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Blog: World Water Week Day One

Earthwatch Senior Communications manager Malcolm Bradbrook looks forward to a week of celebrating with existing partners, gaining new understandings and opening doors to new partnerships at World Water Week 2014.

World Water Week is here.

This is one of the premier events in the sustainability calendar. It’s held in the beautiful Swedish city of Stockholm and brings together some of the leading organisations working to secure water quality and supply, and provide sanitation for all.

  • Cyanobacteria blooms are hazardous to both humans and animals (source: Manitoba, 2014)

The Rise of Algal Blooms: CO2 levels threaten water quality

New research has identified rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere as a major contributor to an increase in algal blooms in lakes and ponds.

  • Wadi Wurayah National Park is closed to the public, to allow for sustainable management plan development

One year on: Wadi Wurayah National Park

The Wadi Wurayah region, in the emirate of Fujairah, is the UAE’s first Mountain Protected Area, a National Park, and a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. This stunning landscape of rocky outcrops and freshwater pools is also the location of a first-of-its kind Water Research and Learning Programme (WRLP), which is already seeing great successes one year on from its launch.

  • Credit: WWF-UK / Hugh Mehta

Global Partners Get Involved in Citizen Science

Senior representatives from the global HSBC Water Programme partners recently came together to trial FreshWater Watch techniques and see for themselves how gathering local information on water quality and quantity is helping address urban water management issues. 

The event coincided with the bi-annual HSBC Water Programme Steering Group, in which the Chief Executives of Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF met with the HSBC global sustainability team to share and review the latest partnership impacts and celebrate our successes.

  • Fig. 2: Changes in annual precipitation levels for a typical El Niño event. Areas with decreases in precipitation (red areas) are likely to be at risk of drought in El Nino years. (Source: Dai and Wigley, 2000)

El Niño: Why your FreshWater Watch data is critical this year

El Niño has a 90% chance of happening this year, and some scientists believe it could be a big one, bringing extreme weather events and affecting water quality throughout the world. FreshWater Watchers will provide crucial information to scientists and policy makers about the impact of these climate events on aquatic ecosystems worldwide, reports Earthwatch scientist Professor Steven Loiselle.

What is El Niño ?

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