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

Satellite image: map of Earth

Photo by Google Earth

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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We’re in a global water crisis. It’s time to turn to nature

photo: beautiful waterfalls. We’re in a global water crisis. It’s time to turn to nature

Photo of Milanovac Lake in Croatia’s Plitvice National Park. (© Maurizio Biancarelli/ Wild Wonders of Europe)

Earth has a water problem.

Water crises in Cape Town and Southern California have shined a light on the plight of the planet’s fresh water in the face of climate change — and the critical role that nature plays in addressing today’s most pressing water challenges.

A new paper published in the scientific journal … [more…]

World Water Week: Water, ecosystems and human development | IUCN

photo: World Water Week 2018: water, ecosystems and human development’

Water, ecosystems and human development is the leading theme of this year’s World Water Week. The annual conference on water is held in Stockholm, Sweden from 26 to 31 August and gathers scientists, business leaders, policy makers and water managers to convene and discuss challenges and solutions for our planet’s most precious resource.

“The theme ‘water, ecosystems and human development’ recognises an inseparable trio. Development does not exist without water. … [more…]

The Role of Science in Global Policy

I have had the opportunity this week to be a part of something new. This week, the United Nations has convened its first ever meeting on oceans and marine sustainability. This institution of international cooperation recently adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), which include such lofty but undeniably pressing global aspirations as an end to poverty; the global availability of education; and—of special interest to me— SDG 14, sustainable human

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