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Three steps to solving water scarcity and creating climate resilience

Three steps to solving water scarcity and creating climate resilience

The new round of climate change negotiations taking place at the COP22 in Morocco this week brings a new opportunity to address the critical issues of water scarcity and drought. Today, 4 billion people are impacted by severe water scarcity and drought, affecting communities across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Agriculture, industry and the environment are seriously......

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Unlocking and financing climate-resilient, low-carbon emerging cities

Unlocking and financing climate-resilient, low-carbon emerging cities

Rapid urbanisation is one of the greatest demographic shifts humanity has ever experienced, with the biggest impacts being felt by cities in developing and emerging economies. The unprecedented speed of change is creating enormous challenges for cities, not just to respond to this, but to do so in a way that is low-carbon and builds resilience to climate change. Through Nationally Determined......

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It is time to listen to emerging water leaders

It is time to listen to emerging water leaders

In September 2015 world leaders adopted an ambitious and challenging agenda for sustainable development: 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030 without leaving anyone behind. This agenda provides an unprecedented opportunity for the sustainable development, management and use of water resources in the broadest sense. The dedicated water Goal 6 is complemented by references to......

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Records Can Be Broken: Lessons from the Millennium Drought

Records Can Be Broken: Lessons from the Millennium Drought

Australia has a long history of frequent droughts. Consequently, much of its water management has been geared to coping with drought. Storages have been built to provide reliable supplies to cities, towns and major irrigation systems, particularly in highly valuable and complex Murray Darling Basin (MDB). As a result, Australia stores more water per head of population than anybody else. So in......

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Water Loss management will be critical to climate change adaptation

Water Loss management will be critical to climate change adaptation

Water loss management is one of the most important issues facing water suppliers around the world. The Sustainable Development Goals have made poverty alleviation and access to safe drinking water a political priority. Targets on providing safe drinking water as a basic human right aim to ensure everyone can access a safe water supply. Unfortunately, the reality is that many of the most vulnerable......

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Five solutions to avoid a water sector human resources crisis

Five solutions to avoid a water sector human resources crisis

A year ago, world leaders handed down an ambitious agenda: 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be successfully completed by 2030. This new global framework puts water at the centre of sustainable development, and presents an unprecedented opportunity for a revolution in water management around the world. Never in human history have governments committed themselves to make such progress on......

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Extreme weather events prompt new approach to water supply management in Queensland

Extreme weather events prompt new approach to water supply management in Queensland

The past 20 years has been a period of dynamic policy change and adaptation for the management of water supplies in Queensland during climatic extremes. The late 1990s and the 2000s were generally a dry period in the state, including the Millennium Drought of 2001 to 2009. This was followed by the one of largest floods on record in South East Queensland in January 2011. These extreme weather......

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Strengthening the data-policy link to address climate change

Strengthening the data-policy link to address climate change

Climate change impacts are increasingly severe, more frequent and less predictable, impacting the wellbeing of societies, the economy and the sustainable management of water resources. The collection of, and most importantly, access to data and information, such as rainfall, temperature and potential evapotranspiration, water flow, and water levels, and having the right methodologies in place to......

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Brazil Corn Exports Up 388% in February Compared With 2015

Brazil Corn Exports Up 388% in February Compared With 2015

In February, Brazil recorded corn exports of 5.37 million tons. According to data from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, this is almost five times higher than exports for February 2015, which stood at 1.10 million tons. These exports produced revenue of $892.2 million, compared with $206.4 million in February last year. According to Lucilio Alves, a professor and......

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2016 Commodity Classic Highlights

2016 Commodity Classic Highlights

Farmers eager for information that can help them get through low commodity prices &ndash as well as a little sunshine &ndash gathered this week at the 21st annual Commodity Classic in New Orleans.  Commodity Classic is America&rsquos largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and tradeshow, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National......

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