October 6, 2016
Governments around the world have adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to stop and reverse the decline of water quality and the destruction of freshwater ecosystems. They have set ambitious targets to “improve water quality...
September 19, 2016
We are poised at a moment in history. The demand for water and sanitation services is greater than it has ever been. The role of water in improving human lives has never been more important. And all countries have recently agreed ...
September 8, 2016
The failure of water services is dramatic, affects thousands of people and businesses, has financial implications and is likely to hit the local, if not the national, headlines. As the saying goes, reputations take a lifetime to b...
August 26, 2016
Can you imagine a world in which antibiotics no longer work? Almost a century after Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin in 1928, the era of life-saving, life-enhancing antibiotics may be coming to an end. Antibiotics, ab...
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 26, 2016
The World Health Organisation and its partners have set guideline values and health-based targets, helping define what concentration of hazardous chemicals and pathogens constitutes a ‘safe’ concentration for human con...
February 24, 2016
The rapid spread of Zika virus infections across South and Central America has raised concern among public health professionals in record time. Only weeks after the first reports about the virus and its neurological effects emerge...
As toxic mining waste spilled into the Rio Doce from a burst dam last November, Brazil’s president Dilma Rouseff proclaimed it “natural disaster”. Yet commentators from around the world agreed that what we were witnessing wa...
January 6, 2016
The spreading and sharing of ideas, technical innovations and scientific knowledge between geographically distant peoples has been one of the central benefits of globalisation. This diffusion of knowledge has been happening for mi...
November 16, 2015
Access to water is a huge challenge for refugees. In more than half of refugee camps around the world,refugees cannot secure the minimum daily water requirement of 20 litres per person, let alone water to support livelihoods. The ...