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7 Dec 2020 LONDON, United Kingdom
A new tool from the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics (ONS) will enable countries around the world keep track of changes in surface water supply.The tool uses processed imagery from the Global Surface Water Explorer dataset, developed by the United Nations, the European Commission Joint Research Centre and Google, transforming information into tables and maps, which can be used by governments to create clear measurements to show changes over time...
2 Sep 2020 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil
A new project was launched in August to enable people in the semiarid regions of Latin America to work together to share knowledge, address the climate crisis, and find more sustainable and humane ways to live.The DAKI-Semiárido Vivo Project (or Dryland Adaptation Knowledge Initiative), launched in August, will focus on three dry areas of Latin America most vulnerable to the effects of climate change: Gran Chaco Americano (in Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia), the Central American Dry Corridor and the semiarid region of north-eastern Brazil...
1 Sep 2020 STOCKHOLM, Sweden
HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2020 to Hiroki Matsuhashi and Takuma Miyaki of Japan in an online ceremony during an unusual "World Water Week at Home" 25 August.The Japanese team focused on water conservation and soil management and developed a method to control soil runoff and increase food production, using traditional Japanese soil solidification technologies...
18 Feb 2019 TAINAN CITY
Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, recently became the first company to make a purchase under the 2017 Taiwan Electricity Act, which allows non-utility companies to purchase renewable energy. For the 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, Google will install poles, with solar panels at the top of them, above fishing ponds.
10 Sep 2018 MENLO PARK
In a new interactive online tool launched today by Google, you can find out how much energy and water you’re using (and wasting) when doing the things we all do: wash our clothes, take showers, throw out spoiled foods and more. This tool helps to make two of the most basic and yet also opaque necessities of life — energy and water — a little more tangible...
14 Dec 2016 ISPRA
The European Commission Joint Research Centre, in cooperation with Google Switzerland GmbH, have developed a new water dataset in the framework of the Copernicus Programme. This maps the location and temporal distribution of water surfaces at the global scale over the past 32 years and provides statistics on the extent and change of those water surfaces...
12 Aug 2016 DENVER, CO, United States
OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages.Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader Water Strategy at Deloitte Consulting LLP, calls for 21st Centry Solutions to water challenges...
11 Aug 2016 JOHANNESBURG
A 16-year-old schoolgirl from Johannesburg, South Africa has invented a super material that will fight drought. Kiara Nirghin's "No More Thirsty Crops" project has recently won the Google Science Fair's Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa.
10 May 2016 TAIPEI
The government has built sufficient facilities to supply water for enterprises in the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park for short, medium and long-term demand, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said yesterday. The ministry’s remarks came after Chinese-language newspaper the United Daily News reported that the progress of Google Inc’s US$300 million data center expansion plan in the industrial park was delayed due to lack of water supply.
23 Feb 2016 ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages.In this piece, William S Logan, PhD, Deputy Director of the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), discusses the tools being developed to help individuals and water managers in developing countries with precipitation estimation and flood and drought monitoring and forecasting...
17 Jun 2015 WASHINGTON, DC, United States
The American Red Cross, the US government and eight other organizations have launched a new public-private partnership to promote climate change resilience in developing countries.The Climate Services for Resilient Development initiative is starting off with $34 million USD in funding from participating partners...
5 Dec 2013 LEÓN, Mexico
Engineers from the Potable Water and Sewerage System of León (SAPAL) in Mexico's Guanajuato state have designed and constructed its own software system to control and monitors its water network and wells.Through a system of screens connected to Google Earth, SAPAL directly monitors its system, with data like address, owner, account status, and water consumption, Excelsior newspaper reported last week...