Millions of people living in the lower reaches of the Ganges basin in India may face food shortages in the next three decades if the iconic river continues to lose water due to factors such as unsustainable groundwater extraction, according to a new study. The low river flows could also have implications for achieving United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, the researchers say in the study published in Scientific Reports. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The study, which analyzed the section of the Ganges – or Ganga, as it is known locally – that runs between the city of Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh and the Bay of Bengal, forecasts that in the absence of interventions, groundwater contribution to the river’s water flow will continue to diminish in the summer for the next 30 years. “The impacts of groundwater depletion on Ganga river flows are very complex,” study co-author … [Read more...] about As India’s Ganga runs out of water, a potential food shortage looms
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Coral reefs provide essential protection for people who live near coasts all over the world, according to a recent study. But reefs are dying because of the consequences of human activity, especially climate change. The study found that without reefs, annual damage from flooding would double from $4 billion to $8 billion. On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma slammed into the Florida Keys, whipping islands with 130-mph winds and bringing surging ocean waters 4 to 6 feet higher than normal. The Category 4 storm reduced almost all ground-level homes to rubble in some parts of the Keys. Boats crashed onto roads and into trees, and cars were washed across streets. For some, returning to the Keys after the storm was impossible. About eight weeks after Irma hit, Erich Bartels, a scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory’s coral research facility on Summerland Key, told Business Insider that the local community … [Read more...] about About 50% of the world’s coral reefs have died. Without protection from reefs, coastal cities will see skyrocketing flood damage, a new study says.
By Lee Reich The Associated Press Tues., June 5, 2018 In many regions, sufficient rain falls throughout the growing season that you can pretty much forget about watering except to get newly planted transplants established. But even in those places, timely watering often spells the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that is truly exuberant. Timely watering need not involve setting up your sprinkler and then moving it around each day to ensure that the roots of all your plants get a good soaking. One way to avoid being a slave to your sprinkler is to grow plants that can get by with natural or little rainfall. In the vegetable garden, plants such as tomatoes and melons, once established, can go long periods without rain. (They will yield more fruit with additional water, though.) Among flowers, many familiar plants are drought-tolerant, including such favourites as sedums, yarrow, alyssum, butterfly weed, cerastium, black-eyed Susan, morning glory, moss rose, … [Read more...] about Make watering your garden easier, more efficient
Dropping your phone into water is a nightmare, as unless your phone is the newest model like an iPhone X or a Samsung S9, it will most likely lose its functions, and the millions of rupiah you’ve invested in your phone could be wasted. Here are some essential tips that might help you prevent a phone being ruined by water damage as compiled by Android Authority. 1. Take precautions The best solution is completely avoiding water contact with your phone. In situations that might involve water, consider using a waterproof pouch. 2. In case of submersion act fast Reacting as quickly as possible is key into saving your phone from further damage. The longer your phone is submerged underwater, the lower the chances of you reviving it. Once you recover your phone, make sure it is off; never turn it back on. If your phone has been on, immediately turn it off. Place your phone on a flat surface, out of harm’s way. Make sure you follow these rules as well: do not try to connect your … [Read more...] about A how-to guide to fixing a water-damaged phone
Chelsea started physically attacking her parents after suffering brain damage in an accident at college. There are well-documented cases of people with brain injuries, tumours, and lesions behaving out of character. Studies show that criminals are more likely to have suffered a brain injury than the rest of the population. In severe cases, brain injuries are a line of defence in court, but the science is not strong enough to link all criminal behaviour with brain damage. Four years ago, Chelsea fell head first onto the hardwood floor at her college. She had a seizure and stopped breathing, causing an anoxic injury – when the brain is damaged from not receiving enough oxygen. Before the accident, Chelsea experienced a level of anger similar to any other person. She had certainly never been aggressive. But ever since, she has grappled with mood swings and can’t contain her rage or … [Read more...] about People are committing violent crimes after suffering brain damage — and researchers are trying to figure out why