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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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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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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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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Solar Power Successfully Shared In Mini Grid Trial:

Sustainability Matters | GPE – March 20, 2018: Power reliability is looking more promising after AusNet Services’ mini grid trial in Mooroolbark, Victoria, recently passed a new milestone, demonstrating that batteries and solar shared on the network can be orchestrated to power nearby homes during power outages. The milestone saw AusNet Services successfully separate the small, residential community from the…

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Why Your Water Bill Is Rising Much Faster Than Inflation:

The Wall Street Journal | By: David Harrison | March 15, 2018: Water bills are surging nationwide as utilities try to fix corroded pipes and overflowing sewer systems, leaving many households struggling to pay and in some cases risking shutoffs and home foreclosures.. Bills started rising significantly faster than inflation in the mid-2000s as communities stepped up their repairs of…

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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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Australians Put About 1 GW Of Solar On Their Roofs Last Year:

Renewable Energy World | By: RNW Editors | GPE – March 16, 2018: Australian homeowners and businesses installed 1.1 GW of solar PV last year, mostly for rooftop solar, according to the Australian Clean Energy Regulator’s (CER) Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme data released yesterday. Originally published March 07, 2018: CER said that Australians preferred larger capacity systems in 2017 to…

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GE’s Reservoir Solutions ~ Modular Energy Storage Solutions:

General Electric | GPE – March 16, 2018: For more than 100 years, the power grid has remained balanced by controlling power generation to match demand. As clean but variable and non-dispatchable power sources start to become a larger part of the energy matrix, energy storage can help keep the grid in balance. GE’s Reservoir Solutions: GE’s Reservoir Solution provides…

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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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New Fees Proposed To Pay For California’s Contaminated Water Problem:

The Sacramento Bee | By: Billy Kobin | March 14, 2018: As part of his final budget proposal, Gov. Jerry Brown wants new fees on water to provide clean and affordable drinking water to the approximately 1 million Californians who are exposed to contaminated water in their homes and communities each year. The fund would pay for short- and long-term…

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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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