Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-ruling monarch (1946-2016) has passed away. For Thais who are less than 70 years old, he was the only king they ever knew – an adored father figure and a unifier. But the water sector will remember the king for an unusual achievement – rainmaking. Continue reading
By now, we all know that cities account for more than half the world’s population. Come 2050, it is expected that another 2.5 billion people will move from villages to cities. In China alone, more people that the whole population of the USA today will move into cities by 2050. These are mind-boggling numbers and present a scary picture of the future liveability of cities or rather the lack of it, especially in South and Southeast Asia.
Already, we see how a day of intense rain causes havoc with flooding. The inexorable march of climate change is bringing more intense rain at odd times or no rain at all. The ‘heat island’ effect of cities with bumper-to-bumper traffic jostling for space with humans gets accentuated during times of no rain. Continue reading
As cities expand to swallow entire floodplains and coastal areas, often extending even beyond the boundaries of land to reclaim thousands of acres of waters from nature, they are becoming more vulnerable to climate change. Continue reading
At the recently concluded Aquatech Exhibition in Amsterdam (November 1 to 4, 2011), there were about 850 exhibitors from over 40 countries. The sprawling area of the Rai Amsterdam exhibition centre was filled with companies dealing with almost every aspect of water management. The booths rivaled each other in design and many companies had brought their best-selling or latest or largest equipment such as membrane racks, pumps, valves and measuring instruments to display to the thronging crowds. Continue reading
There has been an explosion of innovative desalination technologies in the past few years thanks to the growing scarcity of clean water. In the beginning, it was confined to the oil-rich Gulf countries which had plenty of cheap energy to extract water from the sea. Continue reading