The Mediterranean sea is where Europe, Asia, and Africa all meet.
Throughout the ages, empires ruled over its entire coastline, and people used it to transfer goods, for recreation purposes, or to harvest its many food items.
Today along its shores there are more than 20 countries. No longer a single empire – but rather a Mosaic of People, as was described by Waterline’s guest in this episode.
Konstantina Toli, a Senior Programme Officer at Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean, points out the great challenges that are presented as our world is changing – namely climate change and the refugee’s crisis. For example, in the past 5 years, nearly 2,000,000 human beings risked their lives in search of a better life and used the treacherous Mediterranean route. The result – the stresses on water supplies in the region which were already quite significant, are constantly on the rise.
The interview was recorded during the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, in March of 2018.
In this second part of our tale of dams, we will hear what happens once things go horribly wrong. Throughout history, faulty dams have created man-made disasters costing lives and the earth. We will be hearing about one disaster in particular – The Mariana Dam Disaster – that happened in Brazil in 2015.
We will also revisit the town of Gatun, the dam that was built there and the lake that made the Panama Canal, with a somber look on the life of ordinary people there.
We wish to thank the Panama Canal Authority, whose records on the history of the Panama Canal’s construction provided great help in the crafting of this episode. Research for this episode was done by Nate Nelson.
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Israel is in a semi-arid region. Global climate changes create longer drought periods in the region. And yet, looking from above, one can see green fields and forests, and high-quality water is delivered to homes, businesses, farmers and the industry 24/7. Several components contribute to this success, but it all begins with the Israeli Water Law, passed in 1959.
In this episode, we see how Israeli water regulation, stemming from the Water Law, enables self-sufficiency and continuous growth – even when drought hits hard. We will explore the Californian model of regulation in contrast to the Israeli one, and what are the benefits they possess.
As with any great invention – drip irrigation began by chance. All it took is a man with an abundance of curiosity and a strong will to solve problems. In 1961 Eng. Simcha Blass realized an idea he carried with him for more than 30 years, with the help of Kibbutz members in the Negev Desert. They founded Netafim. Today, the company is a world leader in drip irrigation, and innovation is their main driving force.
Interviewed in this episode:
Naty Barak – Chief Sustainability Officer at Netafim.