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  • Circular Economy: From Theory To Action

    As we move outside the ‘safe operating space of our planetary boundaries’, Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Nick Jeffries explores what is a circular economy & implications for water … more

  • ‘Science Unusual’ to Counter Fake News!

    Science & policy have their own language but given significant climate risk overshadowed by fake news, can we afford to speak in tongues? Hu & Tan on why it’s time to step up efforts to bridge science and policy with finance … more

  • Groundwater Shortage Calls For Urgent Action

    China’s groundwater is overextracted and this needs immediate tackling. Prof Asit K Biswas & Kris Hartley from the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy explore solutions, from desalination to sponge cities … more

  • Hong Kong’s Pricey Water Deal With China

    Much is made of the DongShen Agreement’s price tag but more complex issues such as the city’s overuse & leakage need discussing. Hear from Civic Exchange on HK’s ‘illusion of plenty’ … more

  • Hong Kong: A Climate Resilient Sponge City

    Hong Kong is prone to tropical cyclones, which will be exacerbated by climate change. Can the city become climate & flood resilient? Hear from Richard Leung from the Drainage Services Department on actions taken so far … more

  • Environmental Law: 2 Years On

    China’s new Environmental Protection Law has been in force more than two years now. Has it been enforced? What has the impact been? Who has been hit? Professor Wang Canfa from the University of Political Science and Law in Beijing reviews
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  • Flushing With No Water

    2.4bn people still lack clean sanitation but flushing toilets may not be the answer with limited or no access to water. Derek Lam expands on an affordable alternative – a waterless, chemical-free toilet system named DEHTLET … more

  • 12FYP Water Quality Report Card

    Bao Hang & Deng Tingting from Greenpeace share key findings from their recent report on provincial performance in the 12FYP. Which provinces met water quality targets? Which failed? … more

  • Corporate Water Targets: A New Approach

    More & more companies view water as a business risk & water stewardship as a solution but current water stewardship metrics are inadequate. Shiao from Pacific Institute shares a new approach … more

  • Sharing Rivers: China & Kazakhstan

    China and Kazakhstan share 24 rivers. Dr. Selina Ho from the National University of Singapore reviews their history of transboundary river co-operation and why this relationship is more advanced than China’s river relations with India & the Mekong states … more

  • China’s Increasing Use Of Public Environmental Data

    China wants a green credit rating system. Dr Guo Peiyuan of the China Financial Association’s Green Finance Expert Committee, expands on how publicly available environmental data can help … more

  • Fast Fashion: Sucking Aquifers Dry?

    Groundwater is over-extracted to grow cotton. As the world’s largest importer of cotton, is it China’s fault? Or is fast fashion to blame? China Water Risk’s Tan explores trends in the growth across major brands, China’s imports & global cotton production … more

  • FreshWater Watch: Citizen Science At Work

    Earthwatch Institute’s Benita Chick explores how the public can work with scientists to fast-track 11 years worth of water research. Find out what local and global impacts such programmes can make … more

  • China’s Water Stress Is On The Rise

    Water stress across 54% of China worsened in 2001-2010. The World Resources Institute’s Dr Jiao Wang, Dr Lijin Zhong & Charles Iceland deliver the good and the bad news of their latest research … more

  • China Leads The G20 On Climate Change

    In 2015, the world economy decarbonised at a record 2.8%. China led with the biggest reduction of 6.4%. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Robert Milnes on how this is tracked in their Low Carbon Economy Index … more

  • Cost-Effective Carbon Reduction In Wastewater Treatment

    The wastewater industry consumes a lot of energy. Xylem’s Lu Shuping shows how its rapid expansion makes it ripe for attractive energy savings opportunities, especially in China … more

  • T Park: Waste-to-Energy In Hong Kong

    Hong Kong’s increasing waste load by 2030 will put tremendous pressure on its management capability. Veolia’s Nina Cambadelis introduces T PARK, a state-of-the-art sludge treatment facility that turns waste into energy while achieving ‘zero wastewater discharge’ … more

