Kenya’s Water Women

In the western Kenyan town of Kakamega and the nearby village of Sisokhe, social worker Rose Atieno and nurse Catherine Ondele are using rainwater-harvesting technology to bring clean water to villages.

As Atieno says, the men in rural villages make the water policies, but it is the women who feel the “pinch”: collecting water is physically difficult, time-consuming, and can make them vulnerable to rape.

In 2011, Atieno was one … [more…]

Senegal’s Sinking Villages

Doune Baba Dieye was once a vibrant fishing community on the Langue de Barbarie, a narrow, 30km peninsula that has protected the Senegalese port city of Saint-Louis from the Atlantic Ocean for centuries.

But changing weather patterns and heavy rainfall in 2003 led to flooding inland and a rise in sea levels that have now submerged part of the south of the peninsula. Today, the southern part of the Langue … [more…]

World Water Day: Must-Watch Documentaries

photo: World Water Day: Must-Watch Documentaries

From Kenyan water women, to Iran’s drought crisis and a polluted paradise: our picks for World Water Day, and every day.

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal clearly states the goal of "water for all by 2030". However, access to safe and clean water sources and sanitisation is still a work in progress for numerous countries worldwide.

From Iran’s water crisis, to Senegal’s sinking villages, China’s underwater hunt and a … [more…]

NOAA and partners team up to prevent future Great Lakes drinking water crisis

NOAA and partners team up to prevent future Great Lakes drinking water crisis

Video of Preventing a Great Lakes Drinking Water Crisis

A new video SMART BUOYS: Preventing a Great Lakes Drinking Water Crisis released by Ocean Conservancy describes how NOAA forecast models provide advance warnings to Lake Erie drinking water plant managers to avoid shutdowns due to poor water quality.

An inter-agency team of public and private sector partners, working with the Cleveland Water Department, are addressing drinking water safety for oxygen … [more…]

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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