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2011-11-09 10:33:10

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists have found that carbon is stored in the soils and sediments of the Ganges-Brahmaputra basin for a surprisingly long time, making it likely that global warming could destabilize the pool of carbon there and in similar places on Earth, potentially increasing the rate of CO2 release into the atmosphere. The study, published in the current online edition of Nature Geoscience, examined the radiocarbon content of river sediments collected...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By D'Souza, Rohan For several decades following 1947, the modern large dam in India presented itself as a political conundrum, often voiced in strange, contradictory tones. In an oft-quoted speech in July 1954 Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister (1947-64), likened the large dam to a "modern temple." Later, in a less remembered speech before a gathering of engineers and technocrats in 1958, Nehru, as if in contrition, bemoaned the quest for big dams as a "disease of gigantism."1...

2008-07-06 00:00:12

By Neha Lalchandani NEW DELHI: Delhi may soon be able to overcome its water shortage after being given a go-ahead by the L-G for a feasibility study on the barrage at Palla. This barrage will store the monsoon backflow and the extra water that is released for Delhi, for using it in critical periods. Work for the same is expected to be awarded in another 6-8 months. According to sources, the Central Water Commission (CWC) has already conducted a pre-feasibility study on the project and...

2008-06-20 06:00:16

Text of report by Bangladeshi newspaper New Age website on 20 June The High Court on Thursday [19 June] asked the government to explain in four weeks why it would not be directed to review the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty [with India] and take steps to ensure due share of waters. The bench of Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana and Justice M. Rezaul Haque gave the ruling after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyers M.K. Muraduzzaman and Faruk Hossain on 8...

2007-06-27 09:00:38

By Brahma Chellaney The sharpening Asian competition over energy resources has obscured another danger: Water shortages in much of Asia are becoming a threat to rapid economic modernization. Water has emerged as a key issue that could determine if Asia is headed toward cooperation or competition. No country would influence that direction more than China, which controls the Tibetan plateau, the source of most major rivers of Asia. Tibet's vast glaciers and high altitude have endowed...

2005-11-18 08:09:21

By Anis Ahmed GANGACHARA, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The mighty Teesta river that has swept away farm laborer Mohammad Taheruddin's home 10 times in the past five decades is now a picture of calm. At the end of the monsoon season, the river that brings misery to thousands of Bangladeshis almost every year looks more like a big canal, with people and cattle walking across through knee-deep water. Children cast nets for fish to add to their meager food or to sell in the nearby market....

2005-07-01 13:10:10

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Nearly a hundred people havebeen killed and around 200,000 displaced by severe flooding inwestern India in the past week, officials said on Friday. Hundreds of people waited for help on rooftops and atop atrain as authorities in Gujarat state pressed the army intoservice to help move people to higher ground. "My home has been swept away and my cattle have perished.The water level has risen overnight and we are moving around inboats," said Pratap Maisuriya of...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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