Sustainable Development News

Sewage Treatment Plant That Looks Like A Botanical Garden:

Sustainability Matters | By: Hydroflux Epco Pty Ltd | GPE – May 22, 2018: Abstract: Integrated Fixed Film Activated Sludge Plants (IFAS) rely on the use of a media on which a biofilm is grown, which results in a compact ...
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Improving Wastewater Treatment Performance To Create New Business Opportunities:

Sustainability Matters | By: Michael Romer | May 21, 2018: Traditional wastewater treatment plants can suffer from a range of maintenance and operational issues arising from the corrosive and potentially septic nature of the materials being processed. However, there are ...
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Smart Watering Reduces Heat At Adelaide Airport:

Sustainability Matters | By: SA Water | GPE – May 22, 2018: A trial conducted by SA Water and Adelaide Airport has found the smart use of water to maintain soil moisture and cultivate green space can reduce average ambient ...
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Climate Change Impacts Fragile River Ecosystems:

Science Daily | By: Geological Society Of America | May 16, 2018: Summary: Research undertaken in South Africa’s Kruger National Park (KNP) has shown that some of the world’s most sensitive and valuable riverine habitats are being destroyed due to ...
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The Fog Catchers Conjuring Water Out Of Moroccan Mist:

Reuters | By: Valeria Cardi | May 17, 2018: Growing up on Mount Boutmezguida in southwest Morocco on the edge of the Sahara desert, Khadija Ghouate never imagined that the fog enveloping the nearby peaks would change her life. For ...
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25% Of Dubai’s Buildings Will Be 3D Printed By 2025:

World Economic Forum | By: Adam Jezard | May 18, 2018: From printing replacement human body parts to assisting with running repairs on voyages to Mars, many predictions are being made for how 3D printing may soon improve the lot ...
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Nasa Reveals Dozens Of Areas In Danger Of Running Out Of Water:

The Financial Times | GPE – May 17, 2018: Human impact on supplies far greater than researchers anticipated. New satellite data on freshwater reserves from Nasa have revealed that dozens of regions across the globe are in danger of becoming ...
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The New Picture Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (2018):

The Ocean Cleanup | By: Boyan Slat | GPE – May 17, 2018: 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – and it is rapidly ...
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Centrica Trials Blockchain Energy Trading For Local Market:

Clean Technica | By: Jake Richardson | May 15, 2018: Centrica and LO3 have collaborated to put together a local energy market trial in Cornwall, England. Blockchain technology will be used to create a peer-to-peer energy trading platform. Solar power ...
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Can Sludge From Dams Turn Deserts Into Farmland?

Fast Company | By: Adele Peters | GPE – May 14, 2018: Afforest for the Future is one of a series of projects trying to create arable land from sand. It’s method: use the muck that collects behind dams to ...
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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 ...
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Jordan To See Modest Economic Upturn, On Refugee-Led Consumption Boost And Reform Roll-Out:

European Bank For Reconstruction & Development | By: Anthony Williams | May 09, 2018: Jordan’s economy is expected to see a modest increase in the pace of growth this year and next, supported by stronger private consumption driven by a ...
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This Italian Village Was Dying ~ Until The Refugees Came:

National Geographic | GPE – May 06, 2018: Centuries-old Italian villages were becoming ghost towns. Refugees were fleeing conflict and seeking new homes. Originally published September 25, 2016: The needs of each have come together in Camini, a 12th-century town ...
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World Bank Urges Private Sector Interest In Refugee Camps:

Financial Times | May 05, 2018: Economic progress of displaced people held back by lack of access to capital. Refugee camps presented an opportunity for private sector investment, particularly when combined with the local host community, the UN and International ...
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Where Water Is Scarce, Communities Turn To Reusing Wastewater:

Yale Environment 360 | By Jacques Leslie | May 01, 2018: By 2023, Orange County, California’s wastewater treatment system will generate 130 million gallons of drinking water a day. With the era of dam building coming to an end in ...
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Navigating Drought ~ The App Saving Kenya’s Herders:

Al Jazeera | May 01, 2018: How pastoralists in southern Kenya are using satellite mapping technology to make informed migration decisions. In drought-stricken Kenya, life for all residents and particularly the herding community, has been nothing less than devastating. Erratic ...
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California Water Board To Investigate Use Of Oilfield Wastewater To Irrigate Crops:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | GPE – May 01, 2018: Expert panel will assess safety of eating food grown with treated wastewater. Originally published January 11, 2016: Kern County is the center of California’s oil industry. The ...
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Rural Pakistanis Take To Solar After Power Cuts Deepen:

Renewable Energy World | Bloomberg | By: Faseeh Mangi & Chris Kay | April 30, 2018: In a small tea shop along a dusty, unpaved road in the marketplace of Sujawal, a town about 93 miles east of Karachi in ...
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A Small School In Bolivia Is A Model For Sustainable Living Using Solar & Rainwater Capture:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | April 29, 2018: The Power of an Idea: “Innovation is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Thomas Edison Change starts with a single idea. The change in San Juan started with a single revolutionary ...
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Solar Ponds ~ Large Passive Solar Heat Collectors Relying On Brines (Used To Generate Electricity):

