The US Environmental Protection System, An American Success Story, Is Under Siege:

Clean Technica | By: Bob Sussman | February 02, 2018: The system took shape in the 1960s and 70s as the public and politicians sounded the alarm about the environmental legacy of decades of uncontrolled industrialization. Faced with the threat of unsafe and polluted air, contaminated rivers and streams, hazardous chemicals in homes and products and toxic waste sites, Congress…

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Australian Trees ‘Sweat’ To Survive Extreme Heatwaves, Researchers Reveal:

The Guardian | By: Calla Wahlquist | January 31, 2018: Climate experiment shows trees release water but stop absorbing carbon in extreme heat. Australian researchers growing trees in climate change conditions have found the leaves “sweat” to survive extreme heatwaves. The year-long experiment showed that trees continue to release water through their leaves as an evaporative cooling system during periods…

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Climate Change Threatens Half Of US Bases Worldwide, Pentagon Report Finds:

The Guardian | By: Reuters | January 31, 2018: A Pentagon report has highlighted military bases’ vulnerability to the effects of climate change. Nearly half of US military sites are threatened by wild weather linked to climate change, according to a new Pentagon study whose findings run contrary to White House views on global warming. Drought, wind and flooding that…

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South Africa’s Water Crisis Spreads From Cape Town:

Reuters | By: Ed Stoddard & Victor Antonie | January 31, 2018: Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa’s industrial heartland around Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other regions. The tourist hub of Cape Town may run dry in…

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From Cape Town To Kabul ~ Taps Run Dry In Crisis Cities:

Reuters | By: Umberto Bacchi | January 31, 2018: Drought-stricken Cape Town could run out of water as soon as April, but South Africa is not alone in its struggle as ever more world cities battle acute water shortages. Water scarcity already affects more than 40 percent of the world’s population and is expected to rise due to global warming,…

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EPA Delays Obama Water Rule:

The Hill | By: Timothy Cama | January 31, 2018: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing back by two years an Obama administration rule redefining the federal government’s power over small waterways. The Trump administration is working to repeal the rule, dubbed the Clean Water Rule or Waters of the United States (WOTUS), and formally proposed to do so…

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India’s Severe Drought Causing Havoc:

Circle Of Blue | By: Keith Schneider | GPE – February 01, 2018: Water scarcity forces millions of people off of farms and into teeming cities. Originally published June 02, 2016: The latest national drought assessment shows that 19 of the 36 states and territories in India are experiencing moisture deficits of at least 50 percent when compared to normal…

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China Builds Bridges And Highways While The U.S. Mouths Slogans:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Andrew Browne | January 30, 2018: The Marshall Plan birthed a U.S.-led global order ~ now China is building a new world. The U.S. once had a grand strategy. Its post-World War II rescue program for Europe gave birth to a new global order. Dean Acheson, the U.S. secretary of state who sketched out…

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Utilities Move To Break Arizona’s Coal-Water Link:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | GPE – January 29, 2018: The proposed halt to operations in 2019 at the West’s largest coal-fired power plant could attract White House attention. Originally published February 23, 2017: Since 1976 the 2,250-megawatt coal-fired Navajo Generating Station, with its three towering stacks belching thick plumes of steam, has commanded the summit of…

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Democratic Republic Of Congo ~ UN Agencies In Urgent Bid To Prevent Famine In Kasai:

World Food Programme | GPE – January 27, 2018: KINSHASA – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Originally published January 17, 2018: Farmers – who fled…

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Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest ~ How Iran Fits An Alarming Pattern:

The New York Times | By: Somini Sengupta | GPE – January 27, 2018: UNITED NATIONS — Nigeria. Syria. Somalia. And now Iran. In each country, in different ways, a water crisis has triggered some combination of civil unrest, mass migration, insurgency or even full-scale war. Originally published January 18, 2018: In the era of climate change, their experiences hold…

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The Community Microgrid As A Virtual Power Plant:

Clean Technica | By: George Harvey | January 24, 2018: The design for a community microgrid project that is forming in Warner, New Hampshire, seems rather prosaic at first glance. It is simple, with a few buildings, some solar panels, batteries, inverters, and all the regular gear. It seems an appropriately small start for a town with only 444 people…

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From Tree-Planting Drones To Shade-Grown Tea ~ Businesses Are Making Money By Reforesting The Planet:

World Resources Institute | By: Andrew Wu, Sofia Faruqi, Andrés Anchondo Ortega and Eriks Brolis | GPE – January 23, 2018: An estimated 15 billion trees are cut down each year—more than 41 million per day. Given this pace of land degradation, it’s hard to imagine how traditional reforestation methods, which rely on the hand-planting of live seedlings, could ever…

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China’s Really Big Air Purifier Actually Seems To Work!

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | January 22, 2018: The world’s biggest air purifier has been constructed in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, which is located in the northern part of the country. Standing 100 meters high, the tower uses heat from the sun to create an upward flow of air which passes through multiple filters inside.…

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The Internet Is Filling Up Because Indians Are Sending Millions of ‘Good Morning!’ Texts:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Newley Purnell | January 22, 2018: The country, newly online, has become obsessed with sending cheery greetings from smartphones, causing head scratching in Silicon Valley. Google researchers in Silicon Valley were trying to figure out why so many smartphones were freezing up half a world away. One in three smartphone users in India run…

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Cape Town May Be First World City To Run Out Of Water Due To Climate Change:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | January 22, 2018: Cape Town, South Africa, a city of 4 million, is facing an existential challenge. It is about to run out of fresh water. Anthony Turton, a professor at the Center for Environmental Management at the University of the Free State in South Africa, tells the New York Times, “It’s not…

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