Antarctic icebergs a source of freshwater
Jul29

Antarctic icebergs a source of freshwater

As the world’s population increases over the next 50 years, demand for water will increase dramatically: by 2030 global water demand will outstrip supply by 40%. With 90% of the 3 billion people expected to be added to the world’s population by 2050 living in developing countries there will be additional stress placed on water supplies, particularly in regions where the current population does not have sustainable access to safe...

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Resource efficiency and the water-energy nexus
Jul22

Resource efficiency and the water-energy nexus

Under the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the Flagship Initiative for achieving a resource-efficient Europe aims to create a framework for policies that support Europe’s transition towards a resource-efficient and low-carbon economy where resource efficiency minimizes the amount of waste produced in a circular economy. To achieve these goals the Flagship Initiative calls for a 20-20-20 target by 2020:...

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Europe: Phosphorous recovery and global food security
Jul15

Europe: Phosphorous recovery and global food security

By 2050, the world will require 60 percent more food produce as a result of rapid population growth and changing diets: as incomes rise demand for dairy products and meat increases. Globally, demand for phosphate as a fertilizer nutrient will rise from 43.8 million tons per annum in 2015 to 52.9 million tons in 2030. Currently, Asia accounts for almost 60% of the world’s total nutrient use, with China and India consuming around 55%...

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Australian airport a national leader in water management
Jul08

Australian airport a national leader in water management

Canberra’s airport is a national leader in water management with a dedicated campaign to reduce water use across the airport and educate other water users – across the Australian Capital Territory and Australia – in how to better use scarce water resources. The aim of the airport’s water management strategy is to progressively reduce water use to an absolute minimum via a multi-targeted approach across the airport. Water recycling at...

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The Netherlands ordered to reduce greenhouse gases
Jul01

The Netherlands ordered to reduce greenhouse gases

In a landmark ruling, the Hague District Court has ruled that the State must take more action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands. The court found the State’s current policy of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels – below the norm of 25-40 percent for developed countries – unlawful, as the State has a duty of care to protect and improve the living environment; critical given...

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