• The at-Bristol science centre was the fantastic venue for Communicate 2014

Communicate: Reporting on an inspirational conference for environmental communicators

Last week, the at-Bristol science centre hosted 150 environmental communicators for Communicate, a two-day conference of inspiring presentations, challenging ideas, and workshops. Earthwatch’s Rob Stringer joined the conference, and came home with new perspectives and ideas on how to share the FreshWater Watch initiative with the world.

  • Some of our 3,300 Citizen Scientists were aboard Cutty Sark to mark the halfway stage of the HSBC Water Programme. Picture credit: WaterAid/Sam James.

Midway through HWP: A celebration at Cutty Sark

HSBC Citizen Scientists raise awareness of global water issues at an event marking the midway point of the bank’s ambitious five-year Water Programme.

Some of our 3,300 Citizen Scientists were aboard Cutty Sark recently to mark the halfway stage of the HSBC Water Programme.

  • Cricklicious? The Cricket Crunch highlighted the concept of embedded water

Eating crickets to go green

Eating crickets for lunch - that is what some of our Citizen Science Leaders (CSLs) in Vancouver, Canada have undertaken in a bid to reduce their water footprint. 

The idea behind the event was to highlight the concept of "embedded water".  Beef has a huge water footprint - one 150g burger contains 2400 litres of embedded water, whereas insects almost have none.

  • Quagga mussels - "the top ranking threat to the UK’s natural biodiversity"

Freshwater invader mussel threatens to devastate European waterbodies

Quagga mussels – an invasive species which threatens to wipe out thousands of native animals and plants, cause harmful algal blooms and damage property – has spread across Europe reaching the UK over the last few weeks, writes Earthwatch's Avi Baruch.

The species which originates in Ukraine and Turkey is also found in the USA and has spread across Europe reaching a reservoir near London Heathrow Airport this month.

A top ranking threat

  • Predicted water availability per person in 2025, source: United Nations Environment Programme

Challenge set to waste less and be more happy

A call has gone out to see what we can all do to reduce the amount we waste while improving our health and happiness.

That is the theme of the Waste Less Live More Week which runs from September today to Sunday, September 28. The strategy behind the week is that it is an approach to rethinking how we live our lives in ways that reduce our environmental impact, while improving the health and happiness of ourselves and each other.