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Blog: Understanding the relationship between water, energy and food security

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By Rebecca Welling. Recognition and understanding of the closely-bound interaction between water, energy and food production and use – the 'nexus' – is established in these sectors, but perhaps for many, ‘this nexus’ is still not entirely understood.

Kingdom to fund housing projects for flood-hit Pakistanis

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Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdulaziz Ibrahim Saleh Al-Ghadeer has announced a comprehensive plan to identify major development priorities and finance some important projects for Pakistan, especially in disaster-hit regions.

Consequently the Kingdom will sign an MoU next week to fund the construction of 200 new houses in the flood-ravaged regions of Pakistan, a university and a world-class hospital in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan facing resource crunch for its controversial Jhelum-Neelum power project

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In a development that can help India win its case over 330-MW Kishanganga Power Project in remote Gurez, Pakistan is facing severe problems in managing the financial closure of its 990-MW Jhelum-Neelum power project in outskirts of PoK capital, Muzaffarabad.

Rising water level in Satluj damages wheat crop in 600 acres

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Nearly 600 acres of standing wheat crop in the district has been damaged due to sudden rise in the level of Satluj river, downstream Harike headworks.

Agricultural land in more than 10 villages, most of them situated along the river close to India-Pakistan border, have been inundated by the overflowing Satluj, though no loss to life has been reported so far.

 

Nitrates in California's water, study finds

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Polluted drinking water in some of California's most productive agricultural areas is putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk for disease and cancer, according to a study released Tuesday by UC Davis.

The report, commissioned by the State Water Resources Control Board, found that 10 percent of the 2.6 million people in the Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley drink groundwater that may contain high levels of nitrates from fertilizers.

Water Pollution From Farming Is Worsening, Costing Billions

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Water pollution from agriculture is costing billions of dollars a year in developed countries and is set to rise in China and India as farmers race to increase food production, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said.

Looking for gold in water investments

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Money manager Bill Brennan spends most of his waking hours thinking about something most Americans take for granted: water.

It may be the most essential of all commodities because without it none of us would be alive. But as an investment, water has had neither the glitter of gold nor the allure of oil.

But Brennan, a 49-year-old mechanical and biomedical engineer, is one of a small group of investors who are increasingly seeing an opportunity to make money from water.

Water wars & boiling points

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n a recent James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, the villain hatches diabolical plots to corner a certain South American country’s fresh water resources. The Bond war is not over deposits of oil and gold but water. The conflict potential of water has clearly arrived even in the public’s imagination.

Down the drain

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As the UN climate change meetings meander on in Durban, South Africa, with little sign of major breakthrough -- and soon after news that the last year saw the largest rise in carbon emissions in history -- it is a good time to think about how to deal with some of the impacts of a global warming that appear increasingly inevitable.

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.

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