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UN Water Conference: EU joins efforts to address the global water crisis and ensure water security for all by 2050
From tomorrow, at the United Nations Water Conference in New York from 22 to 24 March, the EU will be confirming its strong engagement for global water security by announcing 33 commitments for action starting now.
Flood and drought analysis shows that impact-reduction strategies are effective – but fail in unprecedented events
Issue 596: A new analysis suggests that while generally effective, flood and drought risk management strategies are usually not designed to cope with unprecedented events – which may increase with climate change.
Growing number of studies detect antibiotics, medicines and caffeine in groundwater
Issue 596: Research shows that commonly used chemicals – including caffeine, antibiotics and painkillers – all enter the environment. Levels in groundwater across the world highlight the need to assess the risk posed by these substances.
Oder river report
An EU report published today analyses the massive fish kill in the Oder River in July and August 2022, one of the largest ecological disasters in Europe in recent memory.
Restored floodplains could remove 38 000 tons of nitrate pollution in the Danube river basin
Issue 594: Reconnecting cut-off water bodies and floodplains with the Danube River and its tributaries could aid nitrate removal and contribute to water quality improvements, shows a new large-scale modelling study.
Will more frequent river floods cause widespread malfunction of European road networks?
Issue 594: More frequent river flooding is a climate hazard in Europe, threatening its road transport infrastructure.
Climate warming may increase algal blooms caused by sediment nutrient release in lakes – management must adapt
Issue 593: A record-setting algal bloom in Hungary’s Lake Balaton, in 2019, led researchers to investigate the cause. Their findings suggest that the ecological stability of large, shallow lakes is susceptible to the effects of climate change.
Improved quality and access to drinking water for all Europeans
Today new requirements on the quality of and access to drinking water are becoming the norm across the European Union, with the revised Drinking Water Directive now transposed into national legislation.
Extreme decentralisation of water production: environmentally sustainable and economically feasible?
Issue 590: Water from ‘off-grid’ supply and treatment systems for individual buildings may be cheaper to supply than water from conventional systems, new research suggests.
Zero pollution and Biodiversity: First ever EU-wide limits for underwater noise
EU experts have adopted recommendations on maximum acceptable levels for impulsive (for example from oil and gas exploration and extraction) and continuous (such as from shipping) underwater noise.