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Threats to coral reefs in Eastern Africa
Human land use along coasts and in major river basins can threaten coral reefs through toxic material inputs to coastal ecosystems. This graphic shows the areas of low, medium and high estimated threats to coral reefs on...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Dates of river ice break-up in the Arctic
Dates of river ice break-up in the Arctic
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Unalakleet community in Alaska
Location and Climate: Unalakleet is a small coastal community on Norton Sound, at the mouth of the Unalakleet River, 395 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. Unalakleet has a sub-Arctic climate with considerable influen...
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Dates of river ice freeze-up in the Arctic
Presenting the relative dates of river freeze-up in the Arctic and the climatic condititions surrounding that, thus outlining the relative changes in temperature and conditions throughout the circumpolar Arctic.
21 Mar 2006 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Dissolved phosphate levels: concentrations at river mouths
Phosphorus is naturally present in water, primarily as inorganic and organic phosphates. Phosphates can enter aquatic environments in several ways: from the natural weathering of minerals in the drainage basin, from biol...
26 Jan 2009 - by Phillippe Rekacewicz, February 2006
Water Scarcity Index
Water overuse is damaging the environment in many major basins. High overuse tends to occur in regions heavily dependent on irrigated agriculture, such as the Indo-Gangetic Plain in south Asia, the North China Plain and ...
13 Sep 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, February 2006
The water cycle
Environment water transport system. The water cycle consists of precipitation, vapour transport, evaporation, evapo-transpiration, infiltration, groundwater flow and runoff. Figure 1 explains the global water cycle, ill...
01 Feb 2008 - by Philippe Rekacewicz , UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Freshwater use by sector at the beginning of the 2000s
The agricultural sector is by far the biggest user of freshwater. Analysis indicates that: - In the United States, agriculture accounts for some 49% of total freshwater use, with 80% of this volume being used for irriga...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique)
The disappearance of the Aral Sea
The demise of the Aral Sea in central Asia was caused primarily by the diversion of the inflowing Amu Dar’ya and Syr Dar’ya rivers to provide irrigation water for local croplands. These diversions dramatically reduced th...
26 Jan 2009 - by GRIDA
Nitrate levels: concentrations at river mouths
Nutrients are essential to life. In aquatic systems, nitrogen and phosphorus are the two nutrients that most commonly control the growth of aquatic plants, algae and bacteria. Nitrogen and phosphorus are considered to be...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz
Tigris and Euphrates rivers fragmentation
It has been predicted that access to water will create conflict between countries. In Africa, central Asia, west Asia and the Americas, some countries are already arguing fiercely over access to rivers and inland seas, a...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz
Level of river fragmentation and flow regulation
River fragmentation - The interruption of a river’s natural flow by dams, inter-basin transfers or water withdrawal - is an indicator of the degree to which rivers have been modified by man (Ward and Stanford, 1989, and ...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique), March 2006
Water supply per river basin in 1995 and 2025
Although the absolute quantities of freshwater on earth have always remained approximately the same, the uneven distribution of water and human settlement continues to create growing problems freshwater availability and ...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz,February 2006
Freshwater alkalinity: 1976-2008
Alkalinity is commonly used to indicate a water body’s capacity to buffer against acidity; that is, the ability to resist, or dampen, changes in pH. Thus, alkaline compounds in water, such as bicarbonates, carbonates, an...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique), February 2006
World's surface water: evaporation and runoff
Because much of the world’s surface water is far from concentrations of human settlements, not all of it is readily usable. Some facts concerning global freshwater concentrations: - It is estimated that the freshwater ...
26 Jan 2009 - by Phillippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique), February 2006
The Mekong River - survival for millions
The Mekong River - survival for millions Following the course of the Mekong River helps to understand the human/river hydrological interdependence. From its source on the Tibetan Plateau it drops 5,000 metres and flows a...
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz
Africa’s rivers and lake basins cross many borders
The below shows the locations of 13 major river basins in Africa.
26 Jan 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique), 2007
Renewable surface water produced internally
It is difficult to determine the amount of renewable water produced internally from the total renewable water resources (external and internal). However the FAO gives a rather precise definition of this indicator. Intern...
26 Jan 2009 - by GRID-Arendal
Main world’s river basins
Reservoirs are artificial lakes, produced by constructing physical barriers across flowing rivers, which allow the water to pool and be used for various purposes. The volume of water stored in reservoirs worldwide is est...
26 Jan 2009 - by Phillipe Rekacewicz, February 2008
Freshwater resources: volume by continent
Glaciers and ice caps cover about 10% of the world’s landmass. These are concentrated in Greenland and Antarctica and contain 70% of the world’s freshwater. Unfortunately, most of these resources are located far from hum...
01 Oct 2009 - by Philippe Rekacewicz (Le Monde diplomatique)
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