HSBC is investing to help provide access to safe water


HSBC is investing $100m to help transform the lives of more than 1 million people through providing access to safe water and spearheading water protection projects. The bank will be working with leading charities on social and environmental projects which have the potential to provide long-term economic benefits to local communities.

see this website for more information: http://www.hsbc.com/1/2/newsroom/news/2012/water-programme

A bit of fun from down under - Play the Catchment Game


The ABC (the Aussie version of the BBC) has created an online game where you're in charge of the whole catchment.


Play Catchment Detox to see if you successfully manage a river catchment and create a sustainable and thriving economy. You get to decide what activities you undertake - whether to plant crops, log forests, build factories or set up national parks. The aim is to avoid environmental problems and provide food and wealth for the population.

Completion of Olympics environmental works secures green legacy


Eight kilometres of river restored, 4,000 homes protected from flood and two million tonnes of soil decontaminated


The work to complete many of the environmental improvements at the Olympic Park and secure a green legacy for future generations was completed today, the Environment Agency has announced.

Over the last eight years the Environment Agency has worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the London Development Agency and other partners to transform a neglected, run down corner of East London into the largest urban park created in Europe for more than 100 years. 

Around 2.5 square kilometres of land, much of it polluted, has been cleaned-up – the equivalent of 297 football pitches. The colossal clean-up operation involved planting more than 300,000 wetland plants, 2,000 native trees and restoring eight kilometres of the River Lea.


The Environment Agency’s approach to regulating the process minimised the amount of contaminated soil leaving the Olympic Park. It helped the ODA with the clean-up of two million tonnes of soil meaning it could be kept on site for re-use, thereby reducing the amount that had to go to landfill by 80 per cent.