Flood waters inundating Thailand north of Bangkok since July have made the journey south and reached the capital. The disaster is responsible for 400 deaths in Thailand and neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam.
Too much of a good thing (water) can literally be disastrous.
This goes to show how this problem happens to many regions across Earth. What Thailand is experiencing in these photos is something that is happening in many places. Flooding and rising of water leves is increasingly becoming a problem and it becomes even more of a problem when it is ruining their rice crops that take a long time to mend and take care of.
Workers from a pine plantation helped the animal group Wires to relocate several koalas into new habitat after logging activities displaced them (RT @adamvaughan_uk: The saddest photo you'll see this May, guaranteed: a disorientated koala sitting ...
For my presentation in Geography 400 I discussed the city of San Juan in Argentina and the significance of the city and the growth of it's modern infrastructure. The great significance of the city stems from it being in a good balanced distance from the Suan Juan river that irrigates through canals and supplies their reservoirs and hydroelectric power. The river is of great benefit to them, as is any river or water source to a city. The infrastructure is becoming more and more modern ever since the great earthquake destroyed the ciry, and they were forced to rebuild. It is now the most visited city in Argentina and does well in tourism because of it's economic profit of wine and olive oil as well as popular attractions such as museums full of Inca and paleontology artifacts. While this page is in Spanish, based on the map and pictures I can see the point this is saying. It is showing how mining and other natural resources are growing near the areas of San Juan and other South American cities all in that same area. It is comparing it other countries in Europe and showing how mining is a significant resource for San Juan. Based on these photos and maps and the research I did I learned more about San Juan than I would ever know before.
Pakistan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 200-nautical miles, designated by the United Nations, is overwhelmingly enriched in both living and non-living marine resources - especially the Indus Delta region has abundance of prime quality fish that entice the neighbouring Indian fishermen, who deliberately violate the international boundaries and indulge in illegal fishing activities in Pakistan’s EEZ.
Despite the best monitoring efforts of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), deliberate violation of Pakistani EEZ by Indian fishermen continues causing huge losses to Pakistan’s fisheries resources. Emotional stories regarding the plight of Indian fishermen facing persecution in Pakistani jails are published. Some of the convicted fisherman, when interviewed by the media, projected the predetermined theme in a parrot-like manner. NGOs, humanitarian organisations, respectable members of the society, etc, in innocence adopt the same stance and project the fishermen as victims of the circumstances beyond their control. Arrests are blamed on the insensitivity and highhandedness of the PMSA and other Pakistani law enforcement agencies.
The PMSA, being the sole maritime law enforcement agency, undertakes concerted operational efforts to prevent the poaching activities by Indian fishermen. In this regard, besides regular deployment of ships and surveillance by aircraft, a series of focused anti-poaching operations are also conducted in the Eastern Maritime Region.
To curb this tendency, Indian boats close to the EEZ boundary (10-15 NM) are cleared from the Pakistani limits towards India.
Even among those Indian fishing boats, which intrude deeper into our EEZ, only a few boats are apprehended and majority are cleared off. Moreover, children/elderly are invariably released/let go, purely on humanitarian grounds. The extent of the illegal activity is an indication of the lure despite the peril of apprehension.
However, regular patrolling and clearing of these fishermen by the PMSA ships has progressively resulted in substantial decrease in the presence of Indian boats. During the recent past (September 2012 onwards), 131 boats and 484 crewmembers have been apprehended, which is but a mere drop in the ocean. During the trials of Indian fishermen, the Pakistani courts adopt a humanitarian view and award light sentences from one to three years for this deliberate illegal activity. Frequently, as a goodwill gesture, the government of Pakistan releases them before the end of their sentence. On the contrary, the Indian law enforcement agencies mete out very harsh punishment to the Pakistani fishermen and they are kept away from the judicial process for a long time.
According to marine experts, quality fish is available in abundance in Pakistani creeks. The Indian fishermen deliberately take risks to fish in Pakistani territorial limits. Such poaching activities not only deplete the highly priced marine species, it also inflicts a loss of Rs8.1 billion per annum to the government exchequer. During January 2012 to March 2013, 184 boats, along with 606 Indian fisher-folks, who were fishing more than 25-100 NMs inside our EEZ, were apprehended. It clearly reflects the deliberate intrusion marked by mala fide intent, especially when all the Indian boats have Global Positioning System (GPS) installed in their boats that tells the exact position of the boat. These fishermen mainly sail from Okha or Porbandar in India, which are around 115 NM (148 km) and 135 NM (250 km) (I nautical mile = 1.85 km) respectively from our EEZ.
