Scarcity of fresh water is the biggest world problem according to the Nature Conservancy. A lot of cities suffer under water stress.
A quarter of the planet will experience severe water shortages one month per year by 2030. Read More
The next years billions of euros will be spent on waterworks which will make the Netherlands climate proof.
Investments that are not confined to the increase of one dike, but also focus on a regional approach.
An approach that encourages cooperation, and shines the light on the specialized knowledge from the Dutch. Read More
Large parts of the Netherlands are below sea level. They deal with it every day. But they are not the only once.
New York is also figuring out how te respond to major climate disasters like the rising sea level and future hurricanes.
The first 3 actions are:
Dutch Flood Experts will join an international flood crisis team during flood disasters.
This special stuffed facility can provide quick and efficient help during the first phase after a major disaster.
They will give flood advices to bring people to safety. Read More
Reinforced by global warming, the west and center of the United States will possibly be extremely dry for decades.
Large parts of the US will be facing the worst drought in a thousand years, the second half of this century.
The ‘mega-droughts’ can persist for decades, predict US researchers from NASA and the universities of Cornell and Columbia. Read More
Brazilians in the southeast of the country should immediately try to use less water and electricity.
The Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, made this call last Friday night after a emergency meeting with the government about the worst drought since 1930.
Rio and Minas Gerais are asking residents and industries to reduce water consumption by as much as 30%. Read More
In its 2014 Global Risks report, the World Economic Forum identified water crises as one of the risks of highest concern.
For businesses, it is important to understand operational and market contexts to manage water risk and leverage opportunity, according to The Guardian.
Enormous water transportation from the South of China to the dryer Northern regions seems to be useless. This is one of the conclusions mentioned in a scientific report which is published in PNAS. China has been building a canal from the South to Peking. A distance of 750 miles (1200 km). Transportation of water will supply only 5% in the water needs of Beijing while the Southern exporting provincies will be running out of water. Read More
In order to protect the Colombian coast against erosion a team of Colombian and Dutch engineers have decided for beach nourishment.
A ‘sandy wall’ in front of the coast will protect the coastline between the mouth of the Río Magdalena river and the town of Ciénaga. By sand replenishment and especially natural forces such as wind and sea to do her job, a natural buffer in turn may arise.
China is running out of water. People in cities like Shanghai already search for water by drilling for groundwater themselves.
Throughout the city you see water hoses hanging at private houses providing groundwater because the supply of water from the tap is already for months heavily rationed by the government.
Already, water is scarce for two-thirds of China’s 660 cities and as China’s economy expands, so will its demand for water. Read More
Five million homes in England are at risk of flooding and the government’s own assessment shows climate change is increasing the risk by driving more extreme weather. That’s the conclusion of The National Audit Office (NAO) report published October 5th 2014. “Every £1 spent on flood defences prevented almost £10 in damage”, the report noted. “So ad-hoc emergency spending is less good value than sustained maintenance.” Read More
Jakarta is sinking about 6 cm a year. This low delta city also faces sea level rising and needs protection.
The Aquapolo project was initiated to address new government regulations to restrict industrial use of potable water in São Paulo.
Aquapolo will supply the Capuava Petrochemical Complex of Mauá, located in São Paulo’s ABC region, thereby conserving enough drinking water to continuously supply a population of 300,000 people. Read More
The Guarani Aquifer, located beneath the surface of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems. Of course this enormous reservoir is an important source of fresh water for the regio. The countries over the aquifer are also the original four ‘Mercosur countries’. Since 2010 they work together in managing the Guarani Aquifer System.
The Guarani Aquifer is named after the Guarani people, it covers 460,000 square miles.
The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) platform gives civilians access community-based flood conditions, forecasts, visualizations, inundation maps and flood-related data, information, and applications.
The IFIS helps communities make better-informed decisions on the occurrence of floods, and alerts communities in advance to help minimize damage of floods. Read More
A record $182.2 million has been invested by City West Water in vital water infrastructure in theMelbourne (Australia) in the 2012-13 financial year.
Total water purchased for the year was 103.2 billion litres, with average residential consumption per customer remaining relatively low at 157 litres of water per person. Is Melbourne an example for Sao Paulo Brazil? Read More
It’s time cities fix their water leaks. Water loss from failing infrastructure, faulty metering and flat-out theft costs money, and often means lost revenue for utilities and higher rates for consumers. Between 1996 and 2010, the cost of water services in the U.S. rose by nearly 90 percent! Read More