Building a climate ready Boston
Jul19

Building a climate ready Boston

With Boston under threat from climate change, the city has released its Climate Ready Boston Report that will guide Bostonians towards a more resilient future. As the century progresses, Boston is likely to experience more extreme temperatures and weather events. It is projected that the city’s summer average temperature of 69 degrees over the 1981-2010 period will increase to 76 degrees by 2050 and 84 degrees by 2100, while the...

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A climate-ready city one drop at a time
May24

A climate-ready city one drop at a time

Cities consume around 75% of the world’s energy and produce more that 76% of all carbon emissions. While cities are major contributors to climate change they are at the same time highly vulnerable to climatic risks. In the context of water, cities around the world are at risk of: Heatwaves: Prolonged periods of heat will have significant consequences for human health (death and disease) Water scarcity: Warmer and drier climates will...

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Sydney’s water blueprint
Apr26

Sydney’s water blueprint

Cities across the globe face long-term challenges from the direct and indirect impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. In light of this, many cities are implementing resilience strategies to ensure that people living and working in cities survive and thrive no matter what shocks or stresses they encounter. One city leading the way is Sydney, a city of over 5.5 million people and Australia’s leading global city with...

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Cape Town’s quest for water security
Nov29

Cape Town’s quest for water security

The City of Cape Town is warning its residents that their water consumption is too high Click & Tweet! and that they need to reduce their water use to winter levels. This is in response to a drought in the Western Cape that has seen dam levels in the province drop to 55%: down 10% compared to last year. Cape Town’s quest for water security Because Cape Town is situated in a water-scarce region, the city imposes water restrictions on a...

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Western Australia’s farmers growing more crop per drop
Jun22

Western Australia’s farmers growing more crop per drop

By 2050, the world’s population is projected to reach 9 billion while per capita income is expected to almost triple. This will likely lead to a substantial increase in demand for food as well as natural resources especially if global production and consumption choices of emerging economies converge with those of OECD countries. With water for food production already accounting for around 70% of water withdrawals and water demand...

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