Discursive studies on natural resources often fail to examine how the language of existential threats is constructed, while the probable contextual factors for triggering securitization and its implications are also left unexamined. Applied to the Israeli–Palestinian water conflict, this study utilizes negotiation protocols from the Annapolis peace process to quantitatively examine how securitized discourses are triggered and constructed. The study determines that asymmetric actor ratio and negative background events trigger securitizing moves that in this case perpetuate enmity and division. Securitization under conflict scenarios is found to be mostly detrimental to the resolution of water issues as the resource becomes secondary to other high-profile concerns. A more favorable securitized discourse is identified, but this discourse is infrequent and characteristically aligned with the literature that espouses desecuritization.
How to Remove Arsenic from Your Water
Do you know what’s in your drinking water? You might be surprised to find that dangerous chemicals and elements are coming out of your kitchen tap. In most areas, arsenic can be found in drinking water. Regions in the Northeast usually have a higher level of arsenic found in drinking water due to the bedrock. While it might not seem like a big deal, arsenic can cause major problems. Here is everything you need to know about this dangerous chemical and arsenic water treatment systems. The Dangers of...
In a Future of Extremes, Southeastern States Must Have Water Management Policies
Introduction Climate change is expected to have an impact on every type of weather phenomenon that occurs on Earth. The nature and magnitude of the impact varies with the location on the planet and the type of weather in question, and coupled climate-weather models, have different degrees of uncertainty about different types of weather (though these models are dramatically improving in this cutting-edge field, and confidence is increasing among scientists in their weather predictions). However, climate scientists...
When are Oil Wells an Explosive Hazard?
Contrary to popular belief, an oil well can be an explosive hazard even when it is not in operation (pumping steady). An EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics cited that the oil and gas sector experiences the most deaths from fires and explosions, compared to other private industries. Risks of Explosive Elements around Oil Wells A recent explosion in 2014 at an oil and drilling site in Greeley, Colorado is an example of how indirect contact with explosive elements in or near the facility can be hazardous....
Secondary Oil Containment at US Army Corps of Engineers - Big Bend Dam - Case Study
Big Bend Dam takes its name from the unique bend in the Missouri River seven miles upstream from the dam. Construction of the dam began in 1959 and the embankment was completed in July 1963. Big Bend dam is 95 feet (29 m) high and 10,570 feet (3,220m) in length. Power generation began at the facility in 1964 and the entire complex was completed by 1966. The hydroelectric plant generates 493,300 kilowatts of electricity at maximum capacity, with an annual production of 969 million kilowatt hours, and meets peak-hour...
Case study - Flood water protection in the city of Buenos Aires
The Arroyo Mendrano is the second largest channeled stream of water running through Buenos Aires. In case of heavy rainfalls it overflows its banks and causes considerable material damage. When the retention basin which had been especially built to collect large quantities of water during strong precipitation events also overflowed, the government decided to have an alarm-system installed to monitor the water level in the basin.