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Atkins builds UK's biggest pumping station

Work has begun on a project to drain 700km2 of land in Norfolk. John Sheppard, principal engineer of the Water Operations Team at Atkins, describes the £35M scheme, and the construction of the largest pumping station in the country

Effluent: Waste or resource?

Changes in rainfall and increasing demand mean that water has now become too valuable a resource to be used only once. Here Martin Hind of Biwater Treatment looks at some alternatives

Aral Sea Project I reaching completion

Images of fishing boats stranded on the desertified, salt-encrusted bed of what was formerly the Aral Sea, the world's fourth largest inland lake, caused widespread shock when they came to public attention in 1997. Michael Haigh, divisional director in Mott MacDonald's Water and Environmental Management division, reports exclusively for World Water on the first phase of the Aral Sea Basin Project, which is designed to secure the existence of the North Aral Sea, sustain and increase agriculture and fishing, and improve human health.

Flood study could save Vistula delta

Flooding due to ice blockages would be catastrophic for the low-lying Vistula river delta region in Poland. As part of an EU project to prevent flooding, a study has been undertaken by BMT Cordah, a subsidiary of British Maritime Technology. Andrzej Kozakiewicz, managing director of BMT Cordah (Poland) and Marek Szmytkiewicz of the Institute of Hydro-Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdansk reveal their results.

Outsize components help clean up San Diego

The San Diego Sewer Authority in the US hit a particular problem with valves for its large sewage outfall pipe. David Snodgrass, UK and Ireland country manager for UK manufacturer Victaulic, explains how bespoke couplings helped the challenge of restricted space in the valve vault.

Pacific islands such as Fiji could provide 100% of their energy from renewable sources

IRENA: Pacific islands should embrace natural renewables resources

Small island nations can secure substantial economic benefits by developing renewable energy sources, according to a series of new reports.

In December 2013, a huge tidal surge flooded 1,400 homes along the east coast and saw numerous homes tumble into the ocean

Almost 7,000 UK properties to be sacrificed to rising seas

Almost 7,000 homes and buildings will be sacrificed to the rising seas around England and Wales over the next century, according to an unpublished Environment Agency (EA) analysis seen by the Guardian. Over 800 of the properties will be lost to coastal erosion within the next 20 years.

IPCC report: human influence 'dominant' cause of global warming

Human influence on the climate system is "clear" and has been the dominant cause of global warming since the mid-20th century, according to the new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Temperature to rise by 4°C with current C02 targets

Without further commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the world will see temperatures rise by four degrees and experience extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and sea levels rise, according to a report by the World Bank.

Futuristic 'icebergs' float to rescue of polluted oceans

A set of floating inverted skyscraper-like structures capable of coverting ocean litter into energy have been designed by architects.

Inflated dam during test, following installation at Omval

Inflatable barrier helps protect Amsterdam

A bespoke inflatable dam manufactured in Manchester is providing flood protection in Amsterdam, writes Mike Saunders, Dunlop GRG's business development manager

Coffee growers turn to carbon credits for help

The devastating impact of climate change on coffee production globally could be significantly off-set by reforestation programmes funded by carbon trading, using carbon credits earned by newly planted trees.

The carbon challenge is seen as an opportunity

Climate change and population growth spurring on Anglian Water

Sustainability has become key to Anglian Water's investment decision-making as it looks to minimise environmental impacts

Welsh Government launches flood risk management toolkit

Environment minister for Wales John Griffiths has unveiled a flood risk management toolkit to help local authorities raise awareness of flooding issues in their communities.

John West launches full supply chain transparency application

UK canned seafood manufacturer John West has unveiled plans to bring "full transparency" to its supply chain.

Marine energy project set to launch next year

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has unveiled a new project to extract energy from waves in a bid to boost the UK's marine energy industry.

New beginning for St Germans

Providing flood protection for more than 25,000 homes and 70,000ha of Cambridgeshire farmland, together valued at more than £4-5B, is a major responsibility, and one which falls to the Middle Level Commissioners (MLC). The body was set up 150 year ago to provide water and land management for the Middle Level, an area of the Cambridgeshire Fens reclaimed during the l7th century

L to R: Doug Norwood of GPL and Dave Long from Borough of Broxbourne

Broxbourne takes delivery of new sweepers

The Borough of Broxbourne has taken delivery of four new Johnston CX200 street sweepers, in a 12-month contract hire deal with GPL (Go Plant) worth around £100,000.


Report compares cost of Welsh kerbside collections

A new WRAP-commissioned report funded by the Welsh Assembly Government will enable local authorities in Wales to compare the financial and environmental costs of different methods of kerbside recycling collections.

Pump renovation project’s a Hull of an achievement

When AxFlow maintenance engineers were called in to restore the huge and historic drainage pumps at the East Hull pumping station, they were given a tight timeframe. But the challenging project was completed on target.

