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Curtin University embarks upon organising and supporting global challenges - beginning with the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2015.  The links connected here should not be seen as endorsements but rather suggested starting points for critical discussions. http://curtin.edu.au/ecochallenge
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UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2015 | Curtin University

UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2015 | Curtin University | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it

Curtin University is proud to announce that it is once again the Australian organiser for participation in the UNEP-DHI EcoChallenge.


Water is essential for all life as we know it. A simple fact that sometimes feels forgotten as political and commercial interests take priority.


UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2015 provides an exciting and authentic learning experience for students aged 11-17 through the online strategic game “Aqua Republica”. Addressing national curriculum priority dimensions of Sustainability and Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia the experience provides many learning opportunities across social studies, science, humanities, health and physical education, english, geography, and more.

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Brown water flowing from Inglewood tap safe to drink, Watercorp says

Brown water flowing from Inglewood tap safe to drink, Watercorp says | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The Water Corporation has moved to reassure residents in Perth's inner northern suburbs that discoloured water coming out of some households' taps is safe to drink.
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Protecting water sources is one aspect of water security - another is maintaining the urban infrastructure that enables access...

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Engineer Humanity’s Future: The 2016 Hackaday Prize

Engineer Humanity’s Future: The 2016 Hackaday Prize | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Today we are proud to launch the 2016 Hackaday Prize. Build Something That Matters and you’ll contribute positively to humanity’s future by expand the frontiers of knowledge and engineering. You’ll also score recognition of your skills, and position yourself to land one of 105 cash prizes totaling over $300,000. Choose a technology issue facing humanity today and build a project that fixes, improves, or bypasses the problem.

You have the talent, the energy, and the capacity to change the world. Make the time and make a difference.

The Hackaday Prize is a competition synonymous with creating for social change. Using your hardware, coding, scientific, design and mechanical abilities, you will make big changes in people’s lives. Every idea has impact, and a massive force of ideas creates real change. This year we have more power than ever before to recognize the engineering projects that are solving problems: One hundred finalists will get $1,000 each for their efforts. This flat prize structure encourages collaboration rather than direct competition. Team up on each others’ projects and improve your overall chances of making it into the finals.

But it doesn’t stop there. From one hundred finalists, five will rise to be named top winners. Our expert judges will carefully review each of 100 world-changing final entries, choosing a grand prize winner to receive $150,000. Second place will be awarded $25,000, with $10k, $10k, and $5k going to third, fourth, and fifth.
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This new material pulls clean drinking water straight out of the air

This new material pulls clean drinking water straight out of the air | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
One of the ways of sourcing drinking water in areas afflicted by drought is by harvesting it from the air, and now a new material developed by scientists in the US could make this tricky feat easier than ever.

Researchers at Harvard University have taken inspiration from a variety of water-collecting traits in different natural species to develop what could be an unrivalled composite system for harvesting and transporting atmospheric H20.

"Everybody is excited about bio-inspired materials research," said chemical biologist Joanna Aizenberg from Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. "However, so far, we tend to mimic one inspirational natural system at a time."
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Australia underprepared to deal with 'killer heat', report says

Australia underprepared to deal with 'killer heat', report says | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Australia is underprepared to deal with the escalating problem of extreme "killer" heatwaves and a "whole of society approach" is needed to deal with the problem, a Climate Council report says.

Key Points:

The 2009 heatwave killed over 370 people
Heatwaves have killed more people than fires, cyclones, floods
Cardiac arrests triple during heatwaves
Whole of society approach needed to make changes
There were more than 370 deaths during the heatwave of 2009 and climate forecasts indicate there will be longer, hotter and more intense heatwaves in future, according to The Silent Killer: Climate change and the impact of extreme heat.

The number of record hot days in Australia has doubled in the past 50 years.
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Wonderful Women - Our: Land, Water, Future

Women around NSW are standing up to protect farms, forests, water and communities. 

