Download logo It is imperative to scale up policies and investments in the Middle East and North Africa to make water use in agriculture more sustainable and efficient and to ensure that all the people in the region have access to healthy diets, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today. “Here in the Middle East and North Africa region, water scarcity is certainly one of the main challenges for agriculture production and development,” he told agriculture ministers and private sector representatives at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Investment Forum in Oman. The region has some of the lowest levels of freshwater in the world, and these mainly underground, non-renewable stocks are being depleted. Freshwater has reduced by 60 percent in the last four decades and is expected to fall a further 50 percent by 2050. Agriculture accounts for 85 percent of the water use, and it will likely be the hardest hit by further shortages. Graziano da Silva also urged … [Read more...] about Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calls for policies and investments targeting sustainable water use in the Middle East and North Africa
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Michael Levenson Globe Staff July 20, 2018 In his day job, he warns residents about water main breaks, reminds them not to leave pets in hot cars, and worries about parking problems on Beagle Club Road. In his other, slightly more unusual gig, Paul Heroux, the mayor of Attleboro, appears regularly as a “Middle East expert” on Russian state-funded television, considered an arm of Vladimir Putin’s government, to expound on the conflict in Syria, the Iran nuclear deal, and growing unrest on the streets of Beirut. Heroux — whose unorthodox resume includes a stint working at a Saudi Arabian bank and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics — says he is happy to have a platform for his views on foreign affairs, even if that platform is a state propaganda network that most American politicians … [Read more...] about This Massachusetts mayor has an unusual side gig as a ‘Middle East expert’ on Russian state TV
Updated 0239 GMT (1039 HKT) July 12, 2018 (CNN)In one of the hottest, driest places on earth, water is so scant it needs to be filtered from the sea. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the world's most water-scarce region, with 17 countries below the water poverty line set by the United Nations. Much like money spent from an overdrawn bank account, water in the region is being withdrawn faster than it can be replenished, meaning MENA countries are essentially "living beyond their means." This is the finding of a recent World Bank report, which outlines how the region can move beyond water scarcity to greater water security. Home to six percent of the world's population, yet just one percent of the world's freshwater resources, the report found that the MENA region needs to take critical action to narrow the gap between water supply and demand. Photos: The Middle East and North Africa's battle against water scarcity Water scarcity – Earth's surface … [Read more...] about Can the Middle East solve its water problem?
Chelsey Lewis Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 1:00 p.m. UTC Jun 28, 2018 It feels strange to describe Lake Superior as peaceful. This is the lake, after all, infamous for squalls that come out of nowhere, shipwrecks like the Edmund Fitzgerald and water temperatures in the middle of summer that struggle to top 50 degrees. The weekend before I visited recently, nasty storms had passed through, flooding roads in Ashland and destroying others in the surrounding counties, leading the governor to declare a state of emergency. But peaceful is exactly what the lake was on four consecutive days after the storms. My sea kayak glided easily through the glass-calm lake, the only sound the splash as my paddle hit the water. Except for the three other kayakers I was with, there was not another human or sign of humans in sight — just miles of dark-blue water interrupted by narrow green bands of islands. "How many other places in the world do … [Read more...] about Apostle Islands and their famous sea caves offer ‘some of the best kayaking in the world’
Shira Rubin Special to USA TODAY Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jun 29, 2018 TEL AVIV, Israel – When visitors enter the Middle East’s first natural history museum here next week, they'll spot a dramatic re-creation of the Great Bird Migration, when a half-billion birds make a stopover in Israel's Hula Valley en route from Europe to Africa. The ultra-modern museum designed like Noah's Ark "is a symbol of conservation and of bringing all the world’s animals together,” said Tamar Dayan, who chairs the $40 million Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, set to open Monday in Tel Aviv. The 100,000-square-foot museum is a tribute to Israel’s indigenous flora and fauna, as well as a battle cry for preservation, as climate change, urban development and man-made devastation wreak havoc on the region’s rich ecosystems, according to the curators. “It’s unusual to have a museum established in the 21st century, but this is the … [Read more...] about The Middle East’s first natural history museum is designed like Noah’s Ark