  • Scotland: The Hydro Nation

    Scotland’s ‘Hydro Nation’ vision is underpinned by a statutory duty. Barry Grieg from the Scottish govt on how it manages water with various stakeholders, the many successes so far & what is still to come … more

  • Innovating Water Stewardship Through Business Ecosystems

    William Sarni, water stewardship expert, on the need for innovation in water strategies in order to better position for 21st Century water risks. Sarni points to “business ecosystems” as the driver for this innovation and value creation … more

  • Thirsty Business: Why Water Is Vital To Climate Action

    Water is key to the shift to a low-carbon world. Yet, companies aren’t moving fast enough as CDP’s latest Global Water Report 2016 shows. Their Morgon Gillespy on key findings from the report and the need for still more action … more

  • Integrating Climate & Water Diplomacy For Rivers

    Climate change will likely intensify water-related challenges in river basins. Meanwhile, the Mekong River Commission is experiencing funding cuts. adelphi’s Sabine Blumstein shares 3 reasons for stronger integration of climate policy & water instruments … more

  • 5 Years On – Have We Made A Difference?

    As China Water Risk turns five years old, CWR’s Tan reflects on our work so far. Have we made a difference? Plus, check out her wish list for the next five years … more

  • Financing Water Resilience: Climate Bonds for China

    Climate bonds are rapidly growing but there’s verification concerns & gaps for water-related investments. A new approved standard for water bonds tackles these, hear from some of its creators … more

  • Treating Landfill Black Water

    Landfill leachate, a highly polluting effluent, is now under new China EPA standards. Regular treatment has limitations but EWS:AOx™ by OriginClear is versatile alternative as its Jean-Louis Kindler, Nicholas Eckelberry and Stephen Jan show
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  • Corporate Disclosure: Can We See Clearly Now?

    Global climate targets are connected to day-to-day operations of companies and with COP 22 underway China Water Risk’s Dawn McGregor reflects on how clearly we are seeing corporate disclosure, the obstacles in our way & if there will be a sunny day … more

  • Paris Agreement: Food & Water Still At Risk

    Even if all pledges made at COP21 are carried out, global staple crops face increased failures and 1.5 billion more people are to face water stress by 2050. Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Mark Dwortzan shares more findings & solutions from their report … more

  • Sustainable Cities Water Index 2016: The Asian perspective

    Cities & their waterscapes face challenges. In Arcadis’ inaugural water index of 50 cities 9/12 Asian cities are in the bottom half. Arcadis’ Batten expands … more

  • Managing the World’s Liquid Asset – Water

    Savvy investors now recognise water as a business risk yet there is still no agreed global standard & framework for sustainability reporting. Biswas, Tortajada & Chandler on why corporates & governments must do more to change the culture & mindset over the use of water … more

  • Corporate Leadership For Depleting Aquifers

    Earth Security Group’s CEO brief warns that depletion of aquifers is creating systemic business risks and geopolitical challenges. See why authors Litovsky & Hill Clarvis think these are risks so great that countries & MNCs must come together to collaborate on solutions … more

  • Banking in the Age of Water Risk

    Are water risks and their potential impacts factored in by banks? Or is ‘water exposure’ just the water used in their office buildings & branches? Tan says prudence dictates we must start to waterproof portfolios … more

  • Yangtze Headwaters Under Threat

    By the end of the century, 67% of China’s ice may be gone. Can the Yangtze survive? As temperatures rise, the glaciers which sustain Asia’s longest river are reaching the tipping point. Sam Inglis explores the headwaters, as we march towards an ice-free Yangtze … more

  • Future Fashion & ‘Beautiful China’ – Together Forever?

