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Water scarcity defines rural way of life | Globalization | DW.DE | 05.11.2012

Water scarcity defines rural way of life | Globalization | DW.DE | 05.11.2012 | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Families living in rural areas of China need to conserve every drop of water in order to survive. The scarcity of this precious resource defines the way the people in the northwest do everything from farming, to cooking.
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Illegal waste sites identified

Illegal waste sites identified | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
The Environment Agency says a new taskforce has led to a sharp increase in identifying illegal waste sites.
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Public or Private: The Fight Over the Future of Water | Wired Science | Wired.com

Public or Private: The Fight Over the Future of Water | Wired Science | Wired.com | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
All around the world, from the Himalayas to the Great Plains, fresh water is starting to run low. It’s shaping up to be one of the 21st century’s great environmental and humanitarian challenges: People use water faster than nature can replenish it.

Some people argue that privatization is the answer to the water crisis. But others, including food journalist Frederick Kaufman, say that’s a recipe for disaster. The author of Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food, published in October by Wiley, Kaufman points to the recent history of food prices as an example of the dangers posed by modern finance.

In the last five years, food prices have gone haywire, rising steadily while spiking three times, causing global food shortages and social unrest. Many economists and some scientists blame food prices on speculation. Once the province of farmers and agriculture industry insiders looking to hedge their risks, food markets were opened in the 1990s to the financial industry. The market soon stopped working like it’s supposed to.

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Ames Laboratory improving process to recycle rare-earth materials

Ames Laboratory improving process to recycle rare-earth materials | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Recycling keeps paper, plastics, and even jeans out of landfills. Could recycling rare-earth magnets do the same? Perhaps, if the recycling process can be improved.
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Big, Smart and Green: A Revolutionary Vision for Modern Farming | Wired Science | Wired.com

Big, Smart and Green: A Revolutionary Vision for Modern Farming | Wired Science | Wired.com | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
What they're doing on Marsden Farm isn't organic. It's not industrial, either. It's a hybrid of the two, an alternative version of agriculture for the 21st century: Smart, green and powerful.
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More recycling not the solution to reducing aluminum's carbon footprint

More recycling not the solution to reducing aluminum's carbon footprint | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Aluminum cycle accounts for just over 1% of global greenhouse emissions.
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Ocean Acidification Can Mess with a Fish's Mind: Scientific American

Ocean Acidification Can Mess with a Fish's Mind: Scientific American | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
In more acidic waters clown fish wander too far from safety, sea snails fail to avoid prey...
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What Will Ice-Free Arctic Summers Bring?: Scientific American

What Will Ice-Free Arctic Summers Bring?: Scientific American | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
This summer's record melt suggests the Arctic may lose its ice cap seasonally sooner than expected. What impacts can we expect?
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UN, other experts warn of 'water bankruptcy' for many regions after reviewing 200 major global projects | Science Codex

UN, other experts warn of 'water bankruptcy' for many regions after reviewing 200 major global projects | Science Codex | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Bangkok, 24 September 2012 - A study of almost 200 major international water-related projects over the past 20 years has identified a suite of existing and emerging challenges and how science can offer remedies.
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Social Media for Scientists |Will life-science researchers embrace the online tools for networking? The Scientist

Social Media for Scientists |Will life-science researchers embrace the online tools for networking? The Scientist | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it

Today, networking is the way that much of global business gets done. According to a survey of more than 170,000 professionals by Kelly Services, 48 percent of respondents from Asia Pacific countries said they thought it was acceptable to use social media for personal use at work, compared with 31 percent in Europe and only 16 percent in the United States. Whether it’s a simple connection on Facebook, or a group of professionals assembled via online connections to perform an intricate project, global online networking is a key ingredient to being successful on the world stage.

