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Preventing water crises

Indonesia has lost land
equal to the size of Jakarta

Flygskam:
air travel revisited

Aviation is fast, practical, comfortable, and available to ever larger groups of people. On the other hand, among all forms of transport, it has the largest carbon footprint by far. In Sweden, a new movement has started urging people to consider other means of travel before purchasing airline tickets.

Shaping attitudes
a la the Danes

Protecting our waters against pollution is in all our interests. It is no accident that an increasing number of initiatives are trying to engage society at large in taking part in the protection of the environment. The Danish NGO GreenKayak, for instance, offers free kayaking in locations around Northern Europe and all they ask in return is that kayakers should pick up waste they find in the water along the way.

Record-breaking temperature in Alaska

According to official data, for the first time since
measurements are recorded, temperature at Anchorage’s
Ted Stevens International Airport has hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, that is 32.2 degrees Celsius.

what is the difference between waters?

The basin-like character of Hungary as well as its special Palaeozoic development lasting many millions of years made the build-up of a sedimentary rock-mass some few kilometres thick. Most of these rocks are capable of storing a significant amount of natural water. Practically there is no part of the country – apart from the hilly regions and highlands – where there are no formations with good aquifer characters under the surface.

The poor must fight
for every drop of water
in India

The Indian water shortage resulting from unprecedented drought intensifies already significant social inequality.

Using sunlight to
clean water

Researchers at the University of Szeged are working on a nanotechnological water treatment device. Their innovation may provide clean water for millions worldwide in the future.

Storm and flash floods hit the Washington area

On 8 July, a torrential rain hit the region of the capital of the United States, even flooding a press room in the basement of the White House near the West Wing.

Leonardo DiCaprio helps create new environmental alliance

Leonardo DiCaprio, the Hollywood star famous for his environmental activism, has joined billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to found a new non-profit world organisation for environmental protection.

56 unknown lakes discovered under the Greenland Ice Sheet

The Greenland Ice Sheet is about seven times the size of Great Britain and it is three kilometres thick in some places. The ice sheet and the waters beneath it play an important role in sea level rise, which is causing increasingly severe problems.

Plastic is a slow and painful death sentence for whales

Scientists have studied the cetaceans washed ashore over the last twenty years. The saddest case was that of a 5.3 metre young sperm whale found on the island of Mykonos: it had swallowed 135 pieces of plastic weighing 3.2 kg in total.

A captivating record about the rivers of Amazonia

A special album by the American composer Philip Glass and Brazilian band Uakti takes us on a journey to the riversides of the Amazonian Basin. The album entitled Aguas da Amazonia, published in 1999, invokes both the playful and the spellbinding aspect of water with a blend of classical, new age and jazz music.

Climate change raising concern in Alaska

Climate change is sending increasingly alarming messages. For instance, sea ice in Northern Alaska disappeared earlier than usual this spring, which has impacted wildlife and fish, too. The early melting was caused by exceptionally warm ocean waters.

How climate change transforms our eating habits

What will we eat when climate change disrupts traditional agriculture? In her new book, The Fate of Food, environmental journalist Amanda Little deals with a topic that we will all have to face in the near future as a result of climate change.

The healing waters of Northern Hungary: Eger and Mezőkövesd

The Eger Spa, with a history of over 500 years, offers radon-bearing medicinal water and leisure pools, while the Mezőkövesd outdoor spa has thermal water high in sulphur and a slide park for those seeking therapy or leisure.

Historic heatwave in Europe

The French National Meteorological Service issued its highest-level red alert for the first time ever on the 27 June as temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius were forecast. In Germany, temperature reached levels not seen in more than 70 years.

Antarctic sea ice melting rapidly over the last four years

While the ice cap over the North Pole has been shrinking as a result of climate change for quite some time, observations from Antarctica indicated slow growth of the ice cap – until 2014.

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