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The Titanic…today.

For the first time in 14 yrs researchers have taken a look at the Titanic.

Check out the video and see what is new about the wreck.

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Climate change and the effect on the world’s waves

New research shows that a warming planet will alter ocean waves across 50% of the world’s coastlines. The implication for erosion and coastal flooding srte not good.

As part of the Coordinated Ocean Wave Climate Project, ten research organizations, combined to look at a range of different global wave models in a variety of future global climate models.

Differences were noted , but if the 2degree Paris agreement is kept, changes in wave patterns will stay within a reasonable normal range. The trend is not this..most likely wave patterns will affect 50% of the world’s coastlines in a more adverse manner.

 

The height of waves will grow in some areas and lessen in others. Some areas will see the height remain the same, but their wavelength and frequency will change. More force will be exerted on the coast, and any infrastructure. Wave direction can change how much sand is moved along the coast.

In short our coastlines will be under assault…erosion, flooding, and damage to infrastructure will become more frequent.

Ottawa- Smelly Water Still Drinkable

Compounds released by plants and algae are to blame for the strange smell and taste of tap water in Barrhaven, but the City of Ottawa says there is nothing to be worried about.

 

The city has received a few calls from residents who have noticed a specific taste in their tap water. It is due to seasonal changes in the Ottawa river. The taste or odor is caused by trace levels of natural substances released by aquatic plants and algae..an event that happens every 2 or 3 years, and lasts a few weeks, this years event is made worse by the summer’s high temperatures.

The result is a earthy , grassy smell and taste…especially if the water is warmed up.  The taste of the water is affected , but their is no health risk. The water remains safe to drink.

The last time this happened was August and September 2015.

Mass droughts in Pakistan by 2025 possible.

Pakistan could face an absolute water scarcity level by 2025. The Pakistan Council of research in Water Resources has made this grim forecast, It was reported that Pakistan crossed the water stress line in 1990, crossed the water scarcity line in 2005…next up absolute scarcity in 2025.

An unnamed government official is calling for action to find a solution, but notes there is a lack of government funding.

Pakistan has the fourth highest rate of water use in the world, but is dependent on a single source..the Indus river basin in India. Rainfall has been steadily declining in the area, some blaming climate change.

In Pakistan’s largest city Karachi over the million residents few have running water as the land has gradually dried up, forcing many residents to queue for hours for supplies given to them.

The former head of the Water and Power Development Authority says water policy is simply non existent. Policy makers act like absentee landlords over water. Water has become the property of the landlord , while the poor are deprived of their share.

 

Experts say that population growth and urbanization are the main reasons behind the crisis, compounded by climate change and poor water management.

Pakistan has not built new dams since the 1960’s leading to a lack of water storage facilities in the country. A maximum of 30 days supply is kept on hand.

 

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!

 

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.