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How an open approach to patents could help build a sustainable future

To sustain a population of 9.7 billion people by 2050 the world is going to need innovations that make careful use of the available resources, human and environmental. Key industry sectors such as energy, water, agriculture and transport are already under pressure to move to more sustainable methods of production and consumption. However, there are barriers in the way.

Kenyan activists are using human poop to make affordable cooking fuel

Resources are scarce in Kenya, and nearly half of the population lives below the poverty line, but they do have poop. Activists with Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company are providing clean fuel for local residents in the form of small balls of human feces. Show More Summary

My Ten Cents - Review: 'A Canadian Environmental Chronicle (1954 - 2015)' by James P. Bruce

Disclosure notice: This book is published by the Canadian Water Resources Association, to which I belong. All attendees (myself included) were provided a 'free' copy of this book at the recent CWRA meeting in Lethbridge, Alberta. Paul Whitfield of CWRA and the University of Saskatchewan asked if I would review...

Here are 4 signs your drinking water might be contaminated

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Water is a precious resource that fulfills one of the most basic human needs, but is still scarce. There are about 800 million people worldwide who do not have access to clean and safe water, contributing to one of the leading causes of death for children under five. Although it’s difficult...

Important San Pedro River Subflow Adjudication Ruling!

By Order dated July 13, 2017, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Mark H. Brain (presiding judge in the Gila River adjudication) affirmed the most recent effort by the Arizona Dept. of Water Resources (ADWR) to delineate the lateral extent of certain hydrogeologic areas known as subflow zones in the San Pedro River watershed in southeastern Arizona. Show More Summary

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 29 July - 4 August 2017

2 weeks agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Water book? Today is 'self-serving day' as I feature not a book, but the September 2017 issue of AWRA's Water Resources IMPACT devoted to managed aquifer recharge. It's self-serving because I am the guest co-editor along with the groundwater geek herself, Maria T. Gibson. We have assembled a collection of...

Study finds climate plays role in decline of one of Asia's most critical water resources

(Kansas State University) Climate variability -- rather than the presence of a major dam -- is most likely the primary cause for a water supply decline in East Asia's largest floodplain lake system, according to a Kansas State University researcher.

Legislature, don't mess with California's water umpire

As California water becomes an increasingly precious and contentious resource, the state needs an umpire with the power to enforce laws against illegal diversions and protect the rights of the public and others with enforceable claims to state water. That decisionmaker must be both muscular and...

Groundwater Galore! 1) Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program; 2) Texas Transborder Aquifers; & 3) MARVI!

2 weeks agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Friend, colleague, and Groundwater Governance Goddess Sharon B. Megdal, she of the Arizona Water Resources Research Center (Director) and co-chair of AWRA's upcoming Tel Aviv conference, Cutting Edge Solutions to Wicked Water Problems, sent me a few things abut transboundary aquifers that merit posting. 1) The Cooperative Framework for the...

WaterWired Water Jobs & More - 1 August 2017

2 weeks agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Hot week in Corvallis ahead - temperatures will exceed 100 degrees F. Love this graphic. It's by Tom Gauld at New Scientist. Here you will find some general job resources and will post the jobs I Tweeted during the past week. All the jobs I Tweet are archived at Twitter;...

Earth's 2017 resource 'budget' spent by August 2: report

Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by Wednesday, a report said.

That sinking feeling: State-of-art technology at work on Arizona subsidence finds you’re not imagining it

Satellite-based tech employed by Arizona Water Resources has found more than 3,400 square miles of land subsidence in the state Arizona is sinking. Well, not all of Arizona, just certain groundwater basins in south-central and southern Arizona. Show More Summary

Smart, soil-free microgarden lets users optimize growing conditions while cutting water and resource use

MIT Media Lab alumna Jennifer Broutin Farah SM '13, CEO and co-founder of SproutsIO, has spent nearly a decade innovating in urban farming, designing small- and large-scale gardening systems that let anyone grow food, anywhere, at any time.

Three Finalists Selected for JAWRA’s 2017 William R. Boggess Award

The editorial  board of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) has selected three finalists for the 2017 William R. Boggess Award. The Boggess Award is given to the author or authors of the paper, published in...Show More Summary

Earth's 2017 resource 'budget' spent by next week: report

Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by next week, said a report Tuesday.

Earth's 2017 resource 'budget' spent by next week: report

Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by next week, said a report Tuesday. Earth Overshoot Day will arrive on August 2 this year, according to environmental groups WWF and Global Footprint Network. Show More Summary

Climate change poses threat to European electricity production

The vulnerability of the European electricity sector to changes in water resources is set to worsen by 2030 as a consequence of climate change. This conclusion is reached by researchers at Leiden University in an article published in Nature Energy this month.

Jerry Brown's $16 billion water tunnels get expected OK

The main agency promoting Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed $16 billion water tunnels has given its expected approval to the project. Friday's action by the Department of Water Resources endorses the … Click to Continue »

Regulators release environmental assessment of pipeline

An environmental assessment of the proposed Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline finds the three-state project would have some adverse effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, as … Click to Continue »

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