Posts Tagged ‘water shortage’
Posted by feww on March 7, 2015
Death toll from severe weather in Afghanistan rises to at least 308
Some 182 districts in 20 provinces have been affected by heavy snow, avalanches and flooding, which have killed at least 308 people, injured 187 others and completely destroyed 4,776 houses, government sources said.
The number of casualties is expected to rise, with more severe weather forecast for northern and central Afghanistan.
Worsening Food Insecurity and Water Shortages in Ethiopia
Pocket areas that received inadequate seasonal rainfall in 2014 and/or had a poor harvest due to flooding or crop disease will remain vulnerable in early 2015.
Food insecurity is worsening in belg/gu/ganna/sugum rain-receiving areas, as the dry season reaches its peak. Delayed rains and the expected below-average seasonal rainfall will impact belg planting, as well as water and pasture availability in pastoralist areas, said UN OCHA.
Ethiopia hosts the largest refugee population in Africa with 656,199 registered refugees including 251,545 South Sudanese refugees, 196,000 new arrivals in Gambella since mid-December 2013, and 125,000 Eritreans.
33,000 new Eritrean arrivals registered in 2014 (including unaccompanied minors).
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Posted by feww on October 22, 2014
SEVERE HUMAN IMPACT
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 699, 444, 200, 111, 101, 100, 090, 03, 02, 01
Poyang lake water level falling by 30 cm per day
“China’s largest freshwater lake, Poyang, has shrunk by one third in the past three days due to reduced water supply from the Yangtze River and little rainfall,” reported the official Xinhua news agency.
The lake’s surface area was reduced from 2,169 km² on Monday to 1,490 km² Wednesday (October 22) , a reduction of 679 km², reported the Jiangxi Provincial Hydrological Bureau.
“The water level at Xingzi hydrological station was 11.99 meters at 4 p.m. Wednesday, 2.13 meters lower than the levels in normal years. The water level is falling by 30 cm per day.”
Limited water flow from the upper Yangtze River, due to the water being diverted to hydroelectric dams, and lack of rainfall in the province were two major causes for the loss, said the bureau.
Jiangxi Province has received an average precipitation of less than 5 mm since September 20, said the report.
“The sharp fall of water levels in the lake will affect shipping and fishing as well as the water supply for nearby residents.”
From 3500 km² to just 200 km²
The average area of the lake is about 3,500 in normal years. However, it shrank to about 200 due to drought and the practice of diverting water to the Three Gorges Dam in 2012.
“Every year, when the Three Gorges reservoir stores water – to power the dam’s turbines during the winter – the flow rate in the Yangtze drops. This in turn increases the rate at which the level of Poyang lake falls, and the period of low water comes sooner,” said Ye Xuchun, a researcher at China’s Southwest University.
“The incomes in fishing villages are dropping as fast as the water in the lake. Some residents will have move on to other trades,” said Xu Bin, the author of a thesis on the socio-economic consequences of the lake’s environmental disorders. He said: “The soil of China is dry, so the Yangtze is vital. Poyang is one of the key elements and its current predicament is a warning for the future.”
Habitat for 236 Species of Birds
Poyang Lake is a vital habitat for at least 236 species of birds including various endangered species, such as oriental white stork and white crane, and more than 100 species of wintering migrants, including Siberian cranes, according to a recent survey.
Posted in environment, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, significant events | Tagged: Jiangxi, Poyang, Siberian crane, Siberian cranes, Three Gorges Dam, water shortage, Yangtze river | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on February 11, 2014
EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENT
Worst drought in decades strains Kosovo water supply
Authorities in Kosovo started rationing water to the capital Pristina and its suburbs on Monday amid worst drought in more than three decades, said reports.
The country’s reservoirs are at worrying levels due to abnormally low levels of precipitation, Reuters reported the state water company Prishtina as saying.
Prishtina supplies water to about 400,000 people, or a quarter of Kosovo’s population, said the report.
Jobless in Kosovo
Kosovo is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Up to 45% of the workforce in Kosovo are unemployed with only a fraction of the 30,000 people entering the job market each year able to find work.
On Sunday Pristina police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters at the country’s main public university.
Posted in 2014 disaster diary, 2014 global disasters, Climate Change, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, significant events | Tagged: collapse, EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENT, Kosovo, Prishtina, Pristina, severe Drought, unemployed, water shortage | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on January 23, 2014
EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
14 Million people threatened by exceptional drought in Istanbul, Turkey: Expert
Turkey’s largest city, and its cultural, economic, and historical hub, is seriously threatened by exceptional drought. The drought has left more than 14 million in the city with only 100 days of water, according to an expert.
“Having only 100 days of water reserve means that very tight measures should be taken,” Tugba Maden, a water expert in the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies, told Xinhua.
