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Caribbean water crisis forces future reliance on desalination

Caribbean water crisis forces future reliance on desalination | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
The extraction of clean water from seawater is becoming increasingly key to the Caribbean’s search for water security, despite energy cost and environmental impacts
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Many places around the world are coming to the end of supplies requiring desalination, which is energy intensive.

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Aging water mains a $1-billion headache for LA

Aging water mains a $1-billion headache for LA | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
About one-fifth of the City of Los Angeles' water pipes will reach the end of their useful lives in the next 15 years. They are responsible for close to half of all water main leaks, and replacing them is a looming, $1-billion problem for the city.
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Prices will need to increase no matter if customers conserve water or not causing a headache

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The 3Rs: Reduction, Recycling and Recovery for reducing water-energy nexus

The 3Rs: Reduction, Recycling and Recovery for reducing water-energy nexus | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
The most effective technologies addressing the water-energy crisis are based on reduction, recycling, and recovery, and zero-water/zero-energy, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.
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The 3Rs are key to achieving a circular economy that reduces resource use, environmental degradation and carbon emissions

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Can cooler cities help tackle climate change?

Can cooler cities help tackle climate change? | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
Discussions about global warming tend to overlook the contribution of urban growth to the problem.
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The urban heat island effect increases water/energy demand that most of the time leads to increased carbon emissions

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Florida: 2100

Florida: 2100 | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
Our interactive map examines the potential future Florida faces due to climate change and rising seas.
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Many places around the world are threatened by rising sea levels. 

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The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change Is Right At Your Door

The Best Technology for Fighting Climate Change Is Right At Your Door | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
One of the “most promising” ways we can engineer our planet is also one of the oldest.
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Adaptation solutions are all around us: Ecosystems and their services purify water and air, mitigate floods and droughts - For Free

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Climate change directly impacts more Americans than terrorism

Climate change directly impacts more Americans than terrorism | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
The White House defended its inclusion of climate change in its national security strategy.
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Climate change poses risks to economic and political stability globally

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Climate Change Is Costly by 2050

Climate Change Is Costly by 2050 | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
Higher seas mean greater financial exposure for coastal cities, where populations are growing and the value of buildings and infrastructure is increasing.
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Cities all around the world are exposed to climate change extreme weather events and sea level rise, leading to economic losses and loss of life - slowing down the engines of growth in the 21st century

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LA golf course: Recycled water saving dollars

LA golf course: Recycled water saving dollars | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
City leaders gathered at a San Fernando Valley golf course Friday to ceremonially turn on a recycled-water system expected to save the city 163 million gallons of water a year.
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Alternative water supplies including water recycling, rainwater harvesting and graywater need to become mainstream to reduce scarcity pressures

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Water-Neutral Growth Policies Could Be Key To Building Sustainable Communities?

Water-Neutral Growth Policies Could Be Key To Building Sustainable Communities? | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
By Mary Ann Dickinson We’re accustomed to waiting in lines for a football game, to buy movie tickets or perhaps to get a seat in the most coveted professor’s class. But what if we had to wait in li...
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Ordinances need to be in place mandating maximum flowrates in houses/commercial properties etc, reducing water and energy consumption 

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World asleep at the wheel with water crisis caused by climate change: IPCC head

World asleep at the wheel with water crisis caused by climate change: IPCC head | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water scarcity could lead to conflict between communities and nations as the world is still not fully aware of the water crisis many countries face as a result of climate change, the head of...
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The world is heading towards water scarcity and the costs of action now are much less than later, economically and politically.

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Kampala water scarcity

Kampala water scarcity | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
City taps to remain dry as NWSC battles self-inflicted problems
Kampala city, which sits on the edge of the world’s second biggest fresh water body; Lake Victoria, is reeling from a water shortage reminiscent of the 1990s.
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Water scarcity can impact anywhere in the world. 

