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…]

WWF Report Explores Rivers’ Less Valued Benefits

photo: fish that have been caught. WWF posits that our estimation of rivers' very real benefits must go b beyond monetary valuation.

26 August 2018: WWF has published a report that highlights the capacity of healthy rivers to help mitigate natural disasters, among other less valued benefits. The publication provides a framework for improving how societies measure, value, and promote rivers’ diverse benefits. It also offers solutions to support better decisions and management.

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  • The report shows that 19% of global GDP comes from watersheds with high or very high water
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Teenager Invents Plastic Bag Made From Shrimp

photo: large whale shark swimming alongside a plastic bag

Science fair winner Angelina Arora of Australia demonstrated a biodegradable plastic made from natural material.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA What were you doing when you were a teenager?

Riding bikes, watching movies, learning trigonometry perhaps? Angelina Arora, from Sydney Girls High School, is doing all these things, but Angelina Arora is not your average teenager.

Arora explained to National Geographic the moment when she first understood the impact plastic was having on … [more…]

Leading Water Utilities Reducing Water-Energy Nexus Pressures

Leading Water Utilities Reducing Water-Energy Nexus Pressures

Water is required to produce nearly all forms of energy. At the same time, electricity is needed to provide drinking water and treat wastewater. Recognizing rising water-energy nexus pressures, a range of water utilities around the world are developing innovative solutions to reduce these pressures.

Melbourne Water’s hydro-electric power stations

Melbourne Water has hydro-electric power stations operating throughout its supply network, generating renewable energy from the flow and pressure of … [more…]

The Unanticipated Benefits of California’s Water Policies

photo: irrigation in California. The Unanticipated Benefits of California’s Water Policies

Water drips from a leaking irrigation pipe in the west San Joaquin Valley. Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

From software to robots to technology originally designed to detect water on Mars, market-based policy approaches are spurring innovation, writes Ceres’ Kirsten James.

Just as California’s climate policies have driven innovation in energy efficiency, renewable energy and battery storage – creating 500,000 new jobs – many of the … [more…]