Rockets hit hotel in Libyan capital    British PM May resigns, paving way for Brexit confrontation with EU    Saudi Crown Prince meets Sudan's military council deputy heed: SPA    Tennis: Serena remains America's best hope at French Open    Arsene Wenger says his football future may not be in management    Pochettino optimistic Kane will play in Champions League final    President Sisi reviews tourism structural reform program with minister of tourism    Egypt's Central Bank maintains interest rates on deposits and loans at 15.75%, 16.25%    72nd Cannes Film Festival: It's all about fresh talents    Egypt's tourism ministry seeks to obtain UNDP's Gender Equality Seal    Huawei sales will not be affected by Google's suspension of business: MTI    Shoukry, Sadadi convene in Cairo over regional updates    Kazakhstan offers huge investment opportunities: AIFC    12 alleged militants killed in two separate raids in Al-Arish    SODIC to pay EGP 1.2bn of outstanding land dues in 2019    Fanzir plans to launch 3 projects, open HQ in Egypt: Aljishi    Tazkarty, online booking for AFCON tickets launched    Banking draft law will not impose term limits on state-owned banks' board members: source    Four women challenge male-dominated food market in Ramadan    Lack of proper waste management in Egypt causes accumulation of marine plastic litter    Aiisha Ramadan & SADAFA Collaborate for SS'19 Arab Fashion Week    US warns Al-Assad following suspected chemical attack    Repatriation: Why Western museums should return African artefacts    Omani author Jokha Alharthi wins prestigious Booker International Prize    Al-Karma to publish Tawfik's last short story collection in June    Amending judicial regulations    Connected for exams    Mubarak speaks    Newsreel    Breaking the record    Pre-emptive strikes    Tahya Masr Bridge: Breaking the record    EGP 300 million allocated for poor households, education: Ministry of Religious Endowments    Vaccine doubts spread like disease, must be taken offline: vaccine chief    Omani Writer Jokha Alharthi wins the 2019 Man Booker International Prize    General Prosecutor orders release of five prominent detainees    Egypt name national team's initial squad for AFCON 2019    Messages to Tehran    Mascot revealed, tickets on sale    Only one path to glory    Don't miss Al-Leila Al-Kebira puppet theatre operetta at Al-Hanager Arts Centre    In search of historical women    Twelve alleged militants killed in shootout with police    Malawians vote in tough presidential election    Angry at being dubbed a hustler, Maradona dismisses new film    At Cannes, Arab Cinema Centre announces winners of its 3rd Critics Awards    President Sisi receives citizens for Iftar at his private residence    The alternative economy in Ramadan    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Mongolian scientists combating climate change
Published in Bikya Masr on 17 - 11 - 2011

Scientists in Mongolia have announced they will be harvesting ice during the winter to bolster the nation's water supply. The scientists will begin this month creating extremely thick slabs of ice by drilling bore holes into the ice that has started to form on the Tuul river.
The slabs of ice are known as “naleds,” and they continue to expand so long as there is enough water pressure to penetrate the surface of the formed ice.
As summer approaches and the ice begins to melt, it is expected that the excess ice will also aid in reducing city temperatures and saving energy that would have been used on air conditioners. Drinking water and irrigation supplies will also be better regulated.
The engineering firm responsible for the project is ECOS & EMI. Mongolia is an excellent place for such an experiment, due to the extreme differences in weather present. The capital city of Mongolia has the coldest winters in the world, and yet also has high summers.
The capital city of Ulan Bator is funding the project, which has been estimated to be over 700,000 dollars. The goal is to address the problems the capital faces in dealing with such extreme opposites and make it applicable to other areas of similar climate conditions.
The Tuul River flows through Ulan Bator and is extremely polluted. Some observers have made reference to gold mining in the region, as well as insufficient sanitation facilities. Traditionally Mongolians were nomads, but now a third of the population live in the capital.
There is some skepticism towards the project, with some blogs asking why money should be spent on such a thing. The scientists are confident that they succeed despite this criticism.
Naleds could be used to provide ‘cool parks' in cities, according to one geologist Robin Grayson. Grayson is the author of a paper which tackled the notion of using naleds to combat climate change across many Asian regions.

Clic here to read the story from its source.