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March 18, 2019

Climate Change could Eliminate Male Species: Feminist Dream or …

Category: Climate Change Science – admin 12:46 am

by: Ian McCoy

According to recent research by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) changes in environmental conditions (however subtle) that could be caused by climate change – could have a catastrophic consequences for animals that migrate. The ZSL did the research for the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) for its forthcoming report Climate change Vulnerability of Migratory Species.

We recently did an article entitled “when is a penguin a canary” about the pioneering work of Dr. Pablo Borboroglu and how penguins can act as a barometer of our oceans health. It now seems that migratory species such as whales and turtles are exceptionally vulnerable to climate change and actions necessary to be taken are addressed in a new book, Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species, by journalist/ environmentalist and CMS Ambassador, Stanley Johnson and co author Robert Vagg.

Migratory species are particularly threatened by climate change as they depend on different habitats to breed, feed and rest. This new report will hopefully facilitate the Conventions response in assisting migratory species, such as loggerhead turtles which migrate through British waters, in adapting to climate change – although one wonders what could be done in the event of a temperature rise that could cause whole populations to be feminized! According to experts this could happen – with the eradication of males from the species!

The ZSL Project Manager, Alyin McNamara who led the research for UNEP/CMS has said that increasing temperatures, changes in precipitation, sea level rise, ocean acidification, changes in ocean currents and extreme weather events will affect the migratory species populations including other species of turtle, the blue whale, the West African manatee and the giant catfish. She said the situation is extremely serious and that under the current “business as usual” emissions path it is hard to see how any of these species will be able to survive.

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS)

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is an intergovernmental treaty concluded under the United Nations Environment Programme and focusing on the conservation of a wide array of endangered migratory animals and their habitats worldwide through the negotiation and implementation of agreements and species action plans. With currently 113 member countries CMS is a fast-growing convention with special importance due to its expertise in the field of migratory species. CMS provides a framework for global adaptation and mitigation to save migratory species, and facilitates implementation in over 140 countries. Key components include identifying particularly threatened habitats and species, and initiating emergency response. For further information please visit

Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. The Society runs ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, carries out scientific research at the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation overseas.
Ian McCoy BA (hons)

Editoral Manager for the on line multi-media environmental news agency

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March 16, 2019

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August 7, 2018

Climate events could move Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state in Domino Effect

Category: Climate change impact,Climate Change Science – admin 9:48 am

Leading scientists warn that passing such a point would make efforts to reduce emissions increasingly futile

A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists has warned.

This grim prospect is sketched out in a journal paper that considers the combined consequences of 10 climate change processes, including the release of methane trapped in Siberian permafrost and the impact of melting ice in Greenland on the Antarctic.

The authors of the essay, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stress their analysis is not conclusive, but warn the Paris commitment to keep warming at 2C above pre-industrial levels may not be enough to “park” the planet’s climate at a stable temperature.

They warn that the hothouse trajectory “would almost certainly flood deltaic environments, increase the risk of damage from coastal storms, and eliminate coral reefs (and all of the benefits that they provide for societies) by the end of this century or earlier.”

“I do hope we are wrong, but as scientists we have a responsibility to explore whether this is real,” said Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. “We need to know now. It’s so urgent. This is one of the most existential questions in science.”

Rockström and his co-authors are among the world’s leading authorities on positive feedback loops, by which warming temperatures release new sources of greenhouse gases or destroy the Earth’s ability to absorb carbon or reflect heat.

Their new paper asks whether the planet’s temperature can stabilise at 2C or whether it will gravitate towards a more extreme state. The authors attempt to assess whether warming can be halted or whether it will tip towards a “hothouse” world that is 4C warmer than pre-industrial times and far less supportive of human life.

Katherine Richardson from the University of Copenhagen, one of the authors, said the paper showed that climate action was not just a case of turning the knob on emissions, but of understanding how various factors interact at a global level.

“We note that the Earth has never in its history had a quasi-stable state that is around 2C warmer than the preindustrial and suggest that there is substantial risk that the system, itself, will ‘want’ to continue warming because of all of these other processes – even if we stop emissions,” she said. “This implies not only reducing emissions but much more.”


