The Ripple Effect

The decline in the quality of the water we need to live is one of our greatest challenges. In fact, more people die from poor quality water annually than from all forms of violence, including war.

As we look to the future, the problem is only expected to increase, so it’s imperative that the students of today understand the challenges they face, and most importantly, are informed to be able to tackle them.

Reporting from the HydroEco conference 2015

Prof. Steven Loiselle, Research Manager at Earthwatch, reports on sessions at the HydroEco conference in Vienna, where he is presenting our latest FreshWater Watch findings.

An important session I attended this morning was dedicated to the impact of urbanisation on aquatic ecosystems, and the growing attention being given to these impacts by local, national and international governments.

From the office to the waterways of Shanghai

Four guests from HSBC’s Corporate Sustainability team swapped their desks for freshwater testing kits recently, when they joined a Citizen Science Leader (CSL) training day, led by Earthwatch, in Shanghai.

The guests joined 18 other participants from HSBC on 28th March in the Wusong Paotaiwan Wetland Forest Park. It was the 13th team to be trained in Shanghai to date, and the first to be delivered in English. The new CSLs learnt about local and global freshwater challenges, and gained skills in capturing scientific data from freshwater bodies.

  • The analysed data was collected by Citizen Science Leaders between May 2013 and December 2014

Your FreshWater Watch data: the findings so far

The data collected by Citizen Science Leaders is providing vital information on the health of our planet’s freshwater, and improving our understanding of how water bodies behave. Earthwatch is pleased to reveal the findings so far.

Highlights:

  • 6000 datasets collected between May 2013 and December 2014

  • 1000 waterbodies investigated globally

  • CSL observations of land use/pollution sources are providing key information

Blitz your water body for World Water Day

Join us in a global Freshwater Blitz to mark World water Day 2015.

FreshWater Watch will mark World Water Day on March 22 with a global Freshwater Blitz and we need you. We’re asking all Citizen Science Leaders around the world to test their local waterbodies on – or as close as possible to - March 22 and create a huge database of global water quality.

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