Environment Forum

Some good news for a thirsty world

September 28, 2011

Amid the worry about water and food scarcity, some hints of good news: a five-year, 30-nation analysis suggests there might be enough water – and therefore enough food — for Earth’s hungriest and thirstiest as the human population heads toward the 9 billion mark sometime around mid-century.

The Beer-Water Nexus

May 18, 2011

Does the path to clean, safe water lead through a brewery?

Andy Wales, head of sustainable development at global brewer SABMiller, maintains it can happen.  The maker of Miller beer — and 20 other brands, from Aguila in Colombia to Zolotaya Bochka Klassicheskoye in Russia — likes the environmental angle, but the main impetus is to ensure production of their products in what is a highly variable business from location to location.

from The Great Debate UK:

“Dutch dialogue” aids New Orleans restoration

August 20, 2010

USA

-Han Meyer is Professor of Urban Design at Delft University of Technology.  He has been a principal organiser of the ‘Dutch Dialogues’ with New Orleans since 2005 and is Editor of ‘New Orleans-Netherlands:  Common Challenges in Urbanised Deltas’. The opinions expressed are his own.-

A better way to clean water?

April 22, 2010
CHINA WATER

Treating water for human consumption is costly and energy intensive. Is there a more efficient way to do it?

from The Great Debate UK:

Bringing a new perspective to World Water Day

By Jules van der Lier
March 22, 2010

van lier- Dr. Ir. Jules B. van Lier is a professor at Delft University. The opinions expressed are his own. -

from Russell Boyce:

Don’t drink the water, even if there is any to drink (Update)

March 22, 2010

One more picture that caught my eye during the 24 hours news cycle for the World Water Day is the image of hundreds of hoses providing drinking water to  residents of a housing block in Jakarta.  The grubby plastic pipes supplying a fragile lifeline to families seem to represent the desperation that people face when the water supply is cut off.

Rainy Taiwan faces awkward water shortage

December 15, 2009

jennings Chronically rainy Taiwan faces a rare water shortage as leaders ask that people on the dense, consumption-happy island of 23 million finally start changing habits as dry weather is forecast into early 2010. 

Oceans away! U.S. makes federal stab at ocean policy

September 17, 2009

The seven seas get a single U.S. approach in a draft federal plan for oceans released on Thursday (and dated Sept. 10, when it was given to the prez). The report is a response to President Obama’s request for a plan and says a new National Ocean Council should use ecosystem management to take on the task. Previous efforts have been focused on solving individual problems — saving fisheries, stopping water pollution — which did not always match.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan’s cry for water

August 26, 2009

Pakistan is running out of water so fast that the shortage will strangulate all water-based economic activity by 2015, a Pakistani thinktank says.  And that pretty much covers 70 percent of the population  who are involved in farming.

from Global Investing:

Water investments

August 21, 2009

A growing number of Investors, including state-owned funds, are looking to invest in water to benefit from efforts to tackle climate change.