    With fast changing regulatory landscape moving against pollution from the textile industry, is there really room for fast fashion in a ‘Beautiful China’? China Water Risk’s McGregor on why it’s time for fashion to become beautiful inside and out … more

  • Counting the Costs of Floods in China

    With China in the midst of one of its worst flood episodes in history, Asit K Biswas & Cecilia Tortajada look at the significant social and economic costs of floods, and what can be done about them … more

  • BWS-China: WRI’s New Water Stress Map

    With more granular data from the Chinese government, WRI China upgraded its Aqueduct Baseline Water Stress (BWS) maps for China. BWS China developers Wang, Zhong & Long explain key differences … more

  • A New Model In Village Water Management

    Water projects in China suffer from sustainability issues. Ivanna Tan from Lien Aid on how their Village Water Management programme overcomes these issues and has delivered clean & sustainable water to more than 72,000 rural villagers … more

  • Water: Habits & Actions

    What are your water habits? Even giving up chocolate for one week can positively impact our waters as Patricia Dwyer, Founder & Director of The Purpose Business Group, tells us. See what other changes you can make … more

  • Valuing The True Cost Of Water

    Water-related risks can be numerous for any given operational site. Nina Cambadelis & Johann Clere walk us through how Veolia’s tool, “The True Cost of Water” can mitigate risks and show potential economic gains … more

  • Coal: The Great Water Grab

    Globally 45% of existing and 44% of proposed coal power plants are in located in high water stress areas. Greenpeace’s Harri Lammi on how this can exacerbate conflicts between agriculture, industry & urban water use … more

  • China Needs Managed Aquifer Recharge

    Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), by reclaiming treated wastewater, can help better manage China’s water. Experts of China MAR Working Group discuss opportunities and challenges … more

  • More Food In A Changing Climate

    China’s 120mn hectares of farmland, equivalent to 2x France, is threatened by urbanisation & rampant pollution. CWRs Hu on challenges to China’s path to food security in a changing climate … more

  • Developing A Global Water Stewardship System

    Alliance for Water Stewardship’s Zhenzhen Xu, Ma Xi & Michael Spencer introduce the first ever global water stewardship standard and share lessons learnt from Ecolab’s pilot at their Taicang China chemical plant … more

  • Does Coal Always Mean Water Stress Along With Economic Growth?

    WRI’s Fu, Zhong & Wang investigate how Ningxia manages water resources to develop coal. See strategies to minimise water stress & allow economic growth … more

  • Yellow River Changing Course

    Prof. Vivian Forbes at Wuhan University provides a detailed overview of the Yellow River’s 5,500km long journey from source to delta and shares how & why the alignment of the river’s mouth has changed over the centuries … more

  • Are You A Responsible Consumer?

    With waste levels already sky high and set to grow China Water Risk’s Dawn McGregor mulls over the challenges of being a responsible consumer from fashion to food to plastic. Be it as an individual or corporate, see what action you can take … more

  • Biodegradable Films: Save Water & Soil

    Plastic mulch films help save irrigation water but unfortunately, the plastic residue pollutes the soil. BASF’s Dirk Staerke expands on the damage caused and how biodegradable films can be a win-win solution for both water and soil … more

  • Plastic Waste: The Vector For Change?

    USD13billion is the annual cost of impact of plastic pollution to our oceans. Doug Woodring, founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, shares challenges ahead and strategies for a plastics-free ocean … more

  • Trade-offs Could Help China Manage Water

    Tough trade-offs may be on the horizon for China as it balances water, food & energy security. HSBC’s Wai-Shin Chan warns how cotton & coal maybe headed for a clash in the long term as they compete for limited water resources provincially & nationally … more

  • 2015 World Water Week: Key Takeaways

    What’s water’s role in sustainable development? How can we ensure water for all? China Water Risk’s McGregor on this, how Asia is fairing, the Sustainable Development Goals & more from World Water Week 2015 … more

  • 2015 GLASA Awards: Key Takeaways

    The theme of the Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA) this year was water. Pratibha Syntex won though CWR was honoured to be a finalist. CWR’s McGregor & Hu share their takeaways … more

  • Incorporating Environment Into Business

    Companies are incorporating environmental performance into business, so suppliers need to follow suit or risk losing customers. The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) can help both parties as BEPI’s Micilotta explains … more

  • Brands: Time To Walk The Talk

    H&M & Kering, are not walking the talk on raw material risks they identified themselves. With concrete action towards a circular transition missing, China Water Risk’s Dawn McGregor wonders how serious they are … more

  • Less Food Waste From Farm to Fork

    China’s new plan on grain supply and storage says saving grain means saving water. CWR’s Hu mulls challenges & opportunities in reducing food waste in a hungry future … more

