freshwater resource News

  • Freshwater bottom line for business

    For businesses, dabbling in freshwater conservation has largely been a philanthropic endeavor. But that has changed in recent years, as companies have awakened to a simple fact: There is no business without water. Around the world, freshwater supplies are under siege. Polluted, wasted and altered by climate change, the resource that supports life on Earth is in trouble. The CEO Water ...


  • International Forum to Tackle Challenges Facing Worlds Freshwater Resources

    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 resource and essential for the sustainability ...

  • Is Europe`s freshwater use sustainable?

    We need freshwater for human consumption and economic activities such as food production and industry, but does Europe manage this valuable resource in a sustainable way? An indicator assessment published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today on World Water Day takes a look at the use of freshwater resources across Europe. The EEA indicator assessment ' ...

  • New Study of Global Freshwater Scarcity

    A new report published in the online journal PLoS ONE, analyzing water consumption in 405 river basins around the world, found that water scarcity impacts at least 2.7 billion people for at least one month each year. "Freshwater is a scarce resource; its annual availability is limited and demand is growing," said Arjen Hoekstra, professor in water management at the University of Twente and lead ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • Arkansas receives $343,200 to monitor and survey freshwater

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping Arkansas take additional steps to assess the effects of pollutants and other stressors on the state’s freshwater resources. EPA awarded $343,200 to Arkansas to participate in a National Ecoregion Monitoring Program, a Wetlands Survey Project and develop a software program to interface the data. EPA works with states and local ...

  • Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

    A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns was launched today. The Atlas is an output of BioFresh, an EU-funded project supported by Wetlands International that is putting together the widely dispersed information about life in our rivers and lakes, to better understand, manage and protect our freshwaters for generations to ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Freshwater scientists host citizen science workshop

    If you're keen to join the growing citizen science movement and interested in your local waterways, come along to a free workshop in Christchurch at the weekend. The workshop, supported by NIWA and run by the NZ Hydrological Society, Nature Watch NZ and the Styx Living Laboratory Trust, will feature demonstrations and hands-on opportunities for people to try out some of the scientific methods ...

  • Government of Canada invests CAN$4.5m in Canadian and international freshwater

    The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canadian Minister of the Environment, has announced that Canada will invest $2.5 million over five years to support the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Global Environment Monitoring System GEMS/Water, an international water science program aimed at understanding inland quality issues around the world.  The $2.5 million from Environment Canada will ...


    By Environment Canada (EC)

  • ADB wants more efficient use of Asia`s dwindling freshwater supplies

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has developed a draft framework for its water operations that calls for sweeping efficiency improvements and greater public-private sector partnerships to address the water crisis in Asia and the Pacific. The Draft Water Operational Framework for 2011-2020 was discussed today at the "Water: Crisis and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New manufacturing opportunities - sensors to protect marine and freshwater ecosystems

    Researchers will develop sensing technologies which will have significant economic and environmental implications for our marine and freshwater resources. CSIRO’s Future Manufacturing Flagship Director Mr Clive Davenport said the collaboration will also drive a new sensor manufacturing industry for Australia. “The cluster collaboration addresses a fundamental need to understand, monitor and ...

  • Southern African wetland region to become world’s largest protected freshwater site

    An area of the Democratic Republic of Congo containing the largest body of fresh water in Africa has been added to the Ramsar Convention’s list of Wetlands of International Importance, making it the largest region ever to be designated as such. At more than six-and-a-half million hectares, the Ngiri-Tumba-Maingombe area is twice the size of Belgium and has one of the highest concentrations of ...


    By WWF UK

  • Assistant Professor - Freshwater Ecology and Conservation - Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

    The successful recruit is expected to develop an internationally recognized research program on the ecology and conservation of freshwaters. Possible areas of emphasis for this position would include: freshwater population, community, or ecosystem ecology conservation of freshwater species and populations bio-indicators for freshwater ecosystem health and restoration ...

  • DOE selects projects to conserve freshwater at coal-fired power plants

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 10 projects aimed at developing advanced technologies and concepts to minimize freshwater withdrawal and consumption by coal-based power systems. By improving the environmental performance of coal, America's most abundant energy resource, the projects will strengthen national energy security and help provide clean, affordable, abundant ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • WWF: Water as a globalised resource

    WWF will be keeping up the momentum in its campaign for more countries to ratify and bring into effect the UN convention on transboundary waters (UN Watercourses Convention) to provide the basis of sustainable, equitable and peaceful sharing of waters that cross international boundaries. WWF will also take the opportunity to launch a number of key new freshwater studies and initiatives at World ...


  • New Water Pricing Models Are Essential to Meeting the World`s Growing Demand for Freshwater, According to Pike Research

    BOULDER, Colo. - As the world population approaches 7.8 billion by 2030, the demand for potable water will stress the finite closed-loop water-cycle responsible for supplying freshwater.Geographic markets will need to address the growing demands for water and begin implementing regional water resource plans.According to a new report from Pike Research, innovative products and technology, policy ...


  • Multi-million Dollar Irish Commitment set to Boost Monitoring of World`s Freshwater Supplies

    The Global Environment Monitoring System for Water (GEMS/Water), an international programme coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to improve freshwater quality, is set to receive sponsorship of 3 million euros from the Government of Ireland, announced Irish Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Mr. Phil Hogan, this week. Clean water supplies and ...

  • USGS Assessment of Brackish Water Could Help Nation Stretch Limited Freshwater Supplies

    A new nationwide assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that the nation’s brackish groundwater could help stretch limited freshwater supplies. This study, the first of its kind in more than 50 years, found that the amount of brackish groundwater underlying the country is more than 800 times the amount currently used each year. With issues like drought, groundwater ...

  • World’s Shale Resources Face Water Stress

    Governments and businesses using hydraulic fracturing to develop shale gas could face intense water competition in the world’s largest reserves, according to a new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI). Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability & Business Risk is the first publicly available analysis of water ...

  • Canada`s water resources - we may not have enough!

    The world"s supply of freshwater is limited and finite. While Canada is blessed with an abundance of freshwater, an expected increase in the development of the natural resource sectors begs the question of whether our country has enough to support economic growth while also maintaining the health of our ecosystems. This is the main conclusion of a new report from The National Round Table on the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Worldwide electricity production vulnerable to climate and water resource change

    Climate change impacts on rivers and streams may substantially reduce electricity production capacity around the world. A new study by researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria, calls for a greater focus on adaptation efforts in order to maintain future energy security. Climate change impacts and associated changes in water resources could lead to ...

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