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Streamwatch: Water around the world - Australian Museum

Streamwatch: Water around the world - Australian Museum | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
The world only has a small supply of fresh water.
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Daily Water Use | The Nauhaus Idea Repository

Daily Water Use | The Nauhaus Idea Repository | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
Good Magazine has a good graphic showing relative water use of daily activities. This is just a corner of it. Click to view the whole thing Avoiding
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Do you use water wisely? | Bannock County Groundwater

Do you use water wisely? | Bannock County Groundwater | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
Do you use water wisely?

Understanding how much water we use and where is the first step to conserving one of our most precious resources. In the Portneuf Valley, the water we drink and water our lawns with originally comes from snow that falls in the Scout Mountain area. As the snow melts, it seeps into the ground and finally ends up in our aquifer.

Your city water bill reflects the costs of protecting groundwater, pumping it out of the ground, and delivering it to homes and businesses.

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How It Works | WRI Insights

How It Works | WRI Insights | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it

The Water Risk Framework shown above is the foundation of Aqueduct’s database of water information. It includes 14 indicators, grouped in 3 categories of water risk to businesses: Physical Risk (QUANTITY), Physical Risk (QUALITY) and Regulatory & Reputational Risks. The indicators were chosen based on their relevance to company \ decision-makers as well as on data availability in the public domain. Aqueduct’s Water Risk Framework focuses on measuring business risks posed by water, thus drawing out elements that are relevant to business and financial institutions alikeencouraging the private sector to collaborate with public sector leaders to create more equitable, efficient, and sustainable water resources management policies and legislation.

The 3 categories of water-related business risk were determined by WRI in collaboration with industry experts, financial analysts, and water specialists, and include:

Physical Risks (QUANTITY): capture a measure of the risks to business driven by having access to too little water (scarcity) or threatened by too much water (floods);

Physical Risks (QUALITY): capture a measure of the risks to business driven by water that is unfit for use due to pollution.

Regulatory and Reputational Risks: capture a measure of the risks to businesses driven by unstable regulatory environments and social tensions and conflicts around water.

To learn more about individual indicators, how they are calculated, and how they contribute to an overall picture of water risk, download the detailed indicator descriptions table

- See more at: http://insights.wri.org/aqueduct/how-it-works#sthash.qwyRjgip.dpuf
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Estimating the Scale of Global of Overfishing » The Daily Catch

Estimating the Scale of Global of Overfishing » The Daily Catch | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
Estimating the Scale of Global of Overfishing

by The Daily Catch February 25, 2013 in News, Science/Tech

 

Nature: The sea is a big place. Most fish are small. So it stands to reason that it is difficult to work out with any degree of accuracy just how many fish live in the sea. One way is to measure how many fish we pull out of it. But is that the best way? Or even an accurate way? In two Comment pieces this week, starting on page 303, fisheries scientists debate the issue. It is a crucial one. Worldwide, more than US$200 billion of fish were caught or farmed in 2010. How long can that continue?

In one piece, Daniel Pauly argues that ‘catch data’ of the number of fish caught are a vital tool for assessing the health of fish stocks. In their counterpoint piece, Ray Hilborn and Trevor Branch warn that over-reliance on this measure misses important subtleties and can misleadingly distil the health of entire ecosystems down to a landed tonnage. This is far from an academic debate. If scientists cannot estimate fish numbers, and so the health of stocks, there is little hope that this resource can be exploited in a sustainable fashion.

- See more at: http://theterramarproject.org/thedailycatch/estimating-the-scale-of-global-of-overfishing/#sthash.IqhGRSOb.dpuf
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Overfishing

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Information relating to the effects of commercial Overfishing of the ocean, Overfishing occurs when fish and other marine
species are caught at a rate faster than they can reproduce.
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Climate Change, Deforestation, Biomes and Ocean Currents, Plankton, Endangered Species - Earth Web Site

Climate Change, Deforestation, Biomes and Ocean Currents, Plankton, Endangered Species - Earth Web Site | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
The Global Education Project - Global Ecology: Climate change, Ocean currents, Biodiversity, Deforestation, Extinctions
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Difference Between Purified Drinking Water & Spring Water | eHow

Difference Between Purified Drinking Water & Spring Water | eHow | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
Purified water and spring water are both widely available, and consumers should make an informed decision about which water is best for them. This article will compare the two types of water.
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Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years

Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
As sea ice shrinks to record lows, Prof Peter Wadhams warns a 'global disaster' is now unfolding in northern latitudes
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What's Your Water Footprint? | The Nature Conservancy

What's Your Water Footprint? | The Nature Conservancy | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
Think you only need eight glasses of water a day? Think again. The average American's water footprint is huge, and it involves more than just what we drink.
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Overfishing 101: How Ocean Fish Populations are Managed in the U.S.

Overfishing 101: How Ocean Fish Populations are Managed in the U.S. | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
In the second post of a special series to mark the 35th anniversary of the U.S.
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existence: Global Warming

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Global Warming 



The following is an excerpt from Jan-6-2013 when Anthony Leiserowitz was talking with Bill Moyers about a Global Warming Gallup world poll, the first every scientific quality survey conducted in 130-plus countries around the world.

ANTHONY LEISEROWITZ: "... It's a remarkable scientific achievement. And one of the things that it taught us right from the very beginning that to be honest surprised me, four out of ten people on planet Earth have never heard of climate change.... Forty percent. And in fact, when you look in particular countries, even countries that are kind of poster child countries for climate change like Bangladesh, it rises to two-thirds of people have never heard of climate change. In some countries it's 75 percent have never heard of climate change....

Currently we are scheduled, unless we change direction to go through the two-degree mark. And in fact, we're heading on towards three degrees, four degrees and perhaps even six degrees centigrade warmer than in the past. As you go things get much, much worse. And in fact, let me just use a simple analogy.

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Heartbreaking images of Blue Whale struck dead by ship as it slept - dailyoffbeatnews

Heartbreaking images of Blue Whale struck dead by ship as it slept - dailyoffbeatnews | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
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Acidifying oceans helped fuel mass extinction | Paleobiology | Science News

Acidifying oceans helped fuel mass extinction | Paleobiology | Science News | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
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Chasing down the world's vanishing glaciers

Chasing down the world's vanishing glaciers | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
The melting glacial ice in places like the Alps, Greenland and the Himalayas is a dramatic visual document of how our planet's climate is changing.
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Arctic Sea Ice Vanishes — and the Oil Rigs Move In

Arctic Sea Ice Vanishes — and the Oil Rigs Move In | Observatory Water® | Scoop.it
As Arctic sea ice melts to its lowest level on record, oil companies move in to begin drilling the far north
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