
Nick and Annie start a new chapter in Arizona.
The Marathon Des Sables is a 150 mile "gut check" run through the Sahara Desert. If the sand and rock don't get you---the heat will. I attempted to finish the 26th MDS this year.The Marathon Des Sables is a 150 mile "gut check" run through the Sahara... more
Johanness Haasbroek, founder of Elephant Human Relations Aid, a Namibian non-profit organization aimed to facilitate the peaceful co-habitation among subsistence farmers, community members and desert adapted elephants living in the region, shares future challenges.Johanness Haasbroek, founder of Elephant Human Relations Aid, a Namibian non-profit... more
Hendrick Munembone, a Namibian conservationist, dedicates his time and efforts to Elephant Human Conversation Aid, a non-profit organization aimed to facilitate the peaceful co-habitation among subsistence farmers, community members and desert adapted elephants living in the region.Hendrick Munembone, a Namibian conservationist, dedicates his time and efforts to... more
Neil Bone, a South-African native, has moved to Namibia, Africa, to help the Earth through Elephant Human Relation Aid, a non-profit organization aimed to facilitate the peaceful co-habitation among subsistence farmers, community members and desert adapted elephants living in the region.Neil Bone, a South-African native, has moved to Namibia, Africa, to help the Earth... more
Betsy Fox has moved to Africa to work for Elephant Human Relations Aid, a Namibian non-profit organization aimed to facilitate the peaceful co-habitation among subsistence farmers, community members and desert adapted elephants living in the region.Betsy Fox has moved to Africa to work for Elephant Human Relations Aid, a Namibian... more
In the harsh, isolated, semi-desert region north of Cairo in Egypt, 150 acres has been planted with beans, peas and orange trees. But there is a problem: an endless need for water.
Farmer Tantawi Mostafa explains: “Each plant needs a certain amount of water, depending on the season. Peas, for instance, need a lot of water, I have to irrigate them at least five hours a day. Oranges and grapes need less water during the winter season. But in any case, I never need less than 4,000 cubic metres of water per day.”
They used to rely on old diesel pumps to bring the water to the surface. But local scientists have come up with different solutions to answer a whole range of problems.
Fuad Ahmed Abulfotuh, an electrical engineer at the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, said: “In Egypt these diesel pumps are widespread. And we want this to change. These diesel machines have many inherent problems; they are very noisy, and very polluting. They release lots of toxic gases into the atmosphere. Also, they are quite expensive to use and maintain. You need to buy diesel, pass technical controls, change the motor oil, and buy spare parts. All this comes at a huge cost to farmers.”
So how can water be pumped to the surface in a green, cheap way in these isolated regions? Researchers from NACIR, (New Applications for Photovoltaic Concentrators) are looking at the sun for answers.
Gabriel Sala, the coordinator of the NACIR project took euronews to an experimental station where she explained: “We are testing the use of renewable energies to pump water and to provide irrigation in semi-desert regions.”
The experimental station is well off the beaten track. And these are not ordinary photovoltaic panels. They use a brand new generation of photovoltaic cells built in Germany as part of an EU research project.
conthttp://www.euronews.net/2011/02/23/a-photovoltaic-oasis/ In the harsh, isolated,... more
CBS News says correspondent Lara Logan is recovering in a US hospital from a sexual attack and beating while reporting on the tumultuous events in Cairo last Friday.CBS News says correspondent Lara Logan is recovering in a US hospital from a sexual... more
This is some of the finest photography you will ever see. Beautiful composition, tone and lighting.
http://www.septemberindustry.co.uk/chris-sisarich/This is some of the finest photography you will ever see. Beautiful composition, tone... more
dave touring through the middle east and one of stops is syria and what a fantastic place with amazing sites. Here is a short glimps of the sites he captures to share it with the world.dave touring through the middle east and one of stops is syria and what a fantastic... more
A Swiss company claims to have achieved something incredible: make it rain in a desert.
http://www.4us2be.com/technology/swiss-company-claims-it-can-produce-rain/A Swiss company claims to have achieved something incredible: make it rain in a... more