India is one of the most water-challenged countries in the world, from its deepest aquifers to its largest rivers. Groundwater levels are falling as India’s farmers, city residents and industries drain wells and aquifers. What water is available is often severely polluted. And the future may only be worse, with the national supply predicted to fall 50 percent below demand by 2030.
An oil spill of more than 350,000 liters happened when a tanker capsized in the river south of Baerhat on Dec. 9, 2014. The spill poses a threat to the Sunderbans, a World Heritage site of more than 1,000 square kilometer between Bangladesh and India. A group quickly formed to help assess and map the scope of the spill.
During a speech in Long Beach, Calif., noted British educator Sir Ken Robinson asked those in the audience over the age of 25 to hold their hands up if they were wearing wristwatches. Most were.
Said Robinson: “Teenagers don’t wear wristwatches. … My daughter never wears a watch. She doesn’t see the point. She says, ‘it’s a single-function device.’ ”
The World Food Programme has recently launched the Automatic Disaster Analysis and Mapping (ADAM) system, with the aim of quickly calculating the scale and scope of an emergency. With this dashboard approach, responders get a quick understanding of the number of people impacted, local weather conditions and more.
The new Indonesian President Joko Widodo is enacting a number of reforms and investments to help kickstart the country's economy as well as to address inquality. Among the initiatives are investments in infrastructure as well as mapping to address land disputes and spur greater outside investment.