  • Corporate Strategy & The New Chinese Consumer

    Authors of new report say that China’s war on pollution has created a fundamentally new Chinese consumer. Hart, Ma, Ying & Zhu from Renmin University on why firms need to evolve their strategies … more

  • Corporate Water Reporting in China

    CDP’s report shows potentially inadequate water risk assessment by Chinese companies & those with HQ’s in China. CDP’s Gillespy on their latest report and why it’s time to report on water risks … more

  • WaterHubs: Infrastructure for Urban Slums

    523 million or 61% of the urban slum population in developing countries is in Asia. Saurabh Saraf, WaterHubs CEO, outlines how WaterHubs can deliver holistic & fiscally viable water & sanitation solutions for slums … more

  • China’s New Era of ESG

    China’s economy is slowing with challenges arising from ESG factors. MSCI’s Chew & Wang on pollution fines, anti-corruption crackdowns & more from their report. Investors need to be prepared … more

  • Wastewater to Energy in Urumqi

    In Urumqi, China water & energy demand has increased due to rapid growth. Veolia’s Nina Cambadelis on how they upgraded a wastewater treatment plant in Urumqi to produce biogas from the digestion of sewage sludge … more

  • Investors Can No Longer Ignore Water Risks

    Ceres warns that water – or lack of it – is becoming a bigger financial issue for investors. Monika Freyman shares key points from their report on how to integrate water analysis into investment decisions … more

  • Made in China 2025: Are You On The List?

    How does the new Made in China 2025 Action Plan fit with other ‘Future China’ plans? Are the ten industries in Made in China 2025 the same as the Circular Economy Ten? Find out why which list matters … more

  • 2015 World Water Forum: 5 Key Takeaways

    See what tops our list of key takeaways from the 2015 World Water Forum in South Korea. From bottled water to ‘green hydropower’ and transboundary issues – where does China stand? … more

  • Soil & Water Pollution: Forecasting Impact

    In the face of large scale soil and groundwater pollution a risk and megasite approach is best to remediate in a cost effective and sustainable manner. Deltares’ Dr. Annemieke Marsman outlines the strategy they developed … more

  • No Need to Sacrifice Rivers for Power

    International Rivers China Program Director Grace Mang warns of prematurely celebrating China’s lower coal targets as 500GW of ‘clean’ hydro by 2050 brings its own risks. The time to discuss a ‘river conservation’ scenarios versus a ‘high renewable’ scenario is now … more

  • Will Energy Bases Drain the Yellow River?

    The Deputy Director of the Center for Water Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Jia Shaofeng shares his views on how water demand by China’s energy bases can be met … more

  • Using Climate Forecasts in Supply Chains

    To prevent & mitigate losses caused by climate events, the Columbia Water Center is developing advanced climate forecast products. Paulina Concha expands on this and the Center’s pilot with PepsiCo for its Frito Lay business … more

  • Water: Can’t Always Buy What You Need

    With competition for water intensifying, paying more for water may not get you what you need. Deloitte Consulting’s Will Sarni on strategies that can help corporates secure water for growth … more

  • Christmas Came Early

    Xi’s carbon emission promise, increased regulatory risk are a few reasons why Debra Tan thinks Christmas came early for China’s waters. Industry beware; as China is expected to aggressively enforce some of these new polices … more

  • Reforming Water Permits in China

    European & Chinese water policy experts Martin Griffiths & Chen Dongsheng gives an overview of their collaborative study on water permits systems as part of the China Europe Water Platform. What challenges lie ahead? What improvements are needed? … more

  • Strong Governance: Greater Water Funding

    Water lacks good governance. Gold Standard Foundation’s Smith on how the ‘Water Benefit Standard’ (a framework of evaluating water benefits) can help drive financing into water projects … more

  • Cotton Farming: How Deep Is Your Well?

