Water Governance

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Food security study warns of climate change impact on global food supply

A new study of the effects of climate change on global agriculture, published by University of Washington climate researcher David Battisti in the journal Science, voices concerns about a global, “perpetual food crisis.” The study shows that climate disruption may cause massive, simultaneous crop failures in many regions as early as 2040. Findings based on […]

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700 square kilometers of ice calves off Antarctic ice shelf

An iceberg the size of New York City has broken off the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Satellite data shows that approximately 700 square kilometers separated from the shelf and shattered into hundreds of icebergs. The Wilkins Shelf, stable for most of the last century, began retreating in the 1990s. The trend has been widely […]

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Hurricane Katrina lawsuit highlights need for infrastructure adaptation

A lawsuit in the United States has highlighted the importance of adapting infrastructure to deal with the effects of extreme weather events such as storms. Last week, six plaintiffs in New Orleans filed a civil lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers, stating that a channel they had constructed adjacent to the city exacerbated the […]

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SFU study highlights importance of adaptive capacity for fishery-dependent nations

SFU researcher Nick Dulvy, a Canada Research Chair in marine biodiversity and conservation, has co-authored a new report published this month in the journal Fish and Fisheries. Dulvy, together with an international team of biologists and geographers, studied 132 countries and their dependence on fish for protein and income, as well as their social and […]

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Australia Turns to the Sea for Drinking Water

Australia Turns to the Sea for Drinking Water

The worst drought in a century, especially in Australia’s most populated and fastest growing regions, has forced state governments to make expensive, and in some quarters unpopular, decisions to secure water supply.As rainfall dwindles, new dams are a less-than-promising prospect, so governments have looked to the boundless resource surrounding the country — the sea — […]

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Mali Works to Protect Communities and Elephant Populations in the Face of Climate Change

Implementers of an international project to help endangered elephants in Mali want to prove that by doing so, they can also help local communities adapt to climate change in the Sahel. The Malian government lists elephants in Gourma in the country’s far desert north as highly endangered. A drought in the 1970’s killed most of […]

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New IPCC Technical Paper Focuses on Water

The sixth in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Technical Paper series, Climate Change and Water, addresses issues of freshwater and climate change. The paper notes “abundant evidence that freshwater resources are vulnerable and have the potential to be strongly impacted by climate change, with wide ranging consequences for human societies and ecosystems.” It also […]

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Australia’s Murray-Darling River System May Never Recover from Drought

The prolonged drought in Australia’s Murray-Darling river basin is worsening and the country’s food-producing region may forever be changed by accelerating climate warming, Australian government officials announced. Despite good autumn rains, June inflows into the river basin were the lowest in more than a century on record and climate experts are predicting a 60-70 percent […]

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