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Poor quality and short supply: the Darling River fails growers

Poor quality and short supply: the Darling River fails growers | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The poor quality and short supply of water from the Darling River in New South Wales is putting growers' livelihoods in limbo.
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Learn about Integrated Water Resource Management playing Eco Challenge  #ecochal2016 #udecochallenge ecochallengeaustralia.com

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SA reservoir levels not expected to rise despite wet January

SA reservoir levels not expected to rise despite wet January | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Water levels in Adelaide's reservoirs are not expected to have risen significantly since Friday, despite heavy rain over the hills and city.
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Sustainability: Transfer project cannot meet China's water needs

Sustainability: Transfer project cannot meet China's water needs | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Almost one year ago, Beijing began to receive water channelled by the South-to-North Water Diversion (SNWD) project. The biggest inter-basin transfer scheme in the world, the SNWD project has the capacity to deliver 25 billion cubic metres of fresh water per year from the Yangtze River in China's south to the drier north by two routes — each of which covers a distance of more than 1,000 kilometres. The project connects four major river basins, three megacities, six provinces and hundreds of millions of water users and polluters.
Kim Flintoff's insight:

#ecochal2016 http://ecochallengeaustralia.com.au

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Water Corporation of WA - Groundwater replenishment

Water Corporation of WA - Groundwater replenishment | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
With fresh water thinking, we are replenishing groundwater. This innovative process involves treating wastewater to drinking water standards and recharging it into existing groundwater supplies. The water is then stored and removed some time later for further treatment, ready to supply our drinking water system.
Kim Flintoff's insight:

WA Water Corp strategies for water management include recycling and replenishment #ecochal2016 http://ecochallengeaustralia.com 

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Where Virtual Reality Takes Us

Where Virtual Reality Takes Us | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The New York Times Opinion section presents three groundbreaking virtual reality films from the Sundance New Frontier lineup. These videos explore a range of topics and new approaches to nonfiction storytelling.
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Bad Decisions, Broken Promises: A Timeline of the Flint Water Crisis

Bad Decisions, Broken Promises: A Timeline of the Flint Water Crisis | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
A timeline shows how the crisis has unfolded since 2013.
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An interesting case study in how water management can go terribly wrong.

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April 18 - 25: A Week of Activities - Climate Education Week

April 18 - 25: A Week of Activities - Climate Education Week | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The Climate Education Week Toolkit is a free, easy-to-use, ready-to-go resource with everything you need. The Toolkit includes a week’s worth of lesson plans, activities, and contests for K-12 students that meet Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. Each day covers a different theme related to climate change with two highlighted activities handpicked by Earth Day Network for your use.

This cross-disciplinary resource has a range of activities from an energy conservation action plan to reading and discussing Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, with the goal being to educate and engage your students on climate change.
Kim Flintoff's insight:

Consider linking your Eco Challenge 2016 participation to a broader engagement with resources from the Earth Day Network and Climate Education Week.

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No antibiotics without a test, says report on rising antimicrobial resistance

No antibiotics without a test, says report on rising antimicrobial resistance | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Report by economist Jim O’Neill says global cost of problem could be loss of 10 million lives a year by 2050 and $100tn a year
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Water diplomacy | OSCE

Water diplomacy | OSCE | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it

According to UN-Water, water scarcity already affects more than 40 percent of the people across the world. How can states work together to preserve and share this precious resource?

 

Water scarcity poses a threat to human health and sanitation and can threaten socio-economic development and political stability. Some security experts warn that dwindling water resources could spark future conflicts between countries.

 

Many of the world's freshwater resources - rivers, lakes and streams - cross national boundaries. These transboundary water resources cover around 46% of the Earth’s land surface and 40% of the world’s population live within their vicinity. States have to agree how to distribute water resources among them, how to manage water use, regulate pollution, oversee navigation and negotiate decision-making.

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A very useful resource for engaging with discussions about Water Management and the issues that limit ubiquitous access to water...

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MDB fact: blue-green algae | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

MDB fact: blue-green algae | Murray-Darling Basin Authority | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it

Why is this happening?

No simple answer to that one. Blue-green algae is part and parcel of freshwater environments and not unusual over the summer and early autumn period but it’s unpredictable and we haven’t seen an event this widespread for some years.

