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Billion-plus people to lack water in 2050: study

March 29, 2011 Comments off

(AFP)

WASHINGTON – More than one billion urban residents will face serious water shortages by 2050 as climate change worsens effects of urbanization, with Indian cities among the worst hit, a study said Monday.

The shortage threatens sanitation in some of the world’s fastest-growing cities but also poses risks for wildlife if cities pump in water from outside, said the article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study found that under current urbanization trends, by mid-century some 993 million city dwellers will live with less than 100 liters (26 gallons) each day of water each — roughly the amount that fills a personal bathtub — which authors considered the daily minimum.

Adding on the impact of climate change, an additional 100 million people will lack what they Read more…

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Lava-like substance triggers panic

February 11, 2011 Comments off

Black liquid found oozing out from a field in Malkapuram of Anantapur

The field where lava like substance oozed out from the earth at Malakapuram village in Anantapur district on Sunday. -Photo: R.V. S. PRASAD

The field where lava like substance oozed out from the earth at Malakapuram village in Anantapur district on Sunday. -Photo: R.V. S. PRASAD

A lava like liquid substance erupted at Malkapuram village in Dharmavaram mandal on Saturday.

A shepherd first noticed a strange odour and plants withering. The inquisitive shepherd alerted other villagers who came to find out the source of the bad odour and finally zeroed in to the field belonging to one farmer Lakshminarayana Reddy.

At the field, the villagers found two deep holes from which lava-like black like substance erupted.

Scared at the strange phenomenon, the villagers alerted a geologist for studying the strange phenomenon .

According to an eye witness fire along with the black substance erupted out of the Earth surface at two different points. Geologist Mohana Rao said that a disturbance in the Earth had occurred after the earth quakes in Thailand, Tirupati and Delhi.

Weak zone

The rock formations process below the earth surface had created gaps resulting in creation of a weak zone in the Dolorite rocks.

Explaining the phenomenon, Mohan Rao maintained that an inorganic compound solution had oozed out of Uthosphere . The lava substance is being sent to geological laboratory for a thorough study.

  • Plants withered and a foul odour filled the air
  • Geologist describes it as inorganic compound solution
  • Analysis: Why Pakistan wants to expand its nuclear arsenal

    February 1, 2011 1 comment

    Rob Crilly, The Daily Telegraph

    Pakistan is desperate to increase the size of its nuclear arsenal as it eyes India’s rapidly growing economy and population.

    Although the numbers of weapons held by either country are small in comparison, the result of the nuclear competition between the two countries is reminiscent of the Cold War arms race between the U.S. and USSR.

    In India’s case, the perceived threat is China. For Pakistan, the presumed enemy is India. Paranoia is driving the acceleration of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. Read more…

    South Africa: Another BRIC in China’s Wall

    January 4, 2011 Comments off
    China's President Hu Jintao has sent an invitation to South African President Jacob Zuma to attend the third BRICs leaders' summit to be held in China. Picture: Zuma (center) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on December 4, 2010 in Johannesburg. (File Photo/CFP)China’s President Hu Jintao has sent an invitation to South African President Jacob Zuma to attend the third BRICs leaders’ summit to be held in China. Picture: Zuma (center) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on December 4, 2010 in Johannesburg. (File Photo/CFP)

     

    At China’s invitation, South Africa is set to join the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) group of emerging nations and will attend the first summit of the leading emerging economies in April this year. The group will thus be renamed the “BRICS,” but doubts remain over the suitability of the African nation to join the exclusive club of the fast-growing economies.

    Lauding the Chinese decision to invite her country to the BRIC bloc, South Africa’s Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the invitation was conveyed to her by China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. She said Chinese President Hu Jintao also sent an invitation to President Jacob Zuma to attend the third BRIC leaders’ summit to be held in China. Read more…