Reducing water-food nexus pressures
Nov23

Reducing water-food nexus pressures

With the global population projected to reach 9 billion in 2050, demand for food is expected to increase by over 50% in 2030 and 70% in 2050. Already agriculture is the largest user of water with irrigation Click & Tweet! accounting for nearly 70% of all freshwater withdrawals. It is estimated that to meet this increased demand for food, global agricultural water consumption will increase by around 19% by 2050, but this figure could...

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The world’s first carbon neutral city
Nov08

The world’s first carbon neutral city

Between 2007 – the year South Australia established its climate change legislation and released its first climate change strategy – and 2013 the City of Adelaide has reduced its emissions by 20% Click & Tweet! . At the same time the city’s economy grew by 28%. Not content with its impressive record, Adelaide released in 2015 its Carbon Neutral Adelaide vision with the aim of being the world’s first carbon neutral city Click & Tweet! ....

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The Big Green Apple enhancing its livability
Nov01

The Big Green Apple enhancing its livability

What is a livability city? A livable city is a city that provides ‘quality of life’ Click & Tweet! as experienced by its residents. However, cities are facing increased challenges from rising household consumption, rising demand for urban services, depletion of natural resources, increasing levels of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and increasing vulnerability to natural disasters and risks from climate change. As such, the...

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Melbourne Water’s low-carbon future
Oct18

Melbourne Water’s low-carbon future

With the threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement having been achieved this month – after India and the EU ratified the agreement – the attention now turns to implementing the Agreement to limit rising global temperatures to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The water sector’s role in mitigating climate change The water sector now has to adapt to a world that is within 2°C warmer than pre-industrial levels Click...

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Vienna is a maestro when it comes to being sustainable
Oct05

Vienna is a maestro when it comes to being sustainable

Vienna, the home of Beethoven, Mozart and the finest orchestra in the world – the Vienna Philharmonic – is also a maestro when it comes to its commitment of being a leading sustainable city of the 21st century. Ranked number 4 in the world by Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index 2016, the city has invested significantly in its infrastructure to ensure that current and future generations of residents enjoy a high quality of life. For...

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Melbourne developing the foundations of a Smart City
Sep28

Melbourne developing the foundations of a Smart City

Cities across the world are experiencing radical transformations in the way they manage resources as well as implement infrastructure. In particular, Smart Cities are based on new ways of conceiving buildings, neighborhoods as well as water and wastewater services: the benefit being enhanced resource efficiency, increased resilience to climate change and lowered carbon emissions. Melbourne developing the foundations of a Smart City In...

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