Pakistan’s new big threat isn’t terrorism — it’s water


Grist

In a report released last week by the Asian Development Bank [PDF], Pakistan was pinpointed as “one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, not far from being classified, ‘water-scarce.'” As water demand exceeds supply in the South Asian country, more and more water is being withdrawn from the nation’s reservoirs, leaving them in a critically precarious position. According to the ADB, Pakistan’s storage capacity, the amount of water it has on reserve in case of an emergency, is limited to a 30-day supply — far below the recommended 1,000 days for countries with similar climates. Without meaningful action, a water crisis could push the country into further chaos.

Consider what a water shortage means for Pakistan. The last several years have seen the country plagued by chronic energy scarcities. Power outages lasting up to 18 hours a day are routine throughout the country, and they have had damaging…

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Article: Five Mountains Deadlier Than Everest


The following link is to an article reporting on the five of the most dangerous mountains in the world – Kangchenjunga in India, K2 between China and Pakistan, Annapurna in Nepal, Nanga Parbat in Kashmir and The Eiger in Switzerland.

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http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/127841

Blind Indus Dolphin Population May Be Increasing


I love good news stories concerning the environment, wilderness and the like. We hear plenty about negative subjects – oil pollution, climate change, etc. So good news stories are always good to hear. So today I have another.

It is possible that the blind Indus Dolphin population may be increasing. The following link is to an article on the subject, which is very interesting.

For more visit:
http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/20/blind-indus-dolphins-population-increasing.html