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November 30, 2015

The US EPA Will Require Carbon Emissions Reporting In 2011 by …

by: Daniel Stouffer

Mandatory carbon (CO2) emissions reporting is more important than ever as the United States works with facilities to reduce substances known to adversely affect air quality, the climate, and lead to global warming. Most of the known matter that is destroying the earth’s ozone layer and contributing to global warming is derived from manmade compounds and chemicals with high global warming potential (GWP) and commonly known as greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Around the country a comprehensive initiative, which includes mandatory carbon emissions reporting has been introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the intention of controlling carbon dioxide (CO2) and greenhouse gases (GHGs) that have an effect on global climate change. Unfortunately, some substances like refrigerant gases not only have high global warming potential but they also destroy the ozone layer when emitted into the atmosphere.

The U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), working in cooperation with many international governments, reiterate a common message related to the dangers of carbon emissions. CO2 and its unrestricted use will only lead to more environmental damage therefor more regulations will continue to limit carbon emissions in the future. A measuring, managing, and mitigating greenhouse gas emission places the foundation for future carbon emissions trading schemes within the United States. The European Union has worked on carbon emissions reductions as part of The Kyoto Protocol for a number of years. At a meeting planned in late 2009, global leaders in the fight against climate change will rework and redefine the next set of rules to follow The Kyoto Protocol. The U.S. under leadership form President Obama plan to be active participants.

As part of the draft greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations, any organization that uses refrigerant gases or other regulated substances would be required to comply with mandatory carbon emissions reporting. In addition to refrigerant gases, the following 6 chemical compounds all factor into a comprehensive carbon accounting. The Kyoto Protocol establishes legally binding commitments for the reduction of four greenhouse gases; carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), and two groups of refrigerant gases; CFCs and PFCs.)

Refrigerant gases are known to affect the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. Numerous gases are listed in the EPA regulations including nitrous oxide, methane, carbon dioxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, nitrogen trifluoride, and ethers. These substances are important to track in relation to existing regulations such as The Montreal Protocol and are partially covered under the proposed mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting regulations.

The EPA’s mandatory carbon emissions reporting plan comes into effect in 2010. Companies must file a first report in 2011 covering the previous year. These requirements cover those facilities with HVAC systems, refrigeration and AC systems, companies that make industrial chemicals, as well as fossil fuels, engines and automobiles. Many industrial chemicals harm the environment by destroying the ozone layer or enhance global warming. The following chemicals, such as refrigerant gases, lead to harmful effects on the environment: chlorofluorocarbons, hydrofluorocarbons, halons, methyl chloroform, chlorine, fluorine, bromine and carbon tetrachloride amongst others.

The U.S. Clean Air Act, in addition to the mandatory emissions reporting by amounts, calls for the facilities and municipalities alike to monitor and track and subsequently report harmful substances, such as refrigerant gases that are in common use. Companies that fail to comply face heavy penalties, not only in the form of fines from the EPA but also due to financial losses when carbon trading and the concepts of carbon credits become pervasive across the economy.

Organizations can comply with CO2 emissions management regulations and reporting in a couple of ways. Monitoring and tracking can be handled manually and the reports completed by hand. However this approach can be very time-consuming and error-prone, and many will opt to use a software program or a web-based application to automatically handle the monitoring and tracking requirements of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Automation helps to ensure that reports are accurate and timely. Automation is also cost-effective and much more efficient for companies with multiple operational locations or systems.

Mandatory carbon emissions reporting will definitely lower this country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The government has said that 13,000 facilities are responsible for between 85 and 90% of the harmful substances in the air.

The U.S., by enacting a carbon emissions management, tracking, and reporting protocol, helps to educate and lead organizations of all sizes down a path that will lower overall carbon emissions. This will help reduce global warming, tighten the efficiencies of many organizations, and ultimately lead to a more sustainable future. This initiative is being repeated at various locations worldwide with the aim of addressing climate change head on – in as straightforward of a manner with immediate financial incentives to drive rapid and economy wide adoption of carbon reduction and market-based trading.

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Cavity Wall Insulation How It Works And How You Can Get It …

Category: Home Energy,Home Improvement – admin 7:08 pm

by: Alex Perry

One of the best ways to save on your heating bills and make your home warmer in winter is to install ‘cavity wall insulation’. Plus if you choose the right installer you can get the job done professionally for a very low price, with a 25 year guarantee. In fact some people can get it done completely free. The following article explains all about cavity wall insulation and how to get it installed for less.

In most UK houses built after the 1920s, the external walls are made of 2 layers with a small air gap or cavity in between them. If your home has unfilled cavity walls, a considerable slice of your energy bills will be spent heating the air outside. In fact it is estimated that around 35% of the heat from your home is lost through the walls.