The boats travel even further ahead of the EEZ and their deliberate acts of intrusion are done well within Pakistan’s waters. Most regrettably, some violators are apprehended even 100 nautical miles inside our waters. These incursions are not restricted to a few ‘innocent inadvertent crossers’ but at occasions number over 300 boats. The lure of the rich fish catch is extremely attractive and worth taking a calculated risk vis-à-vis the expected return. Moreover, the nets used by them are internationally banned, due to their very small mesh size.
On the contrary, any crossing by Pakistani fishermen into the Indian EEZ is indeed inadvertent as there is no fishing attraction in Indian waters. From January 2012 till end March 2013, numerous incursions of massive quantity (totalling thousands) were regularly reported in Pakistani EEZ. However, during the same period, only 12 Pakistani fishing boats were apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard units and that too in close proximity of the EEZ demarcation.
A hotline was earlier established in November 2006 for exchange of information and coordination between the two director generals. The intrusions are regularly conveyed to the Indian Coast Guards. Regrettably, the response has at best been lukewarm and no effective action to curb the ingress has been taken, indicating tacit state approval of this criminal activity.
Catherine Shabo's insight:
This article goes to show borders and claims of land are so important to countries and geography. It is not right nor legal for these Indian fisherman to invade what belongs to Pakistan. The marine life resources provided causes this to become a fragile and frustrating issue to the security. It goes to show how if land is invaded it could lead to violence. The Indian fishermen should get charged for breaking the law, but obviously not hurt. It becomes a tricky situation when resources are involved and are being stolen away. Pakistan will not handle this lightly and both neighboring regions need to come up with an agreement to settle the dispute that does not involve it getting violent.
This is pretty interesting video from World Comics Network – a growing network of mostly female creators who are utilising the comics medium and comics workshops to empower women and address social issues pertaining to gender in their part of the world, and also build on those strips to use them for other social commentary and discussion (such as creating comics addressing widespread issues of official corruption). Always great to see people making their own comics and using the medium for something with positive social influences. As the video shows most of the women here are creating work in Pakistan, but they also pick up on some unusual uses of comics in India (and if the medium helps any cross border co-operation between those two countries that can surely only be a good thing) and goes on to talk about how they would like to create a network across Asia of comics creators using the medium to highlight social concerns and develop comics journalism. Interesting stuff and more power to them:
I think things like this are great. It really shows how a group of people, in this case females, can get their tepoint across in a way that is firm but not violent. I would like to see them create this network to advertise the social concerns in South Asia. History does repeat itself and it seems every part of the world has had/or is having the struggle to gain more women independence and acknoldgement. Something as simple as these comics and journalism could start a feminist movement.
After the devil’s Arab Spring has succeeded in turning Libya into a totally failed state, the west’s mainstream media dropped it from its interests and concentrating on Syria, the country that stands an obstacle in their queue of countries to be ‘democratized’ into failed states.
Here’s a shocking side of the ‘democracy’ the Arab Spring brought to Libya, remember where Libya is? It’s an oil rich country north of Africa that the west intervened by itself to ‘protect’ its people from themselves, now they’re so protected with the Public Leashing of sinners and to further ‘respect’ humanity in this country they’re making use of the living and the dead as well.
This, to me, catches my attention as to something that can and will affect many other nations. No matter how far apart, nations are connected by oil. Whether it is who they get it from, who supplies who, or where the higher demands are, when there is a demand for fuel, I think it can have a domino affect. In Egypt it is causing many problems other than fueling their cars and trucks. It leads to violence and a shortage of food because farmers do not have the fuel to run their farms properly. We take for granted how easily we as citizens access oil, and do not realize what would happen if all of a sudden we couldn't get it.
Is Islam Incompatible with Western Values? Diplomatic Courier Actually Islam has existed for about 1400 years, covering a geography that includes the Middle East, Central Asia, Northern Africa, and most parts of Southeast Asia.
I think history makes it pretty clear that Islamic faith is not compatible with western values. Whether that is sensible or not is another question. However, it is shown everyday that they are not compatible and there is little hope given to say they ever will be. The western opinion though can be somewhat contradictive. We say the burqua takes away the human rights of a woman, which I agree it does, but then the west bans them. This is just also taking away a right to religions to have their own rules and for women to have the right to express their religion. Things like this can be looked at in different points of view, and I am sure not everything in Islamic faith can be considered negative by westerners if they really studied it.