Clean Technica | By: James Ayre | April 29, 2018: Solar ponds are a type of passive solar energy technology whereby pools of saltwater are used to collect and store solar thermal energy — making use of the natural formation ...
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Munro Academy Teaches Students About Renewables With Hands-On Projects:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | April 28, 2018: The island community of Cape Breton in eastern Canada has deep roots in coal and steel production, so when those industries left the area 20 years ago, the very fabric ...
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Zayed Future Energy Prize Winner Green School Bali Is Raising A Generation Of World Changers:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | April 28, 2018: Turning down the bumpy dirt road, it was not clear what, if anything, was at the end but we continued, albeit at a slower pace than we had enjoyed on ...
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EPA Investigates Chemical Contamination Of North Carolina River:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | GPE – April 27, 2018: Nonstick chemical was found downstream of Chemours’ Fayetteville manufacturing facility. Originally published June 23, 2017: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will investigate whether the chemical company Chemours ...
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Native Knowledge ~ What Ecologists Are Learning From Indigenous People:

Yale 360 | By: Jim Robbins | April 26, 2018: From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world. What they are learning is helping them discover more ...
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Falling Grid-Scale Storage Prices Create “Watershed Moment”:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | April 25, 2018: In remarks to the 28th annual conference of the Energy Storage Association held in Boston last week, ESA head Kelly Speakes-Backman was euphoric. “This is a watershed moment, friends, this ...
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Stormwater Treatment With A Different Face:

Forester Daily News | By: Janice Kaspersen | GPE – April 26, 2018: Managing stormwater is usually a utilitarian function. Occasionally it can rise to an art. A number of facilities combine stormwater treatment with another role, such as providing ...
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Minigrids Are The Cheapest Way To Bring Electricity To 100 Million Africans Today:

Greentech Media | By: Matthew Tilleard, Gabriel Davies & Lucy Shaw | GPE – April 23, 2018: A CrossBoundary analysis shows why minigrids are vital to achieving affordable, sustainable, modern energy for all. Originally published April 20, 2018: By all ...
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SOURCE Hydropanel ~ Sunlight + Air = Water:

Zero Mass Water | By: Cody Friesen | GPE – April 22, 2018: At Zero Mass Water, we make exactly one product: SOURCE Hydropanels. That’s right, Hydropanels. Originally published January 04, 2018: This term is meant to capture that SOURCE ...
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Portugal’s Renewable Electricity Production In March Exceeded Consumption:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | April 19th, 2018: Portugal is taking an early lead in renewables to such an extent that for the month of March it produced 4.3% more renewable electricity, at 4,812 GWh, than its total ...
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Moss Capable Of Removing Arsenic From Drinking Water Discovered:

Science Daily | By: Stockholm University | GPE – April 19, 2018: Summary: A moss capable of removing arsenic from contaminated water has been discovered. And it happens quickly ~ in just one hour, the arsenic level is so low ...
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Nigeria ~ Shrinking Goronyo Dam Threatens Livelihood Of Millions:

Al Jazeera | By: Ahmed Idris | April 17, 2018: In the past year, water levels have dropped to just 10 percent of its capacity, forcing authorities to ration water to homes. The lives and livelihoods of two million people ...
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‘Urban Mining’ In South Korea Makes Money From Waste:

Reuters TV | By: Grace Lee | GPE – April 19, 2018: As China’s aggressive hunt for overseas cobalt and lithium for electric vehicles pushes up prices and causes a global shortage of the key metals, South Korea is increasingly ...
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Launching The Social And Human Capital Coalition ~ Helping Companies Recognize The Value Of People And Communities Living Well:

World Business Council For Sustainable Development | By: Social & Human Capital Coalition | April 17, 2018: Montreux Switzerland: Today, marks the launch of the Social and Human Capital Coalition, designed to help companies recognize, measure and value the importance ...
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Shell’s Sky Scenario ~ Solar Dwarfs Oil And Gas As World’s Primary Source Of Energy:

Greentech Media | By: Stephen Lacey | April 17, 2018: Shell, the world’s sixth biggest oil and gas company, just published a future “sky” scenario that’s getting a lot of attention. That potential future: By 2050, renewables could overtake oil, ...
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Water Stress Threatens Nearly Half The World’s Thermal Power Plant Capacity:

World Resources Institute | By: Various Authors | GPE – April 18, 2018: Many people point to renewable energy as the greatest threat facing fossil fuel power plants. New WRI research finds that the real threat may be water. Originally ...
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It’s Not Just Cape Town ~ 4 Shrinking Reservoirs To Watch:

World Resources Institute | By: Charles Iceland, Tianyi Luo & Gennadii Donchyts | GPE – April 17, 2018: Cape Town, South Africa has been in the news a lot lately. The region has suffered a devastating three-year drought, and the ...
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Report ~ Drought Expands; Oklahoma Sees Worst Conditions:

US News | By: Russell Contreras & Julian Hattem (AP) | GPE – April 17, 2018: Drought is tightening its grip across the Southwest as extreme conditions spread from Oklahoma to Utah, according to a new federal data released Thursday ...
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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 ...
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UK Scientists Use Graphene Filter To Make Dirty Water Drinkable:

Al Jazeera | By: Laurence Lee | April 15, 2018: Scientists in the city of Manchester have found a potential breakthrough to water filtration that could provide clean water to millions in the coming years. Water scarcity is one of ...
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Rural Electrification Minigrids To Become Investors’ New Darling:

Renewable Energy World | By: Dr. Thomas Hillig | April 12, 2018: Globally, around 1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity. Cost erosion in solar, wind, and energy storage technology is creating new opportunities for the electrification of ...
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