Filling the gap between the 2 walls of a house with an insulating material massively decreases the amount of heat (and money) that is escaping through your walls. This could save you between £130 and £160 a year on your fuel bills for an average house, according to the UK’s Energy Saving Trust, and pay back the cost of installation in under 2 years. It will also prevent around 1 tonne of CO2 emissions each year, so makes a significant contribution to fighting Climate Change. Plus having your cavity walls insulated will make your home more comfortable by evening out the temperature in your home, help reduce condensation, and also keep your home cooler in hot summer weather.

This is a job that is definitely best done by a professional, as it can be quite technically demanding and requires specialist equipment. However, despite paying a contractor, it can be done for little money. This is because the large UK gas and electricity companies heavily subsidise the cost of insulation through certain contractors, in order to reach their carbon reduction targets set by the government. Typically they pick up 30 to 70% of the bill, no matter what your income. The contractor will also take care of all the paperwork, so that you automatically get these subsidies. In addition, if you receive certain state benefits, the government will pick up the rest of the cost so you can get your home installed completely free. When you get a quote from a contractor, they will be able to tell you whether you qualify for these grants.

How is cavity wall insulation installed? The cavity wall is injected with insulating material by drilling small holes in the external wall through the mortar joints. The holes are generally around 2cm wide and are made good after the injection by the installer. The material injected is normally ‘mineral wool’ (fibres made from rock or glass), polystyrene beads or white foam. All materials have a similar insulation performance. The insulation normally takes about 2 hours to install, but the time does depend on the size of the house and other factors such as access.

How do you know if your house has cavity walls? Most houses built after the 1920’s have been built with cavity walls. An easy way to check is to look at the brickwork in your outside walls. If all the bricks are laid the same way, with just their sides showing (rather than their ends), then you have cavity walls. But you don’t need to make sure of this yourself. All good insulation contractors will offer you a free no-obligation insulation survey, when they can check for your and let you know what is possible.

All reputable cavity wall insulating contractors in the UK are members of the Cavity Wall Insulation Agency (CIGA) guarantee scheme. This scheme gives you a 25 year guarantee on your cavity wall insulation, so that you can be completely confident in the quality of the work. Plus you will be able to pass this guarantee on to any future purchaser of your house, which will help contribute to your house’s value.

If you are interested in installing cavity wall insulation, you should contact a reputable contractor to request a free no-obligation survey. You can do this through the site mentioned at the bottom of this article (go to the page about insulation), or else several contractors advertise on the Internet (if you type in ‘cavity wall insulation’ into Google)

Alex Perry is a founder of , a site dedicated to making it easy for people to save energy and cut their personal contribution to Climate Change by giving them information and putting them in touch with companies that can help.


The Basics Of Carbon Offsetting by Tom Aikins –

Category: Uncategorized – 6:54 pm

by: Tom Aikins

In order to reduce global emissions we all must reduce as many carbon producing activities as possible, and offset the emissions we cannot eliminate by purchasing carbon credits. There are many motives attracting companies and individuals to the carbon market. Many participants are attracted solely by their corporate and private contribution to the impact of global climate change, although public perception of corporate environmental responsibility has become increasingly important. Additionally, a noticeable trend is developing for speculation in the future value of carbon at both corporate and private levels through carbon offset holdings in various registries.

Both the compliance and voluntary markets have seen substantial growth in recent years with recent downward pressure perceived as a direct correlation between carbon prices and reduced industrial output during the recent global economic downturn. As many economies are now coming out of the recession and with ever stringent UN emissions targets coming into force, most experts expect the emissions markets to experience significant growth. Businesses are now more aware of their public perception and social responsibility and are extremely motivated to announce their green credentials.

Many investment banks such as JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Barclays and Goldman Sachs have all entered the market place. Nearly every investment bank has set up an environmental markets division and there are now a host of funds that are dedicated to the sector.

Expectations are high, and estimates of the potential size of a U.S. Cap and trade market range from $300 billion to $2 trillion. SBI Energy claimed in their 2009 report that the value of the carbon market has grown from $727 million in 2004 to $118 billion in 2008 globally.

The carbon markets offer a number of enticing factors. If you would like to offset emissions personally or professionally, please use our carbon calculator to anticipate the amount of CO2e offsets you would require to reach carbon neutral status. Alternatively, you may be searching for an ethical investment that may provide potential profits yet ultimately offers many positive effects to our environment. Although U.S. cap and trade may become the catalyst that drives the future of carbon, one should be aware that investment in the carbon markets is highly speculative, and that the prime motivation should always be the environmental benefits.
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November 22, 2015

Solar PV (Photovoltic) by Igen Energy

Category: Uncategorized – 12:07 am

by: Igen Energy

This is the age of making a strong decision in favour of human being and environment , Now we have to be serious about a new and powerful energy source .With climate change global warming at the forefront of the agenda, there has been much discussion and research into finding an alternative to traditional sources of energy. Finally we find out one of the best option Sun Energy (Solar PV). Solar electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.

