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Antarctica scientists try to unlock secrets of a frozen world

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One hundred years ago this week, on a fine summer afternoon, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and four travel-weary companions plunged a bright flag atop a spindly pole into the Antarctic ice, marking their claim as the first humans to set foot at the bottom of the world. The South Pole was theirs.

Pakistan's water resources: problems and remedies

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Pakistan is largely an arid to semiarid country with an average annual rainfall of about less than 100 mm in parts of lower Indus plains to more than 750 mm in the northern foothills, against crop water requirements ranging from 1487 mm in Jacobabad, Sindh, to 900 mm in Paraehinar, NWFP, 1280 mm in Faisalabad, Punjab, and 1400 mm, Turbat, Balochistan.

Treating Wastewater with Wetlands: A Viable Model for Southeast Asia

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Kim Irvine, professor of geography and planning at Buffalo State College, continues to make significant contributions to the effort to ensure that the people of Southeast Asia have adequate, safe drinking water.

UNICEF and partners provide hygiene education and clean water in post-flood Pakistan

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SINDH, Pakistan, 13 December 2011 – Tens of thousands of flood-affected children in Pakistan are being kept free of disease through the emergency provision of safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene lessons. But a lack of funding is putting in doubt future humanitarian assistance.

 

 

To Maintain Water Pumps, It Takes More Than a Village

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WaterAid is responding to a problem seen around the world: governments and charitable groups install water pumps, wells and other village water systems, but pay insufficient attention to keeping them running.   Surveys show that between 30 and 40 percent of water points in rural Africa are out of commission.  Many will never be repaired.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

In the bad old days, groups that installed water pumps swept in from outside, planned their project with very little input from local villages, did the work, took a lot of pictures and left.

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