We have just received the Water Policy Journal for October, 2019 (Volume 21, Issue 5). This journal is the Official Journal of the World Water Council, which serves as a means of dialogue to build a capacity for integrated water management among the various stakeholders in the water sector.
Topics highlighted in this issue include equitable water share, water infrastructure, water security, groundwater governance, water resources, water markets, pollution and water lobbying.
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Many persons know that the Ganges River in India is one of the most polluted water ways in the world. For instance, the river is often contaminated by insecticides and pesticides used to grow the tonnes of flowers that devotees offer at the nearby temples, which is usually dumped into the river afterwards. Yet, Young Champion of the Earth finalist, Ankit Agarwal is making a difference through his upcycling project, HelpUsGreen as noted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
With our upcoming beach clean-up campaign in mind, I recently read an article on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) website that puts a bit of fun into cleaning up other people’s messes, while maintaining a healthy environment.
Such an event is known as The Plastic Cup, which sees various teams (known as Plastic Pirates) travelling along the Tisza River, a major tributary of the Danube River, that passes through countries such as Ukraine, Hungary, Romania and Serbia, in boats made from recyclable materials, collecting plastic refuse that populate the waterway.
As someone who is aware of the havoc that plastics can pose for the environment and even as an employee in the water sector, I must admit that I cringe when organizations claiming corporate responsibility to society do not try to limit the use of plastics within their operations. I am sure, many of you may question whether they know that plastics harm the environment while travelling along waterways, endangering marine life, depositing microplastics, and even causing issues in wastewater treatment plants.
One such plastic culprit is the straw which we get attached to juice boxes for our kids, when we buy fast food and even when we visit local restaurants.
Yet, I was glad to see in a recent article from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), that there are countries who are willing to bring about the necessary change, even going so far to charge companies that go against the ban of plastic straws.
In the article below published by Maanvi Singh, for National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic issue, we get to learn about an innovative recycling programme, initiated by India’s fishermen with assistance from key stakeholders and government agencies.
This month’s issue of the AGU’s EOS: Earth, Space and Science News magazine (Volume 99 No. 5), presents articles on topics such as, problems of living in a seismic zone, sampling the stratosphere, climate models, the garbage hot spot of the Pacific, tracking magma flow, soft tissue fossils, climate change risks, satellite based monitoring for water quality, climate response and geoengineering, flash floods, as well as, American Geophysical Union (AGU) related news.
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With much evidence, highlighting the mass levels of plastic waste, that are polluting water ways (which means additional water treatment costs), and the fact that they eventually end up in the ocean, harming marine wildlife, the article below by Janice Kaspersen, published February 27, 2018, highlights the ban of drinking straws in the United States and other countries.
Humans are often the culprits of major polluters such as industrial , agricultural and domestic waste that fills the major water sources around the world. One such source of pollution is phosphorous pollution that scientists have determined to be reaching dangerous levels worldwide. Read the article below (which was issued as a press release by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) on 25th January, 2018), to get an idea about this growing issue and find out whether the earth would be able to cope.
The newest issue of the the Earth, Space and Science News magazine (Volume 99 No. 1) for January 2018 looks at climate change effects, river flows, weather systems, pollution, threat to ozone health and much more.
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