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Seagrass meadows help remove dangerous bacteria from ocean water

Seagrass meadows help remove dangerous bacteria from ocean water

Joleah Lamb, a marine disease ecologist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, sampled waters off four small islands in the Spermonde archipelago, Indonesia. Her study areas included some with seagrass meadows and others without.

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Author: New Scientist

Publish Date: 23.02.2017

UN kicks off preparations for upcoming summit on oceans, launches voluntary commitment website

UN kicks off preparations for upcoming summit on oceans, launches voluntary commitment website

The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard yesterday at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June's Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet's oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems.

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Author: UN News Centre

Publish Date: 17.02.2017

5 smart tech solutions to water challenges around the world

5 smart tech solutions to water challenges around the world

When it comes to freshwater resources, humans are slowly but surely running out, due to contamination, seawater intrusion and drought. Water scarcity is already an issue on every continent, and according to the United Nations, more than 1 billion people (almost one-fifth of the Earth's population) live in areas where water is already scarce. Another 1.6 billion people "face economic water shortage (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers)."

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Author: Mother Nature Network

Publish Date: 10.02.2017

Coping with Climate Change: The Water Scarcity Dilemma

Coping with Climate Change: The Water Scarcity Dilemma

Global forums and international organisations have been listing water scarcity as a top priority risk and a major constraint to socio-economic development, a growing problem for businesses, and a threat to growth and stability on a global scale.

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Author: The Southern Times

Publish Date: 08.02.2017

Saving Water is 'on trend' in the Apparel Industry

Saving Water is 'on trend' in the Apparel Industry

A few powerhouses are leading efforts in the fashion industry to be more water smart in every part of their supply chains. The rest of the industry needs to catch up, writes Ceres’ Kirsten James.

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Author: Water Deeply

Publish Date: 06.02.2017

World Bank approves $225 million loan for Tanzania's water sector

World Bank approves $225 million loan for Tanzania's water sector

The World Bank's board of executive directors has approved a $225 million loan to Tanzania to improve water supply in the African nation's commercial capital Dar es Salaam.     Tanzania plans to raise $900 million in fiscal year 2016/17 to fund public investment projects in the transport, energy and water sectors.  

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Author: Yahoo News

Publish Date: 03.02.2017

How We Can Better Plan Our Cities to Utilise Stormwater

How We Can Better Plan Our Cities to Utilise Stormwater

Our urban areas have lost their ability to naturally recycle stormwater due to the impervious nature of infrastructure engineering over the past 100 years.  We have been building roadways and streets to capture the runoff and send it somewhere else, usually to the river or ocean.  For decades controlling stormwater was the main goal but today, with more water scarcity, we are beginning to see this same water more as an asset and less as a liability.

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Author: News Deeply

Publish Date: 02.02.2017

Stressing the Need to Conserve Water

Stressing the Need to Conserve Water

Nature and wildlife photographer Dinesh Kumble called for a more individual approach to water conservation and said humans need to realize their responsibility towards this natural resource

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Author: Times of India

Publish Date: 01.02.2017

JANUARY

"India needs to stop virtual export of water"

It's about time that India starts looking at recycling water from sewage, according to Dr Rakesh Kumar, Director, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI).

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Author: DNA India

Publish Date: 30.01.2017

Matt Damon takes to the Davos stage to put water on the map

Matt Damon takes to the Davos stage to put water on the map

American actor Matt Damon used Davos to drum up support for his water charity, Water.org after getting a new multi-million-dollar commitment from Belgian brewer Stella Artois.

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Author: REUTERS

Publish Date: 26.01.2017

Pure Water for the World 2016 Highlights

Pure Water for the World 2016 Highlights

A round up of highlights from 2016 include:

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Author: Pure Water for the World

Publish Date: 25.01.2017

Dutch and Indian students looking to solve water issues

Dutch and Indian students looking to solve water issues

A group of nearly 25 students and professionals from India and the Netherlands are participating in Wetskills Water Challenge 2017, a two-week fieldwork-based event that started at the beginning of January.   The programme is aimed at finding innovative solutions for challenges related to water environment.

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Author: Times of India

Publish Date: 23.01.2017

Edinburgh University goes global with India clean water project and rainforest scheme

Edinburgh University goes global with India clean water project and rainforest scheme

THE global reach of Edinburgh University has been demonstrated with the announcement of two major projects that will help communities around the world.

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Author: The National

Publish Date: 18.01.2017

Kinetic Energy

Kinetic Energy

Pavegen Systems is looking to transform the way in which energy is produced and stored, and is doing so by tapping into a source that’s readily available: footsteps. The London-based firm, founded by Laurence Kemball-Cook in 2009, has developed paving slabs that convert the weight generated by pedestrians’ footsteps into electrical power.

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Author: Tech City News

Publish Date: 16.01.2017

Fog harvesting

Fog harvesting

In the Atacama Desert, in Chile, it hasn’t rained for hundreds of years, but it does get plenty of fog. Poor communities here need freshwater to drink, as well as irrigate crops and aid with reforestation. So they’ve developed large mesh fog collectors. These hillside devices use a fine polypropylene mesh, which is highly efficient at capturing water-laden fog. Juan de Dios Rivera, from the Pontifical Catholic University, is a global expert and alongside Jacques Dumais, from the University of Adolfo Ibáñez, is developing large-scale systems that could supply whole communities and compete in price with sea water desalination. “We want to follow the development of wind power and develop the equivalent to a modern multi-megawatt wind turbine,” says Mr de Dios Rivera.

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Author: Nick Eason, Raconteur

Publish Date: 13.01.2017

World Bank-backed scheme proposed to manage groundwater resources in India

World Bank-backed scheme proposed to manage groundwater resources in India

Facing a sharp decline in groundwater levels in many parts of the country due to over exploitation of existing resources,  a new World Bank-backed scheme has been proposed to manage groundwater resources in India.

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Author: The Times of India

Publish Date: 11.01.2017

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