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Humanity May Face Choice By 2040: Conventional Energy or Drinking Water | CaseWorthy

Humanity May Face Choice By 2040: Conventional Energy or Drinking Water | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it

A set of studies based on three years of research concludes that by 2040, the need for drinking water and water for use in energy production will create dire shortages.


Conventional electricity generation is the largest source of water use in most countries. Water is used to cool power plants to keep them functional. Most power utilities don’t even record the amount of water they use.



Via jean lievens
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The future is here just unevenly distributed. However, not taking action based on what is visible now, discovering patterns in Cases / across cases will make it impossible to react in time. In terms of water and power 2040 is as close as next week for ordinary work.

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Stuart Shapiro's curator insight, August 6, 2014 9:20 AM

We face this choice NOW! 2040 will be too late.

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The New “Water Barons”: Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water | CaseWorthy

The New “Water Barons”: Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
Mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their contr...
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The first prototype in CaseWorthy is delving into this topic in order to drive alternative development paths to the water question. We think it is bunk that there is no water or that the rules that make it appear in this light are  unmovable.

Yes, there is an acute shortage of clean water, but there are enormous opportunities to change this. It just can't be done with simplistic policies and measures.

Yes, it is a gigantic market, but the market will not be where the big bets are going (infrastructure and aquifer control) ...this we will demonstrate creating those next gen models

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Restoring Desert Grasslands with Livestock

Restoring Desert Grasslands with Livestock | Caseworthy | Scoop.it

The potential for integrating holistic management into development policies is enormous and grows as the failures of our current models become more apparent and costly. The ranch in Zimbabwe hosts a steady stream of representatives from development NGOs who are eager to learn about holistic management and put the tools into practice. They are looking for solutions that are practical, affordable, and that can simultaneously address the multitude of issues that accompany land use decisions. There are pilot projects throughout Africa and growing interest for major efforts throughout Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, and South Africa.

 
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The challenges of integrating holistic management into development policy are threefold. They are: 1) the fragmentation of traditional policy formation (rather than dealing with multiple development issues in unison), 2) the frequent misrepresentation of holistic management in academic literature (often associating it with rigid grazing systems), and 3) the reticence of policy institutions to entertain any policy that includes livestock as a “solution.” Although each is a formidable challenge, there is encouraging progress on all fronts.

 

 

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I was wrong about veganism. Let them eat meat (but farm it right) | George Monbiot

I was wrong about veganism. Let them eat meat (but farm it right) | George Monbiot | Caseworthy | Scoop.it

This will not be an easy column to write. ... it has persuaded me that I was wrong. More to the point, it has opened my eyes to some fascinating complexities in what seemed to be a black and white case.

 
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 Now we will not call it pivot but Monbiot. Go @GeorgeMonbiot well done!

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NASA finds good news on forests and carbon dioxide | CaseWorthy

NASA finds good news on forests and carbon dioxide | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
A new NASA-led study shows that tropical forests may be absorbing far more carbon dioxide than many scientists thought, in response to rising atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas. The study estimates that tropical forests absorb 1.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide out of a total global absorption of 2.5 billion -- more than is absorbed by forests in Canada, Siberia and other northern regions, called boreal forests.
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Thank you NASA

Schimel noted that their paper reconciles results at every scale from the pores of a single leaf, where photosynthesis takes place, to the whole Earth, as air moves carbon dioxide around the globe. "What we've had up till this paper was a theory of carbon dioxide fertilization based on phenomena at the microscopic scale and observations at the global scale that appeared to contradict those phenomena. Here, at least, is a hypothesis that provides a consistent explanation that includes both how we know photosynthesis works and what's happening at the planetary scale."

 
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Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change | CaseWorthy

Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
But for now, the second-growth forests of Costa Rica, covering roughly 14 percent of the land area of the country, at least show what may be possible if the world gets more ambitious about tackling global warming. Brazil, too, is beginning to see regrowth on a large scale in the Amazon, and is spending millions to restore forests along its Atlantic coast.
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Good progress, is it enough?

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The Welikia Project » Recreating Mannahatta | CaseWorthy

The Welikia Project » Recreating Mannahatta | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it

 An important part of the Mannahatta Project is not leaving ecology in the past, but to appreciate it in our current times, to see how we can live in ways that are compatible with wildlife and wild places and that will sustain people and planet Earth for the next 400 years.

