In this issue


Ministry of Finance – money for municipalities for protected areas

The Finance Ministry has unveiled a draft law on local government unit (TSU) revenues. The [...]

Zespół redakcyjny
Shells – the architecture of nature on the beaches of the world

Shells, collected on beaches in the glare of the summer sun, have delighted people with [...]

Zuzanna Olender
Rusanda Lake has dried up. Does a similar fate await other saltwater bodies of water?

The drought that is afflicting the entire Balkans is changing the geographic map of the [...]

Agata Pavlinec
State Water Council – appointments were handed out

The State Water Board has officially begun its VI term, covering 2024-2027. The Council included [...]

Iwona Szyprowska-Głodzik
Europe is getting hotter: hot sea swimming and tropical nights – how to survive the vacations?

Meteorologists have been warning for several months that this summer could be the hottest on [...]

Agata Pavlinec
Croatian beaches deter – Polish tourists complain

The editors of Water Matters have received, disturbing photos from a disappointed reader - the [...]

Agata Pavlinec
Poland’s bathing sites closed – blue-green algae still on the attack

High July temperatures encourage adults and children to enjoy recreational activities in the water. Those [...]

Agata Pavlinec
When do high temperatures become deadly?

The summer of 2024 has the potential to become the hottest season in recorded history. [...]

Iwona Szyprowska-Głodzik
What do elephants and hares have in common in hot weather?

Summer is not only a time of long, sunny days, but also a period of [...]

Iwona Szyprowska-Głodzik
Another disastrous summer in Greece

Extremely high temperatures and a prolonged lack of rainfall in Greece are taking an increasingly [...]

Agata Pavlinec
Hot weather dangerous for moms-to-be

It is well known that climate change and the associated prolonged periods of hot weather [...]

Izabela Łuba
New Strategy for the Oder River. Investments worth more than PLN 7 billion

Will the Oder River, afflicted with many environmental problems, live to see systemic remediation efforts? [...]

Iwona Szyprowska-Głodzik
Storms and hailstorms: weather alerts for all of Poland

The Subcarpathian and Lesser Poland regions have experienced extreme weather events in recent days, bringing [...]

Iwona Szyprowska-Głodzik
Whale sharks in distress – world’s biggest fish disappear without a trace

One of the most beautiful and charismatic marine species is being radically devastated by large [...]

Agata Pavlinec
Changes to the Natura 2000 network – consultations are underway

In response to the development of infrastructure projects and climate challenges, Poland's Natura 2000 network [...]

Iwona Szyprowska-Głodzik
Distant passenger flights – true scale of emissions revealed

What is the best way to go on a long trip? Definitely by plane. If [...]

Zespół redakcyjny
Seven Seas Prestige – ultra-luxury ship of the new generation

During the holiday season, cruises are in great demand, and shipowners compete by offering diverse [...]

Zespół redakcyjny
Fish and seafood production at record levels – latest FAO report

Global fish and seafood production reached a record 223.2 million tons in 2022, up 4.4 [...]

Iwona Szyprowska-Głodzik
Raging cyclones and hurricanes. Casualties and massive destruction

Hurricane Beryl, historically the earliest category five storm in the Atlantic, swept through the Caribbean [...]

Iwona Szyprowska-Głodzik
Mud avalanche in the Subcarpathian region. Effects of intense storms and downpours

In recent days, the Subcarpathian region has experienced extreme meteorological phenomena, including intense thunderstorms with [...]

Zespół redakcyjny

Current topic

Osprey – a huge bird, rarer than lynx in Polish forests

The osprey, a majestic bird of prey perfectly adapted to life on the water, became the hero of our holiday interview. A characteristic feature of these rare birds is the construction of nests on tall poles or single trees, necessarily near bodies of water, which ensures their safety from predators [...]

Agnieszka Hobot

European Commission

Sustainable fisheries in the EU – current situation and directions for 2025.

In June 2024. The European Commission (EC) has published a Communication to the European Parliament [...]

Monika Zabrzeńska-Chaterera
Economic accounts for EU agriculture – consultation on draft legislation underway

By August 23, 2024. The European Commission (EC) invites all interested parties to express their [...]

Monika Zabrzeńska-Chaterera
EC consults on Digital Europe program and EMFF evaluation for 2014-2020

The European Commission is currently consulting on two important documents: the Digital Europe program and [...]

Karol Kucharski
European Commission creates Climate City Capital Hub

Cities account for more than 70 percent of global CO2 emissions and consume more than [...]

Karol Kucharski

Business & Economics

Transition risks – does transformation cause risks?

No one needs to be convinced that climate change affects us on a daily basis. Just open any Internet portal and information about the occurrence [...]

Marta Saracyn
Taiwan’s economy dries up – a threat to global semiconductor production

Two new seawater desalination plants are expected to support Taiwan's [...]

Agata Pavlinec


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Mariusz Sopyłło


Fight for water in the shadow of a tourist paradise

Kenya, located in the heart of East Africa, is known as a tourist paradise with sandy beaches and lush savannas. However, the daily life of [...]

Agnieszka Hobot
On the other side of the taffy, or how a Polish woman became one of the National Geographic Explorers

National Geographic Explorers is an international community of people who receive funding and support from the National Geographic Society (NGS) Foundation to make positive changes in our world and protect it. They are scientists and activists working for conservation; educators, travelers and storytellers who care [...]

Klaudia Cebulska
Together for Vistula

Poland is a land of two large river basins - the Vistula and Oder, occupying more than 90 percent. entire territory. The topic of rivers in our country attracts media attention only when there is a disaster with dramatic consequences. In the so-called meantime, NGOs [...]

Zespół redakcyjny

In previous issues

The rainiest place in the world – Mawsynram village

Where on the planet do we record the highest rainfall? Most of us would probably [...]

Iwona Szyprowska-Głodzik
The largest islands in the world

Magnificent, fascinating and often mysterious - the islands have tempted us for centuries with their [...]

Jolanta Bielecka
Can water shut down the Internet?

At first glance, the Internet and water don't have much in common. Alternatively, they can [...]

Marta Saracyn
Underwater world – diving

Scuba diving has become a very popular activity over the past 10 years. It combines [...]

Katarzyna Banaszak, Krzysztof Łachacz

World of water

Lighthouses of the Baltic: a guide to the pearls of our coastline

For centuries, lighthouses on the Polish Baltic coast have played a key role, guiding sailors along a safe route to ports and warning of treacherous [...]

Iwona Szyprowska-Głodzik
Flamingos – not just beauty in pink

Who among us hasn't encountered a flamingo while on vacation? [...]

Agnieszka Hobot


Aquatic publication review (22)

It's the middle of summer, the heat is pouring from the sky, so it's hard to avoid references to works describing the effects of high temperatures on the aquatic environment. And these have appeared in particular abundance in recent weeks. Since water is a common [...]

Agnieszka Kolada
Do seasonal flow dynamics depend on snow conditions?

A recent issue of Water Matters mentioned a publication by ten authors, mostly from Tsinghua University in Beijing, describing how seasonal flow dynamics in rivers are changing Streamflow seasonality in a snow-dwindling world. The paper is based on a large amount of measurement data and [...]

Piotr Panek
Can drinking water contamination harm our head?

In recent years, awareness of the role played by water pollution in the development of neurodegenerative diseases has increased significantly [1]. Neurotoxicity is an etiological [...]

Edyta Łaskawiec

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