The dams supplying water to Istanbul are down to about 35 percent of their full capacity, with a total current reserves of about 300 million cubic meters. At least three of the reservoirs are already experiencing severe water shortages.
Additionally, water levels in the Euphrates river valley and the Tigris River, the main water basins of Turkey, are at or near historic lows, with no sign of rain or snow, said the expert.
Sprawled over an area of 5,343km², Istanbul is one of the largest urban areas in Europe and world’s second-largest city by population.
Posted in 2014 disaster calendar, 2014 disaster diary, Climate Change, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, Global Disasters 2014, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: Drought, Euphrates river, Europe, Exceptional drought, Istanbul, Tigris River, Turkey, water shortage | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on January 9, 2014
Frazzle ice causes water shortage in Ohio, prompts State of Emergency declaration
A state of emergency has been declared in Lorain County, Ohio due to frozen water intakes in Lake Erie.
Avon Lake’s two water intakes have been blocked by ice and slush [“frazzle ice,”] idling the Avon Lake Water Filtration Plant, according to reports.
About 207,000 residential and commercial customers in Avon Lake, Medina, Avon, North Ridgeville, Sheffield and Sheffield Lake, and other users served by the Rural Lorain County Water Authority have been told to conserve water, said a report.
“The authority delivers water to LaGrange, Grafton, Grafton Township, Penfield Township, Henrietta Township, Carlisle Tonwship, Pittsfield Township and Camden Township.”
Avon’s Mayor was told that the city could lose all of its water by late Wednesday.
Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station
Lake Erie is the shallowest and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes, and hosts the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station on its shore near Monroe, Michigan.
Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station, Unit 2 (Fermi 2), Dated 2007. Source: NRC
Fermi 1, a prototype fast breeder reactor, suffered a partial fuel meltdown, On October 5, 1966 and was eventually shut down by 1972.
Fermi 3, is a planned 1,520 MWe GE-designed passive Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) unit.
Posted in Global Disaster watch, global disasters, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: Enrico Fermi Nuclear Plant, Fermi 1, frazzle ice, Lorain County, nuclear power plant, Ohio, state of emergency, water shortage | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on August 19, 2013
Who Needs Water in Texas?
More than 30 Texas Towns Will Soon Run Out of Water due to Fracking
At least 30 towns in West Texas are running out of water because they are diverting their precious underground supplies to cope with their oil addiction.
Highlight from the video report posted below:
- Some 8 million gallons of water is used per day for fracking a single well.
- Thousands of wells are drilled by hundreds of rigs every day.
- Fracking accounts for about a quarter of the water used in some communities.
- About 30 communities could run out of water by the end of 2013, said Texas Commission on Environmental Quality .
“More than 30 towns in West Texas will soon be out of water as a direct result of diverting their underground water supplies for use in hydraulic fracking. Largely unregulated fracking, it should be said. Largely unregulated fracking that is definitely putting arsenic into the ground it happens to be drying out. Before you start acting horrified, though, consider: this is exactly what Texas’ mental-midget teabillies voted for” said a report.
Posted in disaster watch, disaster watch 2013, disaster zone, disasters, Global Disaster watch, global disasters 2013 | Tagged: Climate Change, demand on water, Drought, energy dinosaurs, fracking, Houston we have a problem, hydraulic fracturing, New Mexico, oil addiction, Texas, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, water shortage | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on May 27, 2013
Emergency Warnings in 9 Chinese provinces as record rains batter central and south China
Extreme rain events have dumped between 50 and 100mm of rain across nine provinces in central and south China, with 34 monitoring stations reporting record rainfalls.
- “Authorities have issued emergency warnings. Forecasters say it is rare to see such strong rains in May,” said a report.
- Forecasters have warned that up to 200mm of rain could swamp Hunan, Jiangxi and Guangdong provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, triggering floods and landslides.
Cold, Snow, Rain Buffet Vermont
More than 19cm (7½ in) of snow fell on Mount Mansfield in Stowe by early Sunday, as a winter storm moved across the region.
- Other significant snowfall reported in Walden (6 in), and Marshfield and Greensboro (4 in), NWS said.
- Meantime, NWS issued Flood Watches across most of Vermont, and Flood Warnings in northern portion of the state.
Namibia: No Grazing, No Water for Livestock
The worsening drought in Namibia has decimated most of the available grazing across the country, said a report.
“According to farmers in the Northern Communal Areas (NCAs) the situation is getting worse by the day and grazing in areas that farmers thought would save them is gradually decreasing. To worsen matters farmers do not have water for their livestock.”
The Namibian President declared a national drought emergency earlier this month.
DISASTER CALENDAR – May 27, 2013 —
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,020 Days Left
Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,020 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human History
- The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on February 21, 2010
Public Release: Uppsala University
Seeds from the Moringa tree can be used for water purification
Pure water is a key requirement for good health and alternative cheap, safe methods are required in many countries. In a paper that has just been published in the leading American Chemical Society journal on interfaces, Langmuir, researchers from Uppsala University in co-operation with The University of Botswana describe how extracts from seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree can be used for water purification.
