It’s a lazy Saturday morning at the Unger house. Mom is at work, and she left me and the kids (ages 11, nine, seven and five) a giant list of chores to complete while she is away. The problem is, we do not have much enthusiasm or energy to get them done — so what do we do?
How mushrooms turn agricultural biowaste into packaging, furniture and more
Plastics are a major source of pollution. What if we could replace them with new materials created by mushrooms?
Ottawa artist Cheryl Pagurek specializes in video installations and photography. Here we are looking at stills from her newest piece of work, Wave Patterns, a video that creates a matrix of twelve video channels where water flows at its most abstract to a contrasting soundtrack of construction noise.
Satellites track post-Sandy pollutants
Damage from Hurricane Sandy took several wastewater treatment plants offline, emptying bacteria- and virus-filled raw sewage into waterways.
Know where your water comes from and sign up for that treatment plant’s updates. If they don’t send at minimum text alerts for emergencies, pressure them to do so.
Ignorance is bliss," or so the old adage goes but unfortunately, when it comes to water, ignorance can be dangerous. According to a survey conducted by the Nature Conservancy, 77% of Americans who do not use private wells do not know where their drinking water comes from.
NO to DCWD Privatization
Employees of the water district in Davao City gather outside the city hall to protest a proposed P100-million loan from the Local Water Utility Administration that would lead to the privatization of the city’s water system.
World Water Day - Did you know?
Fetching water is part of the gender inequality. Check out these statistics from the United Nations Water for Life initiative:
- In rural Benin, girls ages 6-14 spend an average of one hour a day collecting water compared with 25 minutes for their brothers.
- In Malawi, there are large variations in the amount of time allocated for water collection based on seasonal factors, but women consistently spend four to five times longer than men on this task.
- In Tanzania, a survey found school attendance to be 12 per cent higher for girls in homes located 15 minutes or less from a water source than in homes one hour or more away. Attendance rates for boys appeared to be far less affected by distance from water sources.
- In 12% of households children carry the main responsibility for collecting water, with girls under 15 years of age being twice as likely to carry this responsibility as boys under the age of 15 years.
- Research in sub-Saharan Africa suggests that women and girls in low-income countries spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water—the equivalent of a year’s worth of labour by the entire Work force in France.
- In Africa, 90% of the work of gathering water and wood, for the household and for food preparation, is done by women. Providing access to clean water close to the home can dramatically reduce women’s workloads, and free up time for other economic activities. For their daughters, this time can be used to attend school.
In honor of World Water Day, here’s the tale of two cities in Texas that have run out of water because of the drought. The town of Robert Lee in West Texas has already cut its water consumption by 80 percent, and conditions are only getting worse.
According to climate scientists, little rainfall compounded by record high temperatures across the Southwest could be the new norm. In 2011, losses in crops, livestock and timber from the drought reached $10 billion.
(Photos by Saskia de Melker)