• Find out how you can take action to safeguard fresh water at the Earthwatch lecture.

First Earthwatch lecture of 2015 to explore freshwater in conservation, science and business

The first Earthwatch lecture for 2015 will investigate the global freshwater challenge from conservation, science and business standpoints, and help you find out how you can take action to resolve it.

Taking place on Wednesday 17 February at London's Royal Geographical Society, UK, this free public event will bring together industry and academics to share perspectives on freshwater issues.

  • 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