Ferdinand Quinones

1,272 Flips | 6 Magazines | 25 Likes | 18 Following | 231 Followers | @fquinon | Hydrologist and Environmental Engineer; prior Director of the Caribbean and Tennessee Districts of the Water Resources Division of the US Geological Survey. Author of about 110 papers and studies on water issues. Publisher of the Web page "Recursos de Agua de Puerto Rico", a comprehensive portal on information about the water resources of the island of Puerto Rico (http://www.recursosaguapuertorico.com/.

Brazil's mega hydro plan foreshadows China's growing impact on the Amazon | World news | The Guardian

The government wants to open up the Tapajós basin – an area the size of France – for trade with China. But the indigenous Munduruku won’t let it happen without a fight<p>Crashing upstream through the São Luiz rapids, the churning river throws the speedboat around like a child’s toy. There is first a …

Speedboat

Water scarcity stirs debate over who owns Brazil's rivers

Acute water shortages have sparked a dispute between transport and energy companies over who has more right to exploit Brazil’s waterways<p>By Karla …

Water

Israel’s Mediterranean Desalination Plants Shift Regional Water Balance

<i>Desalination could remake the region’s politics and ecology. It hasn’t yet.</i>A half century ago, Israel built canals to move water from the Jordan …

Water

Gove to call in water bosses over leaks

<b>Michael Gove has summoned water company bosses to explain why they have failed to meet leakage targets, amid one of the driest summers for years.</b><p>The environment secretary said customers expect a "reliable and resilient water supply".<p>It comes as farmers are due to discuss the effect of the extensive …

Michael Gove

In Myanmar, Flood Warnings Come After the Floods

MANDALAY, Myanmar — U Kyaw Swa, an environmental activist, received an urgent government warning on Saturday to evacuate his home immediately because of the danger of heavy flooding in eastern Myanmar.<p>But it was too late.<p>The water had arrived nearly 24 hours earlier and flooded his home so quickly …

Floods

A river regains its mojo

In full flow, the Cauvery is a sight to behold. At its broadest, the ‘Akanda’ Cauvery between Karur and Tiruchi offers a breath-taking view — a …

India

Laos dam collapse: ‘hundreds missing’ after villages flooded

Hundreds of people are missing after a hydroelectric dam collapsed in southern Laos, destroying thousands of homes and leaving an unknown number of dead.<p>Five billion cubic metres of water – the equivalent of 2m Olympic swimming pools – swept through the surrounding countryside after the accident at …

Hydroelectric Power

Cape Town’s Harrowing Journey to the Brink of Water Catastrophe

Residents queue to refill water bottles at Newlands Spring on January 31, 2018. Photo © Morgana Wingard/Getty Images<i>The city of 4 million people</i> …

In India's parched Bundelkhand, drought brings a tide of migration | Reuters

IGLAS, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Khuba Chand increasingly finds himself alone in Iglas, a drought-parched village in the Bundelkhand region of India’s Madhya Pradesh state.<p>Indian farmer Khuba Chand sits in his increasingly deserted village of Iglas in the drought-parched Bundelkhand …

India

European waters -- Assessment of status and pressures 2018

The main aim of EU water policy is to ensure that a sufficient quantity of good-quality water is available for both people's needs and the …

Water Access In Lima Complicated by Inequality and Climate Uncertainty

<i>With a population of 10 million, the world’s second-largest desert city receives a paltry 0.3 inches of rain each year.</i>Cityscape and overview of …

Warmer waters cut Alaska's prized salmon harvest

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Warming waters have reduced the harvest of Alaska's prized Copper River salmon to just a fraction of last year's harvest, Alaska biologists say.<p>The runs of Copper River salmon were so low that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shut down the commercial harvest last …

'Green gold': Pakistan plants hundreds of millions of trees

The 'Billion Tree Tsunami' is a provincial government programme described as a 'true conservation success story'.<p>The change is drastic: around the region of Heroshah, previously arid hills are now covered with forest as far as the horizon. In northwestern Pakistan, hundreds of millions of trees …

Nigeria:Do 80% of Nigerians Lack Safe Drinking Water?

