A guest blog by Nigel Cowburn. Nigel is a landscape architect based in New Zealand. I recently attended the New Zealand Irrigation Conference. One topic that came up often was aquifer recharge. NZ is undergoing a rapid shift from government funded irrigation to private sector schemes. The government-led approach resulted in over-allocation of many […]Read More Groundwater recharge through irrigation losses in New Zealand
Traditionally, communities all over the world have relied on fresh surface water to meet their water needs. Thus, with the advent of urban centers and rapid development, one of the first thrust areas was to control and store surface water resources so that the population of an area can reliably survive on it. Investment in […]Read More Is groundwater a reliable source of water for communities?
It has been seen all over the world that while the land cover is changing rapidly, the effect it is having on groundwater and it’s recharge is becoming more and more significant. This is especially true in places that rely solely on groundwater to meet their water needs. As groundwater extraction is increasing around the […]Read More How does LULC change affect groundwater recharge?
Whenever we think of speeding, the first thing that usually comes to our mind is traffic accident. This is not surprising because the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) once reported speeding as the contributing factor to 50% of road accidents in Nigeria. The country is ranked as the second in the world in terms of […] […]Read More Can speeding cause more than just accidents? YES!
When you are living in a city, you naturally feel the need to crank up the AC; whether at home or in your cars. It feels hot, oh so hot. In Delhi, summers can touch temperatures of 45 degree Celsius or more! But when you move to open spaces, where there is a bit of […]Read More The Heat Island Effect
When you think about going on a holiday, one of the first things that comes to your mind is the beach. Be in Goa, Andaman, Pondicherry, Miami, Sydney or the amazing beaches of France, it seems to attract everyone (63% Europeans prefer the coast as a holiday destination). A thriving tourism industry exists in almost […]Read More How does tourism affect the coastal ecosystems?
In a previous post, I talked about how climate change is a major threat to the coastal ecosystems of the world. But I also said that that’s not the only threat…. Truth is, most of the effects of climate change can be buffered by the ecosystem itself. That’s because climate change is not a new phenomenon. Ecosystems […]Read More Human habitation in coastal environments
Our world today is a mixture of generations that are world apart. You have the elderly, who have lived their entire lives without the technology and amenities that define the 21st century. You have the parents, who have grown up in an environment much like their parents, only to be shocked into a whole new […]Read More Environment and Demographic- How different age groups are affecting the world around us
Construction of buildings in itself is a big, big project. It’s something that sets human beings apart as a species. And we have broken so many barriers when it comes to choosing a site to construct anything. When you look at construction projects being taken up under the sea floor, or hundreds of feet below […]Read More Slope stability
Everyone wants to move to the city. It’s the place to be. It’s where everything is happening. It’s got the goods, the income, the happiness and everything else that everyone could possibly want out of life. No, this is not a moral article. I’m going to be very practical, and I’m going to take one […]Read More Growing metropolis