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The future of water in Australia

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“ Jeremy Fernandez looks at how we extract, move, store and use water in Australia.”


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Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 28, 2013 5:42 AM

The only grades I would use this video in would be 5 and 6. This is because it uses some higher level language that younger students may not understand (I'd most likely play it more than once so we can pick apart the information together as a class). I like this resource because it gives a quick overview of what we as a country consider to be an important use of water. This video could be used as inspiration for an inquiry task, or it could be used to begin lessons about our own smart water usage - i.e. discussions about how much 13 gigalitres is and how it was used by industry and households alone in 2010/11.

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20% of the entire world's unfrozen freshwater is in a single lake

20% of the entire world's unfrozen freshwater is in a single lake | IB Freshwater | Scoop.it
“Click here to read more... (20% of the entire world's unfrozen freshwater is in a single lake! What is it? ---> http://t.co/OzZAdcNr5M)”
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Infographic: The Global Water Crisis

Infographic: The Global Water Crisis | IB Freshwater | Scoop.it
Despite the critical role that water has in our everyday lives, few people realize that the world’s freshwater supply is facing a major crisis in the near future.

Take a look at this infographic for more details, statistics and data on the 'invisible threat to humanity's future' to help increase awareness with regard to the global water crisis...


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New Report Details How Climate Change Is Harming Freshwater Fish

New Report Details How Climate Change Is Harming Freshwater Fish | IB Freshwater | Scoop.it
America's coldwater fish habitat could decline by 50 percent within the lifetime of a child born today thanks to climate change, according to a new report released today.
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Fresh water for all | Visual.ly

Fresh water for all | Visual.ly | IB Freshwater | Scoop.it
“Freshwater is one of today’s most pressing developmental challenges, impacting food & agriculture, gender equality, health & sanitation, population (Make freshwater an instrument for peace & sustainable development #WWWeek”
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Managing Water Use in Scarce Environments

The growing gap between safe freshwater supply and water demand is forcing the world to tackle the issue from a new and more collaborative perspective.

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NASA Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East

NASA Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East | IB Freshwater | Scoop.it
A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.

 

"[This] data show an alarming rate of decrease in total water storage in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins, which currently have the second fastest rate of groundwater storage loss on Earth, after India," said Jay Famiglietti, principal investigator of the study and a hydrologist and professor at UC Irvine. "The rate was especially striking after the 2007 drought. Meanwhile, demand for freshwater continues to rise, and the region does not coordinate its water management because of different interpretations of international laws."

 

Tags: water, environment, consumption, resources, environment depend, Middle East, Iraq.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 24, 2013 10:00 PM

This is a perfect example of geospatial technologies can lead to a better understanding of how the Earth's physical systems are changing because of human geography.  Teaching geography is about showing how these systems are interconnected.   

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 19, 2014 9:24 AM

Water is a big issue in an arid area.  The fact that we can measure the amount of groundwater present in an area with a satellite is amazing to me.  The issue of water rights and control in this region will someday over take that of oil rights and use in my opinion.  Once people get used to free flowing water to use on demand it will cause problems politically when these sources of ground water inevitably dry up.

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Missing “Rain Frog” Resurfaces in Honduras: Freshwater Species of ...

Missing “Rain Frog” Resurfaces in Honduras: Freshwater Species of ... | IB Freshwater | Scoop.it
A critically endangered Miles' robber frog was just found in Honduras by Jonathan Kolby. Photo Jonathan Kolby. freshwater species of the week In 2008, National Geographic Young Explorer Jonathan Kolby re-discovered a ...
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