Water

Ready for the rising water

Utrecht University The largest evacuation ever in the Netherlands due to flood risk is 25 years ago this winter. 250,000 people had to leave their homes in river areas due to the dangerous high water levels of the Rhine, Maas and Waal. Several water researchers at Utrecht University have personal memories of this. They reminisce on those days and look into the future. Are we […]

5 Risks for Legal and Compliance Leaders to Watch in 2020

The Gartner Legal and Compliance Hot Spots report identifies the top risk trends legal, compliance and privacy leaders should focus on in the next two years. The adage “The only constant is change” is one with which legal, compliance and privacy executives are all too familiar. Technological advancement is a primary, most obvious, driver of such change, creating both efficiencies […]

Venice Flooding Brings City to ‘Its Knees’

Elisabetta Povoledo The mayor called for a state of emergency after the Italian city was submerged under “acqua alta,” an exceptionally high tide — the worst in 50 years. Outdoor restaurant tables and chairs could be seen bobbing in the waters, and tourists were forced to clamber through the windows of high-end hotels as the water rose to about six feet […]

Using water to create resilient cities

Source: UToday. European project CATCH, with the UT as one of its partners, wants to prepare cities for climate change and resulting extreme weather events – by putting water in the center of urban design. It’s starting with seven pilot cities, where new climate adaptation measures are being tested. Enschede is one of them. >>

High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the Economy

By World Bank Group From Executive Summary: “The impacts of climate change will be channeled primarily through the water cycle, with consequences that could be large and uneven across the globe. Water-related climate risks cascade through food, energy, urban, and environmental systems. Growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will converge upon a world where the demand for water rises […]

Water Integrity Global Outlook

The world’s water has never been under greater pressure, with unprecedented demands for use in human consumption, agriculture, industry and power generation. How can a growing global population ensure that water remains available, clean and sustainable? The Water Integrity Global Outlook 2016 (WIGO) captures a growing recognition of the need for good governance and measures to eliminate corruption to improve […]