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We are pupils from Argoed High School and we have been doing a project called, 'Water, water everywhere?' In February '07 we went to Ysgol Friars in Bangor, North Wales and joined up with some pupils from two other schools to engage in a joint project. Our aim was to find out about some of the problems accociated with water and also to help other people to learn about the consequences of global warming. Our groups, Argoed A and Argoed B found out about melting ice caps and about water wars.
On this site we will talk about;
Melting ice caps
And Water wars
In the melting ice caps section, you will learn about;
How the melting of the ice caps occurs
How to prevent it
How it effects the animals living in the places affected
In the water wars section, you will learn about;
Why water wars are occuring in the world
How to prevent this
"The blunt truth is that the lack of water and agricultural land is a significant contributory factor to the tragic conflict we see unfolding in Darfur. We should see this as a warning sign."
John Reid British Home Secretary
In the last two decades, temperatures have been rising in the arctic at a rate 20 times faster than the warming that occured over the previous century.
The thickness of the ice sheet has decreased by about half.
"The vast expanse of permanent ice that has characterized the Arctic Ocean for millennia is fated to disappear far faster than anyone imagined, and will certainly be gone before the century is out"
It is thought that over 13,000 sq km of sea ice in the Antarctic Peninsula has been lost over the last 50 years.
Melting Antarctic ice caps contribute at least 15% to the current global sea level rise of 2mm (0.08in) a year.
More than 50 countries on five continents might soon be caught up in water disputes unless they move quickly to establish agreements on how to share reservoirs, rivers, and underground water acquifers.
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