Day Zero:

Vimeo | By: Jamie Hancock | GPE – May 12, 2018: Cape Town is currently suffering from a water crisis due to a number of different factors. The residents are having to cut their daily water usage down to a limit of 50 litres per day per person and on the most part are collectively achieving this. The management of…

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Up To The Last Drop ~ The Secret Water War In Europe:

Al Jazeera | By: Yorgos Avgeropoulos | April 16, 2018: Is water a commodity or a human right? Cities across Europe are fighting water privatisation. In 2010, water was officially recognised as a universal human right by the United Nations. However, the European Union has yet to do the same. The management of water has long been in the hands…

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Turning Cities Into Sponges ~ How Chinese Ancient Wisdom Is Taking On Climate Change:

The Guardian | By: Brigid Delaney | March 21, 2018: Landscape architect Kongjian Yu is making ‘friends with water’ to mitigate extreme weather events in modern metropolises. How does a city cope with extreme weather? These days, urban planning that doesn’t factor in some sort of catastrophic weather event is like trying to build something in a fictional utopia. For…

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More Than 800m People Need To Travel 30 Mins For Safe Water, Report Finds:

The Guardian | By: Jonathan Watts | March 21, 2018: To mark World Water Day, NGO says accessing water is getting more difficult in world’s most environmentally stressed nations. Water inequality is increasing in the world’s most environmentally stressed nations, warn the authors of a report that shows more than 800 million people need to travel and queue for at…

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Egypt’s Nile River Pressured By Population Growth, Rising Sea Level:

Circle Of Blue | By: Kayla Ritter | March 21, 2018: Threats to the Nile and explosive population growth are pushing Egypt toward severe water scarcity. The Rundown: The Nile River is a bountiful source of water for Egypt, but threats to the waterway and explosive population growth are pushing the country toward severe water scarcity. Upstream of Egypt, Ethiopia…

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Do Electrified Villages In Developing Regions Need Microgrids?

Renewable Energy World | By: Jennifer Delony | GPE – March 22, 2018: A new video produced with support from international development agency USAID takes a closer look at microgrid development in India and the need to bring these independent solar and battery-based systems to villages already connected to the main grid. Originally published March 16, 2018: Despite having access…

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Facebook Fallout In Focus As EU Presses U.S. Over Data:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Natalia Drozdiak | March 20. 2018: European Union’s justice chief is meeting U.S. officials over privacy issues this week. The European Union’s top justice official is set to quiz her U.S. counterparts over privacy issues on a visit to Washington this week made more timely by fallout over Facebook Inc.’s handling of personal data.…

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Facebook’s Identity Crisis Looms:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Christopher Mims | March 20, 2018: The company’s core business continues to prove vulnerable to exploitation by spammers and bad actors; meanwhile our personal data remains at risk. The mountain of evidence piling up this week exposes the rot at the core of Facebook Inc. Facebook’s troubling relationship with personal data, and the way…

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Fourth Wave Environmentalism Fully Embraces Business:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Fred Krupp | March 20, 2018: Multilateral corporate partnerships and market-based approaches have become standard practice. American corporations began joining with environmental groups to increase sustainability nearly 30 years ago. This trend was still on the horizon in 1986 when I wrote an op-ed for this page describing an emerging style of environmentalism dedicated…

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Facebook’s Lax Data Policies Led To Cambridge Analytica Crisis:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Kirsten Grind | March 20, 2018: Social-media giant’s loose policing of app developers went on for years. Facebook Inc.’s loose approach to policing how app creators and others deployed its user data persisted for years, including after a 2015 effort by the social network to restrict access, according to court documents and people familiar…

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ESA Testing Detection Of Floating Plastic Litter From Orbit:

European Space Agency | March 19, 2018: The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigantic scale of the problem. We dump around 10 million tonnes of plastic in…

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Facebook’s Role In Data Misuse Sets Off A Storm On Two Continents:

The New York Times | By: Matthew Rosenberg & Sheera Frenkel | March 18, 2018: Maura Healey, the attorney general of Massachusetts, has announced an investigation into Facebook and the data firm Cambridge Analytica. American and British lawmakers demanded on Sunday that Facebook explain how a political data firm with links to President Trump’s 2016 campaign was able to harvest…

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A Bold Plan For The World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper In Tokyo:

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | March 15, 2018: Sumitomo Forestry Co. recently released a plan to build the tallest wooden high-rise in the world. At a height of 350 meters and comprised of 90% wood, the building has been dubbed the W350. The architectural designs feature plentiful greenery and aim to create a sense of biodiversity in an…

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WHO Launches Health Review After Microplastics Found In 90% Of Bottled Water:

The Guardian | By: Graham Readfearn | March 16, 2018: Researchers find levels of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water after a new analysis of some of the world’s most…

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Study Finds Plastic Particles In 90 Percent Of Bottled Water:

Circle Of Blue | By: The Stream | March 16, 2018: The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a health review after a new study finds plastic particles in 90 percent of bottled water. The Global Rundown: The U.S. accuses Russia of engineering cyberattacks targeting nuclear power plants and water and electric systems. The Philippine environment minister recommends a year-long closure…

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Solar-Plus-Storage Makes Tangible Difference In Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts:

Renewable Energy World | By: Jennifer Delony | GPE – March 16, 2018: With a reported 150,000 homes and businesses in Puerto Rico still waiting for electricity since it was lost six month ago during Hurricanes Irma and Maria, small successes with solar-plus-storage installations are making a big difference in ongoing recovery efforts. Originally published March 9, 2018: Hawaii-based Blue…

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Why Is Africa Building A Great Green Wall?

BBC | By: Amelia Martyn-Hemphill | GPE – March 16, 2018: Eleven countries are planting a wall of trees from east to west across Africa, just under the southern edge of the Sahara desert. The goal is to fight the effects of climate change by reversing desertification. A film by Amelia Martyn-Hemphill for BBC World Hacks – Originally published September…

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Microplastic Pollution In Oceans Is Far Worse Than Feared, Say Scientists:

The Guardian | By: Damian Carrington | March 12, 2018: A study reveals highest microplastic pollution levels ever recorded in a river in Manchester, UK and shows that billions of particles flooded into the sea from rivers in the area in just one year. The number of tiny plastic pieces polluting the world’s oceans is vastly greater than thought, new…

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Water-Stressed Beijing Exhausts Its Options:

Circle Of Blue | By: Kayla Ritter | March 14, 2018: After depleting groundwater reserves, China’s capital is becoming increasingly reliant on water pumped from the country’s flood-prone South. The Rundown: Beijing’s 21 million residents are running out of water sources. Heavy reliance on groundwater is depleting aquifers and causing land subsidence. An ambitious South-to-North water diversion project likely won’t…

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