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  • Informing householders of leaks can prevent water loss

    By identifying leaks using ‘smart’ water meters, and then encouraging householders to fix the problem, water companies can reduce the volumes of wasted water dramatically, new research suggests. In a case study in Australia, households reduced water loss by up to 91% after being informed of leaks in their homes and offered a rebate on repairs. Water scarcity is a serious problem ...

  • Antarctic ice loss dangerously fast

    New studies show that the Antarctic ice sheet is melting faster than previously anticipated. If this jump is indicative of a trend due to global warming the entire antarctic ecology could be threatened much sooner than expected. In a first-of-its-kind study, an international team led by Eric Rignot of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and the University of California, Irvine, ...

  • Antarctic ice loss increasing steadily

    Increasing amounts of ice mass have been lost from West Antarctica and the Antarctic peninsula over the past ten years, according to research from the University of Bristol and published online this week in Nature Geoscience. Meanwhile the ice mass in East Antarctica has been roughly stable, with neither loss nor accumulation over the past decade. Professor Jonathan Bamber at the University of ...

  • 90% of Europeans believe biodiversity loss is a problem

    An overwhelming majority of Europeans believe that the loss of biological diversity is a serious problem, according to a Eurobarometer survey on attitudes to biodiversity. The survey highlights the concerns of Europeans regarding the decline and extinction of animal and plant species, natural habitats and ecosystems. Concern is greatest in Greece, Portugal and Romania. The survey also reveals ...

  • Wetland Loss Major Factor in Algae-Filled Canadian Lakes

    Yesterday, a report published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences was released indicating that a survey of nearly 250 lakes across Canada found a potent liver toxin in every province, with the highest concentrations in central Alberta and southern Manitoba. Over the last 10 years, the levels of the cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) toxin called microcystin have often ...


  • New Zealand’s glaciers continue to show significant ice loss

    New Zealand’s glaciers are showing the lowest total ice mass on record and most are continuing to shrink at a rapid rate. Research released by the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) shows the Southern Alps glaciers have lost 2.5 km³ (2.2 billion tonnes) of permanent ice from April 2007 to March 2008, the fourth highest annual loss since monitoring started. The 2008 ...

  • Droughts, mink and habitat loss blamed for large drop in England’s water vole population

    Records reveal water vole presence down 22 per cent in two years. England’s population of water voles could have declined by a fifth since 2011, the Environment Agency and the Wildlife Trusts have revealed. New maps published today suggest that while there are some strongholds where water voles continue to thrive, the overall population in England is struggling and could have reduced by up ...

  • Warm Ocean, Not Icebergs, Causing Most Of Antarctic Ice Shelves´ Mass Loss

    Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found. Scientists have studied the rates of basal melt, or the melting of the ice shelves from underneath, of individual ice shelves, the floating extensions of glaciers that empty into the sea. But this is the first ...

  • Preventive medicine: City of Montreal reduces non-revenue water loss with leak detection program using Sahara Technology

    The City of Montreal believes that the best medicine is preventative medicine, especially as it applies to its water network. Montreal has an impressive water system that supplies drinking water to a population of nearly 1.9 million people. Since 2002, the historic city, the second largest metropolis in Canada, began a long-term major rehabilitation of ...


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  • Survey asks Missourians to place dollar value on wetlands

    The state of Missouri is asking for help from the public in placing a dollar value on any given acre of wetland by asking people to respond to an online questionnaire. Information from the anonymous survey will help the Department of Natural Resources develop economic tools to evaluate wetland compensation and the costs the public is willing to bear for wetland management and restoration. Every ...

  • ITT`s value of water survey reveals that Americans are ready to fix our nation`s crumbling water infrastructure

    95 percent of voters rate water as more important than any other service, including electricity and heat Nearly two-thirds say they're willing to pay more now to ensure long-term access to clean water ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) today announced the results of its Value of Water Survey, a nationwide poll that included registered voters and ...

  • Protecting Europe`s nature: more ambition needed to halt biodiversity loss by 2020

    The mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy assesses whether the EU is on track to achieve the objective of halting biodiversity loss by 2020. The results show progress in many areas, but highlight the need for much greater effort to deliver commitments on implementation by Member States. Nature's capacity to clean the air ...

  • US Geological Survey awards satellite contracts for environmental monitoring

    The United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced the award of three multi-year acquisition contracts for high and moderate-resolution satellite imagery to GeoEye of Dulles, VA, DigitalGlobe of Longmont, CO and SPOT Image Corporation of Chantilly, VA. The contracts will to provide the USGS and other Federal agencies access to commercial satellite data from the US and international marketplace ...

  • Q&A about national general survey on soil contamination in China

    MEP and MLR announced the report on the national general survey on soil contamination today, and the survey results showed the general condition of the soil environment across the country not optimistic; some areas are suffering from bad soil pollution, the environmental quality of the arable land is worrying, and there are pressing soil environmental problems in industrial and mining deserted ...

  • EPA Survey Finds More Than Half of the Nation’s River and Stream Miles in Poor Condition

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of the first comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that more than half – 55 percent – are in poor condition for aquatic life. “The health of our Nation’s rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters depends on the vast network of streams ...

  • EPA Survey Finds More Than Half of the Nation’s River and Stream Miles in Poor Condition

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of the first comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that more than half – 55 percent – are in poor condition for aquatic life. “The health of our Nation’s rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters depends on the vast network of streams ...

  • Survey: Two in Three Americans endorse setting limits on carbon pollution from power plants that drives climate change

    To help battle climate change, 65 percent of Americans endorse setting limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants, according to a new national poll conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council. The poll finds that even 49 percent of Republicans favor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency establishing standards to curb power plant carbon pollution. The ...

  • Water footprint of energy

    As Japan’s nuclear power plant emergency has highlighted, water is needed in copious quantities to generate energy. To mark World Water Day, Sandra Postel (National Geographic) considers the huge water footprint of energy generation. According to USGS, thermal power plants (fuelled by coal, oil, natural gas or uranium) account for 49% of water withdrawn. We don’t think much about ...


  • Urban water ecology

    Sewage overflows are a fact of life in urban areas, and in many cities, excess sewage water enters streams and lakes with rain runoff. Although this pollution is harmful to most organisms, there is one group of insects that thrives on it: mosquitoes. Luis Fernando Chaves, a post-doctoral researcher at Emory University, and his team discovered mosquitoes in abundance in a sewage-contaminated ...


  • Close-Up on Water Stocks; Water Top Environmental Concern

    Water Stocks Sector Close–Up on Water Stocks Following a Recent Survey Reporting Water Issues are the Top Environmental Concern Worldwide  Water-Stocks.com, an investor and industry portal for the water sector within Investorideas.com, presents a sector close-up on water stocks following a recent survey reporting water issues are the top environmental concern worldwide. Investors following ...


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