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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Kongjian Yu ~ Big Feet Revolution:

UrbanNext | GPE – March 22, 2018: In this short film, which is an excerpt of an interview produced during the symposium “Decoding Asian Urbanism” held at the South Asian Institute at Harvard University, landscape architect Kongjian Yu talks about how ecological lifestyles demand for a new set of aesthetic values. For more videos from urbanNext on Vimeo – please…

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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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An Effective Herbal Treatment For Malaria?

Jeunes Patriotes Congolais | GPE – March 21, 2018: The video (in French) presents the work of Jérôme Munyangi, a Congolese Physician-Researcher based in Maniema for the purpose of finding a healing plant that will be effective against malaria. A team of Democratic Republic of Congo doctors, Jerome Munyangi and Michel Idumbo, conducted large-scale randomized clinical trials in the province…

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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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Starting School At 10am Halves Student Illness And Improves Academic Performance, Finds Study:

The Independent | By: Josh Gabbatiss | GPE – March 14, 2018: Teenagers require more sleep than adults, and this should be taken into consideration when setting school start times. Originally published November 27, 2017: A new study has shown delaying school start times for teenagers can have major benefits, including better academic performance and improved mental and physical health.…

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Elderly In U.S. Are Projected To Outnumber Children For First Time:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Janet Adamy | March 13, 2018: Census Bureau predicts milestone will be hit within 17 years. The milestone would be the latest marker of the nation’s aging, which has accelerated with baby boomers’ move into their senior years and recessionary effects on births and immigration over the past decade. The shift deepens challenges for…

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What The Hospitals Of The Future Look Like:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Laura Landro | February 25, 2018: The sprawling institutions we know are radically changing—becoming smaller, more digital, or disappearing completely. The result should be cheaper and better care. In a shift away from their traditional inpatient facilities, health-care providers are investing in outpatient clinics, same-day surgery centers, free-standing emergency rooms and microhospitals, which offer…

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Jakarta, The World’s Fastest-Sinking City, Also Faces Rising Sea Levels And River Pollution:

Circle Of Blue | By: Kayla Ritter | February 23, 2018: Certain parts of the city have sunk 14 feet in recent decades, largely due to illegal well-digging. The Rundown Jakarta, Indonesia, is sinking faster than any city in the world–so fast, in fact, that certain coastal areas have descended 14 feet in recent years. One cause is Illegal well-digging,…

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The Secret Of Israel’s Water Miracle And How It Can Help A Thirsty World:

Haaretz | By: Ruth Schuster | GPE – February 22, 2018: India for one is encouraging drip’s adoption through subsidies, says author Seth Siegel. Originally published July 04, 2017: Drip irrigation is a technology invented by a former Israeli government official, Simcha Blass. The rights were acquired by the Israeli company Netafim, which is marketing the irrigation solution – which…

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Water Is Connected To Every Major Global Risk We Face:

Pacific Institute | By: Cora Kammeyer | GPE – February 20, 2018: Water crises have been among the top five global risks in each of the last seven years, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). This year is no exception. ‘Water Crises’ is listed as the fifth-most impactful risk for 2018. In addition to being a major risk in…

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Retired Executive Gave Up Golf To Create A Free Medical Clinic At Hilton Head, South Carolina:

The Wall Street Journal | By: James R. Hagerty | February 16, 2018: Jack McConnell recruited retired nurses, doctors and dentists to care for the uninsured. Golf was on the agenda when Jack McConnell retired to Hilton Head, S.C., in 1989. Then the former Johnson & Johnson executive found a different distraction. In his chats with landscapers, waiters and others…

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China’s Insurers Try Novel Approach To Elderly Care ~ Building Retirement Homes:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Chuin-Wei Yap | February 14, 2018: Industry has spent more than $10 billion building retirement communities to address aging population’s needs. About an hour’s drive from downtown Shanghai sits a resort-like community housing hundreds of senior citizens. It is an ambitious experiment in retirement care in China. The multistory complex, which can house up…

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Mission-Control-Like Command Center At This Hospital Is Taking Healthcare Into The Future:

GE Reports | By: Michelle Sweetwood | GPE – February 14, 2018: In the 1960s, airports started using air traffic control technology that allowed them to swiftly transition from scheduling a few hundred flights a day to managing thousands. Now, many airports handle millions of passengers every day. Despite the vast complexity of such a logistical challenge, the airline industry…

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Samoa Swept By Cyclone Gita:

Al Jazeera | GPE – February 14, 2018: A clean-up is continuing in the two Samoas after Tropical Cyclone Gita hit on Saturday morning. Originally published February 11, 2018: There was extensive flooding, rivers burst their banks and houses were inundated. More than 200 people in Samoa needed emergency shelter. Apia, the capital, measured 425mm of rain over the last…

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Researchers Team Up With Cities To Make Resilience A Reality:

Reuters | By: Michael Taylor | GPE – February 14, 2018: A multi-million dollar project launched on Sunday aims to connect urban officials with researchers to drive forward projects that will help cities adapt to growing pressures – from climate change to migration and unemployment. Funded by $3.7 million from The Rockefeller Foundation, the Resilience Accelerator will match on-the-ground needs…

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Philippine Leader Threatens To Close ‘Sewer Pool’ Holiday Island Of Boracay:

Reuters | By: Manuel Mogato | February 12, 2018: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered an urgent cleanup of the country’s most famous tourist hotspot, Boracay, calling it a “sewer pool” that he would not hesitate to shut down completely. The firebrand leader said he has given Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu six months to fix up the mess on…

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