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Washington, D.C. Water Utility Adapts to Global Warming | Scientific American

Washington, D.C. Water Utility Adapts to Global Warming | Scientific American | Working into Better World | Scoop.it

Upstream at the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers may dither over the right national strategies to cope with climate change and some Republicans would prefer not to believe in it at all. But downstream, the largest facility of its kind in the world is busy preparing to protect the lawmakers and the capital from a foul-smelling catastrophe that could arise if the threat of sea-level rise is ignored.

 

Two major, multimillion-dollar construction projects underway at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority's Blue Plains facility will demonstrate to other utilities that the time to prepare is now and, despite the expense, the alternative of doing nothing in the face of global warming could flood a city and its water source with raw sewage.

 

The projects, a sea wall designed to protect the plant from an unprecedented 500-year storm surge and an on-site combined heat and power plant set for completion this summer, are among a handful of measures the utility is taking to cut carbon and prepare for extreme weather events.

 

Experts in the field say D.C. Water is an innovator among U.S. water utilities, especially with its work toward emissions reduction and energy independence.

 

"There's maybe about a dozen wastewater utilities who are taking up the future, so to speak, and positioning themselves to be a different type of utility -- not so much a reactive, but a proactive utility," said Lauren Fillmore, senior program director at the nonprofit Water Environment Research Foundation.

 

D.C. Water, Fillmore said, is "probably the leader of that group."

 

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Digital Rights (privacy and data protection, digital markets such as telecom, intellectual property rights online...) | BEUC.org

Digital Rights (privacy and data protection, digital markets such as telecom, intellectual property rights online...) | BEUC.org | Working into Better World | Scoop.it

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have significantly changed consumption habits, and make up an increasingly large part of household budgets.

 

These new technologies offer consumers a must-have tool to access information and participate in daily life and in a democratic society. New digital technologies have also created new ways of promoting, buying and receiving goods or services.

 

However, they are also giving rise to violations of core consumer rights including fundamental rights. Many challenges need to be overcome and risks still need to be addressed - in particular when it comes to security and privacy concerns.

 

It must therefore be ensured that existing consumer rights are really enforced in the digital environment and further consideration should be given to the necessity to reinforce and grant consumers¡¦ new rights in the digital environment.

 

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