Sustainable Development News

Too Much Salt ~ Water Desalination Plants Harm Environment ~ U.N:

United Nations | Reuters | By: Alister Doyle | January 14, 2019: Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday. Desalination ...
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Zero Mass Water’s Hydropanels Pull Water From Thin Air At #CES2019:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | January 11, 2019: “Where does your water come from?” Friesen hit me with the question almost before I had time to sit down. I stuttered. Uh…well…heading into an interview where I thought I ...
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Drones, Automation, & Reforestation ~ How DroneSeed Is Keeping Forests Healthy Post-Wildfire:

Clean Technica | By: Erika Clugston | January 07, 2019: DroneSeed, Seattle-based startup, uses drones in post-fire environments to combat the spread of wildfires and keep affected areas healthy. Using automation, founder and CEO Grant Canary has figured out a ...
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Solar Water Pumps ~ Morocco, First In Africa In 2017:

Le Matin | By: Abdelhafid Marzak | January 03 2019: Morocco is Africa’s leading market for solar water pumps. In 2017, it generated the largest turnover of the continent, ahead of Ethiopia. According to an Irish research and markets firm, ...
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The US Department Of Energy Roots For Floating Solar Panels. Do You?

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | December 30, 2018: The idea of floating solar panels out on water seems to make sense, right? Well, maybe. Waterborne PV adds another wrinkle to the task of maintaining and repairing solar panels ...
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Bioplastic Breakthrough Promises Polymers Without Using Precious Land Or Water Resources:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 28, 2018: As much as we bemoan how plastics have taken over our lives, the truth is that modern societies depend on them for much of their commercial output. Plastics can do ...
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BETO Surfs The New Wave Of Bio-Based Plastic From Algae:

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | December 27, 2018: BETO is the US Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Earlier this year BETO dropped a cool $2 million in funding for a cutting edge algae plastic research project aimed at ...
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10 EV Charging Tips For Cities ~ A CleanTechnica Presentation:

Clean Technica | By: Cyntia Shahan | December 23, 2018: CleanTechnica and EV charging leader GreenWay last year led a working group of EV charging leaders — EVBox, Fortum, the Norwegian EV Association, and approximately a dozen others — to ...
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Full Steam Ahead For First Ever Diesel-Killing, High Speed Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry:

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | December 23, 2018: Things certainly are moving along quickly in the hydrogen fuel cell field. Just last summer Clean Technica took note of plans for a futuristic new fuel cell ferry boat slated ...
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President’s Council Urges Solar & Microgrid Use For Energy Security:

Clean Technica | By: Charles W. Thurston | December 18, 2018: Rooftop solar communities may soon become the latest line of cybersecurity defense for America’s vulnerable electric utility industry, providing emergency power for local consumers while supporting the grid in ...
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch:

The Ocean Cleanup | By: Boyen Slat et al | December 19, 2018: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world and is located between Hawaii and California. Scientists of The Ocean Cleanup ...
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Report: Waste Incineration – A Dirty Secret In How States Define Renewable Energy:

Clean Technica | By: John Farrell | December 17, 2018: Report: Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret In How States Define Renewable Energy Executive Summary: Burning garbage to generate power is neither clean nor renewable. Yet, aging, costly, and polluting solid ...
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Protecting The Rainforest – Powering The People:

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | December 13, 2018: For thousands of years, indigenous communities have inhabited the Amazon rainforest living in an intimate connection with the natural world. “Life in the jungle was like living in paradise,” a ...
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Minigrids In The Money:

Rocky Mountain Institute | By Kelly Carlin & Kendall Ernst | December 13, 2018: Six Ways to Reduce Minigrid Costs by 60% In sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of millions of people (about 65 percent of the population) live in communities that ...
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RMI Playbook Provides Roadmap To A Cleaner, More Cost-Effective Grid:

Rocky Mountain Institute | By: Jeff Waller | December 12, 2018: Utilities Embracing Emerging Technologies Can Reduce Customer Costs and Support a Cleaner, More Flexible Grid, New Report Says US utilities continue to spend tens of billions of dollars annually ...
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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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