August 18th, 2012 in Paris, France: People cool off in the Trocadero’s fountains as the city sizzles in a summer heatwave. Temperatures are expected to hit 40C in some areas
Thursday, May 10th, 2012 in Srinagar, India: Kashmiri government employees are sprayed with purple coloured water by Indian police to disperse a protest. Indian police detained dozens of government employees, used water cannons and resorted to baton charging the employees during the protest.
Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images
Friday, May 11th, 2012 in Gujranwala, Pakistan: Pakistani boys swim in a water reservoir to cool off as the temperature rises.
Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP
April 25th, 2011 in Manila, Philippines: Protesters hold onto each other as they are hit by water cannon from anti-riot police who tried to prevent them from entering the gates leading to the Malacañang presidential palace. The violence erupted during a recent demolition of a flea market in Parañaque city where at least one person died and several others were injured as authorities tried to break the barricade of illegal settlers in the area.
February 9th, 2012 in Berlin, Germany: an icebreaker makes its way through floating ice sheets on the river Spree.
Photograph: Gero Breloer/AP
Drought-stricken Pacific islands down to last few days of water
Tuvalu, the world’s fourth-smallest nation sitting just below the Equator, has declared a state of emergency and is rationing water. Tuvalu has a collective land mass of just 10 square miles with its highest point five meters above sea level and is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change and rising oceans.
Sewage full of mystery viruses
Samples of waste water from the U.S., Spain and Ethiopia demonstrate just how diverse viruses are.
Great Lakes face stresses from run-off, invasive species
The 5 lakes, which contain one-fifth of the world’s fresh water and supply millions of people, may be ‘veering close to ecosystem collapse.’