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 Molecular microscopy illuminates molecular motor motion
26.07.2017 | Penn State

nachricht New virus discovered in migratory bird in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
26.07.2017 | Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

All articles from Life Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

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

Im Focus: Carbon Nanotubes Turn Electrical Current into Light-emitting Quasi-particles

Strong light-matter coupling in these semiconducting tubes may hold the key to electrically pumped lasers

Light-matter quasi-particles can be generated electrically in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Material scientists and physicists from Heidelberg University...

Im Focus: Flexible proximity sensor creates smart surfaces

Fraunhofer IPA has developed a proximity sensor made from silicone and carbon nanotubes (CNT) which detects objects and determines their position. The materials and printing process used mean that the sensor is extremely flexible, economical and can be used for large surfaces. Industry and research partners can use and further develop this innovation straight away.

At first glance, the proximity sensor appears to be nothing special: a thin, elastic layer of silicone onto which black square surfaces are printed, but these...

Im Focus: 3-D scanning with water

3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects

A global team of computer scientists and engineers have developed an innovative technique that more completely reconstructs challenging 3D objects. An ancient...

Im Focus: Manipulating Electron Spins Without Loss of Information

Physicists have developed a new technique that uses electrical voltages to control the electron spin on a chip. The newly-developed method provides protection from spin decay, meaning that the contained information can be maintained and transmitted over comparatively large distances, as has been demonstrated by a team from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute. The results have been published in Physical Review X.

For several years, researchers have been trying to use the spin of an electron to store and transmit information. The spin of each electron is always coupled...

Im Focus: The proton precisely weighted

What is the mass of a proton? Scientists from Germany and Japan successfully did an important step towards the most exact knowledge of this fundamental constant. By means of precision measurements on a single proton, they could improve the precision by a factor of three and also correct the existing value.

To determine the mass of a single proton still more accurate – a group of physicists led by Klaus Blaum and Sven Sturm of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Clash of Realities 2017: Registration now open. International Conference at TH Köln

26.07.2017 | Event News

Closing the Sustainability Circle: Protection of Food with Biobased Materials

21.07.2017 | Event News

»We are bringing Additive Manufacturing to SMEs«

19.07.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

CCNY physicists master unexplored electron property

26.07.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Molecular microscopy illuminates molecular motor motion

26.07.2017 | Life Sciences

Large-Mouthed Fish Was Top Predator After Mass Extinction

26.07.2017 | Earth Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>