Daily Archives: April 1, 2018

New England Geology: Sea Level and the Last Glacial Maximum


Rick Le Mon
Published on Dec 18, 2012

A brief overview of the effect that ice sheets have on sea level.

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New England Trees and Forests: Faculty Insight with Donald Pfister


Havard Extension School
Published on Jul 25, 2012

Professor Donald Pfister discusses the ecological history and importance of trees and forests in New England, as well as the need for responsible management practices amidst our global climate change. In spring 2013, Pfister, the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany at Harvard University, is teaching BIOS E-120 Trees and Forests of New England, http://www.extension.harvard.edu/cour….

California’s Water Wars


SBS Dateline

Published on Aug 15, 2017

After 6 years of drought, California has finally had a deluge of rain. But with much of the state’s water supply being sent to LA, people in drought-affected areas feel they’ve been left high and dry.

A World Without Water (Environmental Catastrophe Documentary)


Real Stories

Published on Apr 26, 2017
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This film investigates the future of the world’s water, and paints a disturbing picture of a world running out of the most basic of life’s essentials.

8 year old Vanessa and her parents have to walk almost a mile down the cliffs of El Alto in Bolivia to collect water from an unreliable well every day. Yet, they live just a few hundred metres from their city’s main water treatment plant and can see millions of gallons just beyond the barbed wire fence. They are victims of waters increasing commodification.

The struggle for this precious resource and the battle for its ownership is explored through compelling stories of families living in Bolivia, Detroit, Dar Es Salaam and Rajestan. As the background to these stories we explore the conflicts over the future of water and see how even those living in the relatively water-rich UK hold the survival of the planet in our hands.

H2WOE India’s Water Crisis: A Warning To The World


RT Documentary

Published on Aug 21, 2016

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The Indian state of Punjab is undergoing a severe water crisis. Once an agricultural leader in India, it’s now turning into a desert. Farmers and other rural dwellers are going bankrupt over the need to pay for water delivered from other regions. In this drastic situation, the number of suicides has skyrocketed, but the authorities deny that people are killing themselves over the water shortage.
Water has become a luxury for the people in the Indian state of Punjab. Thousands of villages here rely on water deliveries from elsewhere. People have to pay exorbitant prices for water that their state once had in abundance. Farmers can no longer afford to grow food, their crops are dying and they are left with enormous debts. The devastation has led many to take their own lives. Meanwhile the authorities turn a blind eye to the mass suicides.

The reasons behind the crisis are a combination of an unintended consequence of the green revolution in India and global climate change. The agricultural infrastructure built by the government is not effective. Traditional methods of gathering and preserving rainwater offer rural dwellers some relief, but cease to be sufficient during a drought.

The drastic water shortage dictates people’s lives here, with many spending significant amounts of their time on obtaining water: whether it be queueing for a tanker, waiting their turn at a half-dried well or digging reservoirs by hand in the hope of collecting some rainwater. To ensure their families’ survival, they come up with desperate arrangements – such as polygamous marriages; and have to prioritise what to spend their precious water on. RT Doc crew visits the sun-scorched Punjab to see with their own eyes how the task of obtaining water for their households became a matter of life or death for the people living there.

Cape Town’s water situation dire, as ‘Zero Day’ looms


The National

Published on Mar 12, 2018

Cape Town’s water situation gets more dire with each passing day, as the city’s self-proclaimed ‘Zero Day’ looms large. Residents have been asked to limit the amount of water they use each day, but the city’s mayor says it’s advice that’s rarely followed. With concern over the crisis mounting and people scrambling to ensure they’re prepared for a world without readily accessible water, the city’s economic divide has never been more apparent.

How Cape Town’s Residents Are Surviving the Water Crisis—For Now | Nationa l Geographic


National Geographic

Published on Mar 12, 2018

Cape Town, South Africa’s water crisis has hit everyone in the city, as restrictions make daily life a challenge.