 

Different types of algae favour different kinds of conditions. Some algae likes calm water with little or no wind and hot sunny days. Others like faster moving flows. Algae can also do well when water settles into layers. For example, a surface layer of warmer water which doesn’t mix with cooler, deeper water underneath.

 

Algae also thrives on sunlight, clearer water and lots of nutrients.

Get the right conditions for a while and blue-green algae cells (they’re actually a bacteria) will be present. If the conditions stick around, cells multiply and you get a bloom.

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

The New “Water Barons”: Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World's Water | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it

A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace.

Familiar mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Bank, Barclays Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their control over water. Wealthy tycoons such as T. Boone Pickens, former President George H.W. Bush and his family, Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing, Philippines’ Manuel V. Pangilinan and other Filipino billionaires, and others are also buying thousands of acres of land with aquifers, lakes, water rights, water utilities, and shares in water engineering and technology companies all over the world.

 
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Waterwise community could save endangered fish

Waterwise community could save endangered fish | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
  • “Hibernating” fish suffer from dry soils due to climate change
  • Shorter showers and community volunteering can improve fish odds
  • Water-wise industry technologies and farming practices can benefit fish
BEING more waterwise could be the first step we can all make towards helping two endangered WA freshwater fish species battle for survival during climate change.
Kim Flintoff's insight:

http://EcoChallenge.com.au - Water and Sustainability go hand-in-hand.  Awareness and understanding of systems and interdependencies are crucial to finding solutions.  #ecochal2016 #UDecoChallenge

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Concerns over water access after timber company buys station

Concerns over water access after timber company buys station | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
A company that wants to clear nearly 1,000 hectares to grow plantation trees has a water licence that will run out well before the trees are ready to harvest.

Tropical Forestry Services (TFS) bought the 9,500-hectare Stylo station near Mataranka, about 420 kilometres south-east of Darwin, from Country Liberals political candidate Tina MacFarlane for a reported $5.5 million in December.
Kim Flintoff's insight:

Understand sustainable water management playing in Eco Challenge Australia - online game event for students - #ecochal2016 #udecochallenge http://ecochallengeaustralia.com.au

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Hope that Water Act amendment can assist water allocation

Hope that Water Act amendment can assist water allocation | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
The Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, is disappointed up to 50 jobs will be lost from regional New South Wales food processor, Sunrice, but is positive about the future of the rice industry.
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#ecochal2016  http://ecochallengeaustralia.com.au


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Water Corporation of WA - Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Water Corporation of WA - Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
This annual water science competition showcases the unlimited potential of today’s high school students as they create solutions for current and future water challenges.

The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize is an annual water science competition, run by the Australian Water Association (AWA).

The national winner will have opportunity to compete internationally for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize in Stockholm during World Water Week in August. This includes participating in a week-long cultural exchange program with national winners from over 30 countries!

Competition details
The prize is open to young people who have conducted water-related projects focusing on local, regional, national or global topics of environmental, scientific, social or technological importance.

Entrants must be:

  • between the ages of 15 and 20
  • individuals or in groups of up to 3 students.

Entries close in November 2016.

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Other opportunities to extend your learning about water #ecochal2016 ecochallengeaustralia.com

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Up A Dry Gully

Up A Dry Gully | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Up a Dry Gully is an online resource portal that helps you learn all there is to know about the water cycle - from source, store and supply.

An informed and knowledgeable South East Queensland community is important to securing the region's long-term water future. Through education we can achieve water for life - now and for future generations.
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Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation | The Global Goals

Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation | The Global Goals | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
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Learn to manage water and sustain an ecosystem.  UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2016 - http://EcoChallengeAustralia.com.au

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How we can make crops survive without water

How we can make crops survive without water | Curtin Global Challenges Teaching Resources | Scoop.it
As the world's population grows and the effects of climate change come into sharper relief, we'll have to feed more people using less arable land. Molecular biologist Jill Farrant studies a rare phenomenon that may help: "resurrection plants" -- super-resilient plants that seemingly come back from the dead. Could they hold promise for growing food in our coming hotter, drier world?
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