Plugging the data gap: Google and UN Environment unveil freshwater monitoring app

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UN Environment, Google and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre have unveiled a groundbreaking web-based platform that fuses big data and environmental science to monitor global freshwater ecosystems, opening the door to a new era of data-rich analysis that could reshape how we measure humanity’s environmental footprint.

The publicly available, free platform brings together Google’s expertise in satellite data, cloud computing, earth observation and artificial intelligence,

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How to eat well — and save the planet

photo: face paint with words Save Water. How to eat well - and save the planet

Switching to a healthier diet can reduce an individual’s water footprint by as much as 55%.

According to new research, turning vegetarian has the biggest impact, but even cutting down on meat gives a saving of at least 10%.

Shifting to a healthy diet is a "win-win situation", say researchers.

Citizens will be healthier and their food can be produced using less of one of our most precious natural resources … [more…]