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Around the Water Cooler: Green Infrastructure Making News | Science

Around the Water Cooler: Green Infrastructure Making News | Science | aqua | Scoop.it
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The EPA is giving urban design the green light.

 

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Chunk of tree can filter out 99 percent of bacteria from dirty water

Chunk of tree can filter out 99 percent of bacteria from dirty water | aqua | Scoop.it
MIT scientists found that a water filter made out of a small piece of sapwood can rid contaminated water of 99 percent of bacteria.
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Another reminder on how the billion year old Earth has mastered filtration of water to an exceptional degree. 

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Sustainable Energy Breakthrough: Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

Sustainable Energy Breakthrough: Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight | aqua | Scoop.it
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Clearly written article on a possible metal oxide inspired technology that will drive the production of Hydrogen and Oxygen gas by virtue of a series of mirrors aka a solar thermal technology.

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ELON MUSK: I Didn't Join Tesla To Get A Return On Investment

ELON MUSK: I Didn't Join Tesla To Get A Return On Investment | aqua | Scoop.it
But things worked out nicely.
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Tesla has paid off its federal loan nine years early.

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Global Water Forum | Water governance challenges in Colombia

Global Water Forum | Water governance challenges in Colombia | aqua | Scoop.it
Willems looks at the water governance challenges facing colombia and the possible reforms that could be adopted to resolve these issues
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"Although the three layers are strongly interrelated, the most important challenges appeared in the institutional layer and in the relational layer."

 

While the knowledge may be there, the policies regarding usage and financing of infrastructure and treatment are unclear.

 

95 recommendation were made among the Dutch and Colombian government, but the lack of sense of urgench has not spurred any new developments.

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Aguanomics: Donate to support clean water research?

Aguanomics: Donate to support clean water research? | aqua | Scoop.it
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An applause to the PhD student for successfully crowd funding her target amount for an important project.

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Avatar Creations: Largest Oklahoma Earthquake Linked to Oil Extraction Wastewater

Avatar Creations: Largest Oklahoma Earthquake Linked to Oil Extraction Wastewater | aqua | Scoop.it
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The state of Oklahoma experienced a 5.6 magnitude quake due to hydraulic fracturing. Was it expected? The following quote by an expert sums it all:

"We don't know what the maximum size of earthquakes could be that we could trigger from disposal," Keranen said.

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Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water

Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water | aqua | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially...
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Is nanotechnology too good to be true? By reducing the thickness of desalination membranes it is very possible to increase the permeability of water molecules by at least 2 orders of magnitude said Jeffrey Grossman of MIT.

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Interview with Allison Mackenzie, Water Scientist and Mom

Interview with Allison Mackenzie, Water Scientist and Mom | aqua | Scoop.it
Meet Allison Mackenzie, a woman with thirty years’ experience in water science. She works for Babcock Labs, the laboratory that tests water for Western Municipal Water District (and other clients t...
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An insightful interview on the research and policies that water is subject to by an executive.

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Water scarcity, river temperatures and electricity prices « Reconhub

Water scarcity, river temperatures and electricity prices « Reconhub | aqua | Scoop.it
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Thermal pollution caused by the soon-to-be at paucity water is examined versus electricity prices to establish a supply and demand analysis.

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The human cost of Brazil's energy policy — The Daily Climate

The human cost of Brazil's energy policy — The Daily Climate | aqua | Scoop.it
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Brazil's vision of hydropower is not only violating the chances of preserving cultural and sacred monuments, but also the hydrological cycle itself and the supply of nutrients to the rich flora and fauna of the Amazon.

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Remote water monitoring - no more excuses?

Remote water monitoring - no more excuses? | aqua | Scoop.it
This might sound obvious, but when you build a water system for a poor community, the point of it is to provide safe water to those families, reliably, for a long time - if not forever.  That's wha...
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Charity:Water quickly gaining support when mentioned in the same sentence as Google.

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DFID - Research for Development > The Impacts of Dams on the Fisheries of the Mekong

Research for Development The Impacts of Dams on the Fisheries of the Mekong
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A very well articulated paper that dictates projected losses on the second most biodiverse aquasystem on the planet should there be more dams built around it.

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The Company That Poisoned the West Virginia Water Just Exploited a Huge Legal Loophole

The Company That Poisoned the West Virginia Water Just Exploited a Huge Legal Loophole | aqua | Scoop.it
They probably won't have to pay for anything.
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The loopholes of the current legal framework that cry for reform.