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Rediscovering the natural past, fascinating and enlightening project

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Five reasons why soil is key to the planet’s sustainable future | CaseWorthy

Five reasons why soil is key to the planet’s sustainable future | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
Soil makes up the greatest pool of terrestrial organic carbon, more than double the amount stored in vegetation. As well as helping to supply clean water, prevent desertification and provide resilience to flood and drought, soil mitigates climate change through carbon sequestration and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
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“Soils of the world must be part of any agenda to address climate change, as well as food and water security,” says Rattan Lal, Director of Ohio State University’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center. “I think there is now a general awareness of soil carbon, an awareness that soil isn’t just a medium for plant growth.”

 
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How Much Water is on and in the Earth, the USGS Water Science School | CaseWorthy

How Much Water is on and in the Earth, the USGS Water Science School | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it

Do you notice that "tiny" bubble over Atlanta, Georgia? That one represents fresh water in all the lakes and rivers on the planet, and most of the water people and life of earth need every day comes from these surface-water sources. The volume of this sphere is about 22,339 mi3 (93,113 km3). The diameter of this sphere is about 34.9 miles (56.2 kilometers). 

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Yes, Lake Michigan looks way bigger than this sphere, but you have to try to imagine a bubble almost 35 miles high—whereas the average depth of Lake Michigan is less than 300 feet (91 meters).

 
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NASA | Megadroughts Projected for American West | CaseWorthy

NASA scientists used tree rings to understand past droughts and climate models incorporating soil moisture data to estimate future drought risk in the 21st c...
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Unlike anything ever experienced... Thirty-five years from now, if the current pace of climate change continues unabated, those areas of the country will experience a weather shift that will linger for as long as three decades, according to the study, released Thursday.


Megadroughts are sustained periods of sparse precipitation and there is a limited arsenal at our disposition to engage at the necessary scale @Auroraimpact @Savoryinstitute

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Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans | CaseWorthy

Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
“We know without any doubt that our climate is changing and our weather is becoming more extreme due to human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.
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“If global warming is not a strong enough reason to cut CO2 emissions, ocean acidification should be, since its effects are already being felt and will increase for many decades to come. I echo WMO Secretary General Jarraud’s concern – we ARE running out of time,” she said.

 

 

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Coping With California's Water Future Will Require a Sea Change in Perspective | CaseWorthy

Coping With California's Water Future Will Require a Sea Change in Perspective | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
While the relative merits of several important water plans are being actively written and debated, it is abundantly clear that the key to making any of them a success is that we must change the way we view water in California....
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On the down roller coaster, it will take real courage to face  the monster who is us

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Understanding California’s Groundwater | CaseWorthy

Understanding California’s Groundwater | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
Back in 1980, 40 of California’s 450 groundwater basins were judged to be in overdraft, with 11 more identified as in “critical” status. Although the state has not updated the surveys in the last three decades, the Department of Water Resources recently reported that across most of the state groundwater levels have dropped 50 feet below historical lows, with levels in many areas in the San Joaquin Valley more than 100 feet below previous historic lows.
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Jay Famiglietti, a water expert at the University of California at Irvine, sums up the situation in a blog post: “Perennial orchard crops, flood irrigation and our front lawns are literally sucking us dry.”

 
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Carbon Sequestration: A Climate Change Solution Often Ignored | CaseWorthy

Carbon Sequestration: A Climate Change Solution Often Ignored | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
As noted by Professor Crawford, modern crop breeding and genetic engineering is also exacerbating malnutrition and hunger rather than alleviating it. Take wheat for example, which today contains half the micronutrients of older strains. The same goes for fruits and vegetables of all kinds. Most are bred or engineered to withstand pests. Very little attention has been paid to the nutrient content, which has precipitously fallen. In a previous interview with Dr. August Dunning, he presented data showing that in order to receive the same amount of iron you used to get from a single apple in 1950, by 1998 you had to eat 26 apples!
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Puzzle: Supermarket food is cheaper but you have to consume 26 times more (case of industrially grown apples) to get the same nutrition, is it cheaper?

