Sustainable Development News

Exploring ~ China:

Explore Documentary Films | GPE – February 19, 2018: “Media always focuses on the negative aspects of China but what it fails to mention is that there are many heroic selfless leaders who are dedicated to improving the human condition ...
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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 ...
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Dynamic Tidal Power:

Arcadis| GPE – February 15, 2018: General Information: Dynamic tidal power or DTP is an untried but promising technology for tidal power generation. It would involve creating a long dam-like structure perpendicular to the coast, with the option for a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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United Nations ~ Plastic Ocean:

United Nations | GPE – February 14, 2018: Plastic – both a wonderful invention and a scourge on our planet. Over 300 million tons will be produced this year. Most is never recycled and remains on our land and in ...
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Vietnam’s Tourism And Fishing Industries Drown In Waste:

Circle Of Blue | By: Jennifer Möller-Gulland | GPE – February 13, 2018: Plastic pollution, largely from Asia, chokes the world’s oceans. Originally published July 19, 2017: An afternoon swim in the South China Sea along the southeast coast of ...
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Microplastics Pollute Most Remote And Uncharted Areas Of The Ocean:

The Guardian | By: Sandra Laville | February 12, 2018: First data ever gathered from extremely remote area of the South Indian Ocean has a surprisingly high volume of plastic particles, say scientists. Microplastics have been found in some of ...
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A New Way To Filter Salt And Metal Ions From Water:

Sustainability Matters | February 12, 2018: Australian and US researchers have discovered a way to utilise metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) — a next-generation material that has the largest internal surface area of any known substance — to make sea water suitable ...
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Book Review ~ Building ‘The Source’ Of America’s Cash Flows And Liquid Assets:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Gerard Helferich | February 09, 2018: Canals, dams and river projects — given the capital they require — have altered the course of public debt. “Why is it,” asks author Martin Doyle, “that sewers ...
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Climate Change Is Increasing Flood Risks In Europe:

The Guardian | By: John Abraham | February 08, 2018: A new study finds strong agreement that flood risks in central and western Europe are rising due to global warming. In the study, the authors used what are called Impact ...
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Can The World Find Solutions To The Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?

Yale Environment 360 | By: Fred Pearce | February 06, 2018: More and more nitrogen keeps pouring into waterways, unleashing algal blooms and creating dead zones. To prevent the problem from worsening, scientists warn, the world must drastically cut back ...
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Kimbal Musk’s Farm Of The Future (Yes, Elon’s brother):

Beme News | GPE – February 08, 2018: The way we get our food in the United States is completely messed up. When you go to the grocery store, especially in a city, most of the fresh fruits and vegetables ...
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Capital Needs To Connect Off-Grid Households In Sub-Saharan Africa:

Shell Foundation | By: Sam Parker (Director) | GPE – February 05, 2018: Taking stock after 15 years working on off-grid solutions to energy access, we are hugely encouraged by the progress that has been made. We are seeing scalable ...
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Drought.gov ~ U.S. Drought Data, News, And Early Warning Resources:

Drought.gov | US Drought Portal | February 05, 2018: Where is drought this week? A weak ridge in the upper atmosphere tried to assert itself over the western contiguous U.S. (CONUS) during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week, but Pacific ...
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Water, Water Everywhere Can’t Quell A Western Drought:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Jim Carlton | February 04, 2018: Many Western reservoirs are full, and downpours have triggered floods and deadly mudslides in parts of California. But all that water isn’t enough to save the West from ...
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Modern Life On Planet Earth Is An Ecological Paradox:

Clean Technica | By Marlene Cimons | February 04, 2018: We’re living better, but at what cost? People who live in developed nations are, by many measures, healthier than ever before. Yet the planet has borne an onslaught of environmental ...
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Ethiopia ~ The Energy Revolution Starts At The Bazaar:

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | February 04, 2018: “Ninety thousand solar lanterns sold last quarter,” said Mr. Li. He was sharing sales numbers for his solar appliance business in Ethiopia and I couldn’t believe it. To put this ...
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A Skyscraper Made Of Wood? Newark Developers Give It A Try:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Keiko Morris | February 04, 2018: Wood’s ability to create a warm environment appeals to tech companies, a plus for a city on Amazon’s HQ2 shortlist. In the contest to attract office tenants, many ...
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The No-Till Gardening Revolution ~ Why Farmers Are Putting Down Their Plows:

Return To Now | By: Sara Burrows | GPE – February 04, 2018: After thousands of years of turning the soil upside-down, farmers are finally realizing they’re killing the microorganisms that keep soil alive… Faced with losing the farm, more ...
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The Polar Silk Road: China Plans Deeper Collaboration With Russia In The Arctic, But How Will This Affect Future Conflict Over Arctic Resources?

