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Preparing for natural disasters: 12 steps to protect your family

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which caused billions of dollars in destruction to the New York City and coastal New Jersey areas, it’s a good time to think about how prepared your home and family might be for a similar natural disaster. Experts say that with climate change, we can expect more extreme weather […]

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USA: Another drought in Texas looming?

Water managers are eyeing their gauges, farmers are watching wheat fields wither, ranchers are recalculating their herd numbers and city dwellers are dragging out their sprinklers again as drought rapidly intensifies across Texas. A new federal survey shows the dreaded “d-word” is worming its way back as rainfall deficits mount and soil moisture, stream flows […]

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USA: Hurricane Sandy’s Come and Gone—Now What?

The historic Hurricane Sandy has blown through the northeast U.S., with flooding rains and devastating winds, leaving a wide swath of destruction in her wake. In the days following the epic storm, we’re assessing the damage and beginning clean-up efforts.

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South Africa: Mpumalanga floods affect water services

Tankers will provide water to Mpumalanga residents after several treatment plants were affected by heavy rains this past week, the province’s Department of Co-operative Governance said today. Residents supplied by the Ntunda, Sibange, Langeloop and Masibekela water treatment plants would be provided with water, said spokesperson Simphiwe Kunene. Department Head David Mahlobo and Nkomazi Mayor […]

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Holy Water and Water in Religion: Part 2

Significance of water in Hinduism and Islam Hinduism Water in Hinduism has a special place because it is believed to have spiritually cleansing powers.  To Hindus all water is sacred, especially rivers, and there are seven sacred rivers, namely the Ganges, Yamuna, Godavari, Sarasvati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri.  Although Hinduism encompasses so many different beliefs […]

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Japan Nuclear Plant: Radioactive Water Still Spilling Into Ocean

TOKYO — Japanese nuclear power plant operator TEPCO expects to stop pumping radioactive water into the ocean on Monday, days later than planned, a step that would help ease international concern about the spread of radiation from a smashed nuclear plant. Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Democratic Party was likely to be punished at Sunday’s local […]

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What are The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power?

With all eyes on the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, questions are swirling in the U.S. about the future of nuclear power. If you’re new to the debate, read this to come up to speed on the basic arguments. The ongoing turmoil at the Fukushima nuclear power plant following the devastating earthquake and tsunami […]

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Radiation in Tokyo tap water raises concerns

TOKYO – Radiation levels in Tokyo tap water more than twice what is considered safe for infants added to food safety woes Wednesday as rising smoke prompted a new evacuation of workers trying to stabilize Japan’s radiation-leaking nuclear plant. Radiation has seeped into vegetables, raw milk, the water supply and even seawater in areas surrounding […]

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The Environmental Impact of the Japan Disasters

I had felt many quakes before, but this one did not stop. It grew. For almost three minutes the place was rocking, like being in a rolling boat. After turning on the TV to see what had happened, the live shots of the tsunamis came through. You have all seen it, so you know the […]

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