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Planned Grazing and Keyline-Contour Subsoiling Restores Damaged Land at Circle Ranch, March 2009 – September 2013

Planned Grazing and Keyline-Contour Subsoiling Restores Damaged Land at Circle Ranch, March 2009 – September 2013 | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
Humans create drought, not because they change how much rain falls out of the sky but because they change how much rain can be absorbed by the land: This insight is necessary to effectively address the problem of damaged water function.
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Excellent case, great images

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The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
Grandjean compares the problem to climate change. “We don’t have the luxury to sit back and wait until science figures out what’s really going on, what the mechanisms are, what the doses are, and that sort of thing. We’ve seen with lead and mercury and other poisons that it takes decades. And during that time we are essentially exposing the next generation to exactly the kind of chemicals that we want to protect them from.”
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Does this include the damage caused intentionally or not  by using "lower IQ"?  "The combined current levels of pesticides, mercury, and lead cause IQ losses amounting to around $120 billion annually" 

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China's Enormous Three Gorges Dam Could End Up Being A Huge Mistake | CaseWorthy

China's Enormous Three Gorges Dam Could End Up Being A Huge Mistake | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
Even the government is now admitting problems.
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While in the West we are tearing down dams the East and developing countries keep putting these up - the long term consequences sidelined

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Mistitled: Tropical rainforests not absorbing as much carbon as expected, scientists (press say)

Mistitled: Tropical rainforests not absorbing as much carbon as expected, scientists (press say) | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
Studies known as forest inventories may have the answer. In these studies, forest plots are singled out and inventoried at regular intervals. Over the past several decades, these have shown that the density of trees is increasing as more carbon is used up.

This would increase the biomass of the forest by adding more trees rather than accelerating the growth of older ones. Either way, it would scrub carbon out of the atmosphere as a result. But it does not explain why the established trees do not grow faster.
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Here we go again... so single trees don't get fatter quick with CO2 in the atmosphere, but many more trees grow...

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But the new findings, published in Nature Geoscience, run contrary to older experimental conclusions. A network of 50-metre-high towers in some tropical forests measure the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere above the canopy of trees. These towers show that CO2 does appear to be pulled from the air by the forests. So where is it going?

 

 Somehow it seems more newsworthy to say forest are not doing something instead of "they don't do it as we assumed"

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'Illusion of Plenty' Masking Collapse of Two Key Southern California Fisheries | CaseWorthy

'Illusion of Plenty' Masking Collapse of Two Key Southern California Fisheries | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
"The problem is when fish are aggregating in these huge masses, fishermen can still catch a lot each trip, so everything looks fine-but in reality the true population is declining," said Erisman, a member of the Scripps Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. "So as the true abundance is declining, the fisheries data used to assess the health of the fisheries are not showing that and give no indication of a collapse-this is referred to as 'the illusion of plenty.'"
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This is the deeper issue when you rely on a single resource -it makes life seem easy, abundant and cheap until there is no more. By then you are weak, unprepared and fragile... it used to be a Petrostates issue, but as we discover, it is really everyone's issue as the entire systemic design is based on a single thing - cheap and abundant fossil fuels... everything else, people above all, matter very little

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Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil | CaseWorthy

Sarayaku residents describe sumac kawsay as “choosing our responsibility to the seventh generation over quarterly earnings, regeneration over economic growth, and the pursuit of well-being and harmony over wealth and financial success.”
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Are you a tiny tribe? Sarayaku residents describe sumac kawsay as “choosing our responsibility to the seventh generation over quarterly earnings, regeneration over economic growth, and the pursuit of well-being and harmony over wealth and financial success.”

"Living Well" is a heck of a motto! anyone anywhere could simply work in this manner
" ...vision called sumak kawsay—Kichwa for “living well”—living in harmony with the natural world and insisting that nature has rights deserving of protection." ... does it get more advanced than this?

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This Is What Water Democracy Looks Like | CaseWorthy

This Is What Water Democracy Looks Like | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
The work ahead for Rockland's and Ulster's "smart-tap" planning coalitions won't be easy. Even in the relatively water-rich Hudson Valley, our H2O supplies face progressively increasing stress from climate change and companies hankering to slake thirsts in drier regions by getting hold of our own "excess" water supplies. Communities will need help to get these initiatives right -- they're simply bigger than what dedicated volunteer advocates and local nonprofits can manage on their own.
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A quiet little sustainability experiment is showing astonishing results, here in New York's iconic Hudson River Valley. Communities are flexing their muscles and taking control of their drinking water supplies -- instead of just letting outside interests call the shots on how to manage local water resources.