Solar PV offers a number of advantages over other sources of renewable energy. Its impacts include: the effect of emissions on human health and welfare, agricultural productivity, and infrastructure; the security costs of ensuring a reliable oil supply and a safe nuclear resource; and the potential costs of adjusting to global climate change. Following are the basic reasons why investing in solar PV for your home and Industries benefits both you for financial and the environment.

1. No harmful emissions or greenhouse gases. Solar power is a clean, renewable and sustainable source of energy.

2. solar PVtechnology is low maintenance, durable and completely noiseless. Unlike wind turbines there are no moving parts to break and no noise pollution. Once installed, PV panels require very little maintenance, and are incredibly durable.

3. The sun is an unlimited, free source of energy that is available worldwide. PV panels only require daylight, not direct sunlight to produce electricity. This means that they are not just effective in the summer months, but all year round, even on the cloudy days.

4. Free electricity during the day. When your PV system is generating electricity during the day, you will not have to buy electricity from your supplier. Therefore running appliances during the day will help you save hundreds of pounds off your electricity bill.

5. solar PV technology is versatile. Depending on your preference, you can choose between having PV panels installed onto your existing roof, or integrating the technology into the building materials themselves with solar tiles or slates.

6. Solar PV is a good investment. With the introduction of the Feed-In Tariff, homeowners are now paid for every unit of electricity they generate from their PV panels, even if they use it themselves. solar PV not only offers the highest payments, but also the longest payment period.

7. Protect yourself from rising energy prices. The cost of traditional energy sources is rising and is likely to continue to do so. By installing a solar PV system on your home you will have your own source of free electricity and therefore depend less on electricity suppliers to power your home.

8. A solar PV system could increase the value of your home. As it is a source of free electricity and income thanks to the Feed-In Tariffs, a solar PV system is likely to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

9. Easy, hassle-free installation. Once a site survey has been completed for your home to ensure it is suitable, the installation process is very simple.

10.No maintenance, with a long functional lifetime of 30+ years. PV solar installed in the 1960’s is still working.

11.Silent in operation.

12.No planning permission needed.

13.Works all year round.
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November 15, 2015

Gas Price Cause People To Buy Electric Car by Will DeJarnette

Category: Uncategorized – 6:31 am

by: Will DeJarnette

Electric cars of the past were nowhere near as innovative as they are these days. Nowadays’s cars have longer ranges, are faster, and are more durable owing to battery cell technology improvements. In addition to this, the batteries can be charged in a shorter period of time. Gas driven cars are substantially more costly to run than electric cars. This is the main reason why electric automobiles today are fast gathering interest among large amounts of people.

The financial crises we are all having to deal with is affecting the whole world economy, not simply the American people. With gas prices permanently fluctuating and as people need to save as much money because they can, many individuals are now doing aside with their gasoline driven automobile and exchanging it for electric automobiles.

An additional cause why individuals are now obtaining electric vehicles would be to revel within the tax breaks and other advantages how the federal and state government are providing. Like a method to lessen the reliance of the country on foreign oil items, the US Government is encouraging people to purchase electric automobiles by offering broad tax breaks on people who own and use electric automobiles. In some states, they likewise provide advantages to individuals, such as immunity from carpool lane requirements and free of charge car parking on meters and spend parking places.

If you think about it, you will be in a position to save a good deal of money on taxes and likewise get a good deal of convenience as you will be in a position to use the carpool lane any time.

You likewise have to recognize that many people are preoccupied about the environment. More and more people are actively getting engaged in giving, in their own way, to ease planetary warming and climate change, and one of the best ways to do it is to go electric.

Gas powered automobiles or cars that burn fuel through the internal combustion engine, generate CO2, which stays in the atmosphere. This greenhouse gas, adds to planetary warming and as a result, climate change.

As people are obtaining preoccupied concerning the environment, increasing numbers of people are now purchasing electric vehicles as these vehicles do not emit anything detrimental to the environment.

These are the 3 factors why people are now purchasing electric cars and why electric automobiles are obtaining growing numbers of popular than actually before. From saving money, government and state incentives to helping the planet, buying an electric car makes sense, whichever way you view it.