This caught my eye being one of my favorite stores. Opening one in Shanghai is quite impressive. I did not realize that Sephora was that popular of a retail store to expand globally. This will obviously be good for the economy of Asia if more stores are created. After all, women love makeup no matter what country you are in. Based on some articles I am reading, Asia seems to be at its peak recently with expanding its retail market. How about bringing some Asia stores to America? I would like to shop at those!
These malls seem to be working out well for Moscow and Russia's income. I was surprised to read that the number of customers exceeded the amount of people who visitied the Mall of America. If they can afford to keep expanding and bringing in revenue then why not?
Wow, this is almost hard to watch because it is a disturbing concept. There is a lot of questions about this video that I have. For example, who sets up these "street fights" and how did they start? How long have they been going on for and what part of Russia is it? I am in shock that people act this way against each other just because of their religion or culture. Goes to show how geography can affect the ego centric view of one type of culture against another. Something should be done about this is in Russia.
Progess and reform especially in education is always a good thing. The wishful thinking to this matter is that it would cause a domino effect and some of South America's smaller countries could form something also.
Dictator Bashar al-Assad, he told us, still had a chance to outlast the rebellion against him, though “it will take a couple of years and more than 100,000 killed.”
BD: This is an interesting article from The Washington Post; it outlines the spread of the Arab Spring with a key quote from Assad seen above. Possibly most important is the Post's statement on the actions of the President of the United States and his administration. I have stated before, world leaders need to step in and take action to counter act the total warfare. The Obama administration continues to take a “soft-line” approach to the issues in Syria, “(Obama administration) is pursuing the shortsighted policy of seeking to restrain anti-Assad forces. That strategy has had no effect in either country other than to empower U.S. enemies and jihadist groups.”
With my heritage from the Middle East, specifically Syria, I found this to be a very interesting and sad situation. Many people know of the violence that goes on in the Middle East, but not what causes it or how it affects its neighboring countries, causing the widespread of violence in this part of the world. Lebanon is catching a carry over of rebellion from the Syrian civil war and acts of violece. This is a perfect example of how Geography plays an important role on the act of civilians or the peace in an area.
It is crazy to read that this could happen as soon as 50 years from now. Global warming is causing for these islands to start the process in becoming like underwater cities of Atlantis which always fascinated me. I think it is safe to say that scientist in the next century will have these islands to study..underwater.
Interesting to see how the main part of the world that wants to move to the United States is in Africa. But what is even more interesting is how West Africa has a higher percentage. Why is this? My answer would be that South Africa is more modernized and developed than West Africa. There is less disease and death rates. This is what may attract them to the American Dream.
There is a big lesson to be learned from this map and what it means. No territory on this earth is completely not valuable. Specifically ones with long coast lines and natural resources. This shows how Geography comes into play with economic profit. Now, if this division is not working for the East Pacific then the ideal thing would be to divide it equally. But, that never works does it..
With the pollution increasing in South Asia, I strongly believe that this is a cause for respiratory deaths. Especially if the citizens of this regions are inhaling it every single day. The article even says that some days in a row the temperature drops because no sunlight is getting through the smog. If this is the case, then that is very dangerous to inhale because no air is circulating and there is no fresh sunlight coming in. This could also cause long term respiratory illnesses for the children living here. Solutions to this problem can be tricky but cutting back on the amount of fuel being used is a good place to start. The pictures even say enough because it is clear that the air is not clear. I would not want to breathe that in. There has to be alternatives.
I agree with Peter Bells's opinion on the Arab Spring issue in the middle east and north Africa. At the end of this he says, "If we can offer the right support these new nations can and will play a constructive part in the world community." This is completely accurate. If the Arab Spring causes more arab and north african nations to emerge in the world, then western countries will have to learn to play as a team with them. He discusses how we see the islamic views as completely bizzar, but we do not always look at everything. Most judge by the small things, or just what they hear. Right now, Syria needs support. Whether the western nations will supply this support is unknown but eventually, one thing or another is going to happen. We can either make it good or bad.
In 1983, professor Lin Zhanxi of FujianAgriculturalUniversity recognized the rapid decline of forests in China as wood logs were much in demand for shiitake and other exotic mushrooms. He started to work with wild grasses, bagasse, rice and corn straw as basic materials for the mushroom substrate. In 1987 he decided to name the technique JUNCAO: ‘Jun’ from fungi, and ‘Cao’ being the Chinese word for grass(-es). Now, 21 years later, the technique has led to a comprehensive growing system for more than 40 types of mushrooms, using some 33 kinds of leguminous plants as basic substrate material. The grasses are dried after harvest, grinded and stored until used. For each mushroom, specific substrate recipes have been developed. E.g. a patented process has been developed to use protein of fermentative bacteria instead of the commonly used wheat bran. Heat treatments and substrate containers also vary between species.