 
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"Stop Me Before I Kill the Planet": Another Major Oil Producer calls for Carbon Pricing | CaseWorthy

"Stop Me Before I Kill the Planet": Another Major Oil Producer calls for Carbon Pricing | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it

On the heels of Shell, now BP has warned that carbon dioxide emission levels from burning fossil fuels are unsustainable unless the international community unilaterally introduces tougher binding regulations on atmospheric pollution.

 
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The stark warning from the UK’s second-largest oil company came with the publication on Tuesday of its closely-watched long-term outlook for global energy markets, which predicts that CO2 emissions will increase by 1pc per year, or 25pc in total, through to 2035.

 

We are at a moment of historical change – I don’t think it’s too much to compare this to the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall in 1989.  A gigantic, monolithic industry that has for decades presented a united front against action on climate is now realizing the stakes are so high, the science so overwhelming,  the politics so clearly lining up against them, and possibly most important, the growing impact of the Divestment movement asinvestors wake up to their exposure to a “carbon bubble” – that they are lining up and calling for action.

 

 

  
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 20, 7:21 AM

A wake up call! When the oil giants are clearly sending out a warning it is definitely time for governments and corporation to start dealing with the challenge. Apple is setting a great example. Read the article for details.

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Traditional forest management reduces fungal diversity | CaseWorthy

Traditional forest management reduces fungal diversity | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
In the beech groves of Navarre, biologists have analyzed the influence exerted by forestry management on the fungi populations that decompose wood.
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Fungi may be able to do without us, but without them, there is no us. There are no bees, no trees, no bears, no forest. So we had best take care. 

— J. A. Ginsburg

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Why George Monbiot is wrong: grazing livestock can save the world | CaseWorthy

Why George Monbiot is wrong: grazing livestock can save the world | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
Soil scientist, Dr Elaine Ingham, a microbiologist and until recently chief scientist at Rodale Institute, described how healthy soil, the underpinning of civilization throughout history, is created in interaction between grazing animals and soil microbiology. Peer-reviewed research from Rodale has shown how regenerative agriculture can sequester more carbon than humans are now emitting. Scientists, as well as dozens of farmers, ranchers and pastoralists from around the world, describe how they are increasing the health of their land, the carrying capacity of it, its biodiversity, and its profitability, all while preserving their culture and traditions.
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When is it more important than to listen and engage with practitioners, science will follow but is overwhelmed by complex systems

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Understanding California’s Groundwater | CaseWorthy

Understanding California’s Groundwater | CaseWorthy | Caseworthy | Scoop.it
This series explores groundwater management in California through new research into key groundwater issues, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.
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Excellent piece into a complex and urgent question...

Brazil is a stark warning of where this can go

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Judith Schwartz, Thomas Goreau - Water Follows Carbon Follows Water - CaseWorthy

Judith Schwartz will tell stories from around the world about the transformations resulting from different approaches to water management, and the effects on...
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In the featured lecture, Judith Schwartz discusses the transformative effects of various water management approaches around the world. While many claim that climate change is responsible for droughts and land masses turning into desert, Schwartz notes that one can easily argue that our agricultural methods have also contributed to this change in climate. Arguing about which came first, the climate change or the environmental destruction, is pointless. Instead we need to focus on strategies that will bring us closer to a system that works.

 

And restoring the water cycle in our environment—by sequestering carbon in our soils—will not only make our food supply more secure, it can also help moderate changes in climate. Sequestering carbon in the soil will not only lessen the carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere. Once in the soil, the carbon does many beneficial things, including holding water. A mere one percent increase in organic soil carbon means an acre of land can hold an additional 20,000 gallons of water. "If water can be kept in the soil, that land is supporting life," she says. Moreover, any rain that falls will also be more effectively absorbed and used, rather than evaporating into the air or eroding away the soils by rapid runoff.

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Live and manage holistically - the intimate thoughts of Allan Savory | CaseWorthy

 http://youtu.be/owl1_ocvZgQ
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Allow his humanness and direct engagement of life to transport you...

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