Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Water: stressed-out and overheated

01.09.2008
Water is the basis of all life on earth, yet freshwater animals and plants are being lost faster than in any other ecosystem.

The dominant causes are the many stressors that affect lakes, rivers and wetlands globally: habitat loss, over-fishing, invasions by alien species, dams, over-abstraction, many forms of pollution and increasing salinity.

Fresh waters are also highly sensitive to climate change which now exacerbates all these other problems. With the sustainability of the biosphere and the needs of billions of people at risk, there is an urgent scientific challenge to understand the problems and seek long-term solutions.

Now, to initiate a series of scientific ‘summits’, some of the world’s leading freshwater scientists will meet at the Freshwater Biological Association’s (FBA) HQ on the shore of Windermere 1-4 September. The agenda is to consolidate evidence, raise awareness, launch an international call for action and influence those with responsibility for safeguarding the future of global fresh waters.

... more about:
»ecosystem »freshwater »water resources

The meeting will be opened by Professor John Beddington, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government, who will outline the importance of freshwater ecosystems in a changing world. "I'm delighted to be speaking at such a worthwhile conference which highlights the importance of freshwater ecosystems, such as rivers and lakes and the impact our activities have on them. We need to recognise the pressures that are placed on our freshwater resources.

Pressures such as population increases, a changing climate, urbanisation, food production and fishing are interlinked and in many cases will collectively threaten vital freshwater resources”, commented Professor Beddington. “It is not all doom and gloom however, I believe science and technology can play a key role in responding to these challenges, and this conference will be an important contribution to our understanding and mitigation of such issues."

Presentations will be given by speakers from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Europe.

This is a truly global issue. By bringing together leading experts from all over the world the FBA intends that the shared knowledge will lead to a clearer understanding of the consequences of the many different pressures being placed on key freshwater resources. The outcome of the meeting will be a position statement, endorsed by all the speakers, outlining the current state of scientific knowledge and identifying what action is needed to improve knowledge, understanding, policy and management strategies.

Davina Quarterman | Wiley-Blackwell
Further information:
http://www.fba.org.uk
http://www.fba.org.uk/index/events/summit.html
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117962093/home

Further reports about: ecosystem freshwater water resources

More articles from Life Sciences:

nachricht Water forms 'spine of hydration' around DNA, group finds
26.05.2017 | Cornell University

nachricht How herpesviruses win the footrace against the immune system
26.05.2017 | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung

All articles from Life Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Can the immune system be boosted against Staphylococcus aureus by delivery of messenger RNA?

Staphylococcus aureus is a feared pathogen (MRSA, multi-resistant S. aureus) due to frequent resistances against many antibiotics, especially in hospital infections. Researchers at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut have identified immunological processes that prevent a successful immune response directed against the pathogenic agent. The delivery of bacterial proteins with RNA adjuvant or messenger RNA (mRNA) into immune cells allows the re-direction of the immune response towards an active defense against S. aureus. This could be of significant importance for the development of an effective vaccine. PLOS Pathogens has published these research results online on 25 May 2017.

Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a bacterium that colonizes by far more than half of the skin and the mucosa of adults, usually without causing infections....

Im Focus: A quantum walk of photons

Physicists from the University of Würzburg are capable of generating identical looking single light particles at the push of a button. Two new studies now demonstrate the potential this method holds.

The quantum computer has fuelled the imagination of scientists for decades: It is based on fundamentally different phenomena than a conventional computer....

Im Focus: Turmoil in sluggish electrons’ existence

An international team of physicists has monitored the scattering behaviour of electrons in a non-conducting material in real-time. Their insights could be beneficial for radiotherapy.

We can refer to electrons in non-conducting materials as ‘sluggish’. Typically, they remain fixed in a location, deep inside an atomic composite. It is hence...

Im Focus: Wafer-thin Magnetic Materials Developed for Future Quantum Technologies

Two-dimensional magnetic structures are regarded as a promising material for new types of data storage, since the magnetic properties of individual molecular building blocks can be investigated and modified. For the first time, researchers have now produced a wafer-thin ferrimagnet, in which molecules with different magnetic centers arrange themselves on a gold surface to form a checkerboard pattern. Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institute published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.

Ferrimagnets are composed of two centers which are magnetized at different strengths and point in opposing directions. Two-dimensional, quasi-flat ferrimagnets...

Im Focus: World's thinnest hologram paves path to new 3-D world

Nano-hologram paves way for integration of 3-D holography into everyday electronics

An Australian-Chinese research team has created the world's thinnest hologram, paving the way towards the integration of 3D holography into everyday...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Marine Conservation: IASS Contributes to UN Ocean Conference in New York on 5-9 June

24.05.2017 | Event News

AWK Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium 2017: Internet of Production for Agile Enterprises

23.05.2017 | Event News

Dortmund MST Conference presents Individualized Healthcare Solutions with micro and nanotechnology

22.05.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

How herpesviruses win the footrace against the immune system

26.05.2017 | Life Sciences

Water forms 'spine of hydration' around DNA, group finds

26.05.2017 | Life Sciences

First Juno science results supported by University of Leicester's Jupiter 'forecast'

26.05.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>