Monthly Archives: July 2019

Enjoy Our Local Water Parks

It is a hot, hot weekend in Ottawa…looking for some local family fun..how about checking out our local waterslide parks. We are blessed with great waterslide parks close to the city. Cool down and have some fun!

Try Calypso in Limoges…

or on the Quebec side in Cantley we have Mont Cascades.

Go out and enjoy some family fun!

 

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Major Ice Sheet in Greenland Threatened

The European heat wave that is smashing records looks to be ready to move towards Greenland, possibly taking the world’s second largest ice sheet close to or below the record low set in 2012.

 

The Euro heat wave has it’s origins in north Africa, breaking the heat records by 2,3, or even 4 degrees Celsius. Atmospheric flows are now expected to push the heat to Greenland. The high temps will lead to enhanced melting of the Greenland ice cap.

 

The melting of Greenland’s ice sheet, a key part of the global climate system, would lead to rising sea levels and unstable weather. The weather in Greenland had been normal enough until June, when things started heating up. In July alone 160 billion tonnes of ice were lost through surface melting..approx. 64 million Olympic sized pools.

The heat is on!

Heading to a local Ottawa beach this weekend?

It is going to be a hot weekend…thinking of going to a local beach?

 

Before going you might want to check out the local beach water quality results from Ottawa Public Health.

 

Quickly you can review the local beaches, the e-coli levels, and swimming condition. If the conditions warrant it Ottawa Public Health will issue a no swimming advisory.

Stay safe and healthy.

Bengal tiger seeks shelter.

A family in India came home to find a wild Bengal tiger relaxing on a bed in their home.

It is monsoon season and neighboring Kaziranga National Park is 95% flooded. of course it is not only the tigers ,but the rhinos, elephants, bears, and more are being moved by the flooding.

 

Once the rains begin the animals naturally start moving to higher ground on their own.

Plans were made to tranquilize the tiger, move it out of the home, but it decided that after a rest it was ready to move on. with only 3900 tigers living in the wild, the animals are considered endangered.

US Coastguard leaps onto drug running sub

We we know that the drug kingpins are constantly looking for ways to get more of their drugs in the USA.

Here is a video just released today of a Coast guardsman jumping onto the back of an drug runners submarine. Big ocean, small sub…but they were caught with over 17,000 lbs of cocaine.

 

Why have water restrictions when there is no shortage?

Today there are more than 243 billion litres of water in Vancouver’s watershed. In the 2016 census Greater Vancouver had 2,463,000 people, which leaves 100,000 litres of water available per person.

Why does the Vancouver area face nearly 6 months a year of water restrictions?

Two key issues highlighted in Metro Vancouver’s climate projections address the restrictions question. First , Vancouver’s supply of water is not endless as the snow pack is expected to shrink  56% by 2050, and the region is expexted to get 13% less rainfall.

From a drinking water perspective, the rain comes in the fall,winter, and early spring..then things dry out.

Becoming water efficient is important as Vancouver is expecting another 1 million people to the region by 2050, with a possible water supply gap by 2030…and water for firefighting needs to be accounted for.

The city says water usage doubles in the summer due to lawn and garden watering. One hour of watering can equal 25 toilet flushes, five loads of laundry, and 5 dishwasher loads combined.

Looks like Vancouver is trying to get ahead of the future.

India’s Acute Water Shortage

Millions of people in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are turning to water trucks, as house and hotel taps run dry. Drying lakes and depleted ground water are to blame. The drought followed a 62% shortfall in monsoon rains last year compared to 2017.

 

In the state capitol of Chennai 4.6 million people, hotels are rationing water for guests. All 4 reservoirs that supply Chennai have run dry. due to poor monsoons.

Chennai is one of 21 cities that a government think tank warned last year could run out of ground water by 2020. This year’s monsoon is delayed, compounding the problem.

 

Northern and eastern India have bit 48 celsius in heat waves. The monsoons are expected to pick up in the next ten days…but water volumes are expected to be short of what is needed.