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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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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.

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.