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GIMBY | Issues | Water

GIMBY | Issues | Water | aqua | Scoop.it
Nearly 60 percent of the human body is made of water. Without it, not only would you weigh a whole lot less, you’d also probably be dead. Unfortunately, less than one percent of the earth is composed of fresh water, and much of that water is...
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In a century of stupendous economic growth in the US the federal government has spanned the role of contracter, sparked by the 1902 Reclamation Act, to policy planner and resource manager, under the 1972 Clean Water Act. 

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The Evolution of Water Law Through 4,000 Years by Joseph W. Dellapenna, Joyeeta Gupta :: SSRN

The Evolution of Water Law Through 4,000 Years by Joseph W. Dellapenna, Joyeeta Gupta :: SSRN | aqua | Scoop.it
This chapter presents an overview of global trends in water law through history. It begins with a brief examination of the idea of "law," and follows
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A historical account of Water Law by the perspective of lawyers has many phrases targeted to the erudite to filter through, but an essense that is important to distill to anyone interested in the inner workings of water management.

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New Study: How Cities Can Get Smart About Water | Cool Green Science

New Study: How Cities Can Get Smart About Water | Cool Green Science | aqua | Scoop.it
How can cities save water? Not by recycling or conservation, but by partnering with farmers, says Nature Conservancy scientist Brian Richter.
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Great points made for the conservation of water via sustainable practices at the farmlands. Also desalination is a burden to bear, especially if it doesn't operate under renewable means as the one in Adelaide, Australia.

 

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Shhhhh...It's Energy-Efficient

Shhhhh...It's Energy-Efficient | aqua | Scoop.it
Want to get more people to use energy-efficient technologies? Here's a secret: Don't mention the environmental benefits!
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Case in point made about the value of understanding the target audience.

"What's in it for me?"

 

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Court Says California Farmers Not Entitled To Set Amount of Water, Rejects APA Lawsu...

Court Says California Farmers Not Entitled To Set Amount of Water, Rejects APA Lawsu... | aqua | Scoop.it
U.S. Bureau Reclamation no mandatory duty provide preferred amount water Central Valley Project California farmers irrigation therefore no final agency action took place challenged Administrative Procedure Act federal appeals court ruled March San...
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A heated debate over the arbitrarily claimed water rights of farmers in the Central Valley of California has finally been settled in court with due seriousness.

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200 Years of Dr. John Snow: A Significant Figure in the World of Water

200 Years of Dr. John Snow: A Significant Figure in the World of Water | aqua | Scoop.it
In a previous post here, I discussed the scourge of cholera – a waterborne disease largely vanquished in the wealthier nations by our water and wastewater treatment systems. Unfortunately, it remains widespread and lethal.
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Happy birthday to John Snow, avenger of public health and principal investigator behind cholere outbreak in the mid 19th century in London.

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Water Wars? Here in the US?

Water Wars? Here in the US? | aqua | Scoop.it
OK, put away your guns. We’re not talking shooting wars, at least not yet, at least not in the U.S. We’re talking politicians shooting off their mouths, political wars, and court battles. But water is serious business.
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Political discource is intensifying in the background. Is the court the procurer of a sustainable solution though?

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Flood Control in the Netherlands Now Allows Sea Water In

Flood Control in the Netherlands Now Allows Sea Water In | aqua | Scoop.it
The Netherlands has held back the sea for centuries; now it is letting it in, as the Dutch realize they are facing a losing battle.
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Maybe the perceived danger is higher for the people of Holland, nonetheless taxpayers' money needs to be spent wiser with a better ROI in mind, given the higher probability of hundred and 50 year storms due to the surreal climate change.

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Around the Water Cooler: Green Infrastructure Making News | Science

Around the Water Cooler: Green Infrastructure Making News | Science | aqua | Scoop.it
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The EPA is giving urban design the green light.

 

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Food prices may be catalyst for 2013 revolutions Matthew Lynn's London Eye

Food prices may be catalyst for 2013 revolutions Matthew Lynn's London Eye | aqua | Scoop.it
Soaring food prices may be the most likely cause of turmoil in global markets this year, writes Matthew Lynn.
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Agriculture plummets without water reservoirs and as a result hungry people revolt to change the status quo.

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A Massachusetts Town Has Made Bottled Water Illegal

A Massachusetts Town Has Made Bottled Water Illegal | aqua | Scoop.it
Soft drinks exempt.
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Alas progress!

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