News from the Earth — sustainability

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people

Groundwater, the invisible water beneath our feet, represents 99% of Earth's liquid freshwater, making it critical for supplying drinking water, ensuring food security, adapting to climate variability, supporting biodiversity, sustaining surface water bodies and meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. 

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people, and provides more than 40% of the water for irrigated agriculture worldwide. Its use has impacted environmentally critical streamflow in more than 15% of streams globally, and could impact the majority of streams by 2050.

Around 1.7 billion people live above aquifers, geologic formations that provide groundwater, that are stressed by overuse. Poor groundwater quality disproportionately...


The Istanbul Convention 2011 was first signed 10 years ago

The Istanbul Convention 2011 was first signed 10 years ago

The Convention encourages the States parties to apply its provisions to all victims of domestic violence, including women, men, children and the elderly.


UN Chief: Gender equality, the ‘unfinished human rights struggle of this century’

UN Chief: Gender equality, the ‘unfinished human rights struggle of this century’

Mother Earth needs to value female energy at all levels: personal and individual for a balanced life, social for a just life, and environmental, because life means harmony between all species and between living beings and nature.

Greenery Day 2021 in Japan

Greenery Day 2021 in Japan

Greenery Day is celebrated on May 4 in Japan. This is a day that has been set aside for nature appreciation. On this day, commemorative plantings of trees are held around the country, as are many events that bring people closer to nature.


Banks and investors will be required to be more transparent about environmental risks.

Some activities and some goods will not maintain their value in a world with low emissions simply because they pollute too much and contribute to the climate crisis. Similarly, there are technologies and activities that will help to cut emissions and thus take on enormous value.