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 Yes it is! And here is some of what it means:

  • Around 20% of all the arable land in the world is irrigated. And around 20% of all the irrigated land suffers from salinization. We lose 1.6 million hectares this way every year.
  • With Climate Change and rising sea levels, the saline sea waters are pushing harder and harder to infiltrate onto the land and into our aquifers.
  • Urban freshwater resources are getting increasingly salinized due to seawater intrusion, activities in neighbouring rural areas and improper management of human waste. So cities have to spend more on water treatment and supply, making water (and everything else) more expensive.

So welcome to this theme page on TheWaterChannel, where we ask “Is the world getting saltier?,” "How?," "Where" and "What are we doing about it?." We have brought together videos, webinars, resources, links, discussions, articles and blog posts that would help answer this very important question and raise others that we need to ask. But this is not a static repository. We urge you to participate: comment, voice your opinion, share your knowledge and post your videos. Please enrich this space and add to the discussion:

… because we cannot continue to ignore salt just because we don’t see it!

 

  • Soil salinity control in irrigated land

    << Back to Salinity HomeIntroduction Soil salinity control relates to controlling the problem of soil salinity and reclaiming salinized agricultural land. The purpose of soil salinity control is to prevent soil degradation by salinization and reclaim already salty (saline) soils. Soil reclamation is also called soil improvement, rehabilitation, remediation, recuperation, or amelioration. The...

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  • Thematic Webinars: Salinity

    'Webinars', or Web-based Seminars, are presentations or lectures transmitted over the Web. TheWaterChannel webinars are collaborative; the participants are able to communicate and discuss with the resource persons in real-time. They are free and open to all.  Watch previous webinars >>Webinars over the next few months will focus on the theme of salinization. They will cover a variety of to...

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    On TheWaterChannel’s Salinity theme page (www.TheWaterChannel.tv/SaltyWorld), we ask “Is the world getting saltier?”... and try to bring together videos, webinars, resources, links, discussions, articles and blog posts that would help answer this very important question and raise others that we need to ask.But this is not a static repository. We strongly urge you to participate- share your o...

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    Salty News

    Water Reuse & Desalination (Latest issue of World Water Magazine, Autumn 2013)Drinking water to death (The Daily Star)Saline creeping into croplands (The Daily Star)Especialistas de la ANA sostienen que la salinización de Ocucaje se solucionará con drenes (iagua)Boosting Crop Yields in Australia (Uconn Today)Safe drinking water disappearing fast in Bangladesh (The Guardian)Legume targets s...

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  • Resources

    DocumentsIntroductionPrimer: Soil Salinity (WaterLog.info)Primer: Soil Salinity (FAO)Primer: River Salinity (WaterLog.info)Reading List: Salinization  (Keele University, UK) Salinity: The Science, The SolutionsReport: Saline groundwater (IGRAC- International Groundwater Resources Assesment Centre)Guidebook: Salt-affected Soils and their Management (FAO) Lecture Notes: Drainage for Agri...

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    Salt Solutions

    All over the world a wide variety of clever solutions are implemented to overcome salinity problems. We are happy to share this salty solutions overview with you and invite you to send in your solutions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak093103315d38f1f5084578f7ad58709e').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = '...

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