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Floating wind turbines to produce low cost renewable energy

Floating wind turbines to produce low cost renewable energy | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
MIT born company, Altaeros Energies have created a floating wind turbine that produces low cost, renewable energy.
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Laboratory Equipment - Device Uses Sewage Bacteria to Make Electricity

Laboratory Equipment - Device Uses Sewage Bacteria to Make Electricity | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Scientists have created a new and more efficient version of an innovative device the size of a home washing machine that uses bacteria growing in municipal sewage to make electricity and clean up the sewage at the same time.
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World Water Day 2012

World Water Day 2012 | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year. The day to recognize the importance of earth's most precious natural resource was proposed 20 years ago at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
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New ORNL tool developed to assess global freshwater stress | e! Science News

A new method to make better use of vast amounts of data related to global geography, population and climate may help determine the relative importance of population increases vs. climate change.
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UN hits water target, but 1.8 billion people still drinking unsafe water, study shows | Science Codex

UN hits water target, but 1.8 billion people still drinking unsafe water, study shows | Science Codex | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Recent widespread news coverage heralded the success of a United Nations' goal of greatly improving access to safe drinking water around the world.

But while major progress has been made, a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that far greater challenges persist than headline statistics suggested.

Earlier this month (March 6), UNICEF and the World Health Organization issued a report stating that the world had met the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well in advance of a deadline.

That goal aimed to boost access to improved drinking water sources, such as piped supplies and protected wells, between 1990 and 2015.

However, the new UNC study estimates that 1.8 billion people – 28 percent of the world's population – used unsafe water in 2010.

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5 Deadly Threats to Our Precious Drinking Water Supply | Water | AlterNet

5 Deadly Threats to Our Precious Drinking Water Supply | Water | AlterNet | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
World Water Day is a chance to stop and realize that humanity is facing a frightening water crisis.
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Reluctant Russia wakes up to energy waste - Reuters

Reluctant Russia wakes up to energy waste - Reuters | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Reluctant Russia wakes up to energy wasteReutersIt was then that President Dmitry Medvedev set a target to reduce energy intensity, a rate of waste measure, by 40 percent by 2020.
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Irrigation - The Big Carbon Elephant In The Global Warming Room

Irrigation - The Big Carbon Elephant In The Global Warming Room | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Rice and wheat take a lot of water to grow and no one eats more than China. That also means no one contributes more to global warming from irrigation than China - a whopping 30 million tons of CO2 per year just from the pumping systems China uses.
Like everywhere, water usage has gone up in China with the surge in population. Groundwater used for crop irrigation in China has grown from 10 billion cubic meters in 1950 to more than 100 billion today. The pumping systems which support this immense irrigation network annually produce 33.1 MtCO2e (33.1 mega tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent), claims a new study.
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Solar panel made with ion cannon is cheap enough to challenge fossil fuels | ExtremeTech

Solar panel made with ion cannon is cheap enough to challenge fossil fuels | ExtremeTech | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Twin Creeks, a solar power startup that emerged from hiding today, has developed a way of creating photovoltaic cells that are half the price of today's cheapest cells.
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Water under pressure : Nature News & Comment

Water under pressure : Nature News & Comment | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
A UN analysis sets out global water-management concerns ahead of Earth Summit.
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A hard, dry future for the planet

A hard, dry future for the planet | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
The world is wasting water on a truly colossal scale, according to the United Nations. More than 80 per cent of the used water on Earth is neither collected nor treated – the equivalent to the planet leaving the taps full on and the plugs out.
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What Is Carbon Capture and Storage? - EHS Journal

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Carbon Capture Technologies

There are essentially three types of capture technologies that show the most promise and will be commercially viable in the near future


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Carbon dioxide catchers: New tools for identifying effective carbon capture technologies

Carbon dioxide catchers: New tools for identifying effective carbon capture technologies | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Using techniques from drug discovery, and state-of-the-art advances in mathematics, computational algorithms and supercomputing, researchers have developed a tool for identifying the most efficient porous materials for CO2.

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Food needs 'climate-smart' change

Food needs 'climate-smart' change | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Major changes are needed in agriculture and food consumption around the world if future generations are to be adequately fed, a major report warns.
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Synthetic biology: the best hope for mankind's future?

Synthetic biology: the best hope for mankind's future? | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Johnjoe McFadden: If GM is agriculture's Ford Cortina, synthetic biology could give us Ferrari crops that feed the world without harming the planet...
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Scientists create 'dry water' - Telegraph

Scientists create 'dry water' - Telegraph | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
It may sound like a contradiction in terms, but scientists have created ''dry
water''.
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Portable Rainwater Harvesting and Filtration Prototype Supplies Clean Drinking Water | Applied Sciences

Portable Rainwater Harvesting and Filtration Prototype Supplies Clean Drinking Water | Applied Sciences | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it

The need for portable water in places far off the grid is a very real one - whether for disaster relief, humanitarian efforts in areas hit by drought, or even just backcountry expeditions for science or pleasure. And while quite a few solutions exist for pumping and filtering dirty groundwater, another possible way to provide clean drinking water is through harvesting and cleaning rainwater, and a prototype for a new device to do exactly that is in the works.

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Ancient civilizations reveal ways to manage fisheries for sustainability - PhysOrg.com

Ancient civilizations reveal ways to manage fisheries for sustainability - PhysOrg.com | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
PhysOrg.comAncient civilizations reveal ways to manage fisheries for sustainabilityPhysOrg.comCredit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce In the search for sustainability of the ocean's fisheries, solutions can be...
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Cities unable to meet service levels - Waste Management World

Cities unable to meet service levels - Waste Management World | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Cities unable to meet service levelsWaste Management WorldThe average coverage of sewerage network and solid waste management indicates the proportion of properties, household and commercial, that have access to these basic civic services.
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What should be done about plastic bags?

What should be done about plastic bags? | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
The European Commission is to publish proposals to reduce the number of plastic bags used in Europe. What are the options?
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Recycling Water Boosts Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Recycling Water Boosts Greenhouse Gas Emissions? | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
In areas where freshwater is scarce, recycling of wastewater seems to be common sense.
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Are We Running Out of Water? - National Geographic

Are We Running Out of Water? - National Geographic | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
American RiversAre We Running Out of Water?National GeographicAfter all, fish do need water. We've tapped underground water sources pretty heavily as well.
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Scots water plan for dry England

Scots water plan for dry England | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
The Scottish government offers to send water to drought-hit counties in south-east England - but acknowledges the technical problems.
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Humanity's water footprint: US exports the most, uses the most per capita

Humanity's water footprint: US exports the most, uses the most per capita | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
You've heard of carbon footprints. A recent paper delves into humanity's water footprint, the various components that contribute to it, and the international trade of water that's been incorporated into products.
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Rethinking Carbon Dioxide: From a Pollutant to an Asset by Marc Gunther: Yale Environment 360

Rethinking Carbon Dioxide: From a Pollutant to an Asset by Marc Gunther: Yale Environment 360 | The Future of Water & Waste | Scoop.it
Three startup companies led by prominent scientists are working on new technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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