Moringa oleifera (kalamungay, drumstick tree). Pods and seeds on ground at Dairy Rd Kahului, Maui. Source: Plants of Hawaii. February 07, 2007. For more images CLICK HERE.
Flocculation of particulate impurities is a common first stage in purification of water. This often uses addition of either aluminium or iron salts. Aluminium, particularly, has undesirable health implications. An alternative procedure that uses a natural extract from seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree is used in Africa.
Research in a paper that has just appeared in the leading American Chemical Society journal on interfaces, Langmuir, describes how very small amounts of the protein from these seeds can bind strongly to surfaces and thus would cause contaminant particles to aggregate. The Scattering Centre at Ångström Laboratory and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University is a centre of expertise in exploiting a powerful technique known as neutron reflection to measure structure and composition of layers of just a few nanometres (millionths of a millimetre) at the interface between a solid and a liquid.
A co-operation with the University of Botswana where there is a long interest in exploiting natural products has led to a research project that provides important insight in to the way that protein molecules from the Moringa oleifera seeds interact, binding stongly both to each other and surfaces so as to cause aggregation in to large lumps that are readily removed from the water.
“It is nice to see how the basic interactions of molecules can play a role in solving practical problems,” says Adrian Rennie, Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University. “Understanding of the process may lead to further development in water purification with materials that are locally available and environmentally friendly.”
Contact: Adrian Rennie
Posted in Drought, iron salts, potable water, Uppsala University, water scarcity | Tagged: clean water, Moringa oleifera, niversity of Botswana, water purification, water shortage | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on March 10, 2009
US Seasonal Drought Outlook
Latest Seasonal Assessment [quoted from Climate Prediction Center, NWS/NOAA.] Heavy rain and snow from mid-February to early March raised river levels, boosted snow pack, and increased reservoir storage in drought-affected areas of California, but major reservoirs remained below normal. The seasonal drought outlook indicates continued improving conditions for northern and central parts of the state, but with the pace of improvement slowing due to forecasts of less rain and snow in coming weeks. Statewide reservoir storage increased from 58 percent of normal on February 17 to 71 percent of normal on March 3. Despite the improvement in water supplies, it is unlikely that shortages will be erased before the dry season sets in. With less precipitation in the forecast, little change in the drought situation is expected for those areas of southern California where drought exists, as well as in northwestern Nevada. Some improvement is forecast for other areas in the Great Basin. Elsewhere, drought has further worsened in the southern Plains, and short and long-range forecasts of below-normal precipitation and above-normal temperatures mean that drought could expand in Kansas, eastern Colorado, western Texas, and southern New Mexico. In contrast, heavy showers forecast during the first 2 weeks of the forecast period in March are likely to bring at least short-term relief to eastern drought areas of Texas and the northern Gulf Coast, with even some improvement possible in the hard-hit areas of south-central Texas. The drought has aggravated wildfire danger and damaged winter crops across the southwestern Plains. In early March, 63 percent of the Texas winter wheat crop rated poor to very poor. To the east, heavy rain and snow over the South at the end of February benefited remaining drought areas. More relief is anticipated from central Georgia northward, while drought should persist over southern Georgia and the Florida Peninsula. Development is forecast in northern Florida while lingering drought in parts of Hawaii should ease. Forecaster: D. Le Comte
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Posted by feww on May 29, 2008
China Regime: As Evil as Evil Comes!
Are Earthquake Predictions in China Political?
The following excerpts are from an article written by Wu Weilin, Epoch Times Staff [ May 28, 2008 ] Full Article
Was the recent devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China predicted before it struck? Did the Chinese regime ignore earthquake warnings and thereby caused the loss of more than 86,000 lives?
“On July 28, 2006, the Director of the China Earthquake Administration, Chen Jianmin, was speaking on a program of the regime’s mouth piece, China’s Central TV station. He stated with certainty that earthquakes were predictable. But immediately after the recent devastation in Sichuan, Chinese officials claimed that the prediction of earthquakes was a tough task worldwide. Another commentator said that earthquake prediction in China is a political issue.” Said Wu Weilin of Epoch Times.
[Wrapping it up!] Soldiers march to scatter disinfectant in Yingxiu town of Wenchuan county, the epicentre of the earthquake, Sichuan province May 26, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer The image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
What Happened to the Predictions?
“According to Chen, China has been predicting earthquakes since the Xingtai earthquake back in 1966, which killed 8,064 people. ‘Through continuous scientific research and information gained from many actual cases, we can make a prediction on a certain type of earthquake.’ However, after the earthquake in Sichuan took place, Zhang Ziaodong from the China Earthquake Networks Center held a press conference at China’s State Department on May 13. At the conference Zhang denied the quake in Sichuan was predictable and said that predicting earthquakes was a ‘difficult task worldwide.'”
