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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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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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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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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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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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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A New Emphasis For Green Infrastructure:

Forester Network | By: Janice Kaspersen | March 13, 2018: A few weeks ago I mentioned a plan in Orange County, CA, to capture stormwater by using inflatable dams to slow the flow in a couple of local creeks. The slow-moving water will infiltrate and help replenish the groundwater—the source of much of the county’s drinking water supply—rather than rapidly…

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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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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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British River Has Worst Recorded Microplastic Pollution In The World, Study Finds:

The Telegraph | By: Sarah Knapton | March 12, 2018: A British river has the worst microplastic pollution in the world, researchers have found, with levels even greater than hugely built-up areas such as in South Korea and Hong Kong. Geographers at The University of Manchester are calling for tighter regulations to prevent plastic entering waterways after finding ‘extraordinarily’ high…

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