This annual report, coordinated by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), provides a periodic assessment of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) based on data provided by a large number of international organizations within and outside the United Nations system. The aggregate figures in the report provide an overview of regional progress under the eight goals. Water and sanitation are included in the chapter dedicated to Goal 7.
EC Publishes NanoData Landscape Compilation Reports
On June 8, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published eight NanoData Landscape Compilation reports. The EC states that the reports offer a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in different application fields: NanoData Landscape Compilation: Health: This report offers a snapshot of the status of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of health. Analysis of that environment, trends in the data, and the effects of European policies and actions on health nanotechnology will be reported in...
Report: Energy and utility companies can help preserve water resources
By investing in new technologies and infrastructure, together they can help reduce problems associated with water shortages While both humans and their commercial operations rely on fresh water more than ever, sources of clean water are becoming scarcer. Climate change, droughts, increasing agricultural needs, water pollution, and global economic and population growth all contribute to frequent freshwater supply disruptions.A recent report by Barclays, a transatlantic bank, maintains that the energy industry, a...
Report: Circular economy offers solutions to water shortages worldwide
A shift to a circular economy could help save more than 400 billion m3 of water every year While oceans cover more than two-thirds of our planet, only 2.5% of all water on earth is fresh water. With billions of humans seeking water for their personal, agricultural, and commercial needs, the demand for sustainable water resources is at an all-time high.A recent report by ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, concludes that while a circular economy may not succeed at eradicating...
Case Report: ESM30 in lake monitoring
Background Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei province in central China and has 166 lakes that cover 2,217 square km (856 square miles) and approximately 25% of the city. This surface water coverage is one of the world’s highest. The Wuhan Environmental Protection Bureau (WHEPB website: http://www.whepb.gov.cn) is responsible for monitoring the surface water quality within the city borders and does this by monitoring a subset of 50 lakes on a yearly basis for temperature, conductivity, pH, dissolved...
Report: Energy industry sustainability efforts could save water
Utilities, the oil and gas industry, and governments all use a lot of water. A recent report from Barclays Bank and the Columbia Water Center says that innovation by these organizations could help them become more efficient and sustainable, reducing their use of fresh water to better protect the valuable resource. According to the analysts, a focus on water management best practices could ultimately benefit both the environment and a company’s bottom line.The report, which was released to coincide with the...