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In 2008, Saudi Arabia ceased to be self sufficient in wheat production. It is looking to access land overseas to grow crops, possibly in Pakistan or the Horn of Africa. China is acquiring agricultural land in Southern Africa for similar purposes. And Daewoo Logistic is looking to lease land in Madagascar, to grow food for South Korea. Other countries in South Asia and the Gulf are considering similar moves. None of these countries needs...
 environment Saudi Arabia water food South Korea Madagascar
A US airliner on a domestic flight with 155 people aboard has ditched into the Hudson River in New York City but with no loss of life.

2009-01-16

 USA water crash airplane river landing New York City
The ditching of an airliner into the Hudson river in New York, in which all 155 passengers and crew escaped alive, has been hailed as a textbook example of landing on water.

2009-01-16

 USA water crash airplane river landing New York City
China first started considering building the South-to-North Water Diversion Project in the 1950s. The need is obvious. An area along three major rivers in northern China has 35% of the country's population, but only 7% of its water resources...

2009-02-08

 water water shortage China
A two-year-old girl has made an almost complete recovery after spending nearly 20 minutes at the bottom of a pool. Scans showed Oluchi Nwaubani had been starved of oxygen for some 18 minutes - three times longer than the brain can usually survive - in Bromley, London. Despite being warned that even if she were to live she may never walk or talk again, her parents say she can run around and say "what she wants"...

2009-02-10

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"Water wars are coming!" the newspaper headlines scream. It seems obvious; rivalries over water have been the source of disputes since humans settled down to cultivate food. Even our language reflects these ancient roots: "rivalry" comes from the Latin rivalis, or "one using the same river as another". As the number of international river basins and impact of water scarcity has grown, so do the warnings that...

2009-02-13

 war environment water interdependence peace
Space scientists say their discoveries about Saturn's moon Enceladus are stunning, if just a little baffling. Using the instrument-packed Cassini probe, they have confirmed that the 500km-wide world has an atmosphere. They have also seen a "hotspot" at the icy moon's south pole, which is riven with cracks dubbed "tiger stripes"...

2005-08-30

 water ice Moon atmosphere Cassini Saturn Enceladus mirror
Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus may be the best place to look for life elsewhere in the Solar System. ... Enceladus contains simple organic molecules, water and heat, the ingredients for life...

2006-04-10

 water Moon extraterrestrial life Cassini Saturn Enceladus organic heat
The plumes of water that erupt from Saturn's icy satellite Enceladus can be traced back to a radioactive "meltdown" shortly after the moon formed. The discovery, in 2005, of water vapour spewing from geysers at Enceladus' south pole took scientists by surprise. How this tiny, ice-covered moon generated the amounts of heat needed to fuel these eruptions was a puzzle. Now scientists say a short-lived burst of...

2007-03-13

 water ice Moon Cassini Saturn Enceladus Voyager 2
Scientists have produced a global geological map of Jupiter's moon Europa, which has been proposed as a destination for a future space mission. Interest in Europa has been fuelled by indications that a liquid water ocean lurks beneath its outer shell of ice. The mapping effort will help build a geological history of the enigmatic moon and target future explorations...

2007-03-15

 water ice Moon extraterrestrial life Jupiter Europa Galileo
Israel and the Palestinians: The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is about water, as well as land. The West Bank is a major source of water for Israel. But Palestinians complain that, on average, an Israeli uses three times as much water as a West Bank Palestinian.

1999-03-16

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Beijing enjoyed its third day of artificially induced snow on Thursday after its longest drought in 38 years.

2009-02-19

 water control China cloud artificial drought snow induced weather iodide
The solution to the world's worsening water shortages by drawing the liquid of life from an unlimited and untapped source - the air. ... Their creation, the WaterMill, uses the electricity of about three light bulbs to condense moisture from the air and purify it into clean drinking water...

2008-11-23

 water air
Drinking three or more cups of tea a day is as good for you as drinking plenty of water and may even have extra health benefits.

2006-08-24

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Bhopal prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal catastrophe, and coincides with the release of an official report by the Sambhavna Trust showing that local groundwater, vegetables, and breast milk are contaminated by toxic quantities of nickel, chromium, mercury, lead, and volatile organic compounds. The report describes how a majority of children in one nearby community are born with serious medical problems traceable to the...

2009-07-13

 Bhopal contamination The Yes Men Dow Chemical water

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