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Category archives for: Water & Wetland

Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

Stumbling on submerged roots, attacked by bees and wading waist-deep through leech-infested water, the three researchers and their Pygmy guides progress at just 100 metres an hour through the largest and least-explored tropical bog in the world. The group halt and unpack what looks like a spear, which is plunged over and over again into […]

Tanguar Haor: Accusations fly as unique biodiversity comes under threat

Blue skies overhead, green fields underneath the clear beel and the continuous chirping of local and foreign birds- that is how a nature lover or tourist would describe Tanguar Haor, one of the many significant wetlands located in Sunamganj district.The haor, with its unique ecosystem known for hosting many species of fish and as a […]

intensifying winds could increase east Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise

Totten Glacier, the largest glacier in East Antarctica, is being melted from below by warm water that reaches the ice when winds over the ocean are strong — a cause for concern because the glacier holds more than 11 feet of sea level rise and acts as a plug that helps lock in the ice […]

Dramatic rise in plastic seabed litter around UK

There has been a dramatic rise in the amount of litter found on the seabed around Britain, according to new government data. An average of 358 litter items were found per square kilometre of seabed in 2016, a 158% rise on the previous year, and 222% higher than the average for 1992-94. Almost 78% of […]

Reining in the Rain

Where many see rain as a nuisance, Japan’s Makoto Murase sees a freshwater resource for millions. The World Health Organization estimates nearly 800 million people lack access to safe, clean drinking water. In Bangladesh alone, nearly 40 million people in rural villages are forced to either buy water or spend hours fetching it from polluted […]

Saving the World’s Oceans Is This Marine Biologist’s Life Pursuit

Sylvia Earle, an unstoppable force at 81, wants 20% of Earth's oceans declared protected marine areas by 2020. If there’s ever a Mount Rushmore for conservationists, Sylvia Earle’s likeness would surely be among those carved in granite. Or perhaps coral might be more a more fitting sculpture material for Earle, one of the world’s most relentless ocean […]

New water-tracing technology helps protect groundwater

UNSW Australia researchers have used new water-tracing technology in the Sydney Basin for the first time to determine how groundwater moves in the different layers of rock below the surface. The study provides a baseline against which any future impacts on groundwater from mining operations, groundwater abstraction or climate change can be assessed. “All underground […]

Several Nations Announce Massive Marine Reserves in the Pacific

The United States, Palau, the Cook Islands, and the Bahamas unveiled their plans on Tuesday, following Kiribati’s announcement Monday thatcommercial fishing would end in the vast marine reserves in its Pacific Ocean territory by the end of the year. “We need to do more, but that is a great start,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry […]

Wetlands in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has 6.8 million hectares of wetlands and 12 important wetlands listed in the Ramsar Convention for the protection of wetlands. Bangladesh lies at the intersection of the deltas of three great rivers, the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna and over 1000 smaller rivers.   Between them the rivers of Bangladesh discharge over 1,200 billion […]

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