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Plasma Gasification Raises Hopes of Clean Energy From Garbage

Plasma Gasification Raises Hopes of Clean Energy From Garbage | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
This alternative to mass-burn incineration, proponents say, disposes of garbage and toxic contaminants while minimizing emissions and providing electricity and usable byproducts.
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Nano-velcro used for fast, inexpensive testing of mercury levels | KurzweilAI

Nano-velcro used for fast, inexpensive testing of mercury levels | KurzweilAI | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
(Credit: Northwestern University) Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Northwestern University have devised a simple,...
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Amazon fungi help create clouds, rain

Amazon fungi help create clouds, rain | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Salty potassium specks from the rainforest floor help seed the rainclouds in the Amazon.
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Sucking CO2 from the skies with artificial trees

Sucking CO2 from the skies with artificial trees | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Scientists are looking at ways to lower the global temperature by removing greenhouse gases from the air. Could super-absorbent fake leaves be the answer?
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Biofuels Companies Drop Biomass and Turn to Natural Gas | MIT Technology Review

Biofuels Companies Drop Biomass and Turn to Natural Gas | MIT Technology Review | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
The high cost of making biofuel from cellulosic sources is prompting a new strategy.

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Calysta Energy, a recently unveiled startup based in Menlo Park, California, plans to make diesel fuel that costs half as much as conventional diesel. It says it has demonstrated, at a small scale, that microorganisms that naturally feed on natural gas can be engineered to make diesel and other chemicals, and it projects that the process will be far cheaper than conventional thermochemical methods for making liquid fuels from natural gas.

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Plastic trash invades Arctic seafloor

Plastic trash invades Arctic seafloor | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Study: Almost 70 percent of the litter on the ocean floor was in contact with deep-sea organisms.
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How to Make CO2 Better at Extracting Oil: Scientific American

How to Make CO2 Better at Extracting Oil: Scientific American | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
So-called enhanced oil recovery using CO2 might seed a market for captured greenhouse gas emissions in future...
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Coral reefs and food security: Study shows nations at risk

Coral reefs and food security: Study shows nations at risk | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
A new study co-authored by the Wildlife Conservation Society identifies countries most vulnerable to declining coral reef fisheries from a food-security perspective while providing a framework to plan for alternative protein sources needed to...
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Software Calculates City-Specific Carbon Footprint : NPR

Software Calculates City-Specific Carbon Footprint : NPR | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is tough if you don't know exactly where those gases are coming from. Scientists at Arizona State University have invented a new way to pinpoint those sources — down to individual buildings and highways.
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The energy-water nexus Part I

The energy-water nexus Part I | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Water and energy are intimately related in what has been termed the Energy-Water Nexus.
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Water Quality and Future Generations: Deb Swackhamer at TEDxUMN

Dr. Deborah L. Swackhamer is Professor in Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Hubert H, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Co-Director of the University's Water Resources Center. She also is Professor in Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, and is trained as an environmental chemist. She joined the Minnesota faculty in 1987. She studies the processes affecting the behavior of, and exposures to, toxic chemicals in the environment and works on policies to address these potential risks. When not in the classroom or lab, she serves as Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the US EPA and several NAS/NRC committees. In 2009 she received the prestigious Founders Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry for lifetime achievement in environmental sciences.

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Will Water Become the Chief Commodity of the 21st Century?: Scientific American

Will Water Become the Chief Commodity of the 21st Century?: Scientific American | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
The world faces a growing number of challenges surrounding water, from freshwater supply to flooding...
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Water-wise biofuel crop study to alter plants metabolic, photosynthesis process

Water-wise biofuel crop study to alter plants metabolic, photosynthesis process | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Putting the water-use-efficient and turbo-charged photosynthesis from plants such as agave into woody biomass plants such as poplar can hedge against predicted long-term increases in temperatures and reduced precipitation.
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HowStuffWorks "What if people wanted to use icebergs as a source of fresh water"

HowStuffWorks "What if people wanted to use icebergs as a source of fresh water" | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Using icebergs for water could help supply places where water is in high demand but little supply. Learn about the possibility of using icebergs for water.
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Researchers Calculate Wind Power Could Meet Global Energy Demand

Researchers Calculate Wind Power Could Meet Global Energy Demand | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it

N ew research from Carnegie Institute for Science's Ken Caldeira examines the limits of the amount of power that could be harvested from winds, as well as the effects high-altitude wind power could have on the climate as a whole. Their work is published September 9 by Nature Climate Change.

The work supports Jose Cordeiro's view that the Energularity is near.

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