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MENA water integrity programme endorsed

by Stockholm International Water Institute  (Dec. 16, 2014)

On December 4, 2014 the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) member countries approved the labelling of SIWI’s Capacity Building Programme on Water Integrity in the Middle East and North Africa. Having the political endorsement to implement this programme is a significant step towards achieving a water wise ...

AWWA: SDWA anniversary cause to celebrate, `renew our commitment` to safe water

by American Water Works Association (AWWA)  (Dec. 16, 2014)

Marks the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion. “As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the water community can take pride in the fact ...

Obama withdraws Alaska`s Bristol Bay from drilling

by Associated Press  (Dec. 16, 2014)

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling. The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from ...

Deal salvaged at UN climate talks in Peru

by Associated Press  (Dec. 14, 2014)

A compromise deal salvaged by climate negotiators in Lima early Sunday sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but a consensus could not be reached on nations submitting to a rigorous review of their plans for greenhouse gas emissions limits. In the agreement, reached more than 30 hours after talks were supposed to end, more than 190 ...

New Report Makes Strong Business Case for Using Safer Chemicals in Products and Supply Chains

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Dec. 15, 2014)

Chemicals are all around us, present in the products weuse every day. The demand for increased transparency on chemicals up and down the supply chain is growing - we need to understand how and with what chemicals we are interacting.  Consumers, retailers and brands all want to know more, driving companies to disclose information about the ...

Rethinking How We Live, How We Buy and What We Consume

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Nov. 11, 2014)

A new global report aimed at supporting the shift to a more resource-efficient world through sustainable lifestyles, was launched today by the Ministry of Environment of Japan, the Government of Sweden and WWF. The development of the 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme (SLE) - jointly coordinated by the United Nations Environment ...

EPA Helps Protect New Mexico’s most Irreplaceable Resource—Water

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Dec. 16, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping to protect drinking water in New Mexico with a grant to the New Mexico Environment Department. The $605,300 grant will go toward implementing, maintaining and evaluating water systems in the state. Millions of Americans receive drinking water every day from their public water systems. EPA ...

Organizations Pledge Support, Align Resources with Urban Waters Federal Partnership

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Dec. 3, 2014)

A broad coalition of 27 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including The Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund has pledged to support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership as it works to restore waterways and revitalize communities across the country. The NGOs will align resources, funding, and expertise with federal ...

Protecting a Vital Resource for Safe and Healthy Communities: EPA Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Safe Drinking Water Act

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Dec. 16, 2014)

Across the country and throughout the Heartland, most people take it for granted: Turn the tap to quench your thirst, and you can be reasonably assured that your water is clean and safe to drink. It’s an assurance greatly bolstered by the Safe Drinking Water Act, a landmark environmental protection law passed by Congress 40 years ago today. ...

International Forum to Tackle Challenges Facing Worlds Freshwater Resources

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Nov. 28, 2014)

Governments from around the world, along with heads of national and international basin organizations and freshwater experts met this week in Nairobi to look at ways to strengthen the governance of freshwater basins and resources, which account for approximately 60 per cent of the global freshwater flow. Freshwater is a fundamental environmental ...

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