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The Guardian, known for some of the best environmental reporting coming out of the U.K., posed a question to a bevy of experts in honor of World Water Day 2014, on March 22: “What one piece of advice would you give the UN on water?” More specifically, how should water fit into the post-2015 development agenda? Following up on my recent World Water Day posts below, here’s a link to the answers given by the water wonks from the worlds of business, NGOs and government.
There’s broad agreement among the experts that there should be specific water and sanitation Sustainable Development Goals, just as there was enthusiastic agreement at the UN briefing I recently attended at the WMO in Geneva, Switzerland. Water will be frequently mentioned among other goals because it connects everything, but mere mentions here and there won’t be enough to give the world the clean water and effective sanitation that so many people lack.
What one piece of advice would you give the UN on water? – The Guardian Water hub
Water’s Place Among Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals
At the Point of ‘Peak Water,’ Our Foreseeable Future Grows Shorter
UNICEF Says Put Down Your Cell Phone for a Few Minutes to Help Kids Get Water
Mapping the World’s Most Water-Stressed Countries
The Intersection of Environmental Issues and Human Rights
Having only worked in Web publishing since the mid 1990s, it took me a minute to figure out some of the finer points of WordPress blogging and make some improvements to this still-new blog (established December 2013). OK, when I say “a minute,” I mean a few weeks. It’s possible that holiday festivities — shopping, eating, loafing — intervened. Also, for years I used Typepad to blog at various jobs, so WordPress is still new to me. And, though I like the platform, I’d rather not pay for some of its finest “finer points,” so I’m making do with the free stuff for now.
In the Improvements for January 2014 Department, I selected a preferable design (theme). And, thanks to a question from a family member, I realized I hadn’t even added a widget allowing readers to type in their email addresses and receive posts by email. It’s there now, a ways down the right-hand column on each page, just above “about me.” Previously, only those signed up with WordPress could “follow” the blog. I added a number of my water-themed photographs from trips to Indonesia, China, Thailand, and Switzerland so that each page viewed will load a new image. And I built upon my Water Facts and Water Resources lists, with plans to try to make them more visual in the future. Finally, I added a link to my Twitter feed, @atthewaterline, to the About the Blog page, so that people can follow developments that way.
In the past day, this blog saw its new Water Resources page come online, and now it’s joined by another informative page that will be updated on a regular basis: Water Facts. Like the resources page, it’s a quick-reference guide. It gives a sense of urgent issues related to water, such as the number of people worldwide whose lack of it could be life-threatening, as well as less-dire, yet nonetheless interesting, facts (wait, it takes how many gallons of water to produce one hamburger?!)
At the Waterline is still a new blog, with fresh information pages still being added. The Water Resources page doesn’t say “coming soon” anymore — it has actual resources! It’s a list, in alphabetical order, of agencies and media sources concerned with water issues. It’s a work in progress, so be sure to check on it from time to time. Go there.
A Water Facts page is still, ahem, “coming soon.”
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