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Archive for March, 2012

Water – The Future of War?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

It seems rather interesting that everyone is worried about water resources when on our planet we have two thirds of our landmass covered with water.

We are overflowing with water, but the problem is humans and plants need fresh water, not salt water. And only a small percentage of the water outside the ocean is fresh, in clouds, ice, or ground water.

We know our freshwater is in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and under the ground.

Unfortunately, due to the increase in population we are using up the groundwater faster than it is getting replenished.

We are finding it difficult to maintain adequate amounts of water in our reservoirs for our drinking water and civilization, while still allowing water to flow out of various dams which have hydroelectric power.

Our water resources are tied to energy and agriculture, and life as we know it.

Freshwater supplies are a problem everywhere on the planet, it’s a vital resource, and thankfully it replenishes over time due to the weather patterns and weather flow.

We all know about how evaporation works from the ocean, and how the clouds flow over the landmass and then allow rain, which hopefully will fill up our lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.

Unfortunately sometimes that rain comes to far and few between, or it comes all at once in a giant deluge causing massive flooding. Massive flooding also causes the wrong type of run-off to get into freshwater supplies, making it unusable.

In many nations such as the Middle East they have giant desalination plants. And this is something we are going to need to do the United States as well, as much of our population lives fairly close to the ocean, and uses almost all of the runoff water for our cities.

The Wonderful Wildlife of Canada

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

For sweeping mountain vistas and the chance to see some incredible flora and fauna, one of the most enticing destinations in the world is Canada – hiking holiday experts rate its national parks and walking routes highly, and not without reason.

A guided walk through the Canadian Rockies will not only be accompanied by spectacular scenery every step of the way, but will also bring walkers the chance to see the region’s beautiful trees and flowers, and wonderful wildlife, as they travel. Here are just a few of the memorable species that, should they choose Canada, hiking holiday groups could be treated to.

Black Bear

The smallest of North America’s bear species, the black bear can be found in or near to forested areas. They are omnivorous and are known to leave the forests where they live in search of food, so, while walking Banff and other National Parks in Canada, hiking holiday groups have a good chance of seeing them. Tell tale signs that a bear lives nearby include claw and tooth marks on trees, a method that members of the species uses to communicate with one another.

Birds

For bird-watching enthusiasts, the Canadian Rockies are a true treat. The avian star of the region is undoubtedly the bald eagle, which, at 7kg with a wingspan of over 2m, is Canada’s largest bird of prey. They can be seen surveying the land, soaring above, hunting for fish, rodents and smaller birds, or even eyeing up a picnic. Other birds to look out for include the Canada Goose and blue grouse.