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Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development Officially Opens

Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development Officially Opens | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development Officially Opens PR Web (press release) In response to the massive urbanization process in China, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has established the Research Institute for Sustainable Urban...
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Led by Director Professor Jin-guang Teng (who is also Dean of the Faculty of Construction and Environment) and Associate Director Professor Xiang-dong Li, the RISUD is organized into five Divisions: (1) Urban Planning and Management, (2) Urban Infrastructure, (3) Urban Environment, (4) Digital Technology in Urban Development, and (5) Building Energy and Environmental Performance.
The RISUD further includes 26 research groups, each of which is led by an internationally recognized scholar in his field. Through research and knowledge transfer activities, consultancy services and professional training, the RISUD is committed to multi-disciplinary collaborations to address major urban planning and environmental issues. Putting research findings into practice by transferring the technologies that have been developed, it will enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness as well as China’s socio-economic development.
The Inauguration Ceremony was followed by a series of workshops covering the topics of Building Energy Efficiency, Life-cycle Performance of Concrete Structures, Sustainable Urban Renewal in High-Density Cities, Regional Air Quality – Linking Science to Policy, and Sustainable Waste Management – Recycling of Waste.
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Rep. Jim Bridenstine says U.S. spends 30 times as much on climate change research as on weather forecasting

Rep. Jim Bridenstine says U.S. spends 30 times as much on climate change research as on weather forecasting | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., attracted some attention for a House floor speech on June 11, 2013, in which he said he’s ready to accept President Barack Obama’s "apology" for spending too much on climate change research.
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I do not intend this as a political statement. The full report provides valuable details about sources of funding for water/weather/climate research.

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Global Water Sustainability Center - ConocoPhillips

Global Water Sustainability Center - ConocoPhillips | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Our Global Water Sustainability Center studies technology related to produced water and desalination.
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In 2010 ConocoPhillips launched the Global Water Sustainability Center to study technology related to produced water and desalination. Located in Doha, Qatar, the group’s research addresses ways to reduce freshwater consumption and minimize the environmental impact of wastewater discharge from oil and gas operations. 


A key research area for the center is desalination, a process that transforms salt water into consumable water. A current field pilot project with Qatar University’s chemical engineering department measures the effectiveness of augmenting thermal desalination with membrane distillation to produce fresh water. Thermal desalination uses a heat source to boil water. As the water evaporates salt and minerals are left in the base water while the pure water becomes steam. As the steam cools it forms condensed purified water. Membrane desalination, often referred to as reverse osmosis, incorporates two different approaches. Water is forced through a membrane to filter out salt and minerals, and an electrical current is used to separate salt and other minerals from the water. 

“This partnership brings together leading industrial and academic organizations,” said Gary Sykes, president of ConocoPhillips Qatar. 


See more at: http://www.conocophillips.com/what-we-do/innovating/global-water-sustainability-center/Pages/default.aspx#sthash.coQF3qk6.dpuf

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Can We End the Global Water Crisis? - National Geographic

Can We End the Global Water Crisis? - National Geographic | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Can We End the Global Water Crisis? National Geographic “I truly believe that with a shared vision, with leadership and commitment from governments around the world, and with public and private partnerships, we can manage our way through to ensure...
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Clean Economy Solutions

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This report documents the changing nature of today’s clean economy investment market, and tracks the quick
pace of diversification. Key findings of this report include:
• Clean economy investment trends are changing, offering new investment opportunities for regions across the country. New sectors in the clean economy are emerging and focus is shifting from one sector to another. The clean economy is by no means monolithic; it has grown far beyond wind and solar to include robust sectors ranging from biofuels to energy efficiency. This changing environment allows new areas to participate in the clean economy based on their regional strengths.
• “Strategic investors” are emerging and the types funding in the clean economy are diversifying, opening up access to capital. National and international corporations, or “strategic investors,” are emerging as
major investors in the clean economy as they increase their investment in startup and growing clean economy companies. The public sector is also continuing to play an important role in the clean economy, offering direct investment such as grants, and a supportive tax and policy landscape to stimulate demand.
• The location of a company matters and “investment ready regions” are a key to market success. “Investment ready regions” can reduce business risk by creating supportive environments and facilitating interactions among strategic investors, economic development stakeholders, and growing innovative companies. The key components to an investment ready region include strong private sector leadership, broad public sector commitment, regional collaboration to build the value chain, and an effective innovation broker to bring public, private, and regional stakeholders together to catalyze strategic investments.

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NASA - Warm Ocean, Not Icebergs, Causing Most of Antarctic Ice Shelves' Mass Loss

NASA - Warm Ocean, Not Icebergs, Causing Most of Antarctic Ice Shelves' Mass Loss | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found.
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The study found basal melt accounted for 55 percent of all Antarctic ice shelf mass loss from 2003 to 2008, an amount much higher than previously thought.

