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Preventing water crises

Major cities that could share the fate of Cape Town

Coral Gardening

A passionate man has devoted the last 30 years to researching the ocean and created an educational coral protection program with only one goal: to instill knowledge and interest in coral conservation, and thereby to help restore the ocean's life-cycle again.

The legendary Széchenyi Spa and Swimming Pool

The Széchenyi Spa is one of the biggest spa complexes in Europe, the first medicinal spa of Pest. It was constructed between 1909 and 1913, in a modern renaissance style. The water of the spa comes from the deepest point in Budapest which is 1246 m deep, and does so at a temperature of 76 °C.

1 cigarette butt – 1000 litres of polluted water

Most of the complaints one hears about smoking concern its health hazards, while there is much less said about the damage that is still done after the cigarette is extinguished.

effective and sustainable solutions in water management

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have produced a water management manual based on the principles of green infrastructure. The purpose of the publication is to popularise the solutions, and to present efficient and sustainable projects already in operation that use green or hybrid (traditional – gray and natural – green) infrastructural solutions in the field of water management.

Water, the source of life

Earth, air, fire and water – these four primordial elements make up our world according to ancient beliefs. Although modern science has left these archaic beliefs behind eons ago, the name “Blue Planet” derives from one of these mythological primordial element.

The Wonderful World of Our Floodplain Grasslands

As its name implies, Danube-Drava National Park is located almost fully on a territory that once had been a floodplain along the Danube and River Drava. Its crown jewels include the world famous, stunningly beautiful groves, the Gemenc and Béda-Karapancsa regions, all compellingly rich in wildlife.

The Danube is full of microplastics

Microplastics polluting natural bodies of water – which are present in increasing quantities around the world – present a major environmental, food safety and health hazard. Among the rivers in Hungary that have been tested so far, the most were found in the Danube: 50 particles per cubic metre.

26-year friendship made deep in the ocean

Yoriko, the Asian sheepshead wrasse and the Japanese scuba diver Hiroyuki Arakawa met 26 years ago near the underwater shrine that the man had built. Their special friendship has been going on ever since.

Falling blocks of ice: people were running for their lives in Iceland

Climate change is causing increasingly horrifying disasters around the world. In April 2018, a video went viral on the Internet in which several massive blocks of ice could be seen breaking off the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier in Southeast Iceland.

Are you familiar with the hydrological James Bond ratio?

Of the total stock of Earth’s water, only 0.007 percent is on the surface, that amount is easily accessible, not excessively polluted and ready for almost immediate use. That’s what we call the hydrological James Bond ratio, said Csaba Kőrösi, who also spoke about Hungary’s water shortage on World Water Day 2019.

It is important to discuss climate change with children

As we often say, the future belongs to the children. But what kind of future will we leave for them? Future generations need to be aware of the nature of climate change not only because they will feel its impacts very directly (particularly as regards water), but also because the attitudes they form towards environmental protection will play a crucial role.

What will happen if all the ice in the world melts? We have a video to show you the answer

Based on data from NASA, Business Insider have produced a video about the consequences that would result if all the ice on Earth melted. According to the space agency’s calculations, sea level would rise by as much as 65.8 m if all the glaciers and polar ice caps melted.

Chopin: Raindrop prelude

Frédéric Chopin, born in Poland and raised as a child prodigy, settled in Paris in his early twenties, and shortly afterwards began a liaison that was to last over a decade with the Marquise of Dudevant, known as George Sand.

Preventing water crises – Budapest to be the capital of water once again

The water crisis – that is the theme of the year’s most important event in Hungarian diplomacy, the Budapest Water Summit to be held on 15-17 October. Water shortages and the severe pollution of water resources are hazards that many hundreds of millions of people face – preventing the catastrophe is everyone’s shared task and responsibility.

Thousands evacuated in Canada

In the last days of April 2019, after days of heavy rain, rivers flooded and reservoirs overflowed in eastern Canada. The situation was so severe that several thousand people in the region had to leave their homes.

Overview of Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals – adopted in the Summit of Prime Ministers and Heads of State between 25 and 27 September 2015 – are based on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).