This systematic set of technique has spread to at least 50 countries and helped to alleviate poverty while making sustainable use of resources which are readily available. The JUNCAO Institute now employs over 200 people, of which 30 at the University Campus of Fujian Agricultural University and the remaining on bases all over the world.
One of its daughters is the Green Valley Institute of Biopharmaceutical Technology. In 2003, it managed to get the first official medicine approved, based on the spores of Ganoderma.
The technology that goes into this is amazing and what it can lead to is amazing. The fact that this can lead to useful medicines shows that it should be looked into even further. Maybe China can get more out of this or try other bacterias and share it with the rest of the world. That is a positive look on something like this. I can see how some would critique it though. They would maybe say it is not natural in terms of consuming the mushrooms.
"Moscow is deploying warships at its base in the Syrian port of Tartus. The long-planned mission comes, providentially, at the very moment when it could help prevent a potential conflict in the strategically important Middle Eastern country."
This being almost two years ago, it shows how the tension between these nations has been present for so much long and does not ever seem to fade in the slightest. While this article makes it so that the Russians did not have a violent motive behind this, which two years later proved to be true, it will still always rasie a question in everyone's minds and keep nations on their toes. Russia is an intimidating nation and I can see how this would cause an uproar.
President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel is not motivated by a desire to win over the Israeli public, writes Akiva Eldar, but rather by the need to salvage the standing of the United States as an influential power in the region.
I completely agree with the statement about Obama's real motive for visiting Israel. The United States is seen as and is indeed a world power. It is true to say what is a world power that just ignores the conflict. This article is saying that other theories are false. Theories such as visiting to basically kiss up for oil, or to kiss up to a middle eastern country. A world power does not need to kiss up rather keep peace with foreign policy and show that they are paying attention. If Israel were to feel forgotten then what kind of ally would they turn out to be? Many are quick to assume but do not realize that Obama is already in his second turn, he does not need to convince people to like him anymore. He can just do his job as President.
Well, this makes me sad! Although, I never knew that coffee was not as common in India and China as it was here. I think if Starbucks were to extend it's profit into countries like India and China then yes, prices would rise here. However, I think that would only happen at first. I think once it was settled the prices would become steady again because they would get used to the higher demand. We shall see.
Russia is thinking of building a giant solar power station capable of collecting energy and beaming it to Earth. This idea was put forward by Central Scientific Research institute for Engineering, a subsidiary of the Russian Space Agency, Roskosmos.
I agree that this is an idea that should be studied further to see what we can learn from it, but it does seem not too well thought out as of right now. I do believe that Russia and the other countries have the right idea of starting to think about how we will get energy in the future, since that is an environmental issue already becoming something scientist worry about. If they were to do this in the future, they would need to make sure it is completely safe and the smartest way to aquire energy for the earth. However, I am sure by then Russia and other nations will have many other advanced ideas of collecting energy and this may be pushed aside. Who knows right?
This scary story in the Guardian says that many farmers are quitting an industry hit by rain, disease and cheap imports – just as food security becomes a worldwide issue. And indeed many UK farmers have suffered greatly from the poor weather in 2012, as demonstrated by the story of Stephen Watkins who farms in Worcestershire, UK.
This is an unfortunate situation that is hard to solve because there is no stopping mother nature. I guess it is the risk taken being a farmer but if they are supplying corportate super markets, how come they can't have some form of a crop insurance? Seems only fair because as I said, mother nature will take iher course no matter what. The farmers should not be punished if their crops get flooded and ruined. The bright side is that rain does not last forever so farming can always be done, it is just a matter of getting through this hurdle of mass precipitation during a short period of time.
New Europe ENAR urges to stop racism New Europe The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) today called on EU leaders to take action in order to stop racism and discrimination in Europe and promoteequality by ensuring access to quality employment...
My comment on this issue is that if Europe is really discriminating to keep a strong "native population" then something should be changed. Nowhere in this world is there still such a thing as a "strong native population" because over the decades, countries have become diverse and minorities have become major populations. It is time for every country in this nation, and Europe to realize that this is what it is and will keep happening and that it is time to stop job discriminating because that is not going to change anything. It is only creating harships for the people or "minorities" or "not natives" living in the same country as you.
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