Thirsty world must wake up to looming water crisis, expert says

Thursday, 24 August 2017 14:56 GMT
We are really facing a global crisis… More than one-third of humanity is water-stressed every year or season, while drought crises are on the rise from California to EthiopiaBy Megan Rowling

STOCKHOLM, Aug 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The world needs to use water more efficiently rather than exhausting invisible underground supplies and blindly exporting “virtual water” to avert a global crisis that would undermine food and energy systems, a leading expert warned.

More than one-third of humanity is water-stressed every year or season, while drought crises are on the rise from California to Ethiopia as the planet warms, said Fred Boltz, who leads The Rockefeller Foundation’s work on science and environment. Continue reading “Thirsty world must wake up to looming water crisis, expert says”

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Can technology help Bangladesh end mass arsenic poisoning?

Monday, 28 August 2017 06:00 GMT

An estimated 5 percent of deaths in Bangladesh are attributable to drinking water with high levels of arsenic, researchers sayBy Thin Lei Win

BANGKOK, Aug 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Almost a quarter of a century after public health experts discovered mass public poisoning in Bangladesh caused by water contaminated with arsenic, the government is planning a new push to end the scourge, while researchers are designing an app to find safe sites for new wells.

About 20 million Bangladeshis, or one in eight, have been drinking water with arsenic levels higher than the government’s limit of 50 microgrammes (μg) per litre, said Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed, geology department chair at the University of Dhaka. Continue reading “Can technology help Bangladesh end mass arsenic poisoning?”

The cost of clean water: $150 billion a year, says World Bank

Monday, 28 August 2017 11:00 GMT
The risk of diarrhoeal diseases and malnutrition caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation is creating a “silent emergency” – World BankBy Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, Aug 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Countries need to quadruple spending to $150 billion a year to deliver universal safe water and sanitation, helping to reduce childhood disease and deaths while boosting economic growth, said the World Bank. Continue reading “The cost of clean water: $150 billion a year, says World Bank”

What effect did the Crusades have on the Middle East?

The Europeans besiege Jerusalem, seeking to "liberate" it from Muslim rule, 1099.
The Crusaders or Franks attack Jerusalem during the First Crusade, 1099. Getty Images

Updated June 13, 2017

Between 1095 and 1291, Christians from western Europe launched a series of eight major invasions against the Middle East. These attacks, called the Crusades, were aimed at “liberating” the Holy Land and Jerusalem from Muslim rule.

The Crusades were sparked by religious fervor in Europe, by exhortations from various Popes, and by the need to rid Europe of excess warriors left over from regional wars.

What effect did these attacks, which came from out of the blue from the perspective of Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land, have on the Middle East? Continue reading “What effect did the Crusades have on the Middle East?”

Lạm dụng thuốc trừ sâu dẫn đến các vấn đề về hô hấp ở trẻ em nông thôn

English: Heavily-used pesticide linked to breathing problems in farmworkers’ children

Ngày 16 tháng 8 năm 2017 Nguồn: Đại học California – Berkeley

Tóm tắt: Một nghiên cứu mới chỉ ra rằng lưu huỳnh nguyên tố có liên quan đến sự suy giảm chức năng phổi, làm tăng các triệu chứng bệnh hen và phải dùng thuốc hen liều cao ở trẻ em sống trong vòng nửa dặm xung quanh các trang trại sử dụng thuốc trừ sâu.

Lưu huỳnh nguyên tố – Elemental sulfur, loại thuốc trừ sâu được sử dụng nhiều nhất ở California, có thể gây nguy hại tới sức khỏe hô hấp của trẻ em sống gần các trang trại sử dụng loại thuốc trừ sâu này, theo nghiên cứu mới của Đại học California – Berkeley.
Continue reading “Lạm dụng thuốc trừ sâu dẫn đến các vấn đề về hô hấp ở trẻ em nông thôn”

Return of the Zen Master: World-renowned Thich Nhat Hanh touches down in Vietnam

By Vi Vu   August 29, 2017 | 04:32 pm GMT+7

Return of the Zen Master: World-renowned Thich Nhat Hanh touches down in Vietnam

Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in a photo in 2010. Photo by Reuters

The 91-year-old Buddhist monk was in good spirits and is expected to visit his hometown Hue.

e.vnexpress_World-famous Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh arrived in Da Nang in central Vietnam at around noon on Tuesday on a flight from Bangkok, the first return to his home country in a decade, according to a local media report.

The Buddhist monk was stable and waved to followers as he left the airport, said Giac Ngo, the news website of the Buddhist Shangha of Vietnam. Photos of him sitting in a wheelchair at the airport were also published.

Continue reading “Return of the Zen Master: World-renowned Thich Nhat Hanh touches down in Vietnam”