Clean Technica | By: James Ayre | February 02, 2018: Essentially every country with any territory anywhere near the Arctic has by now staked out claims to offshore resources well beyond their own territorial waters there, largely based on arguments ...
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The US Environmental Protection System, An American Success Story, Is Under Siege:

Clean Technica | By: Bob Sussman | February 02, 2018: The system took shape in the 1960s and 70s as the public and politicians sounded the alarm about the environmental legacy of decades of uncontrolled industrialization. Faced with the threat ...
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South Africa’s Water Crisis Spreads From Cape Town:

Reuters | By: Ed Stoddard & Victor Antonie | January 31, 2018: Cape Town is running out of water and low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa’s industrial heartland around Johannesburg, ...
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From Cape Town To Kabul ~ Taps Run Dry In Crisis Cities:

Reuters | By: Umberto Bacchi | January 31, 2018: Drought-stricken Cape Town could run out of water as soon as April, but South Africa is not alone in its struggle as ever more world cities battle acute water shortages. Water ...
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EPA Delays Obama Water Rule:

The Hill | By: Timothy Cama | January 31, 2018: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing back by two years an Obama administration rule redefining the federal government’s power over small waterways. The Trump administration is working to repeal ...
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India’s Severe Drought Causing Havoc:

Circle Of Blue | By: Keith Schneider | GPE – February 01, 2018: Water scarcity forces millions of people off of farms and into teeming cities. Originally published June 02, 2016: The latest national drought assessment shows that 19 of ...
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Plastic In The Oceans Increasing Risk Of Disease In Coral Reefs:

Yale 360 | E360 Digest | January 26, 2018: More than 11 billion pieces of plastic are lodged within coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific region. According to a new study published in the journal Science, as this plastic gets tangled, ...
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Utilities Move To Break Arizona’s Coal-Water Link:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | GPE – January 29, 2018: The proposed halt to operations in 2019 at the West’s largest coal-fired power plant could attract White House attention. Originally published February 23, 2017: Since 1976 the ...
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Democratic Republic Of Congo ~ UN Agencies In Urgent Bid To Prevent Famine In Kasai:

World Food Programme | GPE – January 27, 2018: KINSHASA – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save ...
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Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest ~ How Iran Fits An Alarming Pattern:

The New York Times | By: Somini Sengupta | GPE – January 27, 2018: UNITED NATIONS — Nigeria. Syria. Somalia. And now Iran. In each country, in different ways, a water crisis has triggered some combination of civil unrest, mass ...
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Day Zero Now On April 12 For Cape Town:

News24 | By: Jenni Evans | January 23, 2018: Day Zero in Cape Town has been brought forward by nine days to April 12 due to a drop in dam levels, City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said ...
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From Tree-Planting Drones To Shade-Grown Tea ~ Businesses Are Making Money By Reforesting The Planet:

World Resources Institute | By: Andrew Wu, Sofia Faruqi, Andrés Anchondo Ortega and Eriks Brolis | GPE – January 23, 2018: An estimated 15 billion trees are cut down each year—more than 41 million per day. Given this pace of ...
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China’s Really Big Air Purifier Actually Seems To Work!

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | January 22, 2018: The world’s biggest air purifier has been constructed in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, which is located in the northern part of the country. Standing 100 meters high, ...
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Cape Town May Be First World City To Run Out Of Water Due To Climate Change:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | January 22, 2018: Cape Town, South Africa, a city of 4 million, is facing an existential challenge. It is about to run out of fresh water. Anthony Turton, a professor at the Center ...
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Why The World Population Will Never Exceed 11 Billion People:

THINK Global School | Hans Rosling | GPE – January 19, 2018: In part 5 of a 6-part lecture, Hans Rosling uses statistics to give an overview of population growth and an explanation of why the total human population will ...
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40% Of India’s Thermal Power Plants Are In Water-Scarce Areas, Threatening Shutdowns:

World Resources Institute | By: Tianyi Luo | January 16, 2018: Water shortages are hurting India’s ability to produce power. New WRI research finds that 40 percent of the country’s thermal power plants are located in areas facing high water ...
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Climate Change Effects On Conflict Are Complex, Tenuous, And Misunderstood:

Circle Of Blue | By: Codi Kozacek | GPE – January 16, 2018: Climate change is here, but will we fight over it? Originally published March 30, 2016: Research by renowned climate scientist James Hansen and an international team of ...
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Water-Related Risks Strand $Billions In Energy, Mining, Power Projects:

Circle Of Blue | By: Keith Schneider | GPE – January 16, 2018: Droughts, floods, and civic opposition cause huge losses. Originally published April 28, 2016: In early November 2002, six years before Lehman Brothers melted down and the American ...
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Afforestation In Israel:

The Jerusalem Post | By: KKL-JNF Staff | GPE – January 15, 2018: An ancient land with new ideas for reclaiming ecosystem services and combating desertification. Humans have lived in all regions of Israel, including the semi-arid and arid ones, ...
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