Global Wind Day: How do wind turbines work?

Celebrating the power of wind

Thanks to global efforts and agreements such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in tackling climate change, we are observing a boom in renewable energy growth, especially in wind energy. Continue reading “Global Wind Day: How do wind turbines work?”

Using EMMP to proactively manage and protect the environment

Rapid coastal development, combined with population growth and global industrialisation, is placing coastal and marine environments under increasing pressure. New ports and harbours, coastal defence and climate change adaptation measures, as well as land reclamation and dredging works are imperative in order to support our existing and future economy. Continue reading “Using EMMP to proactively manage and protect the environment”

Why you need to think about the harmful substances in your products

The latest world population projections indicate that world population will reach 10 billion in the year 2055 and 11 billion in 2088. Average population increase is estimated at 83 million people per year, or 1.1% annually. Continue reading “Why you need to think about the harmful substances in your products”

Four steps to transforming water data into operational decisions

We see an intense focus these years on ‘digital transformations’, not just within businesses, but also in a more general societal context.

What do we mean by ‘digital transformation’? Digital transformation is about utilising new emerging technologies to develop innovative solutions to do things in a better, smarter and more efficient way. Continue reading “Four steps to transforming water data into operational decisions”

8 cool facts about Planet Earth that might be new to you

Earth Day is an event celebrated on 22 April every year. Globally, various events are organised to demonstrate support for environmental conservation. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day has come a long way – with over 190 countries now coordinated worldwide by the Earth Day Network. Continue reading “8 cool facts about Planet Earth that might be new to you”

Accidental oil spills giving you a headache? It’s time to plan ahead

Accidental oil spills remind us of the dramatic impacts that oil can have on the environment. They also bring into focus the importance of efficient emergency planning. Continue reading “Accidental oil spills giving you a headache? It’s time to plan ahead”

The truth about Climate Adaptation Studies in 5 minutes

And how they can help you build resilience to climate change

The omnipresent threat of climate change is growing. Its effects are evident in the increasing fragility of food and water security, and erratic meteorological phenomena. This has led to the development of Climate Adaption Studies (CAS) to build resilience against climate change. Continue reading “The truth about Climate Adaptation Studies in 5 minutes”

Getting the most out of water management indicators

Using meaningful indicators to link science and decision-making in water management

Sustainable river basin management is often defined as the ‘coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner, without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems’[1]. Continue reading “Getting the most out of water management indicators”

How to conduct fire flow assessments for your water distribution system

Avoid the mistake of having a poorly thought-out fire protection plan

‘For centuries, water has been used to extinguish fires. The inexpensiveness and availability of water are the primary factors leading to its widespread use. But, not only must water be available for fire protection, it must be available in adequate supply. As a result, the question must be asked, how much water is necessary to be considered an adequate supply for fire protection?’

 (Milke, J.A. 1980. How Much Water Is Enough? The International Fire Chief (March), pp. 21–24.)

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