• 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 ?

  • Dr. Charlotte Hall

Shell takes on the water challenge

HSBC are not the only company to adopt Earthwatch’s FreshWater Watch model to inspire and engage their employees through freshwater conservation research; the initiative was recently opened up to employees of global energy organisation, Shell. Earthwatch Research Coordinator Dr. Charlotte Hall blogs.

  • Data was collected by HSBC "Climate Champions" - credit Abilash Mandappa

HSBC Climate Partnership data predicts significant forest damage by 2030s in India’s Western Ghats


Forest types in India’s mountainous west coast look set to change by nearly 20 per cent in the next twenty years, with worrying impacts on local communities.

  • Padley Gorge, Peak District, UK. Credit: Sian Tyrrell

Meat Free May – a start towards freshwater preservation

Today marks the start of Meat Free May, a campaign by Friends of the Earth that challenges people to give up meat and fish for the whole of May. Earthwatch Research Coordinator Charlotte Hall explains how adjusting your diet could actually help to preserve one of our most precious resources – fresh water.