    Can cotton flourish in water scarce areas? Cotton Connect’s Lort-Phillips on how to extract more crop per drop and why brands need to do more than address water at a farm level in China … more

  • China’s Coast: Unbearable Weight of Heavy Metals

    Environmental toxicologist Dr. Tan Qiaoguo from Xiamen University on historical trends of heavy metal pollution in China’s coastal waters & the worrying amount of heavy metals carried by China’s rivers to the sea … more

  • Hot & Hungry: Disaster Management

    Even without global warming, competition for freshwater is becoming increasingly intense. Oxfam’s Magrath & Morris-Iveson on why local water resource management is key to disaster response & climate change adaptation at a community level … more

  • One Year On: H&M & Water Stewardship

    H&M’s Sustainability Relations Responsible, Julia Bakutis updates us on their Water Stewardship programme one year on. Find out what they have done & what challenges lie ahead for H&M as a water steward … more

  • Pollution: 5 Reasons to Remain Optimistic

    Given the recent release of depressing groundwater & soil pollution statistics, Debra Tan gives us 5 reasons to stay optimistic – from changes in the law to water tariff hikes in Beijing … more

  • Water Pollution Could Lead to More Trade

    Upon publishing “No Water, No Food: ensuring food safety & food security in China”, HSBC’s Wai-Shin Chan tells us why China’s war on pollution & the need for self-sufficiency may result in more agri trade … more

  • Bloomberg’s Views on Water

    Bloomberg’s Liu & Bullard, discuss the importance of ESG analytics and why water use & efficiency data is crucial in the face of an increasingly water-insecure future in identifying portfolio risk … more

  • Algae – The Next Biofuel

    Pandhal, Hanotu and Zimmerman recount their award-winning & cost-effective way of harvesting algae from eutrophied lakes. Could algae be China’s new bio-fuel? … more

  • Water & Leather

    Find out how much water is used in producing leather with Sarah Swenson of PrimeAsia Leather as she walks us through the company’s water footprint and efforts in reducing their water usage within and beyond their own operations … more

  • Aqua Republica: Water Strategems

    Danish Hydrology Institute’s Chengzi Chew explains why game scenarios with Aqua Republic can help in understanding water allocation for food, energy, people & businesses … more

  • Mapping Water with Aqueduct

    With a water supply crisis as a top five risks facing the world, WRI’s Tien Shiao walks us through how Aqueduct can help companies and investors gain perspective … more

  • Follow the UK: Import Water

    China & the UK have similar per capita water resources. Find out how the UK has managed economic growth by “importing water” through trade. Should China follow suit? Debra Tan muses … more

  • Water: Shaping China’s Food & Energy Choices

    Debra talks about key issues & new trends surfacing from the Fortune Global Forum roundtable and why she thinks the 12FYP Strategic Emerging Industries are the real Magnificent Seven … more

  • Grow Smarter

    Does more feed automatically mean more water? BASF Asia Pacific head of Food & Agriculture shares six ideas to help China’s agriculture industry use water more efficiently … more

  • China: Bullish on Food Imports

    Debra Tan explains why depressing statistics on food, water pollution & scarcity and fake eggs paint a bullish picture for China’s food imports … more

  • Biofuels: China – The Next Major Producer

    Will China bypass First-Gen biofuels and power ahead to Second-Gen to be the global leader in Biofuels? Martijn Hoogerwerf of China Europe BioEnergy Consortium expands … more

  • Food for Thought

    Would China import more chicken or corn from Brazil? Should farming regions swap beef with iPads? Will water hikes dampen demand for water? Debra Tan from China Water Risk muses. … more

  • New Strategies to Tackle Pollution

    With new 12th FYP pollution targets, the World Resource Institute explains why strategies must be cost-effective and comprehensive … more

  • Piggy Bank? Turning Waste into Energy

    The promise of large-scale biogas digesters for livestock wastewater treatment and how one firm is leading the way in eco-friendly livestock breeding practices. … more

  • Eutrophication Treatment Challenges

    How will China go about treating eutrophication in their lakes? Vice-Dean of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering of Tongji University, Professor Yin Daqiang explains … more

  • How Will 1.2trillion Yuan Reach China’s Farms?

    Agri-water expert, Christine Boyle navigates the latest 2010 Agricultural Policy Directive and examines what the renewed focus on lending and financial support for China’s agricultural sector means for on-the-ground agricultural development … more