Freshwater under Threat South Asia: Crowded Land, Drying Rivers
Rising temperatures are fast melting glaciers in the Himalayas, the origin of major rivers flowing across the Indian subcontinent. Reduced river flow can upset water balance for millions. Meanwhile, rapidly swelling glacial lakes can trigger flash floods. Based on Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change report series <http://www.roap.unep.org/pub/index.cfm>
George Schaller's message to the Year of the Gorilla
World renowned conservationist George Schaller, one of the first to look at gorillas from a modern, scientific perspective, gives a recount of his experiences and an outlook on the future and obstacles of gorilla conservation. Year of the Gorilla web site <http://www.yog2009.org/>
In West Africa,the Sahara desert is growing by thousands of square kilometres a year and the search for water for people and their animals becomes ever more desperate.
For millenniums the people of southern Nepal have grown rice - in a country where the grain is a symbol of worship, other crops are considered unworthy. But monsoon rains, which rice cultivation so desperately depends on, have become increasingly erratic, leading farmers to think, and in some cases implement, the unthinkable - bananas!