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Ambassador Aslov about the UN International Year of Water Cooperation

Ambassador Sirodjidin Aslov is Permanent Representative of Tajikistan to the United Nations. In the most recent issue of UN Chronicle, Mr Aslov wrote about the Tajik vision for the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013.

 
Book of the Year 2012: Bankrupting Nature – Denying our Planetary Boundaries

Bankrupting Nature 120We are well into the year 2013, so it is safe to say what our 2012 Book of the Year is. It is «Bankrupting Nature – Denying our Planetary Boundaries».
This powerful book shows us that we are in deep denial about the magnitude of the global environmental challenges and resource constraints facing the world. Despite growing scientific consensus on major environmental threats as well as resource depletion, societies are largely continuing with business as usual, at best attempting to tinker at the margins of the problems.

 
News on World Water Day 2013 and the UN International Year of Water Cooperation

In 2013, the Netherlands is host to the global celebrations of World Water Day, 22 March. At the same time, the year 2013 is the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. What is going on? Stay tuned for up-to-date information.

 
Unprecedented glacier melting in the Andes blamed on climate change

Glaciers in the tropical Andes have been retreating at increasing rate since the 1970s, scientists write in the most comprehensive review to date of Andean glacier observations. The researchers blame the melting on rising temperatures as the region has warmed about 0.7°C over the past 50 years (1950–1994). This unprecedented retreat could affect water supply to Andean populations in the near future, according to a paper in The Cryosphere.

 
Impact of sea level rise on groundwater flow regimes: A sensitivity analysis for the Netherlands

In this thesis (1996), G.H.P. Oude Essink investigates the possible impact of sea-level rise and human activities on vulnerable coastal groundwater flow regimes in the Netherlands for the next millennium. The focus is on the distribution of fresh and saline groundwater, the volumes of freshwater lenses in the dunes and the seepage and salt load to polders. Since groundwater flow is a slow process, the consequences for the next thousand years are considered.

 
Salt Water Intrusion Meetings proceedings now available online

The Salt Water Intrusion Meetings (SWIMs) have been organized since 1968 and have become an important platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas about saltwater intrusion and coastal hydrogeology. Currently, SWIMs are organised every 2 years, and the venue alternates between a European and a non-European country. The proceedings and abstracts from the 22 meetings held to date form an important scientific legacy and they illustrate the developments in this field over the past 45 years.

 
Conclusions of Zaragoza International UN-Water Conference on Water Cooperation

Mutual trust and understanding the real needs of communities are key factors for successful water cooperation, according to the participants of the International UN-Water Conference on water cooperation which took place from 8 to 10 January 2013 in Zaragoza, Spain. The participants shared a wide range of initiatives, including experiences in rural and urban areas, and cases at country and basin level, to identify lessons learned and key success factors. The need for cooperation was highlighted as critical for sustainable water management.

 
AGU 2012 fall meeting: scientists perspectives on climate change

This is not cool. During the Fall Meeting of AGU, 3–7 December 2012 in San Francisco, videographer Peter Sinclair captured the views of eight scientists representing some of USA’s leading research institutions in a video produced for The Yale Forum.

 
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