Views of the UAE from the wing of a plane involved in cloud seeding. Photo: National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology
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Rainfall stimulating programme launched by UAE

A programme aimed at stimulating rainfall to increase water security in the UAE has been launched by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. Source: The National Managed by the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the Dh18.3 million programme will recruit scientists and researchers over the next three years to …

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Global action needed on water usage in food production

The UK’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is urging coordinated action to reduce the amount of hidden water used in food and drink production – estimated at up to 1.8 million litres per person every year, equivalent to an Olympic size swimming pool. Source: Institution of Chemical Engineers Every day …

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Healthier soils will give us – and the planet – a healthier century

The dirt beneath your feet is teeming with life. In any given tablespoon of soil, there may be more than 50 billion microbes – bacteria, fungi, nematodes, mites, and more. Ninety percent of all the organisms on earth live underground. In a handful of healthy soil, there is more biodiversity …

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These farmers grow maize, onions and other vegetables in a city in Ghana. They use groundwater to irrigate their crops. Photo:
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40 percent of the world’s cropland is in or near cities

Urban agriculture is clearly taking off around the world — in backyards, on rooftops and on local farms. But just how much of the world’s cropland can we really call urban? Source: The Salt A study published in Environmental Research Letters has an answer: somewhere around 1.1 billion acres is …

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Call for Abstracts: 19th Annual Water Reuse & Desalination Research Conference

The WateReuse Research Foundation is accepting abstracts for technical presentations at the 19th Annual Water Reuse & Desalination Research Conference. Source: WateReuse Research Foundation The Conference – to be held in Huntington Beach, California, on  4-5 May 2015 – showcases the latest results from cutting edge research related to water …

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Coastal Bangladesh can be twice as productive

Land and water productivity in the polders of coastal Bangladesh have tremendous potential to be improved, profitable, and resilient to problems brought about by climate change. Source: IRRI News This was IRRI collaborative scientist Manoranjan Mondal’s take-off point during his symposium presentation at the 4th International Rice Congress (IRC2014) on …

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Sustainable development goals offer unique opportunity to transform management of critical water resources

Targets that promote efficient and appropriate water use will be key to achieving the SDGs Source: IWMI The proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a set of goals to end poverty and hunger and sustain the environment, drafted by 70 nations and presently being discussed in the UN General Assembly …

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Bangladesh: Governmental anti-flood measures do more harm than good for local fishers

Since the 1970s, the government of Bangladesh has encouraged the draining of wetlands and established embankments to protect farmlands and houses from devastating floods. This crop-focused development has destroyed much of the inland fisheries, which in turn affect subsistence fishing for millions of rural families that rely heavily on this …

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Reviving traditional land management in Zambia

Canals on Zambia’s Barotse floodplain deliver water in the dry season and drain the grasslands during flooding. But when the channels became blocked and overgrown, local communities struggled to cope with the consequences. Source: WorldFish Every year Zambia’s Barotse flood plain is inundated by seasonal rain, transforming its expansive, flat …

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Sharing knowledge and experience to tackle salinity
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Sharing knowledge to tackle salinity

Many past solutions to manage salinity merely moved the problem downstream – or from the field to regional scale. A knowledge base developed by ICARDA and partners, under two global CGIAR Research Programs, helps planners address salinity problems simultaneously at the different scales. Source: ICARDA The build-up of salts in …

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