Cities today face many competing demands. They must ensure enough food and water to sustain growing populations, plan to adapt and mitigate impacts of climate change, and build attractive urban centres. Financing projects in citie...
May 24, 2017
As the global population climbs toward 9 billion, rivers will experience tremendous pressure. To provide the necessary resources for our growing communities, more river flows will be diverted for agriculture and industry, stored f...
February 17, 2017
As a fast growing economy, urbanising at an even faster rate, India is already water stressed. The severe drought of 2016, which affected more than half the country and saw some of the highest temperatures ever recorded, only serv...
January 19, 2017
As the sun sets over the lush fields in the Indian city of Kolkata, it suddenly dawns upon me: this is the circular economy in action. It may be a low-income, low-tech, low-scale setting, but the scene before me is an example of t...
January 17, 2017
Water continues to rank high on the World Economic Forum’s risk ladder. The water crisis, together with extreme weather events, natural disasters, and the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, forms part of the to...
January 11, 2017
The water sector finds itself facing unprecedented challenges. The World Economic Forum has placed water at the top of its global risks register, and few countries and communities will be left unaffected by the major drivers impac...
June 20, 2016
Humanity cannot thrive and survive without water. Cities cannot function without water. A simple, but powerful reality. And yet, the pace of planning, innovation, governance, stakeholder collaboration and level of citizen engageme...
April 22, 2016
The power plant at Denmark’s Kalundborg Eco-Industrial Park uses surplus heat, in the form of steam, to heat 3.500 households; it has its own fish farm, from which sludge is reused and sold as a fertiliser. The power plant fulfi...
February 1, 2016
Driven by increasing water scarcity, the use of alternative water resources is becoming more common. They are viewed as key to creating more resilient and robust water supply systems, yet the technology and knowledge required to u...
December 15, 2015
The Paris Agreement reached last Saturday provides an unprecedented opportunity to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 ºC and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 ºC. This is a major step forward to a low-carbon economy. ...