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Freshwater availability shrinking as we make perverse decisions

Globally, around 80 percent of freshwater is used for food production and agriculture. Out of all the water covering the earth, only 2 percent is fresh. That remaining 10 to 20 percent is set aside for industry. Urban Africa, with … Continue reading

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Redirecting floodwater into aquifer

For some years now the pattern of drought followed by flooding is experienced in many countries. Serious reduction in water levels in aquifers causes drinking water shortages. It is therefore necessary to build a system which directs flood waters into … Continue reading

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Will we be Fishless?: Part X

Humans have thought themselves so clever when using their brains for scientific endeavour. Indeed, we marvel at what chemical inventions have taken place, creating products which were meant for human consumption without any thought that they might be harmful. The … Continue reading

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Will we be Fishless?: VI

How Fish are Exposed to Pesticides Fish and aquatic animals are exposed to pesticides in three primary ways (1) dermally, direct absorption through the skin by swimming in pesticide-contaminated waters, (2) breathing, by direct uptake of pesticides through the gills … Continue reading

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Will we be Fishless?: Part V

A recent study has illustrated that even Mother Nature with her volcanoes (there are approximately 1,500 known, active volcanoes worldwide) is adding higher levels of mercury than she has to date. There are an unknown number of volcanoes on the … Continue reading

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Will we be Fishless soon?: Part II

I often see livestock standing happily in rivers and streams. They are innocent, the farmers are not. We learned centuries ago that livestock, particulary dead livestock, in water courses leads to contamination of all water which was once running pure … Continue reading

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We will be Fishless soon?: Part One

Most of us owe our existence to fish that swam in abundance in rivers, seas and oceans thousands of years ago. We are now responsible for killing fish to the point of extinction; killing the oceanic life, destroying healthy water … Continue reading

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Movement of People of the African Sahara

I have been particularly interested in finding out why people migrated out of Africa, but there is also the story of those who remained.  The adaptable indigenous human, always so ingenious in the most hostile environments. Yet becoming part of … Continue reading

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The Language of the Watershed

I was relaxing watching ‘The Lord of the Kings’ Trilogy this past week whilst wintry weather raged around our cottage. It seemed to me that Tolkien was using the landscape of Scotland to invent his mythological Hobbit landscape. I then … Continue reading

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