Copyright (c) 2010 Will DeJarnette
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October 17, 2015

The Green Market Makes Evan Carmichael’s List of Top 50 Social …

Category: Uncategorized – 8:48 am

by: Richard Matthews

Since its inception in 2008, The Green Market has received many accolades in the areas of sustainability and green investing. This year, EvanCarmichael named The Green Market one of the Top 50 Social Entrepreneurship Blogs To Watch in 2010. is the Internet’s number one resource for small business motivation and strategies. With over 450,000 monthly visitors, 4,750 contributing authors, and 83,000 pages of content, no website shares more profiles of famous entrepreneurs and inspires more small business owners than

In recognizing social entrepreneurship indicated that these individuals and organizations, “seem to have found the best of both worlds: they are making a profit in their business while also giving back to their communities….They’re the social entrepreneurs who are carving out unique niches in the business world by responding to the social, economic, and environmental problems that affect us all.”

The Green Market is part of a growing movement that puts digital technologies to work for social change. Here are EvanCarmichael’s top environmentally themed social entrpreneurship blogs to watch for 2010.

1. Inhabitat : This site is devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

2. Green Inc.: The ways in which society is being reshaped by the pressures of climate change, limited fossil fuel resources and the mainstreaming of “green” consciousness. This site covers topics like renewable energy policy, carbon markets and dubious eco-advertising.

3. Environmental Leader: The leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives fully informed about energy, environmental and sustainability news.

4. Greenbang: This site tracks the explosion of developments affecting global business leaders working toward a low-carbon future. They report on winning sustainability strategies, technological breakthroughs, leading-edge thinkers and cutting-edge discoveries.

5. EcoGeek: Devoted to exploring the symbiosis between nature and technology.

6. Cleantech Blog: The premier cleantech site for commentary on news and technology relating to clean tech, greentech, energy, climate change and carbon, and the environment.

7. Ecopreneurist: News and advice on sustainable and social entrepreneurship. Learn about new green products and services, and get marketing and branding assistance for your green start-up business.

8. EcoStreet: This site focuses on going green. A less complicated and more accessible approach to going green.

9. Green VC: Dedicated to supporting green and social entrepreneurs as well as those working in established organizations who are interested in environmental and social responsibility.

10. Sustainable Business Design: N. E. Landrum teaches, researches, publishes, and consults on topics related to strategic management, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable business.

11. World is Green: This site concentrates on business strategy and sustainability as well as the harmonious functioning of the three components of the triple bottom line.

12. Echoing Green: Documents news, trends, and the true life of social entrepreneurs. The sites goal is to seed social entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas for positive change.

13. The Green Market: Richard Matthews is a consultant, eco-entrepreneur, sustainable investor and writer. He is the author of numerous articles on sustainable positioning, green investing, environmental politics and eco-economics. This blog covers the convergence of sustainable capitalism and the global environment.

14. Green Marketing 2.0: This site provides technics for using Internet technology and online marketing for social change. It covers search engine marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), pay per click advertising (PPC), social media, online branding, and more.

15. Ecology and Economics: This site is intended to refine economists’ and ecologists’ views, agreements, and disagreements on current environmental and natural resource issues. Its authors hope that ecological economics will gain traction in social and political discussion and policy making.

16. Eco-Office Gals: Ways of building businesses green and paperless. Includes information about sites and products that its authors find safe and useful for our environment.

17. OppGreen Insights: This site supports the movement to transform business for good, through advancing change and market transformation by providing open-minded professionals unprecedented approaches to sustainability that are bankable and exciting.

18. BusinessGreen Blog: A business website that offers companies the latest news and best-practice advice on how to become more environmentally responsible, while still growing the bottom line.

19. Future of Business: Commentary and information about green business: articles, discussions, news, interviews, and even green jobs.

20. Global Voices Online: A community of more than 200 bloggers around the world who work together to bring you translations and reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.

21. GreenBiz: The leading source for news, opinion, best practices, and other resources on the greening of mainstream business. Its mission is to provide learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in a manner that supports profitable business practices.

22. TreeHugger: The leading eco-lifestyle website dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. The latest in green news, opinions, interviews, and trends. With more than 60 contributors from around the globe, they deliver the cutting-edge scoop on green architecture, design, gadgets, technology, fashion, health, politics, science, and more to more than 2 million visitors each month.