Designer liner proves perfect solution for pump station

The Danish infrastructure firm Per Aarsleff's new pipe division has carried out a cost-effective - and environmentally friendly - lining project in Suffolk. UK managing director, Terry Bolsher, explains the process

(L to R) Angela Himus, publisher of LAWR, Sue Rogers, director of BAMA, Gary Taylor and Gail Ormston, Trafford Council, and Maxine Perella, editor of LAWR

Trafford triumphs at the Can Do Awards

Trafford Council has taken the honours at this year's Can Do Awards, with the best aerosol recycling communication campaign.

Emissions causing ocean acidification at 'unprecedented' rate

Man made carbon dioxide emissions are causing ocean acidification at an 'unprecedented' rate, according to a study by the US-based National Research Council.

Rising seas end island dispute

The disputed sovereignty of tiny island in the Bay of Bengal has become a moot point after rising sea levels submerged the land for good.

Urban Warriors

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Bloomberg told a meeting of city leaders how green policies were helping the fight against climate change. At city level, Copenhagen gave real cause for optimism, says Mike Scott

The Big Heat

The Copenhagen Accord recognises that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our times. Jane Wardle considers how businesses should best prepare themselves for dealing with extreme weather disruption

European space search for water launches

A satellite looking for water and monitoring climate change was successfully launched from northern Russia this morning (November 2).

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South Staffs Water boss is new EU Skills chairman

South Staffordshire Water managing director Jack Carnell is the new chairman of Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills), the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the gas, power, waste management and water industries. He has taken over from John Wybrew, who has been chairman for the past five years.

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Irish bathing water published online

Data about the quality of Irish swimming water is available online through a new government service.

Algae offers biofuel boost

The production of biofuels from biocrops is mired in controversy, but Frank Rogalla of Aqualia sees a third way - using wastewater to support fast-growing algal biomass

Swiss technology does a dam good job in the Lake District

Seathwaite Tarn in Cumbria has become the first reservoir dam in the UK to be successfully fitted with a specialist vertical geomembrane to stop it leaking. Project manager Carl Sanders of United Utilities explains

Sea level rises could turn millions into refugees

Sea levels could rise by as much as 1.5 metres by the end of this century and leave millions of people in developing countries homeless.

Levels of most pollutants in the seas around Scotland have reduced in the past 20 years

Scottish seas 'cleaner and warmer'

Scotland's seas are generally clean and safe, but are getting warmer and saltier, according to a new report.

Anglian throws down climate change gauntlet to suppliers

If suppliers don't clean up their acts and join with Anglian Water's efforts to lower carbon emissions, the utility will stop doing business with them. But, as Maureen Gaines found out, the suppliers are more than eager to accept the challenge.

Antarctic ice is disappearing at an ever increasing rate

Antarctic ice loss speeds up

NASA has charted a worrying trend in Antarctic ice levels, showing it is disappearing at an ever increasing rate that now rivals the loss of the Greenland ice sheet.

Idyllic though they seem, the Norfolk Broads are under threat from pollution

Broads threatened by pollution says RSPB

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are under threat from pollution, rising sea levels and domestic water demands, according to an RSPB report.

Current pledges are likely to lead to emissions of 53 to 58 GT of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2025

World only half way to meeting emissions target with current pledges

Current global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions leave about half of the reductions needed still to be found, according to a new analysis by the UN.

There are plans to raise and widen the 30-km Afsluitdijk dike

Dutch prepare for rising seas

Holland is to invest 750m euros in upgrading its flood defences as it prepares for the consequences of climate change and rising sea levels.

The Aral Sea in 2004, prior to the dam being built.

Aral Sea 'making good recovery'

The Aral Sea is recovering faster than expected as the dam built in 2005 continues to bring the desired effects, according to the World Bank, which funded the Kok-Aral dam project.

Coral reefs are effective CO2 absorbers as well as offering protection from floods

Reefs key protection from rising seas

Protected marine areas can be a key tool in protecting coastal communities from the impacts of a changing climate, a conservation group has said.

The new agreement seeks to improve communication following floods

Tri-nation pilot heralds European agreement on flood response

If one European country is hit by severe flooding it could expect support from all EU members as the states pool their resources to tackle the disaster.

National Trust highlights climate threat to coast

Climate change could destroy many of Britain's coastal areas as sea levels rise and more intense storms bring flooding and corrosion, a study commissioned by the National Trust has warned.

Melting ice is unlikely to switch off the Gulf Stream, say scientists

IPCC warns against climate panic

The threat of climate change is serious and must be addressed but we should avoid exaggerating the problem, according to a non-partisan gathering of international scientists.

