Achieving water security and the SDGs
Apr05

Achieving water security and the SDGs

The Water Show Africa, held in Johannesburg over March 28th and 29th, brought together a series of speakers, both locally and internationally, to help bridge the gap between the opportunities and challenges in the water sector. It was a privilege to be one of the keynote speakers and panelists at The Water Show Africa. My keynote speech sought to address the keystones for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): innovation...

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Greening Europe’s urban spaces
Jan10

Greening Europe’s urban spaces

Europe is an urban and increasingly urban continent with the percentage of the population living in urban centers expected to increase from over 70% in 2015 to more than 80% in 2050. This will pose challenges to natural resources and ecosystems within urban areas including rivers, streams and lakes that are part of the landscape of European cities. Impacts of urbanization Some of the key impacts of urbanization include: Water quantity...

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Greening the grey with green infrastructure
Nov15

Greening the grey with green infrastructure

San Francisco’s paved surfaces, including buildings, streets and parking lots, cover most of the city, preventing rainwater from infiltrating into the ground. The result is that stormwater runoff travels across these impervious surfaces picking up pollutants including oil, bacteria and debris before it flows into the city’s combined sewer system. Usually, the combined stormwater and wastewater is transported to a wastewater treatment...

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Singapore challenges you to a carbon-off
Aug31

Singapore challenges you to a carbon-off

Singapore launched its Climate Innovation Challenge 2016, which involved a 36-hour hackathon to promote innovative, cost-effective green solutions that safeguard the city-state’s environment. Singapore challenges you to a carbon-off Open to all eco-preneurs and tech wizards interested combating the climate crises the contestants focused on solving a range of challenges with prizes of up to $5,000 for grabs. The challenges were:...

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Dubai’s smart water meters
Jul14

Dubai’s smart water meters

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is one of the most water scarce regions in the world. In 1950, per capita renewable water resources were 4,000 cubic meters per year. Currently, this figure is 1,100 cubic meters and by 2050 it will drop to 550 cubic meters as a result of climate change and rapid urbanization. Dubai’s smart water meters In response to water scarcity the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is...

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