23. CSRwire: The leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports, events and information. Members are interested in communicating their corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible initiatives to a global audience.
Richard Matthews is the President of Small Business Consulting, he is a successful sustainable investor and writer. He is also the owner of The Green Market, one of the Web’s most comprehensive sites for sustainable resources.

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October 10, 2015

Challenges Of Water Scarcity Can Be Helped By Biopesticides …

Category: Uncategorized – 12:00 am

by: Alison Withers

The changing climate due to global warming, deforestation and other issues is threatening water shortages in some places and too much water in others.

This has enormous implications for flooding some populations out of places where they can live, but also for farming, as population growth means there is little new land available for agricultural development.

In the UK’s Independent Newspaper, May 11 2010, Holly Williams writes that water movement varies around the world. The Pacific Ocean has quite a self-contained cycle, with little water movement towards land while The Atlantic and Indian oceans see more water cycling onto land. The majority of water in Europe, the Americas and Africa comes from the Atlantic as rain – and returns to the ocean through rivers.

Water movement is dictated by temperature changes and in November 2009 a satellite launchd by the Centre for the Study of the Biosphere from Space has been helping plot the changes in the world’s water patterns. It measures the emissions of natural microwaves from the earth’s surface to track changes in the soil’s dampness and increases in saltiness on the surface of the seas.

It’s expected to reinforce evidence of the effects of global warming by showing how the increase in temperature could lead to more extreme rainfall distribution, where wet areas will get wetter and dry areas dryer, leading to increased risks of flood and drought.

If climate change is not taken seriously both low to middle income developing regions and highly developed countries will face water stress in the future.

By 2025, India, China and select countries in Europe and Africa are predicted to face water scarcity unless they adopt adequate and sustainable water management initiatives.

Developed countries traditionally have high per capita water consumption and need to focus on reducing it through improved water management practices.

Although low and middle income developing countries currently have low per capita water consumption, they also have rapid population growth and inefficient use of water across sectors.

India is a good illustration: industry expansion, the purchasing power of the rapidly growing middle class able to buy equipment like washing machines, and farmers striving to increase production and meet changing food demands are pushing up water demand. Demand for agricultural products with a high water footprint is expected to rise with increased disposable income and urbanization and the proportion of non-food grain, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables and animal products in people’s daily diets is expected to grow from 35% in 2000 to 50% by 2050.

The website Circle of reports that cross-border private land investments have been occurring since early 2000 and that A World Economic Forum Water Initiative report has found that if forecasts for future water demand are accurate, and reforms to trade do not occur, rapidly industrializing economies across South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, supporting approximately 2.5 billion people will be searching elsewhere for water-rich land for their food.

So countries need to get serious about water conservation and minimising waste water, and there are signs that some are introducing such measures

India, one of the world’s leading crop producers, recently recognized the need to manage existing water reserves in order to avoid future water strain; however, it’s alleged that the initiatives taken so far are too few and too spread out. It needs to do much more to clean up its rivers, promote water conservation and curb industrial and human pollution of its water.

China is implementing large scale, multi-sector projects using innovative water management techniques to reduce the impact of water stress. They include inter-basin river linkage, plans to build three massive north-south aqueducts to pump water from the Yangtze River to Beijing by 2010, community-based Rainwater Harvesting (using rainwater tanks supplying nearly 2 million people and supplementing irrigation for 236,400 hectares of land) and by introducing water treatment technologies in six cities across China.

The USA has also used Inter-Basin River Linkage schemes like the Colorado River Canal System which supplies water to over 25 million people and helps irrigate 1.42 MM hectares of land. Most of Southwest US receives water supplied from this canal system. In 2005, the EPA launched a pre-treatment program in the Mid-Atlantic Region, where publicly owned treatment works collect wastewater from domestic, commercial and industrial facilities and transport it to treatment plants before it is discharged and 1,900 industries across 6 states are regulated under this program

The new generation agricultural biotechnology products being researched by biopesticides developers are also making a contribution. The UN’s Food and Agriculture organisation says that biotechnology has a valuable role to play in addressing the challenge of water scarcity in developing countries.

Such tools could include biopesticides and biological yield enhancers that focus on drought resistance in plants without further depleting the soil in which they grow but also the new generation agricultural products will reduce the chemical residues in the land, water sources and food.

Copyright (c) 2010 Alison Withers
The changing climate due to global warming, deforestation and other issues is threatening water shortages in some places and too much water in others. Consumer journalist Ali Withers asks whether Biopesticides Developers in new low-chem agriculture can play a part along with measures to conserve water and prevent pollution of precious supplies.

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