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World Water Day Highlights Relationship Between Water And Energy
2014-03-21 08:39:35

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It’s the United Nations’ annual World Water Day and this year’s theme is the relationships between water and energy, with the UN predicting that the global population will need at least 40 percent more water and 50 percent more energy by 2030. "Water and energy are among the world's most pre-eminent challenges. This year's focus of World Water Day brings these issues to the attention of the world," said Michel Jarraud,...

2012-10-13 04:03:37

Coastal habitats provide cost effective solutions for hazard mitigation and coral reefs may provide risk reduction benefits to 200 million people around the world Arlington, VA (PRWEB) October 11, 2012 Today in Brussels, Belgium, the German Alliance for Development Works (Alliance), United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature Conservancy presented the World Risk Report 2012, which shows how environmental degradation reduces the capacity of...

2012-06-18 10:50:01

Growth masks fact that natural resources facing rapid depletion in 19 out of 20 countries assessed The world's fixation on economic growth ignores a rapid and largely irreversible depletion of natural resources that will seriously harm future generations, according to a report which today unveiled a new indicator aimed at encouraging sustainability - the Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI). The IWI, which looks beyond the traditional economic and development yardsticks of Gross Domestic...

2012-04-18 10:34:46

UN University Institute in Canada convenes global knowledge brokers Every year, billions of dollars are spent worldwide advancing knowledge in areas of public interest ranging from health and the environment to education and agriculture. Yet much of the information generated fails to reach many of those who could benefit -- from policy makers to the general public. How to better mobilize knowledge and maximize its usefulness is the focus of 60 experts from 20 countries and spanning a...

2012-03-15 22:43:52

The forthcoming EU collection objective for discarded electrical equipment and energy saving lamps (e-waste) is only achievable if governments are prepared to introduce additional measures. By 2021, all EU countries will need to collect 65 percent of the average weight of equipment and lamps which was sold annually the three previous years. However, part of the e-waste is outside of the producers' reach, as this concerns legal or illegal exports, or because it has disappeared into the...

2011-11-17 03:12:37

Sustainable coastal management, regional coordination and long-term, holistic viewpoint needed to protect fragile ecosystems The rapid, large scale coastal development underway in the Middle East must be better planned and managed to avoid aggravating already "severe" degradation and losses in the fragile marine ecosystems shared by eight Gulf countries — Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates — warns a new report today by the...

2011-10-31 23:26:07

UN University's Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health today published a study of the changing language related to water in high-level declarations from eleven UN conferences on water and the environment over the past forty years. Both deepening and shallowing of key terms were evident throughout the documents and the report suggests effective strategies for highlighting and strengthening key concepts. "The vocabulary of water percolates into daily conversations...

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2011-02-07 09:05:00

Illicit drugs, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, highway chemicals and other substances have polluted the large aquifer beneath the "Riviera Maya" in Mexico, researchers reported in Sunday's edition of the journal Environmental Pollution. Water-filled caves resting below the popular tourist destination in the Yucatan Peninsula have been contaminated, and the polluted water flows through those caverns and into the Caribbean Sea, according to a press release from United Nation's University (UNU)....

2008-10-20 18:00:30

Installing toilets worldwide and ensuring safe water supplies would do more to end crippling poverty than any other measure, researchers in Japan contend. Researchers at United Nations University in Tokyo said better water and sanitation reduces poverty in three ways -- business opportunities are created for local entrepreneurs; significant savings are achieved in the public health sector; and individual productivity is greater in contributing to local and national economies. "Water...

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2007-06-27 21:25:00

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Desertification represents one of the "greatest environmental challenge of our times" and could set off mass migrations of people fleeing degraded homelands, a United Nations report warned Thursday. The report called on governments in arid regions to revise rules on land use to halt overgrazing and unsustainable irrigation practices. It also urged better coordinated policies to address the problem of desertification. "It is imperative that effective policies and...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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