Urgent need to manage water more sustainably, says UN report

Urgent need to manage water more sustainably, says UN report

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The Report is published by the World Water Assessment Programme, which is hosted by UNESCO, on behalf of UN-Water. It stresses the urgent need to change the way we use and manage this vital resource, as the United Nations prepares to adopt new Sustainable Development Goals.

“Water resources are a key element in policies to combat poverty, but are sometimes themselves threatened by development. Water directly influences

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How do we prevent today’s water crisis becoming tomorrow’s catastrophe?

How do we prevent today's water crisis becoming tomorrow's catastrophe?

“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” In these lines, Samuel Taylor Coleridge made a prescient point: while seawater is plentiful, people can survive only with fresh water. This surprisingly scarce resource is the lynchpin sustaining human lives and healthy ecosystems across our rich biosphere: the most vital resource for life on Earth as we know it. Yet despite its vital importance to humanity, the global water crisis has

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Water is more than a strategic resource. We need to acknowledge that

Water is more than a strategic resource. We need to acknowledge that

This has been a long time coming. The changing of the guard on the 38th floor of the United Nations building in New York, with António Guterres taking over for Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary-General, has taken place at a time when notions about peace and conflict are undergoing a subtle change. In particular, the role of resources – and especially water – is getting the recognition it deserves. This

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Mahlagha Mallah: Mother of Iran’s Environment

Mahlagha Mallah: Mother of Iran’s Environment

Mahlagha Mallah, known as the “mother of Iran’s environment,” has devoted her life to raising awareness of environmental issues in Iran. Even on the verge of turning 100 years old, she perseveres in her efforts to protect Iran’s environment. Mallah played a role in both the 1972 founding of Iran’s Department of Environment and the 1993 founding of the Women’s Society Against Environmental Pollution. Her approach to addressing environmental issues

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Nature Is Speaking – Ian Somerhalder is Coral Reef

video frame grab: beautiful coral reef and fish

This short video features poetically beautiful images of coral reef and many of its creatures. the video message concludes by reminding us, “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” Narrated by Ian Somerhalder.

Transcript with timecode:

0:06 I am coral.
0:09 Some people think I’m just a rock.
0:12 When, in fact, I’m the largest thing alive on this planet.
0:18 I’m so big, I can be seen from space.… [more…]