Water and environment


The Water and Environment society is for engineers with an interest in the environmental and water aspects of civil engineering.

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Water and Environment in the Engineers Journal

Taking pray out of spray and Spotify for blossoms

Each day, millions of us load fresh fruit and flowers into our shopping baskets. The global trade in cut flowers and citrus fruits together are worth about €30bn. When it comes to embracing technology, however, these big businesses tend to remain stuck in the past. 

Exploration of authentic teaching, learning, and assessment practice in CPD in the built environment: Part 1 – teaching and learning panel

The aim of the seminar was to explore authentic and appropriate teaching, learning, and assessment practice in CPD through a multidisciplinary and international lens, and to identify opportunities for learning enhancement in the built environment.

From ‘biologically dead’ to chart-toppingly clean: How the Thames made an extraordinary recovery over 60 years

It might surprise you to know that the Thames is considered one of the world’s cleanest rivers running through a city. What’s even more surprising is that it reached that status just 60 years after being declared 'biologically dead' by scientists at London’s Natural History Museum. Yet despite this remarkable recovery, there’s no room for complacency – it still faces new and increasing threats from pollution, plastic and a rising population.

From seawater to drinking water – with the push of a button

Researchers build a portable desalination unit that generates clear, clean drinking water without the need for filters or high-pressure pumps.

Here’s why the Turkish government wants to build another Bosphorus canal

The project is a proposed artificial strait running from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara located roughly 30km to the west of Istanbul’s Bosphorus, a logistical endeavour that would turn one of the world’s most historic cities into an island.

Hydropower dams make a fish-friendly splash

Hydroelectricity plays an important role in keeping the grid humming throughout Europe. While wind and solar generate energy under some conditions, hydropower can start generating power whenever the grid needs it – so-called baseload energy. The big issue now is how to design hydropower technology with fish in mind. 


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