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2014-09-01
Call for applications: 4th Kyoto World Water Grand Prize
Japan Water Forum is calling for application for the 4th Kyoto World Water Grand Prize that is awarded to an organization contributing to and cooperating in solving water problems around the world. In total 2,000,000 JPY (approx. 20,000 USD) will be given, and the prize will be awarded during the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu-Gyeongbuk during April 12-17, 2015.
2014-08-26
Coral reefs provide protection from storms, rising seas
[Antara News] Coral reefs may offer a comparable but "significantly cheaper" alternative to artificial coastal defenses to protect coastal cities in many parts of the world from incoming waves, storms and rising seas, an international team of researchers said Tuesday. The researchers found that coral reefs reduce wave energy that would otherwise impact coastlines by an average of 97 percent.
2014-08-22
Report gives clean bill of health to fluoride
[IWA Publishing] A review into the health effects of water fluoridation has found ¡®no adverse effects of any significance¡¯ from adding fluoride to public water supplies. The report concluded that fluoride ¡®does not pose appreciable risks of harm to human health¡¯, including in particular cancer, bone fractures, effects on cognition, reproduction, endocrine function, cardiovascular and renal effects, and effects on the immune system.
2014-08-20
Indian water resources minister promises to work pro-actively to cleaning Yamuna river
[The Economic Times] Promising to cleanse the polluted Yamuna river, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti today said she would pro-actively work to get clearances from various ministries for developing the crucial source of water for Delhi.
2014-08-17
China's earthquake-hit region braces for heavy rain
[XinhuaNet] Ludian, a southwestern Chinese county that was battered by a deadly earthquake two weeks ago, will see heavy rain in the next two days, the national observatory forecast Sunday. Rain showers started early Sunday morning in regions near Ludian County of Yunnan Province, where a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 3 killed 617 people and left thousands of others injured.
2014-08-14
Shrinking wetlands highlight need for legal protection
[XinhuaNet] China's vast area of wetlands remain under constant threat from human activities. Despite their crucial role preserving water resources and biodiversity, they are often the first casualties of rapidly expanding cities and growing demands for agriculture.
2014-08-06
Research finds climate change and urbanisation affecting river life
[IWA Publishing] New research warns that climate change and urbanisation in Australia are having a combined negative effect on the country¡¯s freshwater life. The work, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, found that freshwater species in south east Queensland were suffering substantial declines, despite the region currently having the widest range of freshwater species in Australia.
2014-07-19
Central Asia: Helping Shape Regional Response to Drinking Water Challenges
[UN Water] Capacity development for water operators, partnerships and financing were on the agenda when GWOPA/UN-Habitat and UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development organized, together with local partners, a regional workshop in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 7-9 July. The three day workshop aimed at shaping regional responses to challenges in terms of Non-revenue Water (NRW) management and drinking water loss reduction.
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