Opening up London's 'Blue Ribbon Network' - building freight capacity on the capital's canals

A working canal network has the potential to efficiently ship construction materials into the heart of the Eastend as London gears up for the Olympics - and perhaps more importantly, to get rid of the waste. TfL's Paul Dumble, Richard Rutter of British Waterways and Phil Wright of Peter Brett Associates considered the issues.

Coastal flood risk will increase with rising sea levels

Insufficient flood defences will cost billions, insurers warn

Insufficient investment in flood defences could leave England's east coast vulnerable to damages of £16bn as sea levels rise, British insurers have warned in a report.

As sea levels rise in line with global warming, coastal flooding could be costing nations $100,000bn a year

Sea defences not enough to protect delta cities from rising flood risk - study

Rich nations spend huge sums to keep the seas at bay but wealth may not save them indefinitely.

The wind farm will provide 30MW energy capacity to the state of Rhode Island

US begins construction of landmark offshore wind farm on Atlantic coast

The US has put steel in the water for what will be the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island.

The tidal barrier on the river Hull forms part of the Humber defences

Humber flood defence plan looks 100 years into future

A £1bn project to protect the Humber tidal estuary from flooding as sea levels rise over the next century got an initial go-ahead from the Environment Agency on Wednesday.

Ice flows into the sea in Southern Greenland

Greenland ice cap melting accelerates

Greenland's ice cap is breaking up and melting at an accelerated rate, the results of a satellite study released today reveal, suggesting current sea level rise predictions are too low.

Globally, 90% of the excess heat caused by the rise in greenhouse gas emissions is absorbed by the oceans

Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists

The warming of the oceans due to climate change is now unstoppable after record temperatures last year, bringing additional sea-level rise, and raising the risks of severe storms, US government climate scientists said on Thursday.

The Church of England will divest from fossil fuel extraction and implement new green guidelines

Church of England announces new 'ecotheology' in divestment from fossil fuel extraction

The Church of England has adopted a new climate change policy which will see it divest from coal mining and oil from tar sands.

UK seas set for climate change chaos

Climate change will cause widespread coastal disruption, threaten the future of many fish species and wreak havoc on the UK's marine environment, a new report has warned.

Welcome to water world - Britain gets that sinking feeling

Huge swathes of Britain could be swallowed up by the sea over the next 200 years according to a doomsday scenario painted by academics.

Rising sea levels will erode coastal Trust

Hundreds of kilometres of Britain's coastline could erode by over 100 metres as a result of rising sea levels induced by global warming, the National Trust has warned.

Addressing our changing climate

Elaine Coles looks at how the water industry is handling the impact of climate change

Studying effects of climate change

UKWIR's Peter Spillet and Brian Wilkinson, HR Wallingford's Richard Kellagher and MWH's David Balmforth explain how changing weather patterns can effect sewer systems performance

The entire system, from the dam entrance to the river discharge, is GRP.

Seasonal tourist demand is met in Malaga

The ancient port of Malaga has been a favourite wintering place for travellers since the 19th century. In the 1960s, the nar-row strip of coast to its east and west was claimed by the nascent European tourist industry as the 'Costa del Sol' and the boom began.

Calibrating correctly for remote locations

Monitoring water depth in high altitudes can pose problems if a transducer has been calibrated for operation at sea level. Chris Lilly of Virginia-based Pressure Systems Inc. explains how to make the right choice of instrument.

Data provided from remote island stations and from the South Polar region are used for long-term studies of climate change and rises in sea levels.

Telephone lines provide global warnings

Remote weather stations are downloading data providing tidal predictions, storm and flood warnings via robust industrial grade modems and 'line power', as Dr Geoff Lawlor of Jekyll Electronic Technology explains.

Scotch and the rocks

Borehole offers effluent solution

Earthquake demands remedial work

Only months after completing a contract with Thames Water to design and install a corrosion protection system for a 140km water pipeline between the Yuvacik dam and Istanbul, engineers from BAC Corrosion Control found themselves back in Turkey surveying the damage following last August's Izmit earthquake.

Figure 1: Interventions in the river and floodplain currently under consideration

Living with floods: a change of strategy in The Netherlands

Frans Klijn and Jos Dijkman of WL/Delft Hydraulics describe the Dutch government's 'room for rivers' policy which aims to prevent flooding by 'building with nature.'

Europe must adopt strategy to limit climate change impact

The freak flooding, violent storms, droughts and other extreme weather events that have hit Europe in recent years are set to increase over the coming years, along with more frequent and intense heatwaves, melting glaciers and rising sea levels, as a result of global climate change, a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned this week.

The UN has warned that two billion people could be at risk from flooding by 2050

Two billion vulnerable to flooding by 2050, UN warns

Two billion people will be vulnerable to devastating floods due to climate change, deforestation, rising sea levels and population growth in flood prone lands, a UN University (UNU) report has warned.

