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Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The Coca-Cola Company and UNDP Cooperate on Every Drop Matters

The Coca-Cola Company has pledged US$2 million this year – the International Year of Water Cooperation – to Every Drop Matters, a long-standing collaboration between the drinks giant and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Every Drop Matters tackles challenges related to water supply, sanitation, water management and climate change around the world. The latest

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

10 Billion Euros Needed for Sustainable Development of the Croatian Water Sector

On the occasion of talks with the German Federal Minister of Economics, Philipp Rösler, the Croatian Minister of Economy, Ivan Vrdoljak, estimated the capital investment needs for the development of the local water sector to be approximately 10 billion Euros.

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Canada Water Week Focuses on Great Lakes Protection

Water Week in Canada coincided with the reintroduction of the Great Lakes Protection Act, 2013 to the Ontario provincial legislature in  by new premier Kathleen Wynne. The Act had been originally introduced last June, after consultation between the province and stakeholders, but was not passed due to the discontinuance of the legislature and mid-term resignation

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

New Water-Quality Test May Prevent Unnecessary Beach Closures

A new rapid water-quality test may prevent beaches from being closed by providing accurate same day results of bacteria levels, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. With increasing outbreaks of waterborne illnesses, beaches have been at the forefront of recent research on human health risk. This new rapid water-quality test, developed

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Ten Strategies for Wise Water Use through Food and Agriculture

March 22, 2013 is the 20th anniversary of World Water Day. Although about 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water, only 0.001 percent is fresh and available for human consumption. The largest portion of this—70 percent—is used for agriculture. Global agricultural water consumption is expected to increase by approximately 19 percent by

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Director of National Intelligence: Water Still a U.S. National Security Concern

In his annual appearance before Congress, the Director of National Intelligence said once again that water, food and energy problems abroad, as well as climate change, deserve attention from the United States government. These natural resources and basic human needs can serve as rally points for terrorists groups and they can lead to instability in

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Water-controlled Wealth of Nations

Population growth is in general constrained by food production, which in turn depends on the access to water resources. At a country level, some populations use more water than they control because of their ability to import food and the virtual water required for its production. Here, we investigate the dependence of demographic growth on

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

ASFPM Report “Flood Mapping for the Nation”

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) urges national investment in a comprehensive, updated flood map inventory for every community in the US. This will drive down costs and suffering from flooding on our nation and its citizens, as well as providing the best tool for managing flood risk and building sustainable communities. ASFPM Report:

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

European Commission Kicks Off iWIDGET Water Efficiency Project

iWIDGET is a €5 million European Commission project aimed at improved water efficiencies through the use of novel information communication technologies (ICT) for integrated supply-demand side management. iWIDGET stands for “Improved Water efficiency through ICT technologies for integrated supply-Demand side manaGEmenT”.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Stay Current on Your Rivers with USGS WaterNow

For the first time, anyone can find out the current conditions on thousands of rivers and streams across the country, right from their phone, using USGS’ latest system WaterNow. WaterNow makes the water conditions monitored by more than 16,000 streamgages and other sites across the country available via text or email.

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