Why did the Chinese media stay quiet about this important issue? “A frontline reporter disclosed that Beijing had sent out rules on reporting the earthquake, ‘To propagate positive, constructive news and forbidding criticism and introspective articles.’ Recently, according to our source, Beijing has officially banned discussing the subject of earthquake prediction in public.”
“However, more and more information has indicated accurate prediction on the quake had been presented to Beijing on many occasions. The communist military had also taken preventative measures based on the predictions.”
Predictions Had Saved Lives Before, Why Not This Time?
“Chen also said during an interview with CCTV two years ago, that following an accurate prediction, a quake that took place in China on February 4, 1975, only took 1,300 lives instead of 100,000. Chen also gave examples from overseas, how predicting earthquakes had cut down the number of deaths – only three died in California in 2003 and 40 in Japan in 2004, two countries where earthquake prediction was released before the event.
“By May 24, 2008, the Sichuan quake was estimated to have killed 60,560, injured 352,290, and 26,221 people were still missing, according to information released from China’s State Department. A Chinese social economist, He Qinglian, commented about the difference in speeches coming out of Beijing about quake prediction before and after Sichuan, ‘In China, earthquake prediction is pure science and earthquake forecasting announcement is pure politics. This is how it works in China, whether in the past or present.‘” [emphasis added.]
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Posted by feww on May 23, 2008
Raging Fire Forces Evacuation in Silicon Valley
As the wildfire consumed more than 3,000 acres with no containment, the governor issued an emergency declaration for Santa Cruz County.
About 300 people whose homes are in the path of the rapidly spreading fire have been evacuated under a mandatory order, according to officials in city of Gilroy, California.
It’s believed that the fire, which is moving southeast toward the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, could grow to 10,000 acres before it burns out.
Acording to CalFire at least 12 structures have been burned, but no injuries have been reported. Power is out in much of the area due to falling trees.
Some 600 firefighters are fighting the blaze and another 2,000 are expected to arrive soon. (Source)
Sun through the smoke! (Credit: Michael Congdon, via Mercury News.) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
The experts at Creating A Sustainable Future (CASF) believe that 2008-2010 would be the worst ever period for catastrophic wildfires throughout the United States and elsewhere on the globe!
- Acres burned: 3,000, including at least 15 structures. (Fire officials say it could grow to 10,000 or more.) No injuries reported.
- Evacuation information: Evacuation facilities set up at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville. For information, 335-6717, 335-6718, 335-6719.
- Volunteer:Volunteer Centers of Santa Cruz County, call 427-5070
- Animal Services: Santa Cruz Animal Services helping with large animal evacuations. For information, 454-7303.
- Evacuation checklist
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Posted by feww on May 18, 2008
Why was the quake nurse reduced to tears and had to beg the soldiers to rescue children?
If rescuing the children wasn’t their priority, and clearly it wasn’t, what were the soldiers ordered to do?
Anguished Chinese Nurse Serving in the Earthquake Disaster Area:
Please Rescue The Children!
Photo below was taken by Jason Lee of Reuters news agency (China). The caption reads:
“A nurse holding a general’s written order begs soldiers to rescue surviving children still buried in the ruins of another nearby school in the old city district near a mountain at the earthquake-hit Beichuan county, Sichuan province, May 15, 2008. The soldiers are not under the command of the general, whose written order reads: ‘Please arrange for rescue operations at this school as quickly as possible.'”
What were the orders soldiers own general gave them?
When did the authorities decide they couldn’t cope with too many quake survivors?
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A close up of the nurse’s face. Her heartfelt agony speaks a thousand words!
[Reuters caption: A nurse cries as she begs soldiers to rescue surviving children still buried in the ruins of another nearby school in the old city district near a mountain at the earthquake-hit Beichuan county, Sichuan province, May 15, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
The Olympics can wait; the survivors can’t!
“Although the time for the best chance of rescue, the first 72 hours after an earthquake, has passed [exactly as planned by CPC], saving lives remains the top priority of our work [believe what I say, not what I do, you ‘ignorant peasants’],” the [doublespeaking] Chinese president, Hu Jintao, told the survivors. (Source)
To the CORRUPT Chinese Government: The World is Watching YOU!
“Parents’ grief turns to anger at shoddily built deathtrap schools”
“Three days after the quake struck, troops and fire engines queued idly along the roadsides waiting for orders.”
“‘I saw a doctor walking along the lines of bloody bodies, checking pulses and looking at wounds. If he shook his head the nurses were instructed not to take the person to the operating theatre but move them to another room to die. It was like a scene from a war film,’ she said.” (Source)
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