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Taking stock of the world’s lakes

New global database will help scientists track role of lakes in Earth’s ecology
Thu, 2016-12-15 06:30

The total shoreline of the world’s lakes is more than four times longer than the global ocean coastline. And if all the water in those lakes were spread over the Earth’s landmass, it would form a layer some four feet (1.3 metres) deep.
 

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Measuring protection of the world’s rivers

New indicator promises to help guide conservation efforts
Thu, 2016-11-10 13:42

To  what extent are the world’s rivers protected?  

In 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, set a 17% target for the protection of ‘inland waters,’ including rivers. But there was a problem: there was no good way to measure progress toward that target.  

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Better dam planning strategies

New global dam and river data leads to advanced assessment of impacts of dams from 1930-2030
Tue, 2015-01-06 12:14

When dams are built they have an impact not only on the flow of water in the river, but also on the people who live downstream and on the surrounding ecosystems. By placing data from close to 6,500 existing large dams on a highly precise map of the world’s rivers, an international team led by McGill University researchers has created a new method to estimate the global impacts of dams on river flow and fragmentation.

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One in four of world’s big cities water-stressed

First global database of urban water sources shows source watersheds cover 41% of Earth’s land surface
Tue, 2014-06-03 10:59

As more people move to urban areas, cities around the world are experiencing increased water stress and looking for additional water supplies to support their continued grow.

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