(Photo: Pexels)In one of his regular columns, veteran Nigerian journalist Dele Sobowale questioned whether his government was ready to provide for a …

Venezuela Drought Aggravates Instability

<i>Shortages of power, food, supplies wrack country.</i>Guri Dam accounts for about 60 percent of Venezuela’s electricity generating capacity. A multi-year …

U.S. Water Withdrawals Continue Marked Decline

<i>The country is using less water, but latest USGS report shows influences of California drought on national data.</i><p>U.S. water withdrawals continue to …

Bogotá Could Run Out of Water, Environmentalists Warn

Colombia’s capital depends on a unique ecosystem called páramos for its water supply. Environmental advocates warn that the páramos are now threatened by climate change and other factors.<p>Colombia’s capital Bogotá relies on a unique ecosystem called <i>páramos</i> for its water. The tropical plants and moss …

Floods kill dozens, displace more than a million in India, Bangladesh

DHAKA/GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in South Asia have killed dozens of people and displaced more than a million, most in northeast India and Bangladesh, authorities said on Tuesday.<p>The Brahmaputra river, which flows from the Himalayas down to India and …

China’s experience in tackling water scarcity through sustainable agricultural water management

Water scarcity is a pervasive problem across much of China. By the numbers, per capita water resources stand at only 2,100 cubic meters, which is …

Changes in water consumption linked to heavy news media coverage of extreme climatic events

U.S. Geological Survey, <i>Drought Impacts</i> (California Water Science Center, 2016); http://ca.water.usgs.gov/data/drought/drought-impact.html.<p>California …

NASA satellites reveal freshwater decline in India

India is among the hotspots where overuse of water resources has caused a serious decline in the availability of freshwater, according to a …

NITI Aayog sees India headed for an aqua-calypse

Country in grip of ‘worse water crisis’, could lose millions of lives and livelihoods

Water Stress Is Factor in Global Mining Slump - Circle of Blue

Unearthing Water Risks of the Global Mining IndustryGrave economic hazards await companies that fail to anticipate the potent allegiance that people …

Gouwe Aqueduct

Yup, that's a 330-foot yacht passing over the highway.<p>The Gouwe Aqueduct near Gouda passes above the A12 Highway. It carries the Gouwe River across …

Israel to top up Sea of Galilee after years of drought

Inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water has reached its lowest level in a century<p>The shrinking Sea of Galilee, the inland lake where Christians believe Jesus walked on water, is to be topped up with desalinated seawater.<p>A plan given Israeli cabinet approval will pump 100 million …

Price of Water 2016: Up 5 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 48 Percent Increase Since 2010

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Thames Water to pay back £65m to customers as part of leakage penalty

Thames Water, Britain’s biggest water company, is to pay back £65m to customers as part of a £120m package of penalties after being castigated by the regulator for its failure to tackle leaks.<p>Ofwat, the watchdog for an industry that is battling calls for renationalisation, found the Thames Water …

Morocco: Oasis on the front line of climate change

Al Jazeera's virtual reality documentary illustrates impacts of climate change on M'hamid oasis in Morocco's southeast.<p>Walking through dry fields of the oasis of M'hamid El Ghizlane, Halim Sbai feels a sense of injustice.<p>A few decades ago, Sbai's homeplace, located in the southeast of Morocco, was …

Recurring Dry Spells Fuel Water Worries in Tokyo

<i>The Japanese megacity now experiences a dry spell every decade or so.</i> Blue Hour over Tokyo. Photo courtesy Balint Földesi/FlickrThe RundownAlthough …

Water

How Coke spun the public on its water use

When Coca-Cola announced plans earlier this year to recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging by 2030, the company touted the effort as building on its success with sustainable water use. In a 2016 full-page ad published in <i>The</i> <i>New York Times,</i> the company proclaimed, “For every drop we …