Archive for August, 2023

PODCAST: Drought, flood and re-freezing the Arctic

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Rachel and Leana interview Nyombi Morris, an environmental activist who was flooded out of his home in Uganda, where drought and locusts are also causing death and displacement. Then Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to prime ministers Blair, Brown, Cameron and May, explains how he plans to reverse the climate crisis by refreezing the Arctic, and reacts to Nyombi’s accusations that the West has reneged on its climate finance promises.

In each episode, investigative journalists Leana Hosea and Rachel Salvidge bring you tales from the frontline of the water crisis, interviewing:

  • Someone on the frontline of the water crisis who is experiencing first hand pollution/drought/floods/extinction events and diseases driven by climate change and bad management.
  • A world class expert, who can shed light on the causes and solutions to the issue in hand.

PODCAST: ‘It’s killing us slowly’: water rationing in Cape Town

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Cape Town teeters on the edge of Day Zero – the time when water will no longer flow from its taps. But poorer residents are first the feel the thirst and say water rationing is slowly killing them. Rachel and Leana speak to Cape Town residents, including Faeza Meyer from the African Water Commons Collective, about the desperate situation, and interview Professor Hannah Cloke from the University of Reading, whose new study shows that it is the ‘elite’ – people who have swimming pools and large gardens – who are driving water crisis just as much as climate change and population growth.

In each episode, investigative journalists Leana Hosea and Rachel Salvidge bring you tales from the frontline of the water crisis, interviewing:

  • Somone on the frontline of the water crisis who is experiencing first hand pollution/drought/floods/extinction events and diseases driven by climate change and bad management.
  • A world class expert, who can shed light on the causes and solutions to the issue in hand.

Watershed makes 2023 Rivers Warriors list

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Each year, the Lewis Pugh Foundation selects their River Warriors – people who “dedicate themselves to restoring, protecting, recognising and defending our precious river systems”.  Watershed is honoured to feature on the list alongside some incredibly inspiring people.

Fury as national health check of England’s waters faces six-year wait

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The government quietly released partial data on the health of England’s water bodies, opting not to undertake any testing for problem chemicals, or to assess the condition of any groundwater, coastal, estuary or canal waters until 2025. The last full assessment of England’s water bodies was completed in 2019 and while the drop in testing is in line with the Water Framework Directive guidelines, choosing to do so at time when pollution is widespread and public concern at an all time high, is questionable.

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