Corals, such as these off the Florida coast are at threat from climate change (courtesy NOAA)

National ocean laws and independent ocean agency needed in US

An independent think-tank in the US is calling for improved and co-ordinated governance of the marine habitats around its coasts, which would end the ‘frontier mentality’ with which costal ecosystems around the country are treated.

Climate change threatens marine ecosystems

Climate change threatens the survival of marine ecosystems, says a new report by US climatologists. Fragile coastal systems already stressed by human activity may lose species unable to migrate or adapt to changes in sea level and circulation patterns.

News Release: Data Streams from Stormy Waters

The ability of the Meteorological office to issue forecasts of coastal flooding, surges and wave activity is now stronger than ever before. The entire National Tide Gauge Network has now been fully equipped with the latest Telemodem2 line powered modem technology, from Jekyll Electronic Technology so meteorologists can instantly download sea level data to help forecast storm surges around the national coastline that could breech flood defences.

Alaskan ice-melt accelerating

Melting Alaskan glaciers are responsible for at least 9% of the global sea level rise over the past century, say scientists.

US East Coast marshlands under threat

Sea level rise caused by global warming is threatening to engulf the coastal wetlands of the east coast of the United States of America, which are essential for coastal food webs, carbon sequestration and capturing sediments.

Earth may hold far more water than previously thought

While climatologists continue the debate over projected sea level rises and climate fluctuations, an equally engaging debate is raging on the subject of subterranean oceans.

New study charts future of British species

In what as been hailed as the most comprehensive study of its kind ever, 16 of the UK’s biggest government and private conservation groups have assessed the future of 50 species under current estimates of climate change forecast for the UK.

The Dead Sea is continually shrinking leaving dry, infertile sea-beds

Dead Sea ‘dying’

Environmentalists say that the Dead Sea is in danger of drying up and that its surrounding nature reserves are threatened by development.

Government needs to do more to protect wildlife

The Government needs to address the focus of its wildlife conservation policies, according to a report by a coalition of the UK’s leading conservation organisations, which challenges the government to reverse the declines of all the UK’s threatened species and habitats by implementing a 10-point plan.

Ice cap melting does not cause an even sea-level rise across the globe

Assumptions that the melting of the polar ice caps due to climate change is causing an even rise in sea levels across the globe are incorrect, according to research by US scientists, who have found that melting ice could even lower sea levels in some areas.

Climate change could affect every area on Earth

Around the world, climate change will continue to affect both man and nature increasing threats to species and to human livelihoods, throughout the twenty first century, according to the second part of a major report by international climate change experts.

Environment takes a back seat at United Nations Millennium Summit

As other issues weighed more heavily on the minds of most world leaders, the environment issues barely got a look-in at the world’s largest ever gathering of world leaders.

New Jersey makes greenhouse gas reduction commitment

The New Jersey Environmental Protection Agency (NJEPA) has announced plans to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions to 3.5% below 1990 levels by the year 2005.

Mediterranean: Existing marine and coastal protection systems aren't working

The European Environment Agency (EEA) wants to see action on all fronts to protect the Mediterranean from environmental degradation.

SOUTH PACIFIC: Study of sea levels combined with climate change education for schoolchildren

A project that monitors climate and sea levels from the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean to the Cook Islands in the Central Pacific is beginning to offer hard data, but the islands are also busy educating schoolchildren about the threat of rising seas and climate change.

Source of Antarctic ice flows may help predict changes in sea level

Scientists studying future global sea-level changes have discovered that vast flows of ice from the West Antarctic ice sheet are the product of smaller tributaries flowing from further in the continent's interior.

World's oceans leaking say geologists

Within a billion years, our planet could be as dry and barren as Mars, claim geologists in Tokyo. They have calculated that the oceans are leaking water into the Earth's mantle five times as fast as it is being replenished.

NASA researchers document shrinking of Greenland's glaciers

Greenland's south-eastern glaciers are thinning rapidly and their lower elevations may be particularly sensitive to potential climate changes, a NASA study suggests.

Flooding in the Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay sea level rising at twice world average

The sea is rising in the Chesapeake Bay at twice the worldwide average according to a USGS study presented at the Chesapeake Bay Science Meeting on December 9 1998.

Venice tidal barrage sinks

Plans to protect the floating city of Venice by building 79 tidal barrages have been shelved after a negative opinion by the Italian Environment Ministry's environmental impact committee.

Buenos Aires - or just hot air?

As governments prepare to haggle over the implementation of greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets agreed in Kyoto last year, IPPC experts warn that existing targets will have a minimal effect and that even if far more radical action is taken, we will need to learn to live with climate change and develop ways to reduce its harmful impact.

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