The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the world’s atmosphere reached a daily average of 400 parts per million (ppm), according to measurements taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the Guardian reported. The measurement is the highest recorded at the observatory, and scientists believe similar CO2 levels have not been seen for several million years—highlighting concerns about climate change.
Droughts and Floods
A drought that has lasted for two years is threatening food security in Angola’s southern Cunene province, Reuters reported. The Angolan government estimates that 300,000 people in the province are at risk of malnutrition.
The northern Marshall Islands are also experiencing a severe drought and water shortage, which has destroyed crops and prompted the country to declare a state of disaster in the area, according to the Associated Press. The islands are set to receive emergency funds and desalination units from Australia and the United States.
Rohingya refugees from Myanmar face a growing health threat as the monsoon season approaches, according to Refugees International, AlertNet reported. Water-borne diseases, such as cholera, are of particular concern in the crowded refugee camps.
Recycled Drinking Water
London’s Thames Water is considering a program to recycle its treated sewage back into the drinking water supply, according to the Guardian. Recycling the water could ensure adequate supplies for a growing population, but the company must first gauge public opinion.
Codi Yeager-Kozacek is a news correspondent for Circle of Blue based out of Hawaii. She co-writes The Stream, Circle of Blue’s daily digest of international water news trends. Her interests include food security, ecology and the Great Lakes.
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