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Dragon's water weapon against India
No country will be more affected by China's dam frenzy than India because of one telling statistic: out of the 718 billion cubic metres of surface water that flows out of Chinese-held territory yearly, 347 billion cubic meters (or 48.3% of the total) runs directly into India. Several major Indian rivers originate in Tibet, including the Brahmaputra, the Kosi, the Sutlej and the Indus.China already boasts more large dams than the rest of the world put together. More importantly, it has emerged as the key obstacle to building institutionalized collaboration on shared water resources in Asia.In contrast to the bilateral water treaties between many of its neighbours, China rejects the concept of a water-sharing arrangement or joint, rules-based management of common resources.India has water-sharing treaties with both the countries located downstream to it: Pakistan and Bangladesh. These treaties govern the Indus and the Ganges.India's treaties with Pakistan and Bangladesh have actually set new principles in international water law. The 1996 Ganges treaty — which coincided with the 25th anniversary of Bangladesh's Indian-assisted independence — set a new standard by guaranteeing delivery of specific water quantities in the critical dry season.The Indus treaty stands out as the world's most generous water pact, in terms of both the sharing ratio (80.52% of the aggregate water flows in the six-river Indus system are reserved for Pakistan) and the total volume of basin waters for the downstream state (Pakistan gets 90 times greater volume of water than Mexico's share under a 1944 pact with the US).
India-China  environment 
37 minutes ago by thomas.kochi
Scientists identify vast underground ecosystem containing billions of micro-organisms | Science | The Guardian
The Earth is far more alive than previously thought, according to “deep life” studies that reveal a rich ecosystem beneath our feet that is almost twice the size of that found in all the world’s oceans.

Despite extreme heat, no light, minuscule nutrition and intense pressure, scientists estimate this subterranean biosphere is teeming with between 15bn and 23bn tonnes of micro-organisms, hundreds of times the combined weight of every human on the planet.

Researchers at the Deep Carbon Observatory say the diversity of underworld species bears comparison to the Amazon or the Galápagos Islands, but unlike those places the environment is still largely pristine because people have yet to probe most of the subsurface.
science  geography  environment  bio 
yesterday by juliusbeezer
Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change
Climate change underpins all the social and environmental determinants of health but also has positive implications. The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international, multi-disciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions following on from the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, which emphasised that the response to climate change could be “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”.
climatechange  environment  environmental-studies  health  international  public-policy  publichealth 
yesterday by dilibrary
Who are the gilets jaunes and what do they want?
A poll for Harris Interactive conducted after the violence on 1 December in Paris found 72% of French people continued to support the gilets jaunes but 85% said they disagreed with the violence in Paris.
politics  france  articles  environment  cars  transportation 
yesterday by mikael
Scallops Absorb Billions of Microplastics in Just 6 Hours
One of the biggest concerns surrounding the proliferation of microplastics in the world's oceans is how they might move up the food web from smaller to larger marine life, eventually ending up in our stomachs. Now, a first-of-its-kind study has shown just how quickly the tiny particles can accumulate in the bodies of shellfish under current levels of marine plastic pollution. The answer? Billions in just six hours.
plpa  foodwater  div  environment 
yesterday by bullfrogfilms
Confronting Edward Abbey on the 50th Anniversary of 'Desert Solitaire': A Conversation With Amy Irvine - Pacific Standard
Amy Irvine, the author of Desert Cabal, discusses what it means to write about public lands in the shadow of Abbey's classic.
bid  environment  fgf 
yesterday by bullfrogfilms
Fracking policies are wildly inconsistent across Australia, from gung-ho development to total bans
Fracking policies vary widely across Australia’s states and territories, and so do community attitudes. Our review of the literature on unconventional gas development in Australia reveals an inconsistent approach in how governments have responded to the industry. While coal seam gas extraction has proceeded almost unimpeded in Queensland, the industry was halted in its tracks in Victoria, with a permanent ban on fracking legislated in March this year.
tripd  fracking  gsr  energy  environment 
yesterday by bullfrogfilms
Opinion: The case for agroforestry | Devex
Farmer-managed natural regeneration is an agroforestry and agroecology technique in which native trees are carefully selected and left to grow on land often razed bare. Leaves decompose and become fertilizer; roots fix nitrogen and build up soil structure and microbiology. Carbon is sequestered, soil retains moisture, and firewood — scarce in these parts — is within easy reach through repeated pruning.
foodwater  evo  environment 
yesterday by bullfrogfilms
PUBLIC LANDS: Sage grouse, climate lawsuits loom over BLM lease sale -- Wednesday, December 5, 2018 -- www.eenews.net
Court rulings on the Bureau of Land Management's comment procedures and climate analysis have dramatically changed the landscape of the December oil and gas lease sales.
energy  environment  bid 
yesterday by bullfrogfilms
The Energy 202: U.S. plans to 'showcase ways to use fossil fuels' at a U.N. climate conference - The Washington Post
The promotion of fossil fuels comes as nearly 200 signatories to the Paris climate accord are gathering in Poland to discuss how they will carry out their commitments under the landmark agreement brokered by President Barack Obama in 2015.
energy  environment  divest 
yesterday by bullfrogfilms
(5) Winona LaDuke Calls for Indigenous-Led “Green New Deal” as She Fights Minnesota Pipeline Expansion - YouTube
While world leaders converge in Poland for the U.N. climate change summit, we look at the indigenous-led fight against destructive oil pipelines and the revolutionary potential of the Green New Deal with Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe environmental leader and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.
energy  environment  awake  ssg  plan  howto  wts 
yesterday by bullfrogfilms
Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world's biggest investors | Environment | The Guardian
Global investors managing $32tn issued a stark warning to governments at the UN climate summit on Monday, demanding urgent cuts in carbon emissions and the phasing out of all coal burning. Without these, the world faces a financial crash several times worse than the 2008 crisis, they said.
economy  energy  environment  divest 
yesterday by bullfrogfilms
From freecycling to Fairphones: 24 ways to lead an anti-capitalist life in a capitalist world | Environment | The Guardian
As the new Amazon advert goes, can you feel it? Amid the encroaching dark and increasingly foul weather, December is synonymous with stampedes to the supermarket, endless online clicks and the massed roar of delivery lorries – or, to be reductive about it, capitalism at its most joyful and triumph
environment  lifestyle  society 
yesterday by jeffhammond

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