A River Lined With Smoke ~ Charcoal And Forest Loss In The Democratic Republic Of Congo:

World Resources Institute | By: Molly Bergen | October 24, 2017: Molly Bergen recently traveled to three countries to document field activities of the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), a U.S. government-funded conservation program implemented by a coalition of NGOs, including WRI. After several hours of bouncing up the Congo River in a motorboat, as my travel…

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Report ~ Drinking Water And Waste Water Infrastructure:

United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) | GPE – October 30, 2017: Events such as the discovery of lead in drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and the overflow and damage to the spillway at the Oroville Dam in California have drawn attention to the condition of the nation’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Originally published September 2017: Conditions such as…

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China Declares War On Polluters ~ Shutters 40% Of Factories:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | October 28th, 2017: China is getting serious about curbing pollution. According to sources, up to 40% of its factories have been closed at least temporarily recently as the country has struggled to meet its year-end pollution reduction goals. Officials from more than 80,000 factories have been charged with criminal offences for breaching emissions…

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Cape Town Rations Water Before Reservoirs Hit Zero:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | October 26, 2017: No end to water crisis in South Africa’s second largest city. After three consecutive dry years, Cape Town resorts to water “blackouts” to conserve water. It’s called Day Zero, the day when the six main reservoirs that supply Cape Town will be drained of water. For Cape Town and…

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New Ransomware Outbreak Spreads Through U.S., Russia And Ukraine:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Robert McMillan | October 24, 2017: An outbreak of malicious software Tuesday froze computer systems in several European countries, and began spreading to the U.S., the latest in a series of attacks that have plagued companies and government agencies this year. The outbreak, called Bad Rabbit, is a form of software called “ransomware” that…

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Pastoralism And Its Future:

IRIN | By: Anthony Morland | October 24, 2017: In dryland areas across the world, tens of millions of people raise domesticated animals on open rangeland. Extreme variations in weather mean such pastoralists have to be highly adaptive and deploy a range of specialised skills. Climate change is making this way of life increasingly precarious. What Is Pastoralism? Pastoralism is…

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Arsenic In Domestic Well Water Could Affect 2 Million People In The US:

Science Daily | By: American Chemical Society | October 18, 2017: Summary: Clean drinking water can be easy to take for granted if your home taps into treated water sources. But more than 44 million people in the U.S. get their water from private domestic wells, which are largely unregulated. Of those, a new report estimates that about 2 million…

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Five Years After Sandy, Cape May Offers Model For Flood Protection:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Kate King | October 19, 2017: Cape May Point has benefited from a nature preserve built on the site of the former South Cape May, which was abandoned by residents 60 years ago after hurricanes and flooding. Since the preserve was completed, homeowners have submitted fewer flood insurance claims. South Cape May, a beach…

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How Big Water Projects Helped Trigger Africa’s Migrant Crisis:

Yale Environment 360 | By: Fred Pearce | October 17, 2017: Major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa. The result has been a wave of environmental refugees, as thousands of people flee, many on boats to Europe. The Hadejia-Nguru wetland was once a large green smudge on…

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Regreening The Planet Could Cut As Much Carbon As Halting Oil Use:

The Guardian | Reuters | October 17, 2017: Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study. Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study…

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Raw Sewage ‘Flowing Into Rivers Across England And Wales’

The Guardian | By: Damian Carrington | October 16, 2017: WWF analysis reports that 40% of rivers are polluted with sewage that can harm wildlife and put human health at risk. Raw sewage is flowing into rivers at thousands of sites across England and Wales, a report has warned, harming wildlife and putting human health at risk. The total amount…

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Wildfires Kill At Least 39 In Portugal And Spain:

Reuters | By: Andrei Khalip, Raquel Castillo | October 16, 2017: At least 36 people died in wildfires raging through parched farmlands and forests in Portugal and another three in neighboring northwestern Spain on Sunday and Monday. Firefighters were battling 50 blazes in Portugal and a similar number in Spain. Portugal’s government asked for international help and declared a state…

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Opinion ~ C Series Deal Ends Aerospace Status Quo:

Aviation Week | By: Jerrold T. Lundquist | October 18, 2017: Industries evolve much like nature in the form of “punctuated evolution.” Things stay at status quo for long periods, and then an external event—an asteroid impact, food shortage or new predator arrival—fundamentally alters the landscape. The result is a daisy chain of action and reaction in short succession that…

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SEC Sues Rio Tinto Over Claims It Misled Investors:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Dave Michaels | October 17, 2017: Miner valued Mozambique coal assets at $3 billion though value was internally assessed at negative $680 million, according to lawsuit. U.S. regulators on Tuesday sued Rio Tinto RIO -0.46% PLC and two former top executives over claims they misled investors about the value of Mozambique coal assets obtained…

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EU-U.S. Data Transfer Pact To Pass First Annual Review:

Reuters | By: Julia Fioretti | October 18, 2017: A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers will get the green light from the European Union on Wednesday after the first review to ensure Washington protects Europeans’ data stored on U.S. servers. The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield was agreed last year after everyday cross-border data transfers were plunged…

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DHS To Order Agencies Implement Email, Website Encryption Tools:

NextGov.com | By: Joseph Marks | October 16, 2017: The Homeland Security Department plans to issue a binding directive Monday requiring agencies to implement a slew of new email security protections. The directive will give agencies three months to implement a tool called DMARC that helps prevent hackers from spoofing an email’s sender, Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra said during a…

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Electricity Storage And Renewables ~ Costs & Markets To 2030:

International Renewable Energy Agency | October 2017: Foreword: It is truly remarkable what a difference five years can make in the ongoing transformation of the energy sector. As recently as 2012, questions about high generation costs still overshadowed the rise of solar and wind power. But what was already clear, to those watching closely, was that economies of scale, technological…

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Exploring The Case For Corporate Context-Based Water Targets:

UN Global Compact | Pacific Institute | GPE – October 17, 2017: Water is becoming increasingly more important to any company’s bottom line. Originally published April 2017: In response, a growing number have been expanding their efforts to understand and mitigate water risks, and to realize opportunities via improved water management and corporate stewardship. However, the risks faced by individual…

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