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Climate Change's Bottom Line

Climate Change's Bottom Line | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
The Risky Business Project’s well-known business and policy leaders hope its research will persuade companies to prepare for, and help mitigate, climate change.
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Any company that does not mitigate the impacts of droughts/floods/snowstorms etc to direct operations and key suppliers is irresponsible to its investors

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New Climate Change Study: Urgent Action To Prepare NYC

New Climate Change Study: Urgent Action To Prepare NYC | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
New York's temperatures are skyrocketing, sea levels are rising, and we're in for one hell of a grim ride.
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The only appropriate time to prepare for climate change is now...

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World’s first ‘climate change refugee’ has appeal rejected in NZ

World’s first ‘climate change refugee’ has appeal rejected in NZ | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
Ioane Teitiota, from the South Pacific island nation of Kiribati, had hoped to become the world’s first climate change refugee.
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With #climatechange there will be many refugees

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US harvest at risk from h2o-intensive oil and gas boom

US harvest at risk from h2o-intensive oil and gas boom | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
An estimated $1.2bn (£790m) in maize, soy and wheat crops may be at risk in US states where competition with industrial water users, especially fracking, is high
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Increased demand for water is leading to competition between different users and uses of water resources

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6 actions to reduce water scarcity by 2050

6 actions to reduce water scarcity by 2050 | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
Scientists have proposed six strategies that could be combined in different ways in different parts of the world to reduce water scarcity by the year 2050.
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Soft and hard actions are required to increase efficiency of water use in all sectors of the economy, including at the household level

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Pakistan facing water scarcity

Pakistan facing water scarcity | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
LAHORE: Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has warned that the country might face water scarcity in the near future, although the electricity shortage in the country would be overcome soon.
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With water-energy interconnected efficiency gains need to be made to reduce nexus stresses

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SF Water Manager Faces Suspension After Urinating In Reservior

SF Water Manager Faces Suspension After Urinating In Reservior | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
A $111,000-a-year San Francisco water manager will likely be suspended after he was seen urinating in a reservoir that supplies drinking water to nearly 2.5 million Bay Area residents.
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Precious water during a drought contaminated

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How Counties Aim to Fund Stormwater Mandates

How Counties Aim to Fund Stormwater Mandates | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
Officials from Springfield and Greene County examined various sales tax and fee options Tuesday as a potential solution to address stormwater funding
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As environmental protection laws become stronger, new revenue streams are going to have to be considered to reduce stormwater run-off and increase the health of waterways

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Global CEOs Call for Net-Zero Emissions Goal

Global CEOs Call for Net-Zero Emissions Goal | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies including Virgin founder Richard Branson and Unilever chief Paul Polman have called on world leaders to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 at the 
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To ensure resilience to climate change companies need to reduce water-energy consumption and emissions

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Climate change blamed for Australia's record hot year

Climate change blamed for Australia's record hot year | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
The records broken by 2013 would not have tumbled without the effects of climate change, a report from the Climate Council says

Via Paulo Gervasio
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Climate change will lead to increased temperatures, droughts, floods and other extreme-weather events, impacting economic and social stability

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Stormwater killing salmon, but 'rain gardens' help

Stormwater killing salmon, but 'rain gardens' help | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
Alarming new research about the relationship between storm water runoff and salmon shows that all the rainwater that washes off our roads and highways may be killing the fish.
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Stormwater contains contaminants off roads, carparks and gardens, harming the health of waterways

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Redesigning LA for long-term drought

Redesigning LA for long-term drought | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.
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Green Infrastructure not only enhances resilience to drought but also to extreme flooding events.

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With drought LA capturing stormwater

With drought LA capturing stormwater | Mitidaption | Scoop.it
For the first time, L.A. is talking about making rainfall a small but reliable part of the city’s water sources — about 4 percent of annual supplies.
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Cities need to develop alternative supplies of water to be more resilient to droughts and also to reduce energy, O&M costs of distributing and treating additional wastewater

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