“A fight for our lives and our livelihoods” – this is how Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji’s minister for climate change summarised the direct threat that global warming represents for the residents of the island.
The Pacific island state is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, as sea level rise could put a large part of it under water. Although they find themselves in this very difficult situation through no fault of their own, they must find a solution to the problem.
It was in that spirit that the government of Fiji submitted a legislative programme to parliament which will include strict limitations on the use of plastics as well as the development of relocation plans for the communities at risk from rising sea levels. In addition, they also want to achieve net zero emissions for the island state by 2050.
Fiji would already face severe problems if global warming were limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius, while greater warming would have catastrophic results.
The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.
Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.
Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).
A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.
The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.
Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.
The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin
The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.