Posted on 09 December 2010 by admin
Climate-driven changes in the water cycle will affect large regions of the world. Credit: Friedrich BĂ¶hringer/creative commons license
By Stephen Leahy
CANCĂN, Dec 8, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – As the world heats up, continents are drying up, with severe droughts forecast in the future. But negotiators at the climate summit here seem to have forgotten about water in their endless discussions over forests, carbon trading and finances. Continue Reading
Posted on 07 December 2010 by admin
Mokoro canoes on the Okavango Delta. Credit: Wikicommons
By Mantoe Phakathi
CANCĂN, Dec 7, 2010, (IPS/TerraViva) – One more thing to add to the checklist of requirement for a sound global agreement on climate change: water. Continue Reading
Posted on 23 November 2010 by admin
Maize is a food staple in Guatemala's "Dry Corridor," which has been hit by both drought and flood. Credit:Danilo Valladares/IPS.
By Danilo Valladares*
GUATEMALA CITY, Nov 23, 2010 (TierramĂ©rica/TerraViva) – “Many people still believe that water is a gift from God.” This statement from a Guatemalan scientist alludes to Central America’s neglect of its water resources – and the subsequent impact on agriculture. Continue Reading
Posted on 18 November 2010 by admin
A cloud forest in Costa Rica. Credit:GermĂĄn Miranda/IPS.
By Daniel Zueras*
SAN JOSĂ, Nov 18, 2010 (IPS/IFEJ/TerraViva) – For many, Costa Rica embodies the notion of a country committed to taking care of its natural environment. But Costa Rican activists beg to differ, and have a list of the actions that contradict the country’s green “for-export” image.
Posted on 17 November 2010 by admin
An irrigation pond in rural Chiapas, Mexico. Credit:Mauricio Ramos/IPS.
By Emilio Godoy*
MEXICO CITY, Nov 17, 2010 (TierramĂ©rica/TerraViva) – Without financing, many Mexican farmers cannot improve their ageing irrigation systems, which are essential if Mexico is to withstand the effects of climate change and reduce its emissions of greenhouse-effect gases.