International Year of Water Cooperation

The United Nations (UN) has named 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. This is huge. Without water none of us would be here.

Last year, didn’t we notice water? Or the lack of water? We in Britain suffered terrible floods while our friends in North America suffered terrible drought. And that’s before even mentioning the vast numbers of people in other parts of the world who had, and still have, a dramatic relationship with water.

To start the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, today is World Wetlands Day. My fellow blogger ScienceLens tells us what World Wetlands Day is about. Wetlands are home to gorgeous wildlife – wading birds, insects – but that’s not all they are. We need our wetlands.

I’m struck by ScienceLens’ questions. ‘Do you know where your nearest wetland is? And when last did you pay it a visit?’ Struck by those questions because I have no answer to them.

[Edit] Here’s a story about restoring a wetland in Tennessee. I think this decision – to reflood ‘low-lying, flood-prone farmland that probably never should’ve been cleared in the first place’ – might be useful in many places around the world as climates change. Including in my own country.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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