Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - October 24, 2007

Idyllic? This old picture from Arica, Northern Chile 1997/98 made me think. Here we were unconcerned about how close we were to the Atacama desert. Dryest place on Earth.
In the meanwhile, look at this leaf.

Thus these two stories:

Food and freshwater - Two important projects for Mankind

On travellingspouse’s blog, I read about a very interesting and important project that can help farmers in arid zones increase yields and help smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tropical Legumes Project

ICRISTAT, the International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics are conducting a research and development project to improve the productivity of legumes.

Read more....

By reading this post, I come to think about another very important project along the same road.

The Great Rivers Partnership

Worldwide water usage has increased six times since the 1900s. That's twice the rate of human population growth. According to the United Nations, nearly half the world's population will experience critical water shortages by the year 2025.

The Nature Conservancy began the Great Rivers Partnership to help protect freshwater resources, transforming the way large river systems are preserved and protected. What impact will construction of a new dam have on the water supply of a town downstream? Will clear-cutting a forest in the upper part of a river's watershed imperil the fish stocks local people depend on for food?

Addressing these questions will help government organizations set policy and management decisions to help conserve the natural environment and benefit residents at the same time. The project will initially focus on three large river systems: the Mississippi River basin in the United States, Brazil's Paraguay-Paraná River system and China's Yangtze River.


From serious matters to something that can be very ghostly: Lifecruisers Halloween 23-31 October - not only Ghost Towns.

Click on the picture to have your own Halloween decor, made by Gattina

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Blogger .:mar said...

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October 24, 2007 4:00 pm  
Blogger .:mar said...

I have never been there but I recognize the "Morro de Arica " in the background...

I have heard theories predicting that water (or lack thereof) will be the reason for future wars...

October 24, 2007 4:02 pm  
Blogger TorAa said...

Yes, water may well be a subject for wars - tribal wars related to water have existed for "thousands" of years allready - and still goes on in certain parts of Africa.

Read the last sentence in this post. And think about Northern Chile - if we humans only could apply the same ability (even artificially):

btw. The Morro is very close behind the Photographer

October 24, 2007 5:53 pm  
Anonymous claudie said...

I never read this possibility about water and war. But really I can understand it should become a real problem in the future. I will come back later to read all! It seems really interesting and of course all what is about the environement is important now! Nous aussi on aura des problèmes ici. C'est seulement la deuxième fois que je porte un petit blouson. Et il n'a pas plu sérieusement depuis deux mois...

October 24, 2007 7:53 pm  
Blogger Gattina said...

That's all very interesting but badly distributed while one side of the globe sufferes heats and has not enough water, I am freezing here and the whole summer it was raining ! Today we only had 6°C which is quite unusual for October and in the nights it's already freezing. They talked about the homeless and that the shelters should be opened but some crazy politician had decided years ago they only open 1st of December ! It's a shame you can't freeze after the calender !

October 24, 2007 9:37 pm  
Blogger Shelia said...

I was not aware of this theory either, but it's definitely something to thing about.

October 24, 2007 9:57 pm  
Blogger lisa's chaos said...

Love all the red chairs!

October 24, 2007 10:48 pm  
Blogger Andrée said...

You wrote about such important things. And here, we have Las Vegas, in the desert, with fountains and huge hotels. It makes a person wonder where our priorities are.

October 24, 2007 11:07 pm  
Blogger genny said...

oh i miss like that in our country.

October 25, 2007 12:22 am  
Blogger Shionge said...

You are such a sweet pal leaving such a nice thoughtful note in my blog :D

Hey which dates are you looking at travelling to Singapore? How long will you be here?

October 25, 2007 3:12 am  
Blogger Tiffany Stuart said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Interesting to know that someone from Norway saw my blog.

The world today is a small one.

October 25, 2007 4:36 am  
Blogger Kuanyin said...

I like how you bring awareness to the dire situation of water on our planet. Very well done post! !nd Happy WW!

October 25, 2007 4:45 am  
Blogger Fleur de Lisa said...

Water is the essence of life. Very interesting and beautiful photo of Chile!

October 25, 2007 5:16 am  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I pray that I am no longer alive by 2025! (lol) Seriously, I said to you that the world is coming to an end...And it sure feels like it is, was 95 degrees here today and yesterday...A lot of California is burning up...!
I truly cannot stand to think about all this----I guess I'm just trying to get up and move around and kind of get through the day in as comfortable way as possible--- that is a triumph these days...and everything else is almost too BIG for me to thinbk about...At least, today.

October 25, 2007 5:21 am  
Blogger carrie & troy keiser said...

Thanks for dropping by my 1st WW post.

October 25, 2007 5:35 am  
Anonymous Tricotine said...

Waterworld? How terrible...
That photo seems to be so peaceful...

October 25, 2007 8:46 am  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Water is a huge problemfor many and we need to do anything it takes to secure it for the good of all...but not wage war over it. You guys with all your rain need to send your rainbarrels over to Old Lady of the Hills to fight the fires!

October 25, 2007 3:43 pm  
Blogger letha said...

Very lovely looking place and serious issues for this week too.

October 25, 2007 3:48 pm  
Blogger Joy Des Jardins said...

What a cool picture that is Tor.

October 25, 2007 8:47 pm  
Anonymous captain lifecruiser said...

Oh, yes, the water, how important it is - in any kind ;-)

These are perhaps the most important ones, without water people can't survive. We tend to forget that.

...and there has been a lot of water needed in CA now too.... Horrifying really.

BTW: Care to share your scare?

October 25, 2007 9:53 pm  
Blogger A. said...

Tor, I am putting two and two and two together, and getting somewhere eventually. I didn't realise it was IBM - they put the food on our table :) and I believe they do yours too.
Thank you for the link to my post, Africa is close to my heart, so too is any conservation.

October 25, 2007 11:03 pm  

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