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NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets

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NOAA's National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) produces the NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets (NEWIS). Published each year for the Atlantic hurricane season, the NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets provide critical information for contacting government officials and monitoring information resources. The laminated and waterproof NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets are an ideal reference in the home, automobile, or boat. NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets provide residents with a "one-stop" ready reference containing phone numbers and Web site information residents can use during potentially life-threatening weather emergencies.

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Preliminary Info on 2012 U.S. Billion-Dollar Extreme Weather/Climate Events | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

Preliminary Info on 2012 U.S. Billion-Dollar Extreme Weather/Climate Events | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Today, NOAA released preliminary information on extreme weather and climate events in the U.S. for 2012 that are known to have reached the $1 billion threshold in losses.

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National Water Census to Enhance Sustainability -- Environmental ...

A report on the progress of the National Water Census from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been released to Congress. The census is being developed to deal with the critical water needs that the country is currently ...
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The Water Census will help water and resource managers to better understand the water supply and demand and will also be an aid in establishing more sustainable management of water resources. The report discusses a “water budget” approach in assessing water availability across the country. The USGS will constantly update the census as a way to improve the accuracy of water budget factors.

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Government Funding Is Critical in Dealing with Severe Weather - Center For American Progress

Government Funding Is Critical in Dealing with Severe Weather - Center For American Progress | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Government Funding Is Critical in Dealing with Severe Weather Center For American Progress NOAA is also responsible for forecasting hurricanes through the Weather Service's National Hurricane Center and expects the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season,...
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National Weather Center Biennale shows breadth of weather conditions - Oklahoma Daily

National Weather Center Biennale shows breadth of weather conditions - Oklahoma Daily | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
National Weather Center Biennale shows breadth of weather conditions
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What: Competition sponsored by the National Weather Center, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, and the Norman Arts Council.
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It was a great mix of science and art! Thanks to Berrien Moore for the vision to make this happen. 

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University of Oklahoma, other Oklahoma researchers receive $20 million grant

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Researchers from OU and other Oklahoma universities have received a $20 million grant from a national science foundation to better understand socio-ecological systems.

 
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OU researchers collaborate on $20 million NSF EPSCoR grant

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Phys.org Science News Wire : OU researchers collaborate on $20 million NSF EPSCoR grant.

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Exciting times for Alicia Knoedler, Renee McPherson and OU.

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ConocoPhillips Global Water Sustainability Center awarded grant by Qatar National Research Fund

ConocoPhillips Global Water Sustainability Center awarded grant by Qatar National Research Fund | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Middle East business and financial news, directory and current events. AME Info provides constant business and news updates.
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THe ConocoPhillips Global Water Sustainability Center announces a $700,000 grant from the Qatar Foundation for the application of forward osmosis to reduce produced water injection volumes in Qatari Gas Fields. 

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UK Soil and Rhizosphere Interactions for Sustainable Agri-ecosystems

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Excellent opportunity for international collaborative research.

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NCDC Releases 2012 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters Information | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)

NCDC Releases 2012 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters Information | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
NCDC ranks 2012 as the second costliest year on record, with 11 weather and climate disasters causing over $110 billion in damages.

Via National Service Knowledge Network
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2013 is shaping up to be a record year too - not in a happy way.

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Hurricane Risks Rise as Coastal Populations Grow

Hurricane Risks Rise as Coastal Populations Grow | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Populations along the coasts are growing exponentially, which could mean problems when it comes to hurricane season.

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Science on a Sphere in Norman gives a worldwide perspective on weather - NewsOK.com

Science on a Sphere in Norman gives a worldwide perspective on weather - NewsOK.com | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Science on a Sphere in Norman gives a worldwide perspective on weatherNewsOK.comThat's because she's standing in the atrium of the National Weather Center, looking up at the Science on a Sphere, a 6-foot-diameter hollow fiberglass sphere that most...

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Bringing science to "life" for the general public.

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"Toward a Climate & Energy Literate Society" | NCSE

"Toward a Climate & Energy Literate Society" | NCSE | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it

A new report issued by the National Center for Science Education, "Toward a Climate & Energy Literate Society" (PDF) offers recommendations for improving climate and energy literacy in the United States over the course of the next decade. As NCSE's Mark McCaffrey remarked in a March 4, 2013, press release announcing the report, "We have lots of information about climate change, but much of it is falling on deaf ears"; "Toward a Climate & Energy Literate Society" is intended to provide a way forward. As the executive summary explains:


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NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season - NOAA

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NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season
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New for this hurricane season are improvements to forecast models, data gathering, and the National Hurricane Center communication procedure for post-tropical cyclones.
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Climate science tells us the alarm bells are ringing - Washington Post

Climate science tells us the alarm bells are ringing
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Kevin Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. In a recent op-ed for The Post, Rep.
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"Climate science is core to science education" - National Center for Science Education

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"Climate science is core to science education"
National Center for Science Education
The American Meteorological Society, in a policy statement adopted on May 